taking ashes to the Ganges...

taking Solomon’s ashes to the Ganges!  Follow the purple line…..

The anniversary – one year– that marks the day Solomon died, is here. First, I want to thank all my friends, my close support team, Solomon’s dear friends who call and text me, asking how I am, and sharing their stories and humor; and the communities of good-hearted people who have held our family in their hearts over the last year. Big Thanks for that.  There seems to be much synchronicity and ease around this marker. As the mother of a child who died, the year is full of markers: memorial, birthday, wedding, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each one a strong reminder of loss, for me and many others. Yesterday we honored him in San Rafael, but with Solomon there is always more.      P1030184.JPG

 As I write this I feel the enthusiasm and adventure so easily associated with Solomon Kahn.

It started with my dear friend Girija. She lost her son Jon just over a year before Solomon’s passing. He was about ten years younger than Solomon.We have met several times over the last six months. Mostly, I don’t care to talk about the loss, but with her – it’s been easy.

She will be in Bangkok on January 31. She told me she plans to  make offerings at a temple there – in Solomon’s name.

Jon Brilliant is smiling and tall -- in the front row. Girija in the bright shirt...

Jon Brilliant is smiling and tall — in the front row. Girija in the bright shirt…

Then she goes on to Delhi, where she will meet up with her close friend Suzanne and they will fly to Benaras (Varanasi, on the Ganges) and release some of Jon’s ashes to commemorate the second anniversary of his death. She offered to do the same with Solomon’s ashes, and will do that on the anniversary of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s passing, known as his URS or “Wedding Night,” when he left the earthly plane: February 5, 1927. <> This makes me fee so happy to know that once again, Solomon is taking someone he never met before (Girija) on an adventure!

Solomons’s ashes and 4 tiny photos – each representing a different visit Solomon made to Mother India – into the sacred waters there.  Here are the 4 photos that will be put in the Ganges…  Thank you Girija.

Me and Shabda at the Taj 1976, 3 months pregnant with Sol.

Me and Shabda at the Taj 1976, 3 months pregnant with Sol.

Sol at a cave in Deradun, India when he was about 8.

Sol at a cave in Deradun, India when he was about 8.

Solomon and JugdishMohen, his drum teacher, by the Ganges when he was 15.

Solomon and Jagdish Mohan, his tabla drum teacher, by the Ganges when he was 15.

Solomon and Scott Kaiser at his wedding in India a few years ago.

Solomon and Scott Kaiser at Scott’s wedding in India a few years ago.

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On the 31st, Nicole plans to visit the Mountain, the place our son proposed to her. We will be in Maui, visiting Ram Das and feeling the beauty of the island on this anniversary of Solomon’s death. By reading this, you are with us. Take a moment to feel the blessing of Solomon is your life. Even if you didn’t know him, like my British friend who says he guides her with phrases like: Live Life fully. Have a good time.

I’m getting better at it, Dear Solomon. One day at a time! Thank you for all you brought to so many —- and continue to do so, one gift at a time.

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