There is a strong resurgence in the temples among Bhaktas to wear devotional clothing once again during festivals & programs. For the Devi Dasis , this means a sari & for the men , dhoti & kurta. The sannyasis & brahmacharis belong to the exclusive saffron club. Here's a great vdo which takes the mystery & guesswork out of putting on a dhoti Vrindavan style. Jai Prabhuji !
It was a blessing today to meet H.H. Dhanvantari Swami who is visiting with Maharaja. In this vdo , he sings the beautiful bhajan Jaya Radha Madhava & the Maha Mantra at a Sunday Festival in Rio de Janeiro. Next weekend is an important one for Vaishnavas as Saturday is Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day & Sunday is the celebration of Govardhan Puja at New Dwark Dhama . I will be tired from my upcoming Vancouver trip but am looking forward to driving Maharaja & Dhanvantari Swami to the Santa Barbara program on Saturday morning. Jaya !
This is for John Sahakian , who taught me how to breathe. I saw him this evening at Veggie Grill in Sta. Monica , the same calm & smiling John as always. He's been travelling & teaching in Bali; and coming up in Nov. is a retreat in Western Oz. Just breathe -
The view on the left is of the Grand Tetons from the Rockefeller Ranch in Jackson WY.
I had a very good insight from an ex-LA resident who has now moved to JH full time as I dropped her off at the Penninsula Hotel yesterday. She said that " Jackson will always remain that way. It's real." And I totally understood what she meant.
The wide open skies , valleys , mountains, rivers & wildlife will be intact for a while barring a global meltdown. Slow growth & preservation have won.
From personal experience , I really dislike all the packaging that even so-called "green businesses" like Whole Foods , are throwing our way. You may be saving on plastic bags by bringing an Eco-tote , but what about all the residual paper , cardboard & plastic that the food & goods come in ?
Or LALAYoga Magazine that advocates unnecessary consumerism by pushing a " fashion / shopping " guide. Your editorial team is so yoga chic, hehe. Not to mention their ridiculous cover with the model wearing high heels while in asana.
Pick up a copy of "The Green Book". It will show you ways to BE THE CHANGE , for real.
But as Bhakta George Harrison put it , " We are living in the material world " . So if you do make it to Jackson , do visit Aspens Market & Atelier Ortega , businesses that are not only extraordinary , but committed to quality.
Thanks to Eddie S. once again for the email regarding this Sunday's benefit organized by his friend Shyam Das for Vrindavan Food for Life ( www.fflvrindavan.org ), a charity that runs a school for impoverished children in Vrindavan ( the town is home to many temples dedicated to Radha & Krishna ). The benefit will be held as a "bhajan boat ride " on the Circle Line. It will feature 3 hours of kirtan led by bhaktas Karnamrita , Gaura Vani , Jahnavi , Sri Kirtan & Arundhati. This is with the support from Sri Dharma Mitra , the Broome St. Temple , Bija Yoga & the Bhakti Center. Haribol !
Our teacher , Jorgen C. , will be conducting a " Sunrise Yoga Session" next Saturday from 8 to 9:15 AM.
This will mark the opening of the 1st Annual " Yoga Day LA " which is being held at the Topanga Community Club.
He will probably be doing most of a Led Primary Series , starting off with Surya Namaskars , apropos to Sunrise Yoga outdoors.
"Jorgen has travelled extensively on the Indian subcontinent from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. For years, he visited numerous ashrams , and studied with many yogis the various aspects of Yoga , including Pranayama in Varanasi & Bhakti Yoga with the Vaishnavas in Vrindavan."
A portion of the proceeds will go to NEXTAID , an LA based nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of music to support sustainable development projects that serve vulnerable children youth & women in Africa.
Just got back from my 1st visit to Jackson Hole WY . It did not disappoint.
As a seasoned traveller , I have become wary of the overhyped & at times unimpressive upon arrival ; of finding " there is no there there " . None of that here. It is amazing.
Jackson makes Aspen look crowded . The uninterrupted expanse of blue skies , the 360 degree views of the snow covered Tetons from the Rockefeller Ranch , the Snake River with sightings of elk , the silence . These are some of the things that make people describe Jackson as being close to heaven.
I never felt so at peace. The ultimate luxury in our current era would be wide ,open & unspoiled spaces. And Jackson will be that way for a while.
The Amangani ( Peaceful Home ) is the epitome of how a sublime space can transport. As JustLuxe.com puts it , " If there is a ledge where angels like to peek down on the earth from , then it is the perch from this resort . "
Thank you Eddie Stern for the head's up via email : " Hats off to AYNY student Sylvia Rascon & my wife Jocelyne Stern for the amazing work they are doing at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center. " & If you are planning on dropping in at one of Eddie's classes in Soho shortly , you will be heading to the 3rd floor for puja & practice.The 2/F is currently undergoing retrofitting which should be done in a month & a half -