…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menogurgitating; a bloggy re-run

Last Monday there was a 'rerun' of the piccies from my mixing and mingling with some sci-fi stars. This week a bit more in-depth about what influence Star Trek had... (have tweaked it minimally - improved blogging skills!)

.........??????  what's this you ask....

Despite close resemblance, this has nothing whatsoever to do with my sojourn in India.

This is a costume I made myself. From scratch.  Entirely by hand.

This was as true a representation as I could manage to produce of the outfit worn by the Bajoran spiritual leader, known as a Vedek.

Still confused?

Does the next shot help?

There was a call-out for 'ambassadors' for the Star Trek Exhibition at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. I was a science fiction fan from childhood.  True sci-fi.  NOT fantasy. Dad and mum permitted the viewing of Star Trek.  It contained scientific possibilities.  Much of what we now take for granted was demonstrated first in that visionary show.

Automated sliding doors.  Mobile phones.  PADDs (personal access data devices = youpads!!)... I'm still longing for the teleporter to become reality.

Yes there are people working on it!

More than all that though, there was always the implied question of 'what makes it all tick...or who?'  When the next franchise in the Star Trek series came up (Deep Space 9) there was more of a socio-political slant to the story-lines, and much of that also spiritual. Little did I know it at the time that I would end up following the spiritual path from which the Bajoran religion took it's form, phraseology and even it's naming formats.

You see, the Vedas are the founding scriptures of Sanskrit faith, cultural and social structure, and many languages - not just the Indian, but also the Latin ones.  A person who is of that culture is referred to as 'vedic'... (are you seeing the line of thinking???)

It was not Star Trek that led me to where I am now, spiritually.  Quite another path entirely. However, having landed here and with the benefit of hindsight, I can truly see how and why the show appealed so deeply to the space within me (pun intended).

When I realised that one of the main script writers of the series was of Indian origin, it made sense.  What a great way to inject a cultural heritage that informs so much of Western thought - without the West actually noticing or wishing to own up to it.  

Another part of the ST universe is the Vulcan culture.  That is where the concept of "Unity in diversity" is held at its strongest.  It is also where control of our baser instincts and strong, logical thinking is held in esteem.  I now know that this is pure Advaita Vedanta.  So which came first?  The seeds of vedic understanding deep within me, already held from previous experience and accrual of many positive karmic 'brownie points'?  Or the awakening through this unlikely 'guru'?

Both perhaps are required.  ...it has been fun getting here!


  1. OMD OMD Sarge's Mom and OURS are Total Trekkies.... OMD they really ARE.
    And you are SOOOOO correct about how much of the Original has Come to pass... Being able to Speak Commands to a Computer... as come to pass... from a time when personal computers did not EVEN exist.
    AND how accepting the were of OTHERS who might Look or Think or Believe Differently. THAT one is still a Work in Progress... but the ground work for it... were laid back WHEN... Bones may have complained about Spock being a Green Blooded Hobgobblin.. but.... under that Bluster was a Good Friendship. LOVED and STILL LOVE Star Trek.

  2. Oh, all you Trekkies are coming out of the woodwork! There's a bunch of you coming to BAR!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  3. Wow, my Mom totally agrees about the pawesomeness of Star Trek! Love the notions of peace and acceptance and love and duty. OMD your outfit is gorgeous. She went to a convention once with Mamaw years ago. She met the original Sulu, Scotty, Chekov, Sarek and a few others.
    Peace and Long Life,

  4. This is fun. OUr kids love Star Wars! xx


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