My Wedding Speech

Parvati and Rishi married

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since Rishi and I became an official married couple. Yay! We are still amazed and in awe of the beauty of our ceremonies and festivities. In light of this joy, I feel moved to share the speech I gave at our wedding reception.

May those who attended the gathering enjoy these words once again, perhaps this time with more clarity, as I was obviously emotional when delivering them, tears running down my cheeks! May those who were not present, enjoy them for the first time and feel the heart there within.

I feel privileged to now call Rishi my husband. A tender and powerful soul, his deep heart, spiritual sensitivities, wisdom, creativity, business acumen, passion and fabulous sense of humour bring me so many riches that with him I do feel like the princess he habitually calls me. Maybe now that we are officially married, I will graduate to being called queen.

Our marriage is a double blessing. The family into which I am marrying is loving, supportive, broad-minded, open-hearted and generous. I knew when Rishi told me his Jewish family used to bring him to an Indian synagogue, loved Jesus, did yoga and went to see healers and psychics, I had found a very special lot!

I have always felt grateful for the way my parents who raised me and my two sisters Catherine and Chantal in an open-minded, Christian home. Mom and Dad encouraged us to be connected to otherness, in whatever way that would be. They even brought us to a synagogue as children. Little did I know that someday I would be married by a Jewish cantor, followed by a Hindu saint!

Now, lighting the shabat candles and learning to say the bracha in Hebrew on Friday night, celebrating Passover with the Seder meal, humbly asking for forgiveness during Yom Kippur, are beautiful Jewish traditions that enrich my life even more deeply.

I find the same light that I see in the shabat candles in Rishi’s eyes. Rishi has been a dedicated and loving best friend to me for the past ten years, through exhilarating explorations like our musical tours and our trip to the North Pole, to profound challenges like taking care of my every need when I was totally bedridden, paralyzed from the waist down for four months due to a devastating spinal injury. He is a precious gem of a being.

All of my life, for as long as I can remember, I have felt like there was a blip on my screen, a special someone who I was destined to meet. I had the privilege of spending time with some beautiful souls through my life, but all the while, that blip just kept blinking.

In the fall of 2004, I followed an acquaintances advice to call Rishi, who was a friend of his and owned at that time a CD manufacturing company, to quote a job. During that call, that blip on my screen, for the first time in my life, completely went away. We spoke for an hour about spirituality, ecology, music and life. It was like I was speaking to my long-lost, best friend.

Unlike me, I was forward and called back a couple days later and asked if I could see his “facilities” before I could press my CD with him. We spoke for three hours in his office. He said, rather than pressing my CD, he wanted to ask me out.

I was so nervous about meeting him for our date because I knew the immensity of our connection. I actually canceled, then rescheduled. When we finally did meet, we walked and talked along the Toronto beach for nine hours. By the end of that first date, we said we loved each other. With Rishi, it was an instant knowing that he was the one.

There have been many personal growth challenges for us. Through them, I have learned useful Yiddish words like meshugganah (I think, Uncle Roger, you would say that means scallywag). Perhaps when we get close to a force so luminous, all our gnarly bits get highlighted. We have had to learn to live with a kind of transparency, which has made us each more buoyant, kind, loving and happier people. It is a relationship that asks each of us to grow in humility and potency each day.

Rishi and I share our deepest core loves – for each other, for music and for spiritual growth. Our mutual passion for music means we can work together to fulfill our lifelong goals in that chosen profession, he like the radio station promoting music, me like the channel creating the creative content. We also are partners in the healing work I offer. Rishi means sage or seer in Sanskrit. His Rishi vision continues to be a blessing to me and to many. He meets and understands the gifts I have had as a child in the unseen. 

At the deepest core of who we are, you will find our shared love for our spiritual teacher, Amma. The Sanskrit word guru means one who leads us from the darkness of ignorance to the light of pure consciousness. It is such grace that we experience the Amma wedding this morning that brings all of this to life for us, and grounds our love for each other through the commitment of a lifelong relationship and learning to love, open, serve, see the divine teaching us through each other. For us, marriage is a mirroring of the divine that exists within each one of us. We say to love is to witness an unfolding. Just as one would revel in the way a flower blooms in the garden, we learn to revel in the blossoming of each of our souls.

Thank you Jeff and Angie Gerald for bringing Rishi into this life. Thank, you mom and dad, Barbara and Dennis Rose, for bringing me into this life so I could find my Rishi again. And thank you mom for making this reception possible so that we could share the love we feel. Thank you to all our friends and family from far and wide, for being here with us to share this happy day. We are truly blessed. Thank you Rishi for your willingness to grow, learn, love and serve. To me, you are Maharishi, the greatest and only Rishi. I love you. Everyone, please let us toast, To Rishi!

Rishi’s father (my now father-in-law) Jeff Gerald took these photos at the Granite Brewery. I fell in love with the venue’s back garden patio and wanted the reception there. They made a delicious buffet that I had planned with them based on my guests. They were always supportive, accommodating and easy to deal with.

These two girls (one is behind me) are the daughters of Rishi’s longtime friends Rob Bolton and Mona Kahn. Together with my niece, the daughter of my elder sister Catherine, these three little girls decided I was a living doll. One had a powder puff brush that she kept sweeping my skin with. The other two dove into my hair to braid it and make creative ‘dos. They were like little fairies that buzzed about me the entire evening, even during the speech.

Jess and Hagop at Parvati's wedding

This photo is of Jessica Anderson, who was kind enough to do my hair for me in the washroom at the Granite, and Hagop Ohannessian who was the fabulous DJ for the evening. Both loving souls I am blessed to call friends.

Parvati-wedding-reception-ring

My now mother-in-law Angie’s dear friend Brenda Cohen is checking out my new ring, which I designed with the help of super talented jeweller Paul Hofland. Angie and another dear friend donated the stones and the gold from other rings. The Swarovski crystal jewelry was sponsored by my dear friend Pranada, and made by two other creative souls who were also at the gathering, having come all the way from Edmonton: Amie Pangracs and Shawna McLeod.

Parvati-Rishi-wedding-cake

Finally, the cake cutting – yes, wheat-free and delicious – vanilla with raspberry icing from Bobbette and Belle. It was made with sugar and some dairy, things I always avoid, but on that day, I made an exception.

I hope you have enjoyed these glimpses from our joyful day.

In other news, the latest issue of Parvati Magazine is now live, on the themes of Freedom and Delight. Please read, enjoy and share these articles.

Wishing you joy today and all days,

Parvati

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Tears of Love and appreciation for what the two of you have. One day I will find my Rishi too. Until then I’ll bask in the knowing that it exists and is out there. Love you both

This definitely gives me hope thank you ?

Love you too Vandana! Yes, I am deeply blessed. I also do my best to always remember that the universal love that exists in every moment, which is there for us all, is the foundation of all the gracious relationships in my life. I celebrate the beauty that you are!

How wonderful for you both that you were able to find in each other the love and light you were seeking. May your blessings continue to multiply as you go forward together.

Thank you Barb for your kind and loving words! I hope you are very well. Wishing you light and love!

Thank you Barb for your kind and loving words! I hope you are very well. Wishing you light and love!

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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I am light!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
I am light, dancing through the night
I am light, in delight
I am light, dancing through the night

I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (gate gate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (paragate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light

I am light!

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