The Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple in Jaipur

Jaipur Had a lovely first-time visit to a gorgeous big old Ganesh temple here in Jaipur, on behalf of an acquaintance in California who asked me to propitiate on her behalf; here’s (a modified version of) what I wrote to her describing the moment. Ji, First of all, thank you for reaching out and asking…

Explorations in Tantra and Bhakti

Jatipura Took a chill day at home with Vallabhdas and Premdas, while Vraja Gopi took the visitors around on Vrindavan yatra. I had a chance to do a brief interview with Premdas ji, Dr. David Haberman, asking him about his sense of the differences and overlap between the whole “tantra” and “bhakti” philosophies here—definitely added…

Dreams & Textiles

Jaipur 5:35 a.m.  Awoke suddenly a few moments ago from a stark and all too realistic feeling nightmare: I was traveling far from home (though not here in India) and I’d been temporarily abducted at gunpoint, along with several others, and forced inside a house to a back room where I was forced to kneel face…

Back to Rajasthan

Jaipur, Rajasthan, 8:18 p.m.  Finally, dear Delhi departed—huzzah! Not a moment too soon, I swear. I hopped a pre-dawn ride with my friend Raju’s driver Mukesh, who was returning to Jaipur at 6 a.m.—worth waking up early to grab that easy flow. Groggy as I was, it felt great to enter incredible and evocative Rajasthan again,…

Govind devji Temple

Jaipur Rajasthan 11:11 p.m. Yesterday morning, finally, we made a pilgrimage to Sri Govind devji temple, in the heart of the Pink City. I love, love, love this place. That simple hour of temple immersion is, so far, the pinnacle of this year’s time in India.

Crash Landing

Jaipur, Rajasthan 10:37 p.m Ouch. Days like this are hard, especially on the road. Yesterday afternoon’s woozy aches and slight tickle in the throat became today’s total crash and burn. I never even thought about leaving my room today. Sampling various medicines that I’m now especially happy made the journey with me from the States, I…