Saturday, November 27, 2010
My first full day in India was spent in Delhi and included a tour of a 6,000-year-old city. Comfortably removed from the masses in our air conditioned motor coach, we toured Delhi, Old and New. Our tour guide ushered us by India’s White House equivalent and other government buildings, temples and city gates (“please,” our guide insisted, “cameras out please wecannotstop cameras please”).
Among the views from the bus:
A solemn highlight was the visit to the National Gandhi Museum. Mahatma Gandhi has been a personal inspiration -- he embodied and applied ahimsa, or nonviolence, on a global scale.
Especially humbling was his small simple room with his bed, pillow and prayer beads. One wall held a case housing his remaining artifacts: eye glasses, his cane, cutlery and not much more. “Simplicity,” Gandhi said, “is the essence of universality.”
The remainder of my pilgrimage to India was a simply beautiful and enchanting dream.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
One of the first things a traveler to India learns about -- when ordering food, when making plans, when scheduling nearly anything, really -- is India Time. I’ve encountered similar phenomena elsewhere in the world and you may have, too.
Things here are delivered or arranged or simply happen when they happen. In my punctual, over-booked world, it took only a little while to get used to it. Once I let go and accepted this cultural pause, conditions improved immediately.
So, in the spirit of India, I’ll be posting my travel experiences in good time. On India Time.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
And another book, this one on my iPod.
Plus, I'm bringing an intention for the retreat, a sense of adventure and an open heart. I'm looking forward to new experiences, the beauty of holy places and a deeper connection within.
SVP, join me.