Next weekend is Gaura Purnima , the celebration of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's appearance. This video shows an elephant procession in Mayapur during last year's festival. I am in Calgary & Vancouver next week but will be back in time for Maharaja's Gaura Purnima program Sat. noon.
Kino MacGregor breaks down the transformative path of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. " The best yoga practitioner is one who will leave the world a better place than when they first entered. " Jai !
I just got back from my regular darshan & seva with Maharaja.
It is always heartening to know that he is in good health. He spoke about his upcoming 40th Sannyasa anniversary in May with me.
As described in the Bhagavad Gita , a sannyasi is someone who has completely dedicated his activities to the service of God for his satisfaction , without any material desire.
Over the course of the 40 years since he recited the vows to live his life as a renunciate , Maharaja has distinguished himself as a courageous leader , Sanskrit scholar , writer , commentator & guru.
I am very humbled & fortunate that he passes on the tradition & teachings of his parampara via his guru-shishya association with me.
In the guru-shishya tradition , knowledge is imparted through the relationship between guru & disciple. The lessons I have learned from Maharaja are devotion / bhakti , obedience & commitment. All marked by his trademark humor & joyful nature. HDG Ki jaya !
La Condesa is my new " happy happy " spot in Austin. An addition to the shortlist which consists of the Hotel San Jose , the Ashtanga Austin YogaShala & the Thai Market Cafe' which we stumbled upon after a meeting next door ; with " farang " cooks to boot.
My definition of a " happy happy " spot is a place to take associates or clients to dinner with enough options for vegetarians like myself , a cool ambiance & a groovy local crowd ( in the event that conversation turns boring ).
La Condesa fits the bill as the chef used to work at La Esquina in Soho NYC , right around the corner from where I was staying last winter.
With its modernist vibe & old school Michael Jackson , Earth , Wind & Fire soundtrack , it put me in party mode without having to succumb to one of their top shelf tequilas or margaritas. The chips and guacamole , chile relleno with quinoa , sauteeed spinach & spicy Boca Negra are fantastic. Modern Mexican Cuisine as inspired by the Condesa District in Mexico City. Pricey but worth it.
If anyone tells you Guerros on So. Congress is the place for Mexican food in Austin , you are better off eating the overly salty chips at Chipotle.
I am heading to San Diego this week & am intending to practice with Manju Jois on Thursday morning.