That said, we went on a forced late night march a couple of nights ago, to the mosquito infested lakeside so that we could meditate and then sing songs of devotion to Siva, Ganesh, et al. After the main prayer, the swami asked if anyone would like to chant some special song. All I could think of was Madonna’s “Om Shanti“, but it seemed inappropriate, so I kept my mouth shut. The whole thing had a real feel of Christian summer camp or Up With People. And it was of course, hot as hell and I was soaked in my own sweat.