Swami Ramananandaji Maharaj.

Just look at that room. Is it not very appealing? I would love to live in a house with a room like that.

And what is more, it is part of a converted old chapel! It can only contain lots of good ‘vibes’, as just imagine how many prayers have been said there! What in India, we would call “Pavithra Bhoomi”, Sacred Ground.

By sheer accident, I landed up at this blog site which came as a complete surprise to me. I of course had heard of old chapels and churches being bought and converted but, old schools? That is a new one to me. Perhaps Magpie can elaborate on that. We have shortage of schools and new ones are coming up all the time.

What has been particularly intriguing me is the thought of getting hold of an old temple somewhere in rural India and converting it into a home! Unfortunately, the kind of construction that temples offer may not be amenable to alteration to suit residences! Just imagine remodeling something like this!

If I can succeed in locating one like that, remodeling it and take up residence in it, I shall be thenceforth called Swami Ramanandaji Maharaj. All of you will be most welcome to come and pay obeisance and take blessings. Just in case you forget, this is somewhat what I will then look like!

Himalayan Retreat.

My young friend Sandeep has written this guest post for the benefit of those readers who had commented on the post about my eventually migrating to Sandeep’s resort and becoming the resident Swami.


Without much ado, here is his guest post.

“One of my life’s ambitions (if I live long enough and save enough money) is to own and run a small Himalayan resort.

Here is the website of one of the new breed of Himalayan resorts for the adventurous. This is a luxury resort high up in the mountains that offers solitude, great views, clean and hygienic food and most importantly, hot showers and clean toilets. It caters to rich Indian and Western tourists, looking for scenic treks, “village walks” and home comforts.

One of the hotel sites operated by these guys has been listed in the “Hot List” of Conde Nast Traveler magazine for 2008.

Go to the section in the site titled “Shakti experiences” and check out the photos there. Then check out the photos in the Photo Gallery to get a glimpse of the natural beauty on offer.”

If Sandeep’s resort is anything like what these guys offer, I may just decide to become a resident rather than a Swami in a corner hut. Provided of course, before Sandeep builds the place, I win the Irish Sweepstakes. Grannymar, do they still have that running? Where can I get a few tickets?