a mala of favorite things

A mala of Some Favourite Things

mala — Sanskrit: garland, usually means a rosary or chaplet of beads for counting repetition (japa) of mantra / prayers.  Traditionally strung in rounds of 108 beads with one extra “silent witness” bead, also known as guru bead. Repetitions are counting in rounds of 100, but the other eight are extra to cover for any mistakes or lapse of one-pointedness. The 109th bead is not counted.

In this case, just 109 persons, places, things that happen to be among my favourites. Not necessarily my most favourite in all cases & categories! But definitely among my favourites….

Who & what are some of your favourites?

some Coastal/Western towns

1 Port Townsend
2 Stinson Beach
3 SLO
4 Cambria
5 Leucadia
6 Sedona
7 Flagstaff
8 Santa Fe
9 Taos
10 Boulder

some top sattvic foods (organic, fresh only)

11 ayurvedic buttermilk
12 oranges
13 amalak fruits
14 almonds (blanched)
15 honey (raw)
16 ghee
17 most grains
18 mung bean dhal
19 most fruits
20 most vegetables

some fave novels

21 Lost Horizon
22 The Grand Sophy
22 The Dharma Bums
24 Siddhartha
25 The Little Prince
26 Das Glasperlenspiel (The Glass Bead Game)
27 Journey to the East
28 Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān
29 The Research Magnificent
30 Christopher and Columbus

some fave movies

31 Prime
32 The Holiday
33 The Holly and the Ivy
34 Enchanted April
35 Page Eight
36 About a Boy
37 High Fidelity
38 Lost Horizon
39 Heat and Dust
40 The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

some fave fruits

41 strawberry
42 black cherry
43 peach
44 blackberry
45 orange
46 pear
47 mango
48 guava
49 cassava melon
50 mangosteen

Some fave painters

51 Paul Klee
52 William Blake
53 John Marin
54 Marc Chagall
55 Robert Natkin
56 Henri Matisse
57 JMW Turner
58 Georgia O’Keeffe
59 Joan Mitchell
60 Henri Rousseau

Some fav cuisines – (lacto) veggie organic fresh version only!

61 Indian
62 Thai
63 Chinese
64 Japanese
65 Greek/Mediterranean
66 Italian
67 Mexican
68 Balinese
69 Californian
70 Southwestern (New Mexican)

some fave Indian towns

71 Uttar Kashi
72 Rishikesh
73 Manali
74 Puri
75 Goa
76 Dharmshala/Mcleodganj
77 Kovalam
78 Darjeeling
79 Kalimpong
80 Kasar Devi

some fave 20th century women (celebs)

81 Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969)
82 Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
83 Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)
84 Tina Modotti (1896-1942)
85 Dorothy Day (1897-1980)
86 Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981)
87 Muriel Rukyser (1913-1980)
88 Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)
89 Tare Lhamo (1938-2003)
90 Petra Kelly (1947-1992)

some fave hats

91 balmoral (kilmarnock, tam-o’shanter)
92 artist beret
93 Tibetan (faux!) fox / Russian ushanka
94 tricorn
95 cowboy
96 lifeguard straw
97 slouch
98 asian conical (“coolie”)
99 turban
100 Sami čiehgahpir /  Andean chullo etc)

Some fave mala beads

101 quartz crystal
102 red coral
103 pearl
104 banded agate
105 conch
106 amber
107 turquoise
108 rudraksha

Guru

109 His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (c1917-2008)

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