RAJANAKA SUMMER CAMP 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT
JULY 4TH WEEKEND. ZOOM IN, WE HAVE A PLAN.
Rajanaka “Summer Camp” began when a few folks from NYC came up for the 4th of July. They asked me to talk about what I’d been working on most recently and to move the conversation forward by going deep and going together. That was almost 20 years ago and we’ve gathered every summer since. Our usual venues are up here in the Finger Lakes of western New York and folks have come from all around the world. Fun shouldn’t be this much fun but sometimes it’s this much fun. Days full of learning, curry night, time well-spent with good company.
I have been holding off any change of plans but it’s time we have a plan that meets the exigencies and needs of our upcoming Covid summer. So here’s what we are going to do.
Rajanaka Summer Camp will happen on Zoom. Same times, same days. We begin at 2pm on Thursday, July 2nd and carry on through Monday, July 6th at lunch. We will have our usual rich, long days of learning but with sensible breaks. (Yes! Really! Sensible breaks!) We will have puja on Sunday morning, as usual. We will have time for questions, queries, conversation. We will have meditations and contemplations. Handouts. We will have complete same-day recordings available for listening or Zoom-viewing at anytime. We may even have curry night or maybe just take out at home but we will have each other.
Camp is open to anyone who wants to come. It has always been a great place for deep learning even if you are brand new. Those who’ve come for years now have been incredibly welcoming and inviting. And you are invited. With our Zoom format, you’ll be able to come for one day or all of the days. And it will be made especially affordable. Thanks for caring and thanks for coming if you can. DETAILS BELOW.
RAJANAKA SUMMER CAMP JULY 4TH-JULY 6TH 2020
INTIMACIES OF THE HEART: THE NON-BINARY CORE OF GANESHA, MURUGAN, AYYAPPA, AND THEIR DIVINE SISTERS
Rajanaka Camp doesn’t usually have an announced topic but times have changed, maybe a little. Our plan is to make our way into a forest of myths, concepts, and philosophies that take us deeply into ourselves. These are stories and characters about which you may be little or no familiarity. This is learning that you will not find readily available elsewhere. If you come with an open mind, a willing heart, a sense of humor, and desire to learn, this is for you.
Our topic this year originates in the mythologies of the “second generation” of Shaiva mythic cycles in south India. We are going to spend time particularly with Muruga, Ganesha’s “younger” brother, and with Ayyappa, “lost” brother to both and, in many ways, the keystone to the entire cycle of stories. But we are going to look at these characters through the lense of sammelana, the notion of their non-binary identities where they assume masculine, feminine, both, neither, and yet more ways of creating relationships. We are going to look at their consort intimacies and, importantly, their relationships to their sisters, to Shiva and Paravati’s daughters. If all of this is largely unknown or unfamiliar to you, so much the better. The road goes on and pilgrimage brings more than you bargained for and not what you might expect. We will make this accessible, interesting, fun, and worthwhile. This is the good stuff. Camp is always the good stuff.