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Day twentyfive: Mantra

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Bright and ear­ly, I put togeth­er my offer­ing of fruit (the two apples I got yes­ter­day), flow­ers (some orange ones I picked near my dorm and some strange look­ing ones I got from a tree out­side the Recep­tion) and mon­ey (mak­ing sure it’s not a round fig­ure), and made my way to the temple.

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Day twentysix: Freeday!

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Orga­nized by Udayan, our free day took us to the Back­wa­ters and Varkala Beach. High­lights include some very good fried fish for din­ner on the beach and Mon­i­ca’s obser­va­tion that my face glowed and eyes shone the day I was initiated. 

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Day twentyseven: Modesty

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Two more days to go and I already had to say good­bye to one more of my favorite peo­ple: Cora from Ire­land of Sub­ar Juice­bar fame left this morn­ing to Varkala, right after sat­sang. Speak­ing of sat­sang, today I sat and I sang the Uni­ver­sal Prayer in very bro­ken Viet­namese with Bau and the Japan­ese group.

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Day twentyeight: The way

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My last day at the Ashram start­ed with a silent morn­ing walk to the lake, fol­lowed by chai out­side Shi­va Hall. At chai (I have mine with jag­gery), the raves for my emcee­ing last night con­tin­ued to pour in.

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Day twentynine: Sleep

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March brings with it my first day out­side the Ashram, with Light­house Beach in Kovalam cush­ion­ing my return to the real world. After 28 days of vedan­tic life per­fect­ly syn­chro­nized with the cal­en­dar dates of Feb­ru­ary, my month, the month of love, I’m now on bor­rowed time. 

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Day thirty: Midnight

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Our last day in India begins with the final chap­ter of Mid­night’s Chil­dren Book One, enti­tled Tick Tock. Like a mantra, the words ring in my head as the 12 a.m. hour of our depar­ture draws inex­orably close.

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