Namaste.

I'm taking rest in Chennai, after visiting the southern peninsula of Rameshwar, and the temple towns of Thanjavur, Madurai, Chidambaram, Trichy, and Arunachala.  I was able to visit the ashram of Ramana Maharishi, who's teachings of reverence for all life, even the simple blade of grass, I resonate with.  

Internet and phone have been very scarce, which can be a very good thing, thanks for all your messages and well-wishes.  I send all these blessings back to you all.

I've been challenged in my travels, there are so many lessons and opportunities to practice equanimity and letting go….  but my hardships are nothing compared to what the majority of beings who live here face every day.  Life is difficult, yet, joy abounds.  When I can put myself in their place for just a moment, I can realize how abundant I am.  Empathy is our awareness expanding to include all.

Sending you all the best for the new year.  I've got a few more places to cover, and have a pending appointment to see Sri Desikachar at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandir here in Chennai.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

john