27th of March, 2007 - 8:26
My forced holiday from online presence and in general computer related work keeps extending. Since the last blog entry, the electric cables have fallen of the pole on two occasions, and repairs have resulted in erratic voltages forcing me to unplug ourselves altogether from the main line until it gets fixed so as to not fry any further equipment.
Solar Eclipse and Double Electricity
20th of March, 2007 - 17:30
My last blog entry from a week back featured the fused laptop adapter after the erratic electricity following the thunderstorm. I got the adapter fixed in a matter of a day at Apex Computers, Raman Reti. However, electricity wouldn't tone down...
Monday morning featured a solar eclipse. As on Gaura-purnima, I ended up doing a night parikrama around Govardhana with Sanatana Baba. We started from Radha-kunda at 11 PM, took some rest on a wooden bench at Puchari on the way and returned to Radha-kunda at 6 AM...
Laptop adapter fused
13th of March, 2007 - 4:46
Last night I woke up to a small blast sound accompanied with a flash on my desk, about a meter off where I was sleeping. We had had thunderstorms the last two nights, and electricity had been erratic. I rushed to turn on the light and to unplug all electric cables, and poof went the energy saving lamp as well.
I then plugged in a socket I had with a current meter, only to see the meter shoot straight to 300 volts as if it had only began measuring the power of the incoming current. Judging by the extreme brightness of the bathroom bulb, it must have been in the range of 350 to 400 volts. We heard a series of explosions that night, I am assuming I am not the only one whose equipment took a hit.
8th of March, 2007 - 18:07
A quick note to let everyone know that most things computer are running late as of the last ten days or so. These days, so it seems, we are no longer talking about electric outages. We are talking about electric availability. Frequent, unscheduled and extended outages have turned into a routine event, lasting up to 24 hours on occasion.
Evil Rahu and the Lord's remnants
5th of March, 2007 - 19:01
Today, visiting Vrindavana with Gaurangadas, I met with Advaitadas and, amidst a discussion on some of his old translations, touched on the theme of Gaura-purnima's eclipse, also featured in a recent blog entry at his Madan Gopal journal. The following are some notes and reflections on the themes brought up in his contribution and in the comments that ensued, featuring purity of prasada and so forth.
Gaura Purnima and Eclipse
2nd of March, 2007 - 18:04
Tomorrow is Gaura Purnima, and incidentally also a full lunar eclipse just as it was with Mahaprabhu's appearance, the Moon hiding in shame at the sight of the Moon of Nadia. Krishnadas Kaviraja describes...
While the eclipse on this particular day is a rare occurrence and blessed in its timing, the attack of Rahu is also considered inauspicious, and as such there are a number of observances Vaisnavas undertake during eclipses, whether lunar or solar. Then, a few related words on all that for those eager to observe the day properly...
The Dark Side
1st of March, 2007 - 17:54
Things I have done and said over the years have undoubtedly effected many, for better or worse. Some may have been wondering about my recent notes on being geared towards a life of nirjana-bhajana.
The following is a letter I wrote two weeks back to a dear friend in response to something he wrote me. I thought of sharing it with everyone with hopes that it'd help others better understand who I am and where I'm coming from, and with that look at me with a sense of understanding, offering me the benefit of doubt if nothing else in meeting what may seem like my darker sides, which are many without a doubt.
Posted: 27th of March, 2007 - 8:26
My forced holiday from online presence and in general computer related work keeps extending. Since the last blog entry, the electric cables have fallen of the pole on two occasions, and repairs have resulted in erratic voltages forcing me to unplug ourselves altogether from the main line until it gets fixed so as to not fry any further equipment. (I seem to have also lost a battery charger and a cell phone charger.) I did get a voltage stabilizer, but it won't handle incoming current way over 300 volts.
Yesterday Bul Bul, our friendly neighbor who got his own electricity fixed to a normal level through establishing a second neutral phase, offered to have us connected to his line. We did enjoy electricity and still would, were I not sitting under a tree in Vrindavan on the yard of Brij Healthcare once again. (The walls are too thick to give connectivity indoors.) We came in for a routine check yesterday morning over Malati's persistent fevers, and the doctor recommended her to stay in for a day or two. With me accompanying, of course — and so I had wished I'd never ever have to sleep again in that five feet bed...
Yes. everything is completely late and it annoys me as much as everyone else effected. In terms of anything practical getting accomplished, the only good bit of news is that a friend has helped us out by lending us enough funds to complete the first phase of our construction including the basement for the hot season. I'll be posting photos whenever I get to a situation where that's feasible.