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Srinivas Shastri
Adventures of a Spiritual Vagabond
Adventures of a Spiritual Vagabond

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finally, after about ~14 years, got a video of Self playing in the QF against Gopalan Grandeur at the Whitefield Inter-Community Badminton Tournament

Arun and Self, the Gemini Contenders, won the first game (11-?) and lost the second (8-11)

In the third, we were staring down the barrel of the gun at 1-5, 5-7, somehow equalized at 9-9, and won it 11-9!

The third had its share of drama: a disputed point that came off the floor and a power outage

Just before the start of the match, had done some Falun Gong [], which made me totally cool and in the moment; was totally without nerves

Later on, learned that MD1 [first Men's Doubles] was their Trump match, which meant that we got our one point and they -1, giving us an overall lead of 2 points. The Ladies won their Doubles [our Trump match], which took us to an unassailable lead of 4 points in all (with three more regular matches to play) and the tie became a dead rubber

Thanks much to Aveek "Ness" Katiyar for recording the same

Fittingly it was the [181st] birthday of the Master [Sri Ramakrishna]

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text editor on the fly in Chrome


data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

in your browser's omnibox and you'll be presented with an editable page just like Notepad and TextEdit

You can even save the document (as an MHTML page) by hitting Ctrl+S

open the MHTML later [by double-clicking on the saved file or with Ctrl+O in a new tab] to continue from where you left off

It's worth bookmarking the link – although it's basic, it will work 100 percent of the time, giving you a fail-safe option in an emergency

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Seeing Lord J at an Odissi dance performance on the 🎂 of the Master really made my day

The Master said He was an incarnation of Lord J and never visited Puri, saying that He wouldn't come back if He did

So He would send folks like M, who wrote the Gospel, to hug the Deity and, later on, would hug them :-)

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How often does Friday the 13th come along?

for a non-leap year, the month displacement reflected in the zeroth of the month is as follows:
(if JAN starts with a Monday=1)

0 3 3
6 1 4
6 2 5
0 3 5

2017 started with a Sunday; so we have add 6 (or -1) to the zeroth in the above table:

6 2 2
5 0 3
5 1 4
6 2 4

For 13th to be a Friday (5), the month should start with a Sunday. i.e., zeroth = 6; only two times this year (JAN and OCT)

from the general displacement table, it's clear that we can have just one Friday the 13th or a maximum of three (FEB, MAR, & NOV)

we can work out for a leap year on similar lines

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Trivia Quiz

The autobiography of which Indian film actor starts with a chapter called:

All That David Copperfield Kind of Crap

A reference to the start of The Catcher in the Rye:

| The first thing you'd probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. That sort of stuff bores me and second my parents would have two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything personal about them. They're nice and all, I am not saying that, but they're touchy as hell.

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He was one of those who had the wilderness for a pillow
and called a star his brother.~Dag Hammarskjöld

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Around 4:30 PM, the Sun, still in the South, comes barreling down the southeast part of our backyard garden. It's a great joy to do Falun Gong in that blaze

Towards the end of those four minutes, when i bowed down to the Sun, a thought came:

Let me be a bit like you

thinking of that quote: the Sun shines on all, without distinction. All judgments come in the way of being at peace with everyone

Swami Saradananda was known as an ajata shatru (one whose enemy is yet to be born)

As if in agreement with this idea, a lizard tick-ticked nearby

From the WhatApp group on The Holy Trio

Today is Magha purnima ~ a very auspicious day for Sri Ramakrishna devotees

On this day Swamiji composed Thakur's pranam mantra

Towards the end of his life, Thakur's eminent householder disciple Nabagopal Ghosh constructed a house in Ramakrishnapur in Howrah [close to Kolkata]. He was attracted to that place because of the similarity of its name to the Master’s name. He decided to install a porcelain image of Sri Ramakrishna in the shrine. He arranged for the Master’s worship in a grand manner on Maghi Purnima tithi [Feb 1898].

He invited Swami Vivekananda and other monastic and householder disciples and devotees of the Master. From the ghat of Ganga Vivekananda and others went barefoot to his house, singing, dancing and playing the drum along the road

After dedicating the shrine Swami Vivekananda extemporaneously composed the pranam mantra of Sri Ramakrishna:

Om sthapakaya cha dharmasya sarvadharma swarupine
Avatara varishthhaya Ramakrishnaya te namah

Salutations to Ramakrishna, who established religion, embodying in himself the reality of all religions and being thus the foremost of divine incarnations

Till now the descendants of Nabagopal Ghosh celebrate this auspicious day in a big way. Sri Ramakrishna is worshipped in the same porcelain image sanctified by Swami Vivekananda

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we have got a great subgroup going on WhatsApp the Wonder App

folks send in stuff they sing as audio notes; at least one song every month

To make it even more interesting, the challenge is to sing directly into the chat. How does one know? If one sings directly into the chat, the WhatsApp profile pic shows up alongside the audio note; otherwise, it won't

Swami says that singing bhajans in front of others is like sweeping in front of others

The House of Love is made completely of music, of verses and songs.~Rumi
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