Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My 3 Months In India - What Did I Do ???

Journeying high into the Himalayas is a dream for many in search of spiritual fulfillment. Since year 2000, year after year, this has taken me to the abode of the snows, hopping from one holy place to another - spending just enough time to place your toileteries out only to pack them up again next.

In year 2008 I spent my time there with a difference. For once I did not back pack. I went with a roller suitcase. I spent my 3 months in India at a peaceful respite where the teeming life of the city lies just on the horizon of a half hour bus ride away. The routine for the 3 months was waking up at 7.00am each morning and going to bed sometimes as early as 7.30pm. There was no television, no newspapers, infrequent sms and calls from family members and friends back home.

Our only interaction was with those who stayed there and the villagers of that place. On occasional weekends we made fleeting trips to nearby holy places of Rishikesh, Haridwar and Clement Town. Just for a "look-see" of the talked about Sahastradhara - meaning a Thousand Drops -(the suburb that I stayed in), we took a 10-15 mintues bus ride to spend an easy lazy afternoon there.

My days of pilgrimage hopping is over. Now it's all about soaking in the culture and life of the places we visit and the people we meet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXRk2Kmcg4Q (Howling Thunderstorm in India)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9py5TCXotu0 (Hand Turned Ferris Wheel)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl_YbReKiY0 (Sahastradhara Water Droplets)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmmL2490bnw (Noodle Making By Tibetan Folks)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cws02iBqra4 (Haridwar - people bathing in the Ganges)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eagMeWL64s (Ladakhi New Year in India)

No, this dog is not for sale!!!! Only the jeans and shoes are

Last day of student life
Snow-capped Sahastradhra mountains just behind where I stayed

My home for 3 months

Guard House

Where monks gather in the evenings to catch up

Awaiting the gas man at the Tibetan Colony

Pumping water from the ground

Post Box



By the roadside - where they call Home


Clement Town - another Tibetan Settlement

Clement Town

Our dining hall

My pantry

My kitchen

Holiness' residence



Sahastradhara - sulphur water

Our tibetan friends

Tibetan home

Ladakhi New Year with Holiness

Holiness cutting cake



The break of morn

My sitting room

Village children carrying water for their daily use

A "tuition center" run by a Drikung Kagyu nun

Audience with Holiness


Salameander said...

Wow, thanks for sharing these photos of your experience in India with us. Everything looks so serene.

InnerJourney said...

hi salameander, that's where my heart is - india. it is such a poor country but so very rich in essence.