I think I’m in love… With Ireland

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imageI just arrived in Dublin this  morning. It’s Mother’s Day and the sun is shining! I’m sitting in my room at the Hilton Dublin Kilmainham and suddenly I’m hearing bagpipes. Is this for real? Indeed.

Oddly, some things about Dublin remind me of India… small details such as stonework, architecture, and the way streets are landscaped.  In fact, if I remember correctly, Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) who designed the War Memorial Gardens here, also had a hand in some landmark buildings in India.

image Irish National War Memorial Park

image Mother’s Day in the War Memorial Park.

I love places where people paint brilliant colors on their doors and window sills and where they have lots of flowerpots. Darjeeling is that way.

I’m also fond of the little signs over the mail slots that say, “No Junk Mail Please.”

image I would like to collect photographs of the little signs over the mail…

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Worshiping Ma Chandraghanta the third Shakti of Navratri

Tattva Shakti Vigyaan

ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नमः॥

Chadraghanta1Every day of the auspicious nine days of Chaitra Navratri are dedicated to various forms of Ma Durga. Goddess Chandraghanta is worshiped on the third day of Navratri. She is also also known as Chandika.

“Chandra” means moon and “Ghanta” means bell. Ma Chandraghanta adorns a bell shaped moon on her head, thus the name. After the hard penance done by Ma Parvati, Lord Shiva promises to marry her. On an auspicious occasion, marriage procession of  Lord Shiva reaches palace of Himavaan. The procession is full of ghosts, goblins, gods, sages, aghoris and pretas. Lord Shiva himself is covered in ashes, wearing tiger skin as the only cloth and has huge snake around his neck. Seeing such a terrifying image, mother of Ma Parvati; Maina Devi faints due to fear. Ma Parvati understands that Lord Shiva should not feel insulted, so takes up the form of…

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Breath Breathing Human Being

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Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu,

Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion

or cultural system. I am not from the East

or the West, not out of the ocean or up

from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not

composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

am not an entity in this world or the next,

did not descend from Adam or Eve or any

origin story. My place is placeless, a trace

of the traceless. Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two

worlds as one and that one call to and know,

first, last, outer, inner, only that

breath breathing human being. 

                                                                    —  Rumi

Carmelite Feast-Adeamus ad Thronum Gratciae-Our Lady Mother of Divine Grace

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Mater Divinae Gratiae – Mother of Divine Grace

This Carmelite Feast Day, on July 23, concludes the octave of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. We honor Mary as Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace since she is the Mother of the Son of God, the Author of all Grace   “Let us proceed to and approach the throne of grace”   (Hebrews 4)

The Blessed Virgin Mary was eternally predestined, in the context of the Incarnation of the divine Word, to be the Mother of God. As decreed by divine Providence, she served on earth as the loving Mother of the divine Redeemer, His associate, uniquely generous, and the Lord’s humble servant. She conceived, bore, and nourished Christ; presented Him to the Father in the Temple; and was united with Him in His suffering as He died on the cross. In a completely unparalleled way she cooperated, by…

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