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Yoga teacher, practicing yoga since 1997, teaching since 2003, writer/translator, global soul, world traveller (and sometimes beyond), passionate about eastern philosophy and western psychology, especially its application in mind-body practices such as yoga and somatic movement therapy, deeply in love with life, knows that our greatest teacher lies within, also sometimes a total mess - it's part of the package!

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    Happy Holi!

    Monday, March 1. 2010

    Today, 1st of March, on the Full Moon day, we celebrate Holi in India - the Festival of Colours!

    Holi is the Spring festival to enjoy and strengthen the relationship with our family, friends, and loved ones. Holi is a very popular and fun-filled festival. People all over India throw coloured water or coloured powder in celebration, and exchange gifts and sweets as a symbol of affection.

    In some parts of India, Holi is dedicated to Krishna, the God of the Gods. In other parts, it is dedicated to Kamadeva, the God of Love.

    The Legend of Radha and Krishna:
    The story goes that, as a child, Krishna was extremely jealous of Radha's fair complexion since he himself was very dark. One day, Krishna complained to his mother about nature's injustice which made Radha so fair and him so dark. To console him his devoted mother asked him to go and colour Radha's face in any colour he wanted. So, playful and mischievous Krishna followed his mother's advice and applied colour to Radha's face, making her look like him. Somehow over time, this legend about Krishna's lovable gag gained acceptance and popularity. So much so, that it evolved into a tradition, and later into a festival, where people apply colour to each other or go as far as using coloured water jets - the Holi Pichkaris - all in the name of love and to express their affection for each other.

    The Legend of Kamadeva:
    Another legend associated with Holi is related to Kamadeva, the God of Love. To help Parvati in getting married to Lord Shiva, Kamadeva tried to disrupt Shiva's meditation by shooting his weapon at the Lord. Enraged by this act, Shiva opened his third eye. The gaze that fell on Kamadeva was so powerful that Kamadeva got burnt to ashes. Moved by the pain of Rati (wife of Kamadeva), Lord Shiva brought him back to life, but only as a mental image, representing the true emotional and mental state of love rather than physical lust. Since it is believed that Lord Shiva burned Kamadeva on the day of Holi, people in India light a bonfire on Holi (or the evening before).

    Happy Holi everyone - add a little colour to someone's life.
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