Archive: April, 2010

Kumba Mela 2010 Haridwar – April 16-18, 2010

Posted on 04/20/10 by Raghava

Book distribution report by Anita dasi April 16-18, 2010 In deep concentration, balanced on one foot, a realization came to me. Maybe the art of holding yoga positions combining strength, balance and flexibility was perfected on Indian trains. Stretching and contorting, I maneuvered through the packed train towards the toilet; all floor space had someone […]

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Kumba Mela 2010 Haridwar – April 15, 2010

Posted on 04/16/10 by Raghava

Book distribution report by Anita dasi April 15, 2010 I never imagined I would find it normal to have a conversation with someone with wet underwear on their head. But now I find if I stand on the side of the road of people leaving the ghat nearly every other man has this peculiar head […]

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Kumba Mela 2010 Haridwar – April 12-14, 2010

Posted on 04/15/10 by Raghava

Book distribution report by Anita dasi April 12-14, 2010 Leading up to the main “royal bathing day” on the 14th, Haridwar swelled beyond bursting. News reports estimated 10 million people came to bathe in Ganga devi. They closed all the roads in the city, and they became filled with currents of pilgrims. These long crazy […]

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Kumba Mela 2010 Haridwar – April 11, 2010

Posted on 04/12/10 by Raghava

Book distribution report by Anita dasi April 11, 2010 “I will take the book, but I want to ask a question. Do you believe in all this?” They didn’t ask what country are you from. My mind scrambled to come up with the words to reply. Do I really have faith in all this? In […]

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Kumba Mela 2010 Haridwar – April 10, 2010

Posted on 04/11/10 by Raghava

Book distribution report by Anita dasi April 10, 2010 In the blazing sun, fasting and calling out the holy name. Some of the yogis doing tapasya? No, us being stupid keeping our book table open too long in the sun on Ekadasi. But every time we tried to close up shop more and more people […]

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Kumba Mela 2010 Haridwar – April 9, 2010

Posted on 04/10/10 by Raghava

Book distribution report by Anita dasi April 9, 2010 “Oh Gurudeva, I am very tired. Send someone who you want me to meet,” prayed Taruni. What would a sailor be doing thousands of miles from any ocean? Apparently he had to get a book. She gave him a Secrets of the Undiscovered Self in Hindi […]

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Kumba Mela 2010 Haridwar – April 8, 2010

Posted on 04/09/10 by Raghava

Book distribution report by Anita dasi April 8, 2010 Sixteen and nine-months, wearing a Che Gueveara t-shirt, with ear phones in, I didn’t think he would take a book. But I try to call out to everyone who goes by. Not only did he stop, but as he pulled out his ear phones he said, […]

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Kumba Mela 2010 Haridwar – April 6, 2010

Posted on 04/07/10 by Raghava

by Anita dasi An elephant is a very big animal. You would not miss it coming down the road. I guess that is why they always have the elephant go first in Indian parades. We had just begun to distribute books when an elephant followed by a big parade came down the road from the […]

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Kumbha Mela 2010 Book Distribution

Posted on 04/06/10 by Raghava

by Anita dasi Hari ki Pauri Gahat, Haridwar April 2, 2010 I named him Gramps; all legs and elbows, with a bulbous nose. Part of a group of dhoti clad villagers which shared our train compartment from Matura to Haridwara. After about seven hours in the heat and overcrowding (I guess you don’t really need […]

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