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Ganesha's Birthday

OM GAM GANAPATAYAI NAMAH

Today is Ganesha Chathurthi - Ganesha's birthday, which this year marks my 40th Sannyas anniversary - it is 40 years since I became a Swami. Forty years ago, I stood in front of a ritual fire with my teacher Swami Vishnu-devananda to renounce my attachment to the world and to vow that I would devote the major portion of my energy into trying to tune to the pure Consciousness within. I still wears orange, although not orange robes, the colour of the fire who witnessed my renunciation. 

For now I'm settled in London; above is a picture of the Ganesha orchestra that plays sweet music in my kitchen. But, as a Swami, I try to have the attitude that the whole world is my home and the whole world is the family.

You might also be interested in watching a short talk that I posted on YouTube a year ago - on Ganesha Chaturthi. It is embarassing to realise I haven't posted anything since, but I do intend to be more diligent in this!

Watch Ganesha Chaturthi on youtube

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