Namarupa publishes special issue in memory of Shyamdas

As we (and many others) reported back in January, bhakti guru Shyamdas passed away following a motorcycle accident in Goa. It happened on Jan. 19, just a bit before his 60th birthday.

Now, Namarupa — co-published by Eddie Stern and Robert Moses, who led our yatra — has published a special edition dedicated to Shyamdas’ memory.

The link to the issue is here. You should be able to download the PDF version. Are there are more resources, as well. (As a side note, if you haven’t taken a look around Namarupa, we’d encourage you to do so. It brings a wonderful diversity of thoughts and approaches to parts of the yoga practice.)

Included in the issue are pieces by Eddie; Mike Diamond (aka Mike D of the Beastie Boys); Shyamdas’ partner Allyson Kreim, who was injured in the motorcycle accident; and several articles Shyamdas wrote for Namarupa.

Here’s an excerpt from one of Shyamdas’ pieces:

Hari plays with thousands and somewhere along the way, I was called. The Director brought me two hours south of Delhi, to God’s playground, to the sacred lands of Vrindavan, úrà Käüóa’s làlá land. I was eighteen and determined: a dream that had become reality had brought me to Vrindavan, and I headed straight for Neem Karoli Baba’s ashram. Not finding the master at home, I wandered around the outskirts of Vrindavan and came to úyám Kuôi ashram. There, the Mahant, the ashram’s head, called out to me in Hindi, but realizing that I did not understand him, a silver-haired Gujarati man, Maïgaldás, the servant of auspiciousness, came down the stairs and greeted me in proper English. Within two minutes, he not only had invited me to live with him, but had given me a Käüóa mantra which I use to this day. My entrance into Vrindavan had begun!

On a separate topic, today is Tim Miller’s 62nd birthday. You can read about his transformation from Pisces to Aquarius at his weekly blog. Happy birthday, Timji!

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