|this is actually the very last photo taken in India- we both left on a very high note!|
|boat ride out to island|
|greeted by monkeys|
|shiva and parvati|
|triple god of shiva- creator, sustainer, destroyer of life|
|inner sanctum/shrine of shiva's lingam penetrating parvati's yoni- symbol that they pray too. i was frotunate enough to go into the shrine and chant aum's with several of the local people. what a vibration in my mind.|
|mother and baby monkeys saying good bye.|
|boatride back to mumbai|
|piano in our hotel lobby|
let me just end this portrait of India by telling you that when i went to Dakar, Senegal 11 years ago during the new millenium,after having studied african dance for 5 years, i had a spontaneous kundalini opening the very first night! i thought i was dying and that experience took my entire being and my whole life and shook the contents of everything in my world upside down. it ultimately led to my divorce among other major changes. after Africa and the deep spiritual experience of dancing with the people within the sacred context of the dance, i could no longer danc african back in Eugene- it had become empty, rote and meaningless out of context. it was then i changed my practice from african dance to a serios practice of yoga, though i'd been doing it lightly for 20 years. it was during this time i read about kundalini and realized what that incredibl/awful/beautiful/mind blowing 3rd eye opening of death had been. so, now after 11 years of purification and reinventing myself and my life i have culminated my kundalini experience with a completion through the immersion of the hindus- just as i did with the africans- it was the drumming and dancing and energy in the air that pulsated my being into that opening. in India, my living experience of yoga in the conext of the people has somehow completed my study of yoga. yes, i still practice and meditate on my own, just as i still dance african style on my own. but i'm done with american yoga classes.
so now? guess what i have discovered- Tai Chi!!!!!! I LOVE TAI CHI! it is my new passion and obsession and addiction and i feel like it's building on what i've achieved in my body/mind/spirit wuth african dance and yoga. thinking that with tai chi and my growing interest in all things chinese will perhaps lead to a future trip to China.
Thank you Mother India for all your lessons and beautiful gifts that i willa lways remember and cherish in the innermost chambers of my heart. NAMASTE~