I started conducting the workshops in Jan 2008. Ever since then, there was not a single month in which I did not conduct a workshop. In fact, I do two or more workshops in a month – the average has been a little above three. May 2012 was unique for not having any workshop. It was also a very important and wonderful month for me as we were blessed with Nina, our first grandchild. I was in Seattle enjoying the exalted status of grandfather in the company of Nina. It was one of the most inner growth experiences for me. Holding Nina in my hands and looking into her eyes is a new (and blissful) meditation that I found. I would not have believed it but I do miss her.
Hungry as I was for resuming the workshops, I organized to start a Wellbeing workshop on 6th June at Savitri Bhavan in Auroville. Auroville is hot and humid and more so this year as we lost a lot of trees during the cyclone in Dec 2011. Normally, attendance in workshops during the summer months is low. I was pleasantly surprised that the hall was more than full and there were more Aurovilians than guests and visitors. A couple came from Pondicherry every day. Viji and Valli who work in Town Hall also participated and Rakesh, who sits in the workspace next to me, was present for the last session (which he missed last time). It is also a matter of celebration that Mr. Bala Baskar, the new Secretary of Auroville participated in this workshop. Syamala and Varadharajan are always a source of encouragement for me. Many senior Aurovilians Jocelyn, who kept telling me that they want to be in the ‘next workshop’ finally made it to this workshop. All in all, I really enjoyed this workshop and what a blessed privilege it is to share Pranayama with this great gathering!
This is my first workshop as a grandfather. This workshop is great start for me as a grandfather. I am happy and grateful.