The blog formerly known as No Sleep Til Mysore
Nice picture! Did you take that yourself? With a cellphone camera?
I did not take it. I have heard that it was snapped at the big birthday celebration in May.
Well, he's very well-lit and his expression looks very natural. Whoever took it did a good job.What's the white thing he's wearing? It looks like a tallis, but not exactly (and a tallis wouldn't make sense anyhow).
It looks like a prayer shawl.Is that not what a tallis is?
Yes, a talis is a prayer shawl! A talis is larger and has special fringe on the corners and blue stripes. It's worn only at temple and there are rules. For example, there's a specific blessing when you put it on and you can't bring it in a bathroom. Often only men wear them. Many Jews don't wear them regularly.So I guess that the prayer shawl is not unique to Judaism? When do Hindus use it? Are there rules about when/ where/ how?
I do not know what Hindus do.Some yogis wear it, some do not.
Oh dear! That sounds a little terse. If I have annoyed/tested your patience/offended I am sorry!
Please do not take it personally.Some yogis wear the prayer shawl while meditating, or in the presence of the Guru, or while reading scripture, etc. It is said to retain the sattvic and spiritual energy of such endeavors, even if it is laundered.
Thank you for the more detailed explanation.No worries, I won't take it personally. Perhaps that's the happily married person reflex: When in doubt, apologize! No exceptions. Even if you aren't sure what's wrong. Or think you are right. Because the relationship with your spouse is more important than being right or saving face.It's interesting how I just do that out of habit now, isn't it? My husband does it too.
When did you decide you're going to Turiya rather than Samadhi? And why? Or is Turiya simply a stop on the way?(I just noticed the change.)
Have you looked up the definition of each?