I live...

..in sunny San Diego. My home office doubles as the "studio" in which I write and record music and poetry. I play guitar just about enough to enjoy playing it and to write songs. I sometimes peck away at a keyboard to help with my song writing, or use GarageBand/Logic.

Am into fitness..

... daily morning cardio at the gym, and alternate day work-outs are a must! As is a nice long walk at Lake Miramar in the evenings, which is a short ride from where I live.

I read a lot..

... my favorite books are Eknath Easwaran's "Dhammapadda" and Thich Naht Hanh's "The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings" which I return to often. I also enjoy dipping into  Rumi's "The Essential Rumi" (translated by Coleman Barks), St. Augustine's commentaries on the Sermon on the Mount and  Thomas Kempis's "The Imitation of Christ" (translated by Ronald Knox and Michael Oakley).  I love books on quantum physics, with my favorite being  Doubt and Uncertainty by Tony Rothman and George Sudarshan. I also believe I have read virtually everything written by Sri Ramana Maharishi. I am currently working my way through Dion Fortune's "The Mystical Qabalah". All these books inform my spiritual path, and serve to inform me that radically different theologies, from say the atheism of a quantum physicist to deeply held religious beliefs of say a priest in a major religion are simply different paths up the same mountain. Or as a better poet than me said some thousands of years ago "The milk of cows of any hue is white" (Amritabandu Upanishad)

My favorite authors for escapist fiction will always remain P.G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie, though I do enjoy science fiction. Engrossing non-fiction written without a political agenda is always welcome. Finally, I should add that I just finished a great book by first time author Indra Zuno called Freedom Dues. I highly recommend this book, you can purchase it and find my review here

The media I consume

... is largely music from classic rock to blues. And on the rare occasions time zones and personal time permits, all things cricket. Apart from using LinkedIn for work, I have no interest in social media. 

And I am very serious about my spiritual growth..

.. which to me first and foremost means leading a life of dharma (as defined in the above mentioned two favorite books) in all aspects of my life.  But it also includes practicing karma yoga (see my song here for my definition) and practicing the bhakti rituals I grew up with, which now  includes learning vedic chanting.  And, last but not least, I aspire, but still fall woefully short, of a daily practice of meditation. 

© 2020 by Ravi Ganesan.