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 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 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 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 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 twentyfour: Christmas

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It’s the 24th, the Christmas of my stay at the Ashram. With only 4 more days to go, it feels like the begin­ning of the end, but also feels like any oth­er day — brim­ming with pos­si­bil­i­ty and poten­tial. I’m excit­ed to see what it brings.

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