Driving through Crystal Palace and finding myself walking up red painted steps to a Lakshmi temple in London… felt like landing in another land. Greeted by Ghanean born Acharya ji, we were welcomed for the celebration of ancestors. As one of the temple trustees said in her speech; "By honouring those who have gone before, we sew seeds for the future." Pictures of peoples, loved ones who have passed on, lined the stage amidst the flowers, Songs and prayers in Sanskrit and people from the community speaking, it was an inspiring morning. And somehow it all happened to beautifully coincide with the passing of Queen Elizabeth 2 so she was honoured there too, whether royalist or republican, whether from rich or poor, for her living a life of Sanātana dharma, putting duty above all else, with grace and dignity and uniting all.

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I returned to the birth place of my Mother and grandmother, the place of so many childhood memories - Liverpool. Visited the road Grandma lived, not far from Anfield football stadium, Liverpool FC’s iconic base! That evening visited a lady who teaches and studies Sanskrit and there was a gentleman present who used to live on the very same road as my Grandma and who loves Sanskrit, studies Sanskrit and for whom Sanskrit is a part of his every day life. Here I am with him. Sanskrit is found in the most unexpected of places. But then Sanskrit is full of surprises. And then again Sanskrit is everywhere.

Was asked to go to Waterperry to give a couple of talks on Sanskrit … only one person turned up… but that didn’t matter at all! And then in the car park as was heading home heard someone call “Gaiea” and looked up to see such a presence. And we found out that just before lockdown had been due to go to INDIA to give a concert and Nandana Chaitanya was organising it. Before you knew it there we were in the car park chanting together and the seed was born to make a recording together. What a gift to come across each other and as Nandana said to meet someone who understands straight away. We chanted some verses from Vishnu Sahasranāma amongst others and it reminded me the importance of meeting in a group to chant together


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