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…

Praying for help

Jatipura Most of the group—Anja, Ishwari, Majer, Vraja Gopi and her sister, Laney/Leela, Premdas, Govind and Mohan—went on full parikrama around Govardhan Hill today; I was feeling more contemplative and solitudinous so I stayed behind to chill a bit with Vallabhdas and my own self. In recent days I’d been communicating a bit with a…

Full moon, Vraja Valentine’s Day

Vraja Phew. I would have been very happy to enjoy the down day everyone else at the temple was relishing, but instead I grabbed a car and driver and left the sticks of Jatipura to have a full day in the big city of Vrindavan. First stop was down to Sadhu Maharaj’s Munger Mandir, where…

Murtis in their Natural Habitat

One of the more unusual items I have collected and offered in my Dharma work over recent years has been a constellation of old marble murtis, the temple statuary seen ubiquitously in homes, temples and roadside shrines across India. When properly installed, these murtis are considered literal forms of the divine, and worshipped as a manifestation…

India Travel – March 15, 2012

12:53 a.m. Ah, finally: I have left Delhi, and after a dusty 4 hour+ ride have made it back to Vrindavan area, near Shyamdas’ home in Jatipura overlooking the big temple on Govardhan Hill. 10 days after getting off the airplane, I am finally back in India! Chilled out at Shyam’s for a couple hours…

India Travel – March 12, 2012

5:30 a.m. Once again, not sleeping well—this time barking dogs waking me at midnight and mosquitos doing their damage in the 1am – 5am  window. The upside being that I get to once again enjoy the mystically redolent pre-dawn call to prayer from the local neighborhood mosque. My time in Afghanistan several years back really…