Day twentytwo: Split

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The mos­qui­toes were super busy munch­ing on my chest and arms last night so I had trou­ble falling asleep and woke up at 6:38 (that’s late). At least I didn’t dream about wartime Beirut like I did the pre­vi­ous night. Sitting by Cora at sat­sang, I just showed her how to use my D700 with the 70200 man­u­al focus zoom. Go Cora!

According to Raja Yoga: Ego, igno­rance, likes, dis­likes, and fear of death are the 5 things that cause all human suf­fer­ing, says Sawami Mahadev. Yesterday Janaki explained the var­i­ous ben­e­fits of each asana, with the head­stand strength­en­ing self-con­fi­dence. I sug­gest­ed that the rea­son might be that it’s sim­i­lar to stand­ing upright (our first act of inde­pen­dence and self-con­fi­dence as babies) in that it brings the entire body in line with its own axis.

Janaki made me repeat that into the mike for all to hear (yay! it’s like get­ting a gold star from my kinder­garten teacher), and sev­er­al peo­ple after­ward came up to me to say they agree, includ­ing a very pleas­ant Swedish-Algerian girl named Shireen, whose dream is to be a nan­ny.

Sofia says she always looks sad in pho­tos.

Also last night at sat­sang, Nami-chan tran­scribed the Universal Prayer in Japanese (using beau­ti­ful, tiny furi­g­ana), which I chant­ed on stage this morn­ing with the Japanese group. Among us was a Vietnamese girl called Bau (who I’ve noticed before doing some amaz­ing asanas), who sug­gest­ed we do the Prayer togeth­er again in Vietnamese.

The Japanese Universal Prayer is quite a tongue-twister (pho­to by Cora).

Skipping lunch again today and Health Hutting it instead. Practiced the head­stand and crow at coach­ing and got some help from Daniel (köszönöm!) and some laughs from Sofia. Cookies, herbal tea, and the first chap­ter Midnight’s Children keep me com­pa­ny until yoga lec­ture with Janaki begins in 30 min­utes. Janaki says my Mantra Initiation is sched­uled for Thursday morn­ing before sat­sang. I’m meet­ing with her this evening for coun­sel­ing on how to pre­pare for it.

On a more trag­ic note, as I was putting on my nylon pants tonight I lost my bal­ance and split them wide open along the crotch. This being laun­dry day, they’re my only clean pair, so I had to wear them all day and includ­ing two full asana class­es in which I had my butt in the air most of the time, expos­ing my semi-bare groin to the clear blue Kerala sky.

I shared that lit­tle tid­bit of infor­ma­tion with Kat dur­ing Janaki’s class and she couldn’t stop laugh­ing at my won­der­ful kar­ma. I guess giv­ing all those unso­licit­ed dis­counts at the Boutique was not tak­en as a good deed after all, and it almost lit­er­al­ly came back to bite me in the ass.

At our con­sul­ta­tion ses­sion, Janaki (soft-spo­ken, pos­i­tive, and kind as ever) explained that Mantra Initiation is the first step on “this path.” Early Thursday morn­ing I’m to meet the Swami at the tem­ple, bring­ing an offer­ing of fruit on a banana leaf and a small amount of mon­ey, prefer­ably not a round fig­ure (for exam­ple 51 rupees) to sym­bol­ize that first step.

Eric is vis­it­ing from Toronto with his mom.

Eric reads Yoga Life, the Sivananda mag­a­zine.

Eric does a mudra. :)

At the Initiation, my mantra will be infused with some pow­er, which is trans­ferred from Gurus Sivananda and Vishnu-Devananda, through Swami Mahadev, onto me. From then onwards, I’m advised to use my mantra dai­ly and nev­er to change it. I will also be giv­en a spir­i­tu­al name, which Swami Mahadev will choose right then and there.

In fact, I’ve already start­ed feel­ing com­fort­able with my mantra, and my half-hour med­i­ta­tion yes­ter­day evening went well. Om, out.

Line of the Day:

Use it, but don’t get attached to it.

– Swami Mahadev on cell-phones, the body, every­thing.

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Lorena April 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Your photos are breath-taking! It makes me feel like I was there. (Maybe some day I'll also make my way to an Indian ashram)

Btw: Sofia does look a little sad in that photo, but she also looks very pensive. I prefer these kind of captures because they show the person's true character..

Keep up the great work Meedo :-)

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Lorena April 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Your photos are breath-taking! It makes me feel like I was there. (Maybe some day I'll also make my way to an Indian ashram)

Btw: Sofia does look a little sad in that photo, but she also looks very pensive. I prefer these kind of captures because they show the person's true character..

Keep up the great work Meedo :-)

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Meedo April 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Lollyno you'd enjoy India. I'd love for you to go and I'd love to see what kind of stories, photos and musings you come back with. Lorena's Epiphany kicks ass btw. :) xx

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Meedo April 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Lollyno you'd enjoy India. I'd love for you to go and I'd love to see what kind of stories, photos and musings you come back with. Lorena's Epiphany kicks ass btw. :) xx

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