It was a lovely day, and a lovely way to take a final goodbye. A meet up in a pub on the warmest day of the year, a stroll down into the woods, a cheerful picnic, a five-minute meditation. Then 25 or so friends of SannyasNews co-founder Parmatha spread out and cast his ashes among the trees and ponds of his favourite corner of Hampstead Heath, shortly after what would have been his 74th birthday.
Pictured below (with more pictures) is Omkar, casting his lot. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust… and to the leaf mould from last autumn, and the rich mud of a shrinking pond among the flowers and greenery of high summer. Parmartha’s body goes back home to the earth that gave him birth. A time for singing, a celebration of the living and the dead.
Thanks to Nishi, Lora and Pankaja for the pictures.