Back in November 2011, after a particularly negative experience of giving a Pagan / Wiccan interview for an on online Radio, I got home very mixed up and angry – for having been taken advantage again by a Journalist. (I’ve appeared / given interviews for various lot like BBC, Channel 4, Guardian etc..).
That was when i decided the only way to share/ put out my message ..without it being edited out by others – is to do my own work. So as it was a month before the much anticipated year 2012 was coming, I started my youtube channel `Gaian2012′.
It is an Esoteric Channel – with videos I personally make ..about Paganism, Wicca/Witchcraft, Magical Training videos, spirituality, astrology, New age / holistic events, Pagan/ Hindu festivals, Ecology & Environment, protests/ marches, picnics and so on.
I’ve been making videos / editing/ producing/ doing my own features, covering events, interviews etc since then.. Along the way I have been learning so much about digital video / film making, sharpening my editing skills and so on.
Four and a half years on, today, my channel has reached 100,000 views (well, 100, 006 to be exact!). The esoteric / holistic work continues.. but I think I can take a few minutes to mark this happy occasion 🙂
Lammas…time of willing sacrifices.. for better quests! So, here’s a disturbing thought – will you survive without facebook/twitter/ instagram and all the other online worlds?
How much has it taken root and changed (trapped) your every day life? Do you have a fulfilling life outside it..or even when you are off-line, do you think in terms of updating your status, posting, sharing with others..?
We now have to fight this fallacy that `if we are not on online worlds, then we don’t matter, or that we are missing the best slice of bread life has to offer..’
It’s what the Transpersonal psychologists call `womb-world’ – being stuck in a place that initially provides us with protection, sustenance and warmth. Clubs, societies, communities, religious sects & cults…are all `womb-worlds’ of differing scales and magnitudes.. So is an alliance to a Nation or a flag!
There comes a time we have to get out..or be pushed out.. and be born ..as painful as that process of birth is.. into the real world.. into light!!
Have a think.. and make the right changes & sacrifices for Lammas!
Few days ago, I went looking online for some upcoming rituals in Wimbledon Hindu temple. I found the temple’s official website. More importantly, I found the wikipedia entry..which had a notice of `lack of notability and possible deletion’. This was quite worrying. Wikipedia as many know is a living entity, billions of people use it as reference, millions add entries (woffles, bables, chatty)..and possibly a select thousands work at making those wiki articles as professional and precise as possible..(with references, citations, proper formatting and all that).
Well, I spent a few hours digging stuff in google for any references to the Ganapathy Temple in Wimbledon, and found some great references – from BBC, Guardian, Scouts, Merton Council etc.. So I put them all in, as well as a few new sections, added external links and so on.. and the wiki entry started to look a bit better. (still long way to go yet, and am sure many others can now add similar `good and notable contents’)
Already I see that another nice person has formatted the contents I put in and made it look better. So here is the entry as it looks at the moment.
The point behind this ..to let people know that anyone with a basic internet technical skills can edit / add to wikipedia entries …for a subject they have an interested in and have experiences/ knowledge thereof. It all adds to the content and quality of wikipedia.. modern repository of our knowledge. 🙂
Wikipedia entry for Shree Ganapathy Temple, Wimbledon (on 20Jan2015)
**** Note: Sections in blue (below) are original before I added other content ****
Shree Ganapathy Temple, Wimbledon, is a Hindu temple in south-west London, England, that was established in the 1980s. The main deity in the temple is of LordGanesha. There are also deities of Goddess Durga (Parvati), Lord Hanuman, Krishna etc. The Sai Mandir was opened in 1981 and is a prayer hall dedicated to Sathyanarayana Raju.
During the temple’s early years, the realisation came that there was an urgent need to educate the younger generation about Hinduism. Furthermore, the temple wanted the children to fully understand the faith at a deeper level than previously. Therefore the Sai Mandir has been running classes for many years, teaching the children spiritual education, Sanskrit prayers, how to sing Bhajans (devotional hymns) in addition to learning about other religions too. Voluntary activities take place in affiliation with local authorities and Age Link groups.
The temple provides classes dwelling on teachings of Hinduism, music and dance classes, and yoga to name a few.
4 External links
Shelter for Refugees: Refugees from Sri Lanka have been given temporary shelter at the Temple in 1986. The BBC recorded this info as part of their DomesDay Project in 1986.
Scouts – 23rd Wimbledon: This temple became Europe’s first Hindu temple in the UK to be home to a Scout Group. The 23rd Wimbledon  was established by Scout Leader, Geetha Maheshwaran in Autumn 2012 .
School trips – Religious Education: The school is listed in Merton Council Directory as providing Hindu religious, social and cultural services for all ages, especially for schools to visit as part of their teaching of Hinduism in their Religious Education Curriculum.
The Ganesh temple has been using a building that was formally a Church and a Community Centre. Hence the interior has been a basic square shape. Reconstruction work began in early 2014, and is nearing completion in January 2015. It will be based more on the style of the traditional South Indian temples.
^“BBC Domesday Project 1986 entry”.
^“Feature on Scouting Magazine (Uk)”.
^“School Visits at Temple”.
^“Young Reporter-Local Guardian – Wimbledon”.
Family Service Community Directory – Merton Council
Local Guardian -January 2014- Wimbledon Hindu Temple renovation Article
Places of Worship – listing at Kingston University London
spiritual-scouting – Article in Scouting Website
Video of Omam at Ganapathy Temple (by London Hindu Temples)
Omam – Hindu fire ritual – blog by QuantumPhoenix
BBC site Domesday Reloaded article- Refugees housed in Hindu Temple
ps. Here are those actual links related to Ganapathy Temple 🙂
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Issues faced by an esoteric Entrepreneur within magical communities
One of the ongoing strands of myths and misunderstandings, difficulties and despairs, appreciations and accusations – that I observe in the lives of any Spiritual, magical or Esoteric Enterprising person is this very matter!
In the Esoteric world, many are `taught’ or pressured into being `humble’ and there is also a big push towards being seen as non-materialistic. Too much Charisma can be interpreted as sleeziness. Self-Importance can be mistaken for Ego. Ambition is mistaken (often) for Greed!!
Where as in the enterprising & business realms, one has to show confidence, self-assurance, charisma, ambition. This is especially true to stand-alone self-employed Entrepreneurs. They have no one to stand on but their own tools, experiences and expertise. After all that is what they `sell’ – as a product or as a service to others.
The Esoteric Entrepreneur does not talk about other people, products or services (unless that is what he/she is selling).
The Esoteric Entrepreneur simply comes at it from a confident, self-assured, personal experience point of view.. he or she lives by example. He or she has to live by example, using the very products and services s/he is promoting and selling.
And as I said, this often mistakenly comes across as `Egotistical, Self-obsessed’.
It is not the Esoteric Entrepreneur – the one selling a crystal wand, a new age shop, a tarot reading, a self-help magic book or other such things – who needs to change. S/he already has. – in taking that brave step to make a living out of these subjects.
It is the Esoteric, pagan, holistic & magical communities that need to change – and start differentiating between these issues.
Don’t you just get tired.. of accepting a `friend’ request..and within a minute (or a day, if you are lucky) you get a post or ten..from your `new’ friend.. a 3rd party link, a funny picture, a video, a joke, a poke, a product promotion, a `like my page’ request, an invite to play a game.. buy a `really cool..must have App’ and so on?
Well, will you or them do that ..if they just met you in a party? in the streets? In a relative’s home? In a wedding?
Only Salesmen and saleswomen pull out their tricks of promotions and rewards…within 30 seconds of saying that first hello to you.. Time is money..and they work the averages..It’s a number game!
Well..what are YOU trying to achieve? Build up an army of `friends’? and when you do…who will you actually phone ..when say..you just had a car accident, or your heart just broke..or you just lost your pet tropical fish..or ..you just saw the girl/ guy in the street and fell in love and must have friend support?
Social networking may have started in someone’s dorm.. a down to earth, human place.. of fun, flirts and study! But it’s now pushed and managed by marketing gurus and media moguls..
The more you like, share, post…more you are helping them to grow their empire..and bank balance!
And if you are trying to have a similar piece of the action..good luck.. it’s possible.. but that takes time.. and you ain’t gonna get `your empire’ up and growing..by spamming your new found friend..!!
So do the world a big nice thing.. follow these simple real life friendship building ways.. yes, on social networking too.. Behind those pixels, pictures, links, posts and pages.. there are real human people.. and some of them would like real friends…:-)
Well, by now you can’t have failed to notice..that the whole World is heading for a cataclysmic event of epistopic proportions.. (epic is such a common word now..so am borrowing `epistopic’ from the Doctor Who series itself!).
Actually it’s not cataclysmic …but jubilant and utterly Celebratory!
No other TV show has been going on for 50 yrs – yes okay with a few years of break in the middle! But that’s like a person going all recluse for few years and returning to family & friends.. What matters is when it started..and if it’s still `alive’ 🙂 Besides, in the `gap years’ there have been plenty of audio & video dramas of Doctor Who stories.. starring actual past `Doctors’ ..so I call that a good continuity!
Right.. I have much to say about a Hero and a show that has inspired me, seen me through personal hard times, propelled me to go on and do a Physics Degree, turn my hate of History & Sociology into deep interests and much more..
But ..bit busy right now..!
So I’ll start ..by sharing some of my recent art works/ graphics…modeled on the `Time Lord mythos’ ..as it becomes applicable to my own life. (not that you’ll know..unless you are a close friend ..)
The personal story so far…
The original TimeLine graphics (above) shows me at various events..wearing masks (for Pagan ceremonies etc).. and key points.. with key people (partner, sister)..
But the one below is a variation on my original `TimeLine’ graphics…but with a Halloween Twist (with `Death’) in the middle.. It’s as if other forces have started to interfere with my timelines.. (bit like when the `Great Intelligence’ jumped into the Doctor’s time-steam in `The Name of the Doctor’)
And below you can see a recent one I started to do.. called `Regeneration’ ..as a result of personal stuff…! (yes I really was going through difficult times in my life ..this whole year has been like that- sadly).
On an artistic level, this (above) shows two separate `worlds’ merging.. (the outdoor nature shot is taken in Euston, London, and the indoor shot is part of the Westminster tube station, London.. and the Tardis is a photo of the model that is outside Earl’s Court tube station, London)..and me..well, that’s a photo of me in my room.. ! 🙂 The `jacket’ of course is my 9 year old `tribal jacket’ (that I wear for rituals in woodlands..)
This then leads into the one below.. called `UnRegenerate’ .. and it takes the concept of a Regeneration `going wrong’.. (as in the case of when The Master trying to regenerate beyond his 12th incarnation in the `Deadly Assassin’ (Tom Baker story set in Gallifrey). I used the same background graphics as before..but used a new photo of me being in my comfy night robes at home..
This then leads me to a strange one in the middle.. `Shadow Hunter’. The idea is that the `Regeneration’ has gone a bit warped..creating a fractured / splintered personality.. ie the Shadow.. of the Self.
And all this finally brings about a happy resolution..which is.. `Manifestations’ – where the process is complete, and a more settled `new’ self finally surfaces and..settles.. 🙂 ..and about time too…’cos it’ll be my birthday soon.. ! ps. If I ever run a big magical empowering conference or something ( a festival) I’d call it.. `Mani-Fest’ of course… a play on words..my name..and festival..but also about manifesting your own realities..:-)
And that brings me to something else that I shall blog later this evening.. something that will blow you side-ways..to know ab out the good Doctor Who.. !
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What about Pagan spirituality – that of nature worship, and of Gods & Goddess entities?..”
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