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Day twentyfive: Mantra

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Bright and early, I put together my offering of fruit (the two apples I got yesterday), flowers (some orange ones I picked near my dorm and some strange looking ones I got from a tree outside the Reception) and money (making sure it’s not a round figure), and made my way to the temple.

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Day twentysix: Freeday!

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Organized by Udayan, our free day took us to the Backwaters and Varkala Beach. Highlights include some very good fried fish for dinner on the beach and Monica’s observation that my face glowed and eyes shone the day I was initiated.

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Day twentyseven: Modesty

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Two more days to go and I already had to say goodbye to one more of my favorite people: Cora from Ireland of Subar Juicebar fame left this morning to Varkala, right after satsang. Speaking of satsang, today I sat and I sang the Universal Prayer in very broken Vietnamese with Bau and the Japanese group.

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Day twentyeight: The way

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My last day at the Ashram started with a silent morning walk to the lake, followed by chai outside Shiva Hall. At chai (I have mine with jaggery), the raves for my emceeing last night continued to pour in.

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Day twentynine: Sleep

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March brings with it my first day outside the Ashram, with Lighthouse Beach in Kovalam cushioning my return to the real world. After 28 days of vedantic life perfectly synchronized with the calendar dates of February, my month, the month of love, I’m now on borrowed time.

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Day thirty: Midnight

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Our last day in India begins with the final chapter of Midnight’s Children Book One, entitled Tick Tock. Like a mantra, the words ring in my head as the 12 a.m. hour of our departure draws inexorably close.

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