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Day 48

I recently finished “The Essential Rumi” translated by Coleman Barks. I cannot recommend it enough. Rumi has gained enormous popularity in recent times, with his “what you seek is seeking you” type of quotes emblazoned everywhere. But for anyone on a spiritual journey, Rumi invites you to love God from the depths of your heart,…

Day 39

Grateful for parents that have had me copying down wisdom, spitting truth and drawing layered hearts since I was 8. Mum started teaching Gita classes for kids and every Mother’s Day we pondered this verse, acknowledging the contributions of all of the mothers in our lives.

Day 36

Shri Radhe is the foundation of my identity Radhika, her pet name, My legal name in this world. Stretching far beyond the sea of culture, the waves of tradition, the ubiquitous sand of language. “What does it mean?” “She who serves the Lord the best” Period. Aradhana nam iti Radha. To worship is the root…

Day 31

Ode to the sari Nine yards of elegant Flowing delicately pleated Carefully draped Properly pinned Grace Mama effortless in each step Tucking into the petticoat Accordion folds slipping across fingers The whoosh of her pallu Virtually silent click Of the ever ubiquitous safety pins Holding the magic in place I could hear the dull thuds…

Day 14

There is such a thing as overgrowth where the chaos of the green grassdainty lavenderbush of mintunexpected nasturtiumhedge of rosemary C O L L I D E muting everything beautiful, everything individual, perfect wholes into complete, utter, madness. The overgrowth can choke one’s voice but has the potential to manifest a choir. It can stifle…