Public Series and Lecture.”Taming That Monkey Mind”

Shobana Cooke
and the Directors of the Barefoot Gallery invite you to a public lecture
and an open discussion by

Shubhraji onVedanta

Vedanta is the the ancient, non-dual philosophy of India. Vedanta is a guide through this journey called life, teaching us techniques to make this pilgrimage a supremely enjoyable one. Using the Bhagvad Gita and other ancient texts, vedanta reveals many schemes by which an individual can work at his own self improvement or what Swami Chinmayananda called self unfoldment. Gita, the divine song is more important to us today than ever before as we rebuild our nation and raise the future generation to be a truly happy & successful one. In order to truly believe that we are destined to be great and to make success our habit we need to realise that every single one of us can tap into this power that is within us and thereby transform our lives. This is Vedanta.

Shubhraji was a close disciple of renowned Vedantic Master H.H. Swami Chinmayananda and studied with him for twenty years from the age of thirteen. Originally from India.She lectures on numerous topics. Including Spiritual Unfoldment, The Art of Relationships, Meditation in Daily Life, The Essence of Divine Love, On Creativity &The Power of Mantras and Sounds among many other topics.

Date: TUESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2011Taming That Monkey Mind” techniques to balance our body mind & spirit Date: THURSDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2011 “Spiritual Parenting” Being spiritually aware as we raise our children, or do they raise us?
From: 7:00 pm At: BAREFOOT Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP 2505559


Guys we’re shifting quiz to tomorrow (Tuesday 15th) this week, because Wednesday is a no alcohol holiday. The upside is, you don’t have to get up early the next day and there’s an entire day to recover. So, do come for the Late Valentine Edition of the Colombo Pub Quiz. 8:30 pm, Barefoot Garden Cafe. (Hint: You might want to revise your knowledge of love and sex.) Spread the word!

For Anne Scowcroft. (sapphic ode)

For Anne Scowcroft. (sapphic ode)

Beautiful friend, perfect one of a kind
Speak to me on skype! Inspiration wanes fast!
Where are you? Are you there? Log on Now. So I
See your honest face.

Poetry, Prose, manuscripts done: we wait.
Excited by the launch date. Invites on way?
Do send me copy, fed-ex fast. Wings fly.
I want to read now.

When will you visit again? Board an airplane?
Leave your humanitarian work behind.
Come back to Ceylon. It needs you now, As I!
To write once again.


This exhibition follows on from the paintings I showed at Barefoot in 2009. Not in theme, but in an exploration, partially of chance and also of the idea of discovering something familiar yet strange. When presented with the written word, our minds create images for the words. But in reverse ( image, no words) we struggle. What does it mean? , what is being said? are two of the most often asked questions.

In this show I am asking you to free your thoughts, invent connections, and discover present day myths. None are wrong as none are correct , they are all a part of the meaning to be shared.
Imagine finding in an old suitcase, a collection of drawings and paintings, there are angels, three wheelers, forms that are based on betel cutters, jungle and ruins. All familiar, but no words beyond enigmatic titles, you are is left to decipher the image for yourselves.

These new paintings also reflect something of my deepening recollections of travelling in Sri Lanka over the last 15 years, watching the street life, reading the papers, listening to the stories and experiences of those around me. I take these home to the UK, and over time images build until they appear on the paper. They grow and feed each other into a body of work ready to be shown, triggering new stories and histories waiting to be discovered by you.