Spiritual Symbolism of Nataraj – Cosmic Dancer

Nataraj, literally meaning King of Dancers, is the cosmic dancer, the god of auspiciousness and reigns over the ajna chakra located between the eyebrows. He is a form of Shiva dancing Ananda Tandava, the dance of bliss, of creation and rejuvenation. Nataraj is the god of bliss of which dance is an expression of bliss. […]

Spiritual Symbolism of Ganesha

Ganesha – God of Good Beginnings and Remover of Obstacles Ganesha is the most popular and beloved god of all. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganesha is not an elephant but received an elephant head only. The story goes that Parvati created Ganesha and asked him to guard her place […]

Living under the Bilva Tree

Arrival at the Guesthouse  It was 4:00 am in the morning and dark. The rickshaw driver took me down a small road. It was a new area I had not explored before. He called the guesthouse manager who suddenly appeared from nowhere it seemed. Being tired from an overnight bus ride I was about ready […]

Om Shakti Temple – Mother is Calling

A young man was selling sugar cane juice. It was freshly made with a machine that squeezed the sugar canes flat and thereby released the juices that people drink. I asked him about the temple across the street. He said it is the Om Shakti Temple and gave me the temple hours. I thanked him […]