This week’s Tuesday with Timji comes with some jealousy
Why jealousy? Here’s how it starts:
Greetings from Roma. I could fill you in on what a great cultural experience it is to be here, soaking up all the architecture, history, art, food, wine and espresso, but that might seem like gloating, so I’ll write about something else.
That’s right. Tim is in Rome, in the days ahead of his October retreat in Tuscany. Wine and Ashtanga, indeed.
Here’s a little more to whet your appetite — and thirst:
Wednesday September 28th is the first day of Navaratri—nine nights of celebration of the Goddess. The buffalo demon, Mahishasura, had grown so powerful that he was threatening the supremacy of the Devas. Out of the mouths of Brahman, Vishnu, and Shiva came streams of lightening that coalesced to form the Goddess Durga. Durga was fashioned with ten arms, each hand holding a weapon designed to kill Mahishasura. A mighty battle ensued and Mahishasura was slain on Chamundi Hill in Mysore, which is now the site of the famous Chamundeswari (Durga) Temple. The name Mysore is derived from Mahishasura. Needless to say, this festival is very important in Mysore, where it is also known as Dassera, from the sanskrit dasha hara, which means remover of bad fate.
Tim is a great teller of these stories, by the way. I hope he manages to include some during the Confluence.
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