Now Indian style is quite different to what I would have thought of but lovely all the same.
First day start with the priests and a blessing- we had organized to meet them at 10o'clock to get going, then a 7 o'clock we get a phone call- come now the time is more auspicious oh and have you got wood from a mango tree and a jaman tree for the fire?
What!! that was not mentioned yesterday and how do we find it in 10mins???
Anyway after a mad, mad scramble we got there and they set up, lots of mandalas made out of grains and pulses, lots of flowers and fruit and incenese and hours of chanting later we were thoroughly blessed.
1. prayers were said to align the planets for a successful venture and happy space,
2. To balance the Vatsu [same idea as Feng Shui- the earth energies] of the place. Important for harmony, honesty and prosperity.
3. for the Goddess of the space. The Female energy brings a sense of warmth, fertility- many new ideas brought to fruition and protection.
The yellow altar near right was for Brahma who signifys the creative spirit that initiates things.
In the evening we had musicians and singers in to sing Kirtans- songs for the Gods.
Vey much a busy few days and very satisfying, our OWN workshop is off to a lovely start and feels most hopeful of good things to come for all of us.
A little incident the day before we got started did remind me though of the responsibility Praveen and I carry. We are creating work for ourselves and others...the others really rely on us for this to continue.
A small incident; Praveen and I had a bit of a spat at the workshop not with each other, just a frustration over something in the kitchen but every one heard us.
Next day Papu-ji and the guys were checking on me- was I happy? What upset me? They know I work very hard and worry it is a lot of work. In broken English it was pointed out to me "When Madam is happy the workshop is happy and all is well....when Madame is upset, every body is upset and worried"
It was said kindly and softly but did hit home...what a responsibility we [ Madam means Praveen and I as we are very much a team but I am most un-Indian in that I do wear my emotions a lot more on my sleeve - so am seen as the indicator- I think] have created for ourselves.
We did start wanting to create interesting work for ourselves and as much work as we could locally and we are doing that but,.... no not but as that does negate it- rather AND it does carry responsibilities to have a dream and try and put it in action.
Ohh we are off toa bright new future this Year of the Dragon when all good things can come true!
Waiting for priests to be ready I finally got a few Ghana pictures sorted- was it only a week ago I was wandering around in traveller'smode? Here is a link- what fine travels :)