The Wisdom Tree film… a spiritual journey that traverses farther yonder!

On a dark, stormy night, driving on an empty road in Northern California, Steve Hamilton, a self-conflicted quantum physicist meets with an implausibly bizarre car accident! Dr. Trisha Rao, a compassionate but unwavering neurologist attending to Steve’s injuries, and an anguished FBI Agent, Mike Parker, attempt to untangle this baffling accident. The mystery deepens as … Continue reading The Wisdom Tree film… a spiritual journey that traverses farther yonder!

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Explosions at Bodh Gaya!

My tympanic membrane is tired, and hardened from the continual onslaught of explosive news. Not only tired of the terrorism, I'm sickened by the endless rapes that women suffer mercilessly. Add to that the helplessness one feels, reading about the pointless deaths of hundreds, thousands - en masse! Now, worse, am defeated by the mindless … Continue reading Explosions at Bodh Gaya!

“Magaj”… cake-like dessert… from chickpeas!

This isn't some crazy joke... I'm not kidding. Yesterday, the god with aplomb - Ganesh ji - arrived with pomp, song and dance, at many households. In my home, he doesn't arrive, he's just there! Seated in several spots... Ganesh in photo frame; as art d'objet; on a Majolica-style decorative plate; as an acrylic painting … Continue reading “Magaj”… cake-like dessert… from chickpeas!

Buddhist Monks at Nalanda

Buddhist Monks at Nalanda by chitralekhan Modern day monks... at the ancient center of learning, in Bihar, India. When I visited Nalanda in November of 1996, it was the Chinese Year of the Monkey... 4694 Bing-Shen! So, "What's the context?" you may well ask... well, among the Buddhist Jataka Tales, is also a delightful but … Continue reading Buddhist Monks at Nalanda

Chitralekha vs Chitralekhan… the distinction.

On a Google search for 'chitralekhan', I always encounter this question: Did you mean chitralekha? NO! I meant what I typed... gee, doesn't Google get it! The following popped up as one of the search results... it's fascinating. So I'm reproducing it here for my own future reference. (Not plagiarizing, please.) Incidentally, juggernaut , derived from Lord Jagannatha, holds … Continue reading Chitralekha vs Chitralekhan… the distinction.

Teaching children to apologize… and adults as well.

The ten days of repentance for Jewish people beginning with Rosh Hashanah will conclude with Yom Kippur also considered The Day of Atonement. For the Jains, Paryushan may be somewhat its equivalent... 8 days of atonement through penance and repentance... around August-September every year; in 2009 it ended with Samvatsari on 3rd September. Reading Lisa … Continue reading Teaching children to apologize… and adults as well.

Sathvaro Radheshyam No… saath chhuti gayo, for now!

Just called up the Thakkars in the US, but Nilesh & Arpita Thakkar's troupe, who staged the dance-ballet Sathvaro Radheshyam No, has returned to Inda. No shows in the AZ region... sorry! But they may be back next Spring, around April 2010. Something to look forward to, I guess...

Sathvaro Radheshyam No… brought to you in the US by…

It's Sunday and in my determination to locate the sponsors/organizers of the dance ballet production, here's the precise theme information I found:

Sathvaro Radhe Shyam No… Nilesh Thakkar and Arpita Thakkar!

Yesterday I heard rave reviews from friends in Los Angeles about this Gujarati ballet.  They drove 70 miles each way on 21st July to see this fabulous production, and said it was worth every penny and every minute of their time. Having never heard these friends utter such superlatives, I was rather impressed. More so, … Continue reading Sathvaro Radhe Shyam No… Nilesh Thakkar and Arpita Thakkar!

Blogger on Sacred Songs

When I last checked, this blog-spot had 139 songs! These numbers include Buddhist recitations, Sanskrit shlokas, Pali verse, Latin renditions, and even some Chinese & Japanese translations! A very commendable effort, indeed, Nila-Kantha-Chandra. Thank you. My favorites: Gayatri Mantra Yakundendu Tushara Vaishnava jan to tene kahiye je Four Great Bodhisattva Vows Folks, if you're interested, … Continue reading Blogger on Sacred Songs