Have you ever wondered why, at the end of a meditation, we chant Om shanti shanti shanti, repeating the Sanskrit word for Peace three times? Here is one explanation which I like.
I first learned this beautiful chant when visiting Hindu temples as a young monk in the 1970s. At the end of hours of bhajans during which the women took the lead, singing their songs of devotion for Krishna and Rama with joy and emotion, everyone would join in singing the gayatri mantra, followed by Om shanti shanti shanti. (more…)
Growing up I felt the same. I was out of step – my friends wanted to play football when I wanted to sit and talk; when they wanted to talk and I needed to be quiet and walk in the woods. (more…)
Today in the Meditation Circle at Alchemy I was reminded of words from the 1998 film Hideous Kinky based on a novel by Esther Freud. Kate Winslett plays a troubled hippy mother escaping 1960s London with her young children. Her spiritual quest brings her to the feet of a Sufi master in Morocco.
‘Why have you come?’ he asks. When confronted by this long awaited chance to learn from the great teacher, speech fails her. Instead she can only weep. The master’s face softens. (more…)
Ranchor Prime narrating the summary of the Bhagavad Gita. Ranchor Prime will be joining us here at the Centre on the 23rd July.
Missed the first installment?
Here’s Part 1.
Blessed by the Rain
Monday was Spring Bank Holiday. I went for a walk in the countryside with my friend Ram, just back from six months in India. We followed the Ridgeway, Britain’s oldest human thoroughfare, along the tops of the Chilterns. (more…)