New beginnings are exciting and powerful. Today the first public announcement of Blue Skies Buddha went out over the wires. You can find the press release here. Tonight I did something unusual. I often work at home at night – on blogs, emails, Lenz Foundation business, books. Tonight I went out after work to ABC Carpet & Home, on the second floor of a very magical store filled with lights and crystals and finely crafted expressions of beauty.
The theatre on the second floor is Deepak’s home base. Wow. What a fine example of spiritual architecture. The setting was open, spacious, bright and clean, the walls had pictures with fine yoga aphorisms. Behind Deepak on stage were sculptures and affirmative expressions of self-worth. Wooden branches broke up the space and added a playful dimension.
I never heard Deepak speak before. He reminded me at times of my first spiritual teacher, a man from India who was immersed in Hindu knowledge yet able to express it in ways that made sense for Westerners.
OK, I cheated. I just wikipedia’d Deepak. Not that Wikipedia is reliable since the nay-sayers often come in and negate the good. Having read it, however, now I am totally on Deepak’s side. He has persisted in spite of criticism. He has been backing research on meditation’s beneficial health benefits for years. Now that research is paying off brilliantly, as more and more scientists are leaping into the field to discover the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Deepak is a medical physician but a lot of the meditation sniping comes from his fellow doctors.
Deepak grew up in India and is immersed in its rich spiritual knowledge. Tonight, Deepak interviewed a man named Michael O’Neill, a photographer who created an evocative book of photos of yoga masters, primarily in the Far East. What a fine podium Deepak has created. Tonight, I gave Deepak a copy of Blue Skies Buddha. I sense he is reading it. New beginnings.