we eloped!

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"And I love your feet for how they found me."


Our dear teacher says to look at what the one you love loves. Fortunately that which we both love is shared.  Ayurveda, Yoga, World Cultures, Cuisine, Fabric, Story, Music, Dance and the people who each hold such and flavorful mixture.  Lost in such gorgeous discussion as the spring of 2017 sprouted, we too confirmed our love amidst a wildly nourishing weekend of Baul devotional song with our beloved teacher Parvathy Baul visiting San Francisco bay area. Fast forward a summer to September and find us driving cross country with our legendary Orion the God of the dogs to Bend, Oregon where the three of us now live. Quite quickly we knew what was sprouting deserved the commitment and devotion to tend together. 

 Parvathy Ma during the puja ceremony carrying our wedding malas to each guest to place their hands and offer blessings to our union.

Parvathy Ma during the puja ceremony carrying our wedding malas to each guest to place their hands and offer blessings to our union.

 Parvathy stepped in to act as Emma's father figure for the ceremony; gifting her away to Bala. As you can see here, she did not take this role lightly and gave a stern warning to Bala, "Joy Guru! I'm giving the girl, take care okay? If you do anything bad, I should come to the US and kill you!"

Parvathy stepped in to act as Emma's father figure for the ceremony; gifting her away to Bala. As you can see here, she did not take this role lightly and gave a stern warning to Bala, "Joy Guru! I'm giving the girl, take care okay? If you do anything bad, I should come to the US and kill you!"


 Every detail of the puja space was created in the DasMahaVidya tradition to represent the union and indifference of Shiva and Skakti. A  single white chrysanthemum nestled in a clay of rice harvested from the land. Chrysanthemums generally symbolize longevity, fidelity, joy, and optimism while white ones symbolize honesty and loyalty. It also happens to be the flower of both of our birth month.
 Every detail of the puja space was created in the DasMahaVidya tradition to represent the union and indifference of Shiva and Skakti.   Above:  Some of the items from the puja space. Fresh coconut ghee lamps Emma carried when entering the marriage ceremony; walking around the puja three times followed by her dear friend Julie Southwell who flew all the way from Bend, Oregon to celebrate with us.   To the left:  A  single white chrysanthemum nestled in a clay of rice harvested from the land. Chrysanthemums generally symbolize longevity, fidelity, joy, and optimism while white ones symbolize honesty and loyalty. It also happens to be the flower of both of our birth month.

Every detail of the puja space was created in the DasMahaVidya tradition to represent the union and indifference of Shiva and Skakti.

Above: Some of the items from the puja space. Fresh coconut ghee lamps Emma carried when entering the marriage ceremony; walking around the puja three times followed by her dear friend Julie Southwell who flew all the way from Bend, Oregon to celebrate with us.

To the left: A  single white chrysanthemum nestled in a clay of rice harvested from the land. Chrysanthemums generally symbolize longevity, fidelity, joy, and optimism while white ones symbolize honesty and loyalty. It also happens to be the flower of both of our birth month.

 All of the rice we ate the entire week of the retreat and on our wedding day was grown and harvested just steps away. These woman would work all day sorting and cleaning the rice for the meals while the start was used for some of the roofs for the structures (like the the one in the far background).

All of the rice we ate the entire week of the retreat and on our wedding day was grown and harvested just steps away. These woman would work all day sorting and cleaning the rice for the meals while the start was used for some of the roofs for the structures (like the the one in the far background).

"I hope someone else sees you how I see you seeing me." 

Our baul wedding

On the day of Krsna Paksva Vardhini MahaDwadasi, Madhava Mas, 531 Gaurabda, in a small rice field near Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India, within a seed form of our place of sadhana, now called SanatanSiddhAshram, under the auspices of our dearest Baul masters and beloved sangha, we two were married both by the sacred rites of DasMahaVidya fire culture and worship of Sri Ardhanarishvara culminating in the holy spiritual ceremony of MalaChandan, dedicating ourselves together to living a life of sincere partnership to devotional vision & practices, as two-now entwined as one. We are inspired, joyful, deeply satisfied and enthusiastic for the life to come. We know we are Truly blessed and honored by the love and care of all that surround us.

With humility, Our deepest direct gratitude, indebtedness, and eternal affection to our caretaker, well wisher, and pure spiritual tether- Parvathy Baul, for doing everything above and beyond that would melt our hearts eternally and mold us to be gracious, beautiful, and true humble servants of the servants of the servants of Krishna. Thank you.

Joy Sri Sri Guru and Gouranga! Joy Joy Radha Gobinda!

 Our dear teacher Parvathy Ma surrounded by Baul masters and new friends singing to Radha Krishna.

Our dear teacher Parvathy Ma surrounded by Baul masters and new friends singing to Radha Krishna.

 Emma and Bala offering pranams and donations to all the Baul masters for the many gifts of story, wisdom, song and love they shared with us. Here is Emma receiving a silk shawl from Baul Master Ananda Gopal das who acted as Bala's father for the ceremony. 

Emma and Bala offering pranams and donations to all the Baul masters for the many gifts of story, wisdom, song and love they shared with us. Here is Emma receiving a silk shawl from Baul Master Ananda Gopal das who acted as Bala's father for the ceremony. 

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  Above:  Our tulsi malas were custom designed and made by our dear friends Gauranga Simha and Mayapureshvari at  Silver Tulasi Malas  based in Mayapur, West Bengal. Before arriving in Shantiniketan, we spent ten days in Mayapur and was blessed by our time with them and their beautiful family. Even more honored they took the three and a half hour journey to the ashram to celebrate our wedding with us!

Above: Our tulsi malas were custom designed and made by our dear friends Gauranga Simha and Mayapureshvari at Silver Tulasi Malas based in Mayapur, West Bengal. Before arriving in Shantiniketan, we spent ten days in Mayapur and was blessed by our time with them and their beautiful family. Even more honored they took the three and a half hour journey to the ashram to celebrate our wedding with us!

 
 

"i AM LOYAL, I WILL FEED YOU AND SING YOU SONGS YOU'VE NEVER HEARD."

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 Endless gratitude for Parvathy Ma and Prabu (pictured above) who organized the wedding that we thought only existed in dreams.

Endless gratitude for Parvathy Ma and Prabu (pictured above) who organized the wedding that we thought only existed in dreams.

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Thank you for visiting!  We truly wish everyone could have been there to celebrate with us. We hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse into our wedding.  We'd love to hear from you if you have any advice to guide, poetry to inspire, words of encouragement and support for us as we venture on this grand journey together.

Joy Guru!
All Blessings,

Bala & Emma
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WEDDING REGISTRY

We plan to undergo panchakarma in 2018/2019 to be in the best health and orientation to begin a family. Following traditional Ayurvedic practices for fertility and conception, it is advised both the man and woman do panchakarma before conceiving. Beyond our main purpose for this trip, undergoing panchakarma is profoundly impactful to one’s overall health and forever changes your life. For those who wish to celebrate our marriage with some gesture or gift, we are sharing a little of our hearts' intention and appreciate any support from those dear to us.

We've created a Go Fund Me site where you can read about Ayurveda's approach to fertility and conception as well as more about where we hope to visit for panchakarma, Vaidyagrama.