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Gobind Sadan Institute

INDIA | Friday, 14 November 2008 | Views [3743] | Comments [1]

On this day I had the opportunity to visit the aunt of my friend and colleague Mike, Mary Pat Fisher of Gobind Sadan Institute for Advanced Study of Comparative Religion.  Gobind Sadan is a spiritual place encompassing lessons of love from all religions. Mary gave me a tour of the Institute’s shrines to Jesus, Buddha, Judaism, Krishna, and Hanuman, their mosque, their large Sikh complex capable of accommodating 5,000 people, and a sacred fire temple according to ancient Indian tradition. There, Mary led a ritual involving blessing of offerings before placing bits of them in the sacred fire. The bananas were especially dramatic – Mary chopped an entire bunch in half with one blow of a machete. The remaining offerings of chapatis (flat bread), jaggery (sugary mix), yellow sweets, and bananas are shared among the worshippers afterwards. Delicious nap in a cool quiet room of the guest house followed by a tasty lunch of eggplant, potatoes, yogurt, salad, and chapatis, enjoyed with three women visiting from Russia. Thanks to our interpreters on a project from a few years ago, I managed a very few words in Russian. Intimate chat with Mary, then she let me help out in the office, typing a couple of pages for a children’s version of one of the institute’s books. I also became the proud bearer of an envelope full of Indian children’s art being sent in exchange for a similar envelope received from Mary’s daughter’s pupils in Maine. Savored some tea and a sweet embrace from Mary, then headed back out into the honking car horns of Delhi.

Baba Virsa Singh Ji, your blogger, and Mary Pat Fisher




dhan dhan Maharaj ji piz Bless him .i am so worried Baba ji

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