Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Just for the record

I have been very lucky to have had the chance to start playing football very early in my life. 1993. Thank you to my parents who enrolled me .That was the year 1993, when we moved to Mumbai from Pune. But they quickly compensated by putting me in Tabla classes as well at the same time.

I only started to enjoy Tabla long after I quit those classes.

At this point in time, I am an expert at neither. But I have had great fun! And yeah.. hope to continue do so.

Its almost 2014 now. I am already 30 now. At this age, incredibly, two lists start growing. Things you regret for not doing and things you want to do. The second list almost certainly has most of the items from the first list. In that way.. it is good to start regretting early, or else, its harder to get those items from the first list to your second list.

Talking in terms of 'regrets', I now wish, that I had play football more. I cannot believe now, that I did not play football when I got the chance to play in school, because I though it would affect my studies. 

Ironically. the way I am right now, it does look like I did skip some years in school.

Well though, after school, I did not give up football and still try to play whenever I can.

And because I know I may happen to read this blog after 50 years. Here it is. Just for the record.
(Actually, I do like showing off.... ! Even if its only 4 goals in 12 years. That means, I score one goal every 3 years. Not bad... I still have a year left before I score the next one !)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

S N Goenka

Very saddened to hear today that S N Goenka passed away last week on September 29th, 2013

It was August 2005 when I did my first Vipassana 10 day course. I have never done one after that but have been invariably in touch with the practice.

I remember the 10 day course that I did, it was in Pune. I was at my sneezing best. And since I got in the course at the last moment, I got a bed in a large dormitory. It being rainy season, dampness was everywhere and life was pretty much hell.

Getting up at 0430 AM in the morning and cold shower. Meditation till late evening.
Every evening, I felt like running away. It was an overwhelming task even when I had come mentally prepared for it. Even when it was not allowed some people did talk to each other. I remember one such conversation. A man was talking about how this was his 3rd Vipassana. On the 1st camp that he attended he had jumped over the wall to escape.

Sitting crossed leg for so long was gruesome. I could not manage to sit up straight. I would have back aches 15 mins in to the practice. I understood the technique, but I could not make the best of it. It was impossible to maintain the equanimity. It was so easy to get jumpy.

But the technique I thought was awesome. Besides being non-sectarian , it made a lot of sense. I sensed this was something so fundamental that everyone should know about it.

About a month back, my parents gave me this 10 CD discourse of S N Goenka. It was the same content that was played every evening during the 10 Day camp. I recently finished listening to it.,but I did not know about his death until today.His discourses are very simple, unassuming and simplified for the common man. Never called himself a spiritual guru and never let anyone treat him like one. Its hard to not stop smiling when listening to S N Goenka.

Its hard not to feel love and gratitude for Mr Goenka.