Much travel during this shortest of months, including my annual pilgrimage to Kashi. A Varanasi vignette: at Assi Ghat, a beggar-monkey couple. Quite inseparable, the two dine together, snooze together; in quiet moments the monkey picks lice out of its master’s (matted) hair. They’ve been together so long that each now resembles the other, which in this case means that the beggar has adopted some portion of the monkey’s visage, proof yet again of how profoundly we humans will mirror that on which we focus.
From Benaras via Delhi to Rishikesh, and the 2011 Punarnava Ayurveda Conference ( http://ayurvedaconference.com), my penultimate public appearance before my upcoming self-imposed sabbatical. While there, a side trip to Kankhal, to visit the samadhi and ashram of Anandamayi Ma; Dehra Dun, to enjoy a snack with Swati & Rajiv at Yog Ganga (http://www.yog-ganga.com/); and in a different part of Dehra Dun, to have the satisfaction of finally hefting a printed copy ofTranscendent Journey, Swami Jnanananda Giri’s memoirs of his nearly six decades in India. In limited release, the book can be obtained via email@example.com , or by phoning +91-135-2715748.
Notable novel of the month: Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which lives up to its hype (particularly if, like I, you enjoyed A. S. Byatt’s Possession).
For music lovers:http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/nov2002.html
Long-buried story that deserves to be spread widely:http://openthemagazine.com/article/arts-letters/the-princess-of-arts
ON THE 27TH OF FEBRUARY AT 5AM I REACHED THE DEER PARK INSTITUTE (HTTP://DEERPARK.IN), FOR MY FINAL PRE-SABBATICAL SEMINAR, AND ALSO MAHASIVARATRI, AFTER WHICH I MADE IT TO MANDI. BUT ALL THAT’S NEXT MONTH’S REPORT …