“To find real joy in this life, you need to follow a spiritual path” Sri Sakthi Amma…Om Namo Narayani…
Yesterday I thought to myself…”I haven’t made a mala for so long!” So today I rectified that…one purple mala finished this morning. The tassle I made myself from antique batik material I bought in Bali. The pearls and beads are … Continue reading
My name, Lakshmi, and the lotus go together. Most images we see of the Indian goddess Lakshmi has her seated in the blossoming lotus. Maybe that is why I adore the lotus so much.
In Hindu tradition, the lotus represents beauty, non-attachment, purity and resurrection. The lotus is rooted in the mud but floats on the water without becoming wet or muddy. As a lotus is able to emerge from the muddy waters unspoilt and pure it is considered to represent a wise and spiritually enlightened quality in a person; it is representative of somebody who carries out their tasks with little concern for any reward and with a full liberation from attachment.
“One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”
— Bhagavad Gita 5.10
Ubud is positively blooming with beautiful lotuses. Whether in a small stone bowl or a large pond they are everywhere you turn. Lotuses have the power to brighten even the murkiest pond. In 2014 I’m going to make a more conscious effort to be like the lotus. I want to be more considerate in my actions towards others and work on my attachment to my belongings. The path is long but at least if I am able to identify my faults I can skip along the path without straying too far away from it.
Bali is dotted with amazing carved stone statues. Everywhere you turn are little and large moss covered beauties. One type of statue that fascinates me is the demon statues or Butas, Kalas, and Butakalas as they are known as in Bali.
Although I have referred to the statues here as demons they aren’t necessarily evil. They are more symbolic of the dual nature of ourselves and the spirits they represent. They remind us that we have more than one side to our life and personality. However some of them do have a face that only a mother could love…
“Simplicity in our lives will bring forth fulfilment and peace of mind” Sri Sakthi Amma…
“What is always there is what is called peace. Even the Vedas begin with ‘shanti’ and close with ‘shanti’”…Sri Ramana Maharshi. Tiruvannamalai lies at the feet of one of the important sacred places of India, Mount Arunchala. Indians believe that … Continue reading
I have had the ultimate blessing of having the Gyuto Monks of Tibet to stay in our home for the last four days. The house has been filled with chanting, laughter and happiness. The peace and serenity that remains after they … Continue reading
My beautiful, kirtan singing friends, Edo and Jo, have launched a new website called A Sound Life. They have started a new international charity bringing the healing and creative power of music and yoga to those who need it most.
Edo and Jo are the most generous and kind hearted people I know. If you have time please visit their new website and see how wonderful they are and the giving work they do.
The drums banged to a frenzied beat and the horns blew crazily as the noisy parade turned into our street. We stood spellbound by the sight before us. If you look closely at this set of photos you can see why we were so … Continue reading