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I experienced a Moment of Bliss today…

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 21, 2012

This evening I had the good fortune of witnessing a Japanese Tea ceremony. The event was held as part of the Auroville Festival that has been on in New Delhi this week.

It was my first glimpse of the tradition and am certain it will not be the last. The 40 minutes that the host performed the ritual movements, elevated me to a dimension where space and time disappeared altogether. What remained was an unexplainable oneness, of mind, body and soul. Repetition of precise movements created an energy waveform that was therapeutic. In minutes, my senses shed all the fatigue that the day’s long drive and heat had given rise to.

I believe that a stone idol, worshiped for centuries by millions of people, develops powers that seem divine. The cumulative energy transferred from devotees to the idol bestows on it divine abilities. Similarly, the movements that I saw the host perform, signified for me the oneness between the creator and the creation. The host seemed in union with every object that he handled. Every ingredient of the ceremony seemed to have become an extension of his, and the tea seemed blessed with divine energies that the host channeled through every movement and every object.

If the sight was so spiritually uplifting, I can only wonder what a blissful effect it must have for the performer of the ritual.  The ceremony was a beautiful representation of the oneness that can be realized between humans and their tasks. If only we could immerse ourselves so completely into what we do, miracles would happen, right here, right now.

Have you experienced a tea ceremony?




9 Responses to “I experienced a Moment of Bliss today…”

  1. This was beautiful. I would love to observe something like this.

  2. I’ve always wanted to see a Japanese tea ceremony. I knew so many Japanese people in London, but apparently very few people know how to do it.
    We do have out own English “Tea ceremony” !!, which I say as a joke though actually and I didn’t realise how much etiquette is involved in having tea in England till I came to Sicily where, of course, they don’t know the rules!

    • Raunak said

      its an enchanting experience! We have our own tea ceremony in India…I love the way some people pour the tea in the saucer and sip out of it…a great way to cool the burning hot tea….ever seen it?

      • How funny! That is one of the taboos in England as it is considered terribly vulgar!!! Of course England is a cold place so you don’t have to wait very long for it to cool down! In fact we make woolly or padded “hats” for our teapots to keep the tea warm 🙂 Ever seen those in India?
        English people have all kinds of silly rules, such as, you have to pour the milk in before the tea, if Mother is present she pours the tea and nobody else should, and so on.

      • Raunak said

        hahaha…we use those wooly hats here too…afterall we were given the milk tea culture by the English! however, we always pour the tea in before the milk.

        I remember this Singaporean movie “One Last Dance” where the lead actor always poured the milk before the tea and it was considered strange. However his logic was sound.

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