Meowsings from Hamsa Bandit Spanda Katikas, the cat on the (yoga) mat

I had a fabulous Shiva Process Self-inquiry group last night. I think I’m really starting to get a hang of things. I’m thoroughly enjoying exploring my cattiness and the relationship between thought and feeling. I arrived early and brought an offering with me for the puja (a flower that I had furtively seized from the other room). I left the flower in front of Durgananda’s chair as I couldn’t reach the puja and took theRead More

Today was another exciting day for me as I learnt more about Puja. I love Puja because I get to toss flowers and petals and Durgananda doesn’t reprimand me for it. For those of you who don’t know, Puja is a form of worship, where you say mantras, wave lights and make offerings – flowers, food, other objects – to a deity of your choice in order to invoke their grace and receive blessings. TodayRead More

A strange and upsetting thing happened to me in February and I am only now able to tell you about it. Durgananda and Natji went on retreat to Ganeshpuri in India and left me behind. Ganeshpuri is a small town about 2 hours out of Mumbai and is the heart of our yoga lineage.  Durgananada says that visiting there is like bathing in a deep pool of shakti. It restores you in a way thatRead More

Last night was Shiva Process night at the Maribyrnong Centre for Yoga and Meditation. I didn’t want to go. I was all curled up on the bed and feeling very warm, and very lazy. I had had a very hard day, exploring the outer terrain of the Maribyrnong Centre and the local comings and goings. Durgananda asked me if I was coming to the group and I just rolled over and ignored her. I knowRead More

I’ve noticed that Durgananda wears a lot of orange. She has a fabulous orange shawl with dangly bits on it that I love to chase and chew on. When she’s not wearing the shawl and I can find it, I try to rip the dangly bits off. I know I’ll get in trouble for this, but it is too much fun to resist. I used to think Durgananda wore orange because she likes the colourRead More

Yesterday evening Durgananda went out and left me behind! Can you believe that? She said she had to go to Satsang and it wasn’t an appropriate place for cats. I thought “that is ridiculous, I can go wherever she is going and Satsang is definitely something I would like to attend”. After all, I am very good at sitting and singing and I’ve heard that there is great chanting at Satsang. I tried very hardRead More

Today I’d like to tell you about hatha yoga. Getting into the yoga class was a little harder than getting into the Self-inquiry group. I think it is usually the other way around for humans. Durgananda has been running a Back to Basics Yoga course and I really wanted to attend. Luckily for me, when she asked the other participants – on my behalf – if I could attend, they all said yes. I joyfullyRead More

To my great delight I am finally allowed to participate in programs at the Space of Good Feeling: Yoga and Meditation, Maribyrnong. Durgananda (my Swami mummy) said I could attend if I was well behaved. Personally I think my behaviour is always exceptional, especially for a cat! This week I attended yoga and Self-inquiry. Self-inquiry Group (a meditation-type group that explores the relationship between thought and feeling) was a little awkward to begin with. IRead More

Let me begin by introducing myself. At the start of this year I had the extreme good fortune of being adopted by Swami Durgananda and moving into the Yoga and Meditation Centre: The Space of Good Feeling in Maribyrnong. I had no idea when I attached myself to her at the cat rescue centre that I was about to embark on a spiritual journey. I just knew that she was the human for me. DurganandaRead More