About ten years ago I was living in Boulder, CO and reading a lot of spiritual books. Now, it’d be great if I could say spiritual “texts,” but really we all know these were books. Wild Nights by David Deida is book. It’s Here Now Are You? by Bhagavan Das is a book. The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Casteneda is a book. We know this because we italicize their names, unlike, say the Bible, or the Qur’an. But, that’s for the nerds.
Eventually, from somewhere fell into my lap Robert Svoboda‘s Aghora, which although definitely a book (see italics), because of it’s lesson-centric nature flirts with being an actual text. Book? Text? Book? Text? Eh, who knows and who cares? What I do know is that the Aghora trilogy (yes, there are three of them) is a collection of dense MF’ing tomes filled with tales of possession, shakti pat, alcohol, and kundalini rising told through the lens of Svoboda’s trickster aghori mentor, Vimalananda, a right thorn of a teacher (is there any other kind?) bent on subverting all that would remain nice and pleasant if simply left alone.
Turns out Robert, er, um, Dr. Robert Svoboda actually knows a thing or two or thousand himself, a whole slew of that specifically about Ayurveda, and hearing him speak in public has been a special joy of mine ever since realizing this. And tonight it can be a special joy for you too!
Tonight at 7pm Manhattan’s own Broome Street Temple will be hosting Dr. Robert Svoboda, as well as kirtan with beauts Anjula and Nina Rao. This as part of a greater event celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the Ganesh Temple, one of three temples housed within the greater Broome Street Temple, installed by the late great teacher and master of Ashtanga Yoga, Pattabhi Jois. Below is the communique sent by the BST. You will find all the necessary deets there:
We are gearing up for out 10th year Ganesh Temple anniversary, and we have several very special programs planned.
Our daily program can be found at www.broomestreettemple.org
On Thursday evening at 7pm, Ganesh Chaturthi day, Dr. Robert Svoboda will be delivering a special lecture.
Special Kirtan on Thursday will be with Anjula and Nina Rao.
Friday and Saturday for the homas and abhishekas we will be joined by the extremely learned Pandit Lakhman Sastrigal, who now resides in New Hampshire.
Saturday evening Acharya Krishnamurti from the Chinmaya Mission will lead us in a group Ganesh puja and explanation about the inner meaning of each step of the worship of Ganesh.
On Sunday, the day of the Ganesh parade, our special kirtan will be with Bhakti, from the Art of Living Foundation.
Prasad each day at 12:30/1 pm provided by the Bhakti Center.
In order to support the activities of the temple, each year at the Ganesh festival we offer different levels of donations for the temple services ranging from $11 for archana (flower offerings) to $750 to sponsor all five days of the festival. Donations can be made online or at the temple during the festival. This year, for all those who sponsor the entire week’s festival, Priest Prakash and Eddie Stern will come to your home or workplace to perform a special puja for you and your family.
We look forward to seeing you, and please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Broome Street Temple