Going Indian on a Saturday



I had the chance to participate in the celebration of the foundation of the Indian Republic today at the Asian Center. Saturday Prof required us to attend the whole-day event as an equivalent for our supposed three-hour class. I was planning not to but curiosity won over laziness. Plus, I was absent last week and Prof might really check today’s attendance—better not to risk the precious slots for allowed absences. Hahaha.



I thought the whole event was fun. There were a lot of firsts for me a while back. It was the first time I really sat in a seminar with a speaker talking about Vedic philosophy, good and bad karma and reincarnation. Even if I did study those in our Asian History class, I never really took things to heart. Perhaps because it was a different religion or perspective on life and all; or maybe I just found it too mystic before. I wasn’t able to hear the whole talk because I was late—but the latter part of the discussion was quite enlightening. For Hindus, it is very important to gather all forms of good karma because it will determine the next body one will be bringing to life. Also, a balance of good and bad karma does not cancel things out. Again, good karma must outweigh the bad—ideally, people practicing such belief must do good all the time and avoid bad activities.


There were also discussions on finding your soulmate and how souls transcend from one realm to another. The teacher (i.e. speaker) told us that there are an infinite number of souls in this world but only a few are on our realm. A lot of them are left in the spiritual realm waiting to find another body to welcome them. Souls, like human beings, are also awarded free will. They are free to choose whether to reside on one body to another or not at all.

After the seminar, veggie lunch was served to all the participants. I was hesitant at first because the last time I tried magic meat at a certain vegetarian fastfood, I gagged and almost puked. Epic fail on my first attempt. Today, I tried it again and yes, I succeeded in finishing my food! I ate the highland rice and the vegetarian curry. My classmates, Ruby and Angelo, backed out of the eating challenge. Haha. I must say that the curry is similar with the usual chicken curry we cook, except that there’s less “umami” or “linamnam”. I’m thinking it was because of the meat used. But overall, I thought it was good food. Second attempt = success. Vegetarian cause = 1, Emy = 1.J


During lunch at the AC grounds, we’re treated to Indian music and dance performances. The sax was just amazing. Here are a few clips (they’re quite long).

We also had our hands painted with Indian-inspired designs. Cute.

And then, there was the Kirtam Yoga thing. We listened to their Hare Krishna chants for almost an hour. The chant began with slow beats—the flute made us relax. The upbeat part of the repetitive chant brought almost everyone to their feet to dance. I did not. Hahaha. It was a nice thing to watch—everyone’s like Jai’Ho-ing and Hare Krishna-ing with their arms flailing up and down and their feet trying to match every beat played by the percussions.

After the whole dancing affair, we headed out of the auditorium and watched the cooking demo at the grounds. Within an hour, the chef was able to whip out six different Indian dishes—there’s the basic veggie curry, the Pinoy curry or Kare-Kare, plus a veggie bagoong (salted black beans or tausi), banana blossom salad (in coconut cream), dahl soup (monggo lang talaga yan), chutney (caramelized pineapple), and the samosan (Indian empanada). I wasn’t able to line up for the free taste but I guess I already have an inkling of how the food will taste because of how it smelled when it was cooked. There’s the usual curry taste with a hint of chilli and coconut-ish flavor. And then of course the pungency of the turmeric and mustard seeds adds another level of flavor to the dishes made by chef.


Free yoga classes were also offered but the slots were already filled, plus I don’t have yoga materials. Before I went home, I bought a beaded prayer necklace which looks like the rosaries used by Catholics. I also took home free Hindu-themed books given by the Hare Krishna org.

By the time I arrived at our house, I was surprised I’m not yet hungry. Hmmm, was it because of the lunch? I wouldn’t know. But one thing’s for sure, my mind was full today—I really learned a lot especially appreciating another culture that was foreign to you before. I’m looking forward to more events like this. Hahaha.

Next week, we’re back with Saturday Prof and her endless storytelling session class. Gaaah, sana mabusog siya sa meals para di makasingit masyado sa discussions. Hahaha!

Good night and enjoy the pictures! J






So much color.



Bas reliefs.


Upper photo: Indian mascots; Left: A copy of the Vedas; Right: Vedas enclosed in a chamber.




Indian band playing Indian music and dancing signature Indian moves. How Indian. :)


I think this is Krishna in varied forms. Haven't checked.
AS201A classmates. They're trying to do the Indian pose but failed. Hehe





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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Going Indian on a Saturday



I had the chance to participate in the celebration of the foundation of the Indian Republic today at the Asian Center. Saturday Prof required us to attend the whole-day event as an equivalent for our supposed three-hour class. I was planning not to but curiosity won over laziness. Plus, I was absent last week and Prof might really check today’s attendance—better not to risk the precious slots for allowed absences. Hahaha.



I thought the whole event was fun. There were a lot of firsts for me a while back. It was the first time I really sat in a seminar with a speaker talking about Vedic philosophy, good and bad karma and reincarnation. Even if I did study those in our Asian History class, I never really took things to heart. Perhaps because it was a different religion or perspective on life and all; or maybe I just found it too mystic before. I wasn’t able to hear the whole talk because I was late—but the latter part of the discussion was quite enlightening. For Hindus, it is very important to gather all forms of good karma because it will determine the next body one will be bringing to life. Also, a balance of good and bad karma does not cancel things out. Again, good karma must outweigh the bad—ideally, people practicing such belief must do good all the time and avoid bad activities.


There were also discussions on finding your soulmate and how souls transcend from one realm to another. The teacher (i.e. speaker) told us that there are an infinite number of souls in this world but only a few are on our realm. A lot of them are left in the spiritual realm waiting to find another body to welcome them. Souls, like human beings, are also awarded free will. They are free to choose whether to reside on one body to another or not at all.

After the seminar, veggie lunch was served to all the participants. I was hesitant at first because the last time I tried magic meat at a certain vegetarian fastfood, I gagged and almost puked. Epic fail on my first attempt. Today, I tried it again and yes, I succeeded in finishing my food! I ate the highland rice and the vegetarian curry. My classmates, Ruby and Angelo, backed out of the eating challenge. Haha. I must say that the curry is similar with the usual chicken curry we cook, except that there’s less “umami” or “linamnam”. I’m thinking it was because of the meat used. But overall, I thought it was good food. Second attempt = success. Vegetarian cause = 1, Emy = 1.J


During lunch at the AC grounds, we’re treated to Indian music and dance performances. The sax was just amazing. Here are a few clips (they’re quite long).

We also had our hands painted with Indian-inspired designs. Cute.

And then, there was the Kirtam Yoga thing. We listened to their Hare Krishna chants for almost an hour. The chant began with slow beats—the flute made us relax. The upbeat part of the repetitive chant brought almost everyone to their feet to dance. I did not. Hahaha. It was a nice thing to watch—everyone’s like Jai’Ho-ing and Hare Krishna-ing with their arms flailing up and down and their feet trying to match every beat played by the percussions.

After the whole dancing affair, we headed out of the auditorium and watched the cooking demo at the grounds. Within an hour, the chef was able to whip out six different Indian dishes—there’s the basic veggie curry, the Pinoy curry or Kare-Kare, plus a veggie bagoong (salted black beans or tausi), banana blossom salad (in coconut cream), dahl soup (monggo lang talaga yan), chutney (caramelized pineapple), and the samosan (Indian empanada). I wasn’t able to line up for the free taste but I guess I already have an inkling of how the food will taste because of how it smelled when it was cooked. There’s the usual curry taste with a hint of chilli and coconut-ish flavor. And then of course the pungency of the turmeric and mustard seeds adds another level of flavor to the dishes made by chef.


Free yoga classes were also offered but the slots were already filled, plus I don’t have yoga materials. Before I went home, I bought a beaded prayer necklace which looks like the rosaries used by Catholics. I also took home free Hindu-themed books given by the Hare Krishna org.

By the time I arrived at our house, I was surprised I’m not yet hungry. Hmmm, was it because of the lunch? I wouldn’t know. But one thing’s for sure, my mind was full today—I really learned a lot especially appreciating another culture that was foreign to you before. I’m looking forward to more events like this. Hahaha.

Next week, we’re back with Saturday Prof and her endless storytelling session class. Gaaah, sana mabusog siya sa meals para di makasingit masyado sa discussions. Hahaha!

Good night and enjoy the pictures! J






So much color.



Bas reliefs.


Upper photo: Indian mascots; Left: A copy of the Vedas; Right: Vedas enclosed in a chamber.




Indian band playing Indian music and dancing signature Indian moves. How Indian. :)


I think this is Krishna in varied forms. Haven't checked.
AS201A classmates. They're trying to do the Indian pose but failed. Hehe





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