May 14th-16th, 1999 – Goa with Teacher Sashikala Ananth studying Vastu Shastra.
Day 40 – May 14th Gee it’s our last day of the trip … Last night the 14th we walked up the beach to a great restaurant right on the beach. There were 15 of us…We had a great time walking there and watching the sunset as the sun fell to the Earth. There was a great breeze and the warm sand under our feet. We were all taking pictures in various groups and ways so we could all treasure this moment and the trip and what it meant to all of us who completely the entire 3 parts together.
I had the Lobster grilled with garlic butter, it was a wonderful evening. We treated Sashikala and Ahaliya to dinner, it was their last night here. They leave this evening. We loved her energy and her teachings as she literally ate, breathed and slept the wisdom and beliefs of Vastu and its entire culture and way of being…a life-style.
Then we walked back in the dark with beach crabs crawling all over the sand with not many flashlights, if any. Suzanne and I were screaming at some points and then roaring with laughter about the whole thing.
We all met in the bar here at the hotel to have a meeting for “Global Design Network” – A company Sashikala wants to start with all of us from the trip. To share ideas, information, and brainstorm with like minded people from around the globe. It was nice. We will all keep in touch via computer. I have to get email when I get home. (yes, that’s right, email and I didn’t have a cell phone then either 😉)
PS I googled Global Design Network and it does exist since 2005 but I don’t believe it was by my teacher…we all kept in touch for a while but without things like Social Media back then to make it easier, I have lost touch with most of the group including my friend Suzanne.
Class Notes – Vaastu Shastra – Teacher Sashikala Ananth
Anchors of Indian Logic – Yoga – Ayurveda – Vastu. 1.) Personal serenity (healer) Mind (disturbed) & Body (patient) 2.) Inward Harmony. Order in an outward form creates order in an inward form
A drawing in my notes shows a Triangle with: -Philosophy/Belief System at top -Integrity of Self at lower left corner. -Accountability to System/People
Cooking is such an intimate way to offer nurturing to other people. Never let go of cooking – cooking is like Yoga…A meditative process
Create in your day, each day, a time to have time, space & energy come together – that’s the celebration of life with all the senses open.
Like a flower looking at the sun, STAY OPEN!
Order or Discipline = Sadhana
Fullness = Poornam (a complete experience, a full moon) Fullness is accomplished when all levels of consciousness are achieved in conjunction.
Day 41- May 15th, 1999 – Goa with Teacher Sashikala Ananth studying Vastu Shastra
Well, today was the last day of the tour and the class. It was good we ended class with a group share, and everyone had nice things to say about Sashikala and the trip as well as our leader Roger green. It was a nice moment. We all got ready and went back to the restaurant on the beach that we all walked to, around 6:15PM, just in time for the sunset. I got some great pictures and we all took some group shots too. It was really great energy. I’ve made some great friends, we had a wonderful dinner while it rained, and we watched lightning in the distance as well as heard some thunder… it stopped as quick as it started. We had a nice dinner, and a nice conversation, then we all walked back to the hotel and went to the bar for a drink. Sue was doing face analysis on Katherine, and I went after her, it was pretty precise and very interesting.
Suzanne and I came back to the room and of course her shotzy (sweetheart in German) called right when we walked in. I’m writing in my Journal as she talks on the phone.
Sashikala will be in Agra the same time as me so we have decided to get together when we are both there. Well, tomorrow we all leave Goa and each go our separate ways to different destinations, it will be bittersweet. I am looking forward to moving on and traveling alone but will miss the friendships I’ve made.
Day 42 – May 16th, 1999 – 5:45 PM
Just arrived in my room at Taj Palace hotel in New Delhi. It was a bittersweet day, I said goodbye to all my travel companions of the past six weeks, I’ll miss Suzanne most she’s become a good friend. I can’t wait to go home by this point but one day in Delhi and two in Agra by myself should be nice, than home. I’m looking forward to the Taj Mahal very much… I’m going at sunset Tuesday and sunrise Wednesday, my train arrives back in Delhi at 9:00 PM and I just go straight to the airport. The timing should be perfect, then my flight is at midnight and I’ll be back in New York on Thursday at 4:45PM.
I can’t wait to talk to my friends and see my mom and dad and Simba. I sat with a really nice man from France named Christophe, he was interesting. I met him at the Goa airport and he helped me all the way to Delhi until the tour guide picked me up. I gave him my business card and said if he was in New York to call me.
It’s great preparation for one day at a time this trip, I need to really keep living in the present moment. It takes practice to stay in the moment. So much change happening when I get home, it’s very exciting and one day at a time. I’m trusting in the universe to do what’s best for me in staying true to myself.
Class Notes from Last Day with Sashikala Ananth – Teacher of Vastu
Three theories to Indian culture
- Experience – taking place through your senses
- Faculties – become
- Instruments – manifested form
Northern Hemisphere Direction Meanings
NE. – Water, God, nurturance, direction of warrior, loving to friends and family and tough on those he does not love, enemies. sensuousness connected to the Crow
SE – Fire, spirituality, fire as the witness, messenger, center of activities in the home, the ability to come alive spiritually, connected to snake (I think my notes say snake LOL)
S – Direction of death, unless you understand death you can’t live. One of the most powerful directions, the direction of the lion. South is only friendly with East. Spiritual rebirth.
E – Gets along with all directions
W – is friendly with North East and West
N – is friendly with East and West
SW – Is the location for space, or spirit of your forefathers, an important location, in the shadow of your past. connected to the dog
No corners of a home have entrances in Vaastu – Could be weakness
W – Lord of the waters, the rains, the oceans, adventure an excitement, innovative, creative, West direction of expansion. Connected to the bull
NW – Wealth, healing, volume, Lord of the wind, location of mind, intellectual achievement. Connected to the donkey
N – elephant, moon, wealth, material wealth, Lord of the herbs, healing, person who transforms, pleasure loving, hedonist, indulgence. Connected to the elephant
Center – is earth, leave center open, not too much activity here, no walls or pillars.
Rectangle is residence square is temple and offices you can combine forms.
Letting go of limitations but exploring boundaries!
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