Tracing mystic Kabir from Kashi to Maghar
I had met Swami Ram Das at Kabir Math Varanasi. It was when I had visited the place researching about the Nirgun tradition conceived by mystic poet Kabir. He sang a few songs, so we could record them and study them. The songs were very interesting, referring to a physical body as a boat and […]
देव दीपावली (त्रिपुरी पूर्णिमा), काशी
आज गलियों में गुज़रती इस भीड़ के संग आगे बढ़ते हुए, ऐसा लगा की गंगा जी इन गालियों में बेह रही है, और जा कर खुद में ही समा जाएंगी। मानो की, गली में यादव जी (जिनका खीरकदम लाजवाब है) को प्रणाम भी हम उसी भीड़ में बेहते हुए किये। कुछ दिन पेहले ये लोग अपनी […]
Kautilya Society, Varanasi: a boon or menace?
In October 2011, Kautilya Society helped us set up our first base in Varanasi. They gave us 50% discount on accommodation and food in return for organizing cultural activities on the rooftop cafe. This helped Espirito Kashi sustain itself. There have been controversies against the existence of this civil society, providing accommodation services in Varanasi and […]
The Doors of Kashi
April 30, 2013 | By Dr. Rajnish Misra Kasiphile: A person who loves Kasi (etymologically, it comes from Kasi or Varanasi or Banaras and philia or love). Kasilogist: A person with (not just passing, but deep) knowledge of Kasi (etymologically from Kasi and logy or knowledge). Kasiphiles love many things about their beloved city. The gate/doorways […]
Outside Shiva’s cave, Garuda sat perplexed (short story)
[Characters] Garuda – the carrier of Lord Vishnu Yama – the lord of death High in the reaches of Mount Kailasha is the abode of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. One evening Vishnu, the god responsible for preserving the cosmic order, came to see Shiva. He left behind at the entrance Garuda, the half-man, […]
This short text is more a sketch of sensations then an explication of Magh Mela. It is a personal glimpse of something special.. Imagine to be on a boat… trying to reach the Magh Mela… All the streets are closed because one of the holiest day to take bath is about to come..to reach the Mela […]
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