Driving up the 101 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, you may think you’re seeing things when this suddenly appears.
No, it’s not a set for Arabian Nights–it’s the temple for Swami’s Self-Realization Fellowship.
The Fellowship was founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda, who was said to be a big influence on George Harrison. Harrison spent time at the temple, which was only three miles from his friend and mentor, Ravi Shankar. You can study yoga and meditation at the fellowship.
As you can see in this long shot, the property is situated close to the ocean.
I lived in San Diego for years before I found out about Swami’s Gardens. They are free to the public and beautiful. People meditate there, so they ask you to be quiet and respectful.
Every time I go, there’s something different blooming. On this particular January day, pink anthuriums,
and red anthuriums.
I like the sunlit palms
and ocean views.
The Pacific had the most unusual texture that day–like blue coffee with cream.
A great place to meditate, yes?
More on Thursday.