Monthly Archives: April 2011

Lessons from India

My four months in India flew by in a flash.  After I left the Aurovalley ashram I spent a few days back in Rishikesh, walking along the Ganga everyday and reflecting on my journey in India.  I woke up every … Continue reading

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Ishvarapranidhana

Wikepedia states that “Ishvarapranidhana represents surrender to, and love for, the divinity within the individual in Hinduism and Yoga.”  One can interpret Ishvara as God but I’d like to think of it as the Universe, the Absolute, or the energy … Continue reading

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Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

While I was staying at the Aurovalley ashram near Rishikesh I read more about Sri Aurobindo and his philosophy.  This was written on April 11, 2011 Sri Aurobindo was born in Calcutta in 1872.  At the age of seven he … Continue reading

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Sunday at Aurovalley

This was written on April 10, 2011- It is a cloudy Sunday morning here at the Aurovalley ashram.  It feels like the clouds not only covered the sun but also brought a blanket of hush over the ashram grounds.  All … Continue reading

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A chat with swamiji

This was written on April 8, 2011- This morning I was in my little bubble, listening to my ipod and raking leaves in the garden.  Raking leaves is my karma yoga here at the ashram; doing work is not required … Continue reading

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My ashram, my schedule, my judmental mind

This is from April 7, 2011- It’s been almost a week since I arrived at the Aurovalley ashram.  Just when I was settling into a comfortable schedule here, a group of about 15 people (plus two small children) came in … Continue reading

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Ashram or Dharma Initiative?

This was written on April 3, 2011- When the rickshaw driver dropped me off in front of the Aurovalley ashram I wasn’t sure exactly what I should do.  I didn’t see anyone in and around the ashram, and the front … Continue reading

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