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The Alternative Festival of Light

Depavali celebrates the return of Seetha and Rama from their exile in the forest, an event that occurs in the epic Ramayana, and although the local Deepam festival is very much an expression of confidence in and love of this world, Depavali is the profane of these two big festivals in our local year. 263 more words

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Being in Orange

It’s a hard life being a sadhu, genuine or otherwise, despite appearances which at times lead you to believe they are on to a good thing. 203 more words

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Bring on the Monsoon

This otherwise unoccupied rooftop next to my room is a reliable temporary habitat of delight because it avails the local monkey family of a safe haven every single day for some essential quality family grooming time. 371 more words

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Gross National Happiness : Happy National Grossness

I feel the need today to zoom through the littered discomfort to focus on the psychological security this blog is on about.  So here’s the section on happiness. 1,004 more words

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Being Worshipful

We specialise in gods here. The mountain – now increasingly surrounded with urban development, is itself the embodiment of the Chief God, which is why our Full Moons are fuller here than elsewhere: millions of us walk around every month, several hundred extra buses bring us from everywhere else. 191 more words

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WhiteMen

We can’t see a single white-man in this image I know, but see those green rubbish bins?  They stand for foreign presence.

Ramana attracted foreigners. One local myth has it that a three-day special pseudo-magic ceremony officiated by a famous devotee was held at Skandashram once for this very purpose, but this is a myth and even if there is some truth in it, the significance now relates more to the attitudes of the surrounding yokel locals to the bramanical ashram. 873 more words

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A Post-Script to The Pits - for posterity

The second-last and last day of my Arunachala visit of 2013 was much occupied with a desperate pitch to see those trees saved. The local DFO rang to meet me for some reason, and in his office the bright idea came to persuade him to look into the prospect of their future. 358 more words

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