Monthly Archives: September 2018

Stillness in Kyoto

The ultimate zen aspiration is stillness. This appeals to me. When I am still, I see things as they are. When I am churned, everything is confused. In such a state, how is it possible to take the right action? … Continue reading

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Love

This morning, I saw two crows sit in companionable silence on the mango tree across the yard. If you know anything about crows, you’ll immediately wonder what I’m talking about. Crows, as a rule, don’t seem to know about silence. … Continue reading

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Marathwada Diaries: When Goddesses Come Home

Hindu mythic folklore is rich and colourful, creating whole worlds in which the divine interacts with the human. This time of year is particularly full of this interplay, merging the two and creating an elevated sense of companionship and closeness … Continue reading

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Yoga as Healing

After my yoga class, I went to talk to my teacher. “Tell me about breathing,” I said. He calmly turned to me, his eyes gazing steadily into mine. “Breathing is as important as movement. It is part of the flow,” … Continue reading

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Ganpati Visits Us

It’s my favourite time in Mumbai: Ganpati, or Ganesha, is visiting! I wrote about this festival before, describing what the experience when Ganpati arrives in Mumbai. Clearly, I love this time of year. For the next 10 days, Maharashtrians everywhere have … Continue reading

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Quiet As A Still Pond

A few days ago, I wrote about How To Calm Down when we feel agitated. It’s a tough task, to say the least. At the moment of aggravation, giving in to the hot flush of self-righteous indignation is so tempting. And … Continue reading

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How To Calm Down

We all have those moments when we blow our top. When a rogue auto rickshaw barrels into us at a suicidal speed for the umpteenth time. When people brusquely cut in front of us even as we wait obediently for … Continue reading

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