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#94 - adventure in gokul

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can you read the sign? they are building a high rise building in vrindavan
another incredibly amazing day.  it started with a long sleep in!  i was SOOOOOO crazy tired.  i think i'm still getting over my 4am arrival the other day.  anyway!  after sleeping in, mark & i walked over to his friend's house for lunch.  his friend (and teacher), neval, is amazing.  he is just such a wise man.  while we were sitting there, he would just throw things out there like "lust gets and forgets, love gives and forgives" or he would quote different people, and would explain their practice more to me.  it really was fascinating.

then, his wife, neelu, made us this DELICIOUS lunch of some pumpkin/eggplant dish, beet & sesame salad, a yummy soup, potato dish, beans & roti.  i was STUFFED.
the genrl store
  and then, for dessert - peta.  it's this super super sweet dessert.  but as neval told me....indians say "what good is a sweet, if it isn't sweet"  :)

AND they have an adorable new baby.  mark, what's his name??? i know it means winter season...and then krishna.  but i can't remember!

after lunch, we had a car pick us up to drive to gokul to hang out with shaymdas.  shaymdas is a very close friend of mark & he is quite amazing.  he is from new york, but lives out here as well & he speaks many different indian languages & translates many books.  another very wise man. 

we also had lilat (mark - help - the other part of his name?  i'm getting so bad at this!) come with us.
streets of vrindavan
  he is a 17-year old kid who is in india with his mom who is about to pass away.  so so so so so so sad.  his mom is getting reiki treatment by tulsi (shaymdas' wife) - so they thought it would be a good idea for him to get away for the day & do something to clear his head.  it was such a treat having him along.  he is a hare krishna & it was so interesting to talk to him & learn from him.  and he is just the sweetest kid - my heart was just breaking for him.

so, lilat, mark, shaymdas & shaymdas' dude (the guy who is like mark's govin) headed out to the yamuna river.  another incredibly holy place.  it was amazing!  so nice to be away from all the cars & all the traffic.  we took the most amazing walk.
yes, a pig in the street - totally not uncommon
  we walked through a little village (you can see pictures of it here) & then to the river bed.  the sand was SO unbelievably soft & it actually was silvery sparkly.  it is said that many years ago there used to be these touchstones that would grant your most inner desires....they have all been destroyed, but the silver in the sand is said to be from those touchstones.  so if you walk on the sand, you will be granted your most inner desires.  sounds good, no? 

anyway, we basically just walked and walked for awhile. it was super peaceful.  then we sat along the river on a pile of sand & watched the sun go down & the stars come up.  it was so nice to sit there, all together, in silence.  i really loved it.

we got back to gokul, to shaymdas' place & he made us dinner....again, yet another delicious indian meal.  and of course served on the leaf plates & leaf bowls - i just love them.

we ended up getting home super late - but man what an AMAAAAZZZZING day!  and did i mention that i constantly feel like i'm in a movie while i'm here?  it's all just so surreal that it seems like i must be a on movie set or something. it's just so cool.  or go-kul.  ha ha! 
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can you read the sign?  they are b…
can you read the sign? they are …
the genrl store
the genrl store
streets of vrindavan
streets of vrindavan
yes, a pig in the street - totally…
yes, a pig in the street - totall…
mark (madhu) in front of nevals h…
mark (madhu) in front of neval's …
outside nevals house
outside neval's house
neelu & their ADORABLE 6 month old
neelu & their ADORABLE 6 month old
neval & their ADORABLE 6 month old
neval & their ADORABLE 6 month old
the ph-taj mahal...mark kept tryin…
the ph-taj mahal...mark kept tryi…
BLOW HORN!
BLOW HORN!
there are probably 12 or so people…
there are probably 12 or so peopl…
on the dashboard...krishna and rad…
on the dashboard...krishna and ra…
sights while driving towards gokul
sights while driving towards gokul
walking through gokul with mark an…
walking through gokul with mark a…
shamydas house
shamydas' house
leaf plates & pottery cups
leaf plates & pottery cups
shaymdas (white guy on the right) …
shaymdas (white guy on the right)…
shot outside the car...kind of cool
shot outside the car...kind of cool
shots outside the car
shots outside the car
peacock
peacock
kids screaming rada - they just lo…
kids screaming rada - they just l…
shaymdas & mark walking to the yam…
shaymdas & mark walking to the ya…
marks prayer beads
mark's prayer beads
me & mark!
me & mark!
ashram we passed along the way
ashram we passed along the way
ashram we passed along the way
ashram we passed along the way
me on the river
me on the river
yes, another jumping picture
yes, another jumping picture
sitting alongside the river - on t…
sitting alongside the river - on …
water buffalos!
water buffalos!
water buffalos!
water buffalos!
the water buffalos shepard man
the water buffalos' shepard man
dinner!  quinoa, cucumber yogurt, …
dinner! quinoa, cucumber yogurt,…
dinner at shaymdas house
dinner at shaymdas' house
Gokul
photo by: radrockyd