Gmorning. A friend asked about the translation of Ya Devi. I sang it in the video in yesterday’s post. This site has the words of Ya Devi translated.
There’s a video with someone singing it to a different tune than the one we used at the ashram near Sacramento. Sounds cool too.
The sect I did for 20 years–I love it. Mother God worshiped in the form of sleep, error, intelligence, hunger… Sorry, but that’s flipping amazing. Of course God is in those things. I find her everywhere.
Christianity didn’t give that to me. And paganism gave me freedom that I needed and need. But Hinduism is a huge, huge trove of sparkling treasure. I dive my hand in the treasure chest and find important things that nourish me, over and over.
When I listen to Ya Devi, I can almost smell incense, see beautiful colors, and feel a whole world that I feel pretty good in. Always I’m grateful to the generous people who welcomed me to the Vedanta centers throughout California, but especially the Sacramento one. It was a perfect refuge for a decade of quiet healing, and I learned so much there.
I learned things I could name, but mostly I learned ineffable things words couldn’t touch.
some things I learned that can be named
- Loquats are among the first fruits to ripen in summer.
- Don’t just start eating the fruits–make sure the first of the year has been offered. Or just wait a while.
- The current foyer used to be the entire temple.
- Playing harmonium feels good.
- Mother worship is fully valid.
- Cancer can make someone’s bones break very easily.
- Vinca is an annoying plant.
- Religion can be a fun thing to build community around.
- Dodge drama by not enjoying it. Gravitate to the fun, stable, creative, serene. People who want to complain to you about other people–listen for a little while, smile, and don’t do that yourself.
- Hippies minus sexual freedom are different to talk to than regular hippies.
- Pushy, rude, and cranky people can still be very likable.
- Swami might make you ask a few times because initiating you.
- Lots about initiation really. Bring flowers.
- Context–religions have things in common, like baby worship. Christ worshiped as manger babe, compare with Krishna worshiped as butter thief.
- Peace water ceremonies, format of worship, the materials that are offered in worship, baby blessing ceremonies, Indian interfaithness,
- Bengali-style misogyny and how to mitigate it.
- How Bengali language feels in the mouth.
- Linguistic quirks of Bengali-style English.
- Ritual is meaningful. Beauty and symbols can speak to parts of us that language can’t touch.
- A community can adore a leader, then hate the new leader.
- Peaceful people can be the angriest people in the world.
- I can be very skeptical about my own experiences of the light of God.
- You could think it was pointless to do spiritual practices day in and day out with a bunch of people 40 years older than you, but things might change inside of you that you don’t realize till much later.
I hope you’re getting what you need, dear reader. Religion, not-religion, music, silence, sleep, hunger, delicious foods. I love you.
Yesterday I was craving a nopales taco salad really bad. So Ming bought one for me from that place we like in commercial center. He asks for nopales instead of meat, and it’s no problem.