Spirituality for Sale - India
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June 26th, 2009 – by: talzag
Itâ€™s May and most of Indiaâ€™s cities, including Delhi, are all above the 40 degree mark so I decided to go up north as quickly as I can. My Taxi from the airport had broken down in the middle of downtown Delhi and I had a chance to stop for a moment and observe Delhiâ€™s crazy scenery once again.
It felt like watching a cartoon in a cinema filled with black smoke. Entire Families on motorcycles without helmets, Cycle Rickshaws moving on different direction, Indian mans proudly piss beside the road, huge cows stand in middle of busy intersections, and in the background of all of it, a symphony of car hornsâ€¦
As with my last visit in India, a variety of feelings about this place get stirred up. Like Melbourneâ€™s weather, you get all seasons in one day: it is pretty and repulsive, spiritual and fake, mad and peaceful.
Perhaps, a reflection of life itselfâ€¦
Mcleod Ganj ďż˝" Spirituality for Sale
After an overnight train journey and few hours hilly roads drive, I arrived to Mcleod Ganj, a peaceful mountain town (In Indiaâ€™s standards) and the administrative centre of old Tibet.
The streets are crowded with travellers who came to breathe Buddhism, Tibetan Monks in red robes are slowly making their way around beeping cars, Indian shopkeepers sitting outside their shops staring down western women, Monkeys are hanging on telephone and electricity wires, Fazed out dogs are sleeping near piles of garbage. I say hello to my new home for the next couple of weeks.
I live in a place called â€śLadies Ventureâ€ť (Men are welcome as well) few minutes from the main market. My new place has views to stunning snowy mountains, surrounded by big green trees. It is a pink roomâ€¦ but beside that it is just perfect!
It doesnâ€™t take too long to make friends in McLeod. People are just happy to socialize and open themselves up to you naturally. I met people of all ethnic groups and they have all been very welcoming.
Besides socializing I still had a spiritual journey to experience so I decided to expose myself to few courses being held on regular basis in McLeod. One of them was a Reiki course with a wonderful young teacher which turned to be quite a memorable experience. It was just amazing to feel the energy inside and outside my body so strongly. In some stage during the course I felt my hands burning from warmth. If I had doubts about channelling energy, they vanished then and there.
Just before my 10 days meditation Vipassana course I spoiled myself with an Indian massage.
â€śYou are imbalanced. Your right side is very strong. It takes over and dominates your body.â€ť
â€śWhat do you mean?â€ť I say, a bit surprised.
â€śI feel tremendous hunger in youâ€ť
â€śMmmâ€¦â€ť I reply. We start going deeper and I tell her about my past, Everest base camp, my Ironman journey, Australia, and other future desires and dreams. Perhaps it is my hunger to achieve that she meant.
â€śThis is not your destiny, you will not be a championâ€ť She then says.
â€śYou are strong man but your heart is stronger. You must express and share this heart of love of yoursâ€ť
There were a few moments of silence after her words, and I went busy with my own thoughts.
Indian Experience - Aftermath
After close to two months without coffee, meat or alcohol I find myself sitting in a restaurant, waiting for my sizzling non-veg meal and chilled beer to arrive, and wondering about my Indian journey.
I remember my first day in India, cautious & suspicious of everyone. I also remember the last day in the country, leaving my bags with a local in total trust. People here have never failed to amaze me with their kindness, openness and honesty.
I also left the country with a better view of my fortunate life in Australia: Breathing fresh air, driving on wide roads, drinking clean water, having so much space and freedom. It made me feel more appreciative of privileges taken for granted.
All in all and especially after my Vipassana experience I feel that I have a more realistic perspective on life and how to live life. I just hope this spiritual journey increased my capacity to open my heart and do more good.
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