Day twelve: Shivaratri

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I need to work on my cross-legged sit­ting posi­tion — it feels like I’m not prop­er­ly bal­anced and tends to quiver when I hold it for a long time. This is my biggest obsta­cle to med­i­ta­tion. This morn­ing at sat­sang I could only do it for 5 min­utes before com­plete­ly los­ing my con­cen­tra­tion.

I miss 日本. :(

Shivaratri — third biggest feast of the year. All-day chant­i­ng at the tem­ple — I can over­hear it from the class­room, the dorm, the Health Hut. It’s every­where and I look for­ward to join­ing it in the evening.

The third-biggest day of the year, Shivaratri is attend­ed by Hindus of all ages.

Yoga class went well. I’m work­ing through my stiff­ness and have iden­ti­fied my strengths and the weak­ness­es I need to focus on.

What is the self?” was the big ques­tion of today’s lec­ture. Time, space, cause, and effect. For instance: During kar­ma yoga, at the water sinks, Saida joked that wear­ing white in this cli­mate is a bad idea and I laughed. Time, space, cause, and effect.

You’re not ADD at all!” said Richard.

I fin­ished White Tiger dur­ing my break before the lec­ture. Someone at the Ashram had told me that it all comes togeth­er in the end. She was right.

I’ve moved on to Siddharta.

The lec­ture and talk about kar­ma yoga remind­ed me of John Lennon.

Neti neti.

Line of the day:

When some­one dear to us dies we don’t cry for them for leav­ing but for our­selves for being left behind. — Kalyani (lec­tur­er at the Ashram).

Tiger Balm helped — my neck is all bet­ter. My back is still a lit­tle sore though. In a good way. :)

Shiva chant­i­ng all night. I stayed from 7:30 to 11:45.

Too dark in dorm to write more. Om, out.

Priest makes offer­ings of hot ghee to Lord Shiva.

At this pre­cise moment Sita takes Brahmacharya, a life­long vow of celiba­cy.

Their final night at the Ashram, Stefan and Richard exchange con­tact details.

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Corinne March 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I LOVE THIS BLOG! I can't believe you are doing all 30 days! Please send this to the ASSSSSSSSHRAM! I look forward to reading the next 17 days!

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Meedo March 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm

ST! I will as soon as I have more photos up. xx

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Corinne March 28, 2010 at 9:54 pm

I LOVE THIS BLOG! I can't believe you are doing all 30 days! Please send this to the ASSSSSSSSHRAM! I look forward to reading the next 17 days!

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Meedo March 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

ST! I will as soon as I have more photos up. xx

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Richard April 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm

You are not !!!!

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Richard April 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm

You are not !!!!

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Meedo April 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Oh yes I am! :)

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Meedo April 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Oh yes I am! :)

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