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

As some of you may know, Durgananda and Natji have been overseas and, being a cat and all, I had to stay in Australia. I wasn’t really okay with this (but I won’t go into that until I resolve a little more of my feelings about being left behind). While they were away I ended up staying in a couple of different locations. I did get well fed and cuddled, but I didn’t have as
Last night I decided to explore the puja a little bit more. Durgananda was fast asleep and I knew this would be a good opportunity to go places I don’t usually have permission to go. During the yoga class earlier in the evening, I had become very aware of two beautifully carved wooden objects on the puja and I wanted to take a closer look at them without getting disturbed.Durgananda says that, once you begin
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 the opportunity
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.Today Durgananda
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 that
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 know
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 colour
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 joyfully

  Swami-Durgananda