The Remarkable Experience of Being in the Multiple Layers of Indian Culture
by Judith, Tennessee, a pilgrim

Ganges group

Group on bridge over the Ganges

It is a remarkable experience to be in the multiple layers of culture and history in India. As I peel away my own fatigue, memories, souvenirs and interpretations, I touch the deeper connection to Mother India. You are excellent spiritual midwives! Thanks for your devoted service, for all that you do.

Our trip to northern India was a stark contrast with the idyllic environment and ecosystem at Somatheeram! For me, it was quite an adjustment to be in the congestion, traffic and pollution of Delhi and the surrounding area. Fortunately, we had Daya and Keshava as wonderful and kind shepherds as we navigated to the great sites in the cradle of yoga. Their open hearts, knowledge and experience helped us to see and feel the undercurrents of great spiritual traditions and energy in these sites. There was always that layer of spiritual commercialism and spiritual materialism but with their guidance and our time in meditation we were able to see why pilgrimages to India are so transformative.

Rishikesh scenery

View of Rishikesh and the Ganges

A highlight for me was our visit to Mother Miracle School in Rishikesh. It touched us all to see the teachers and administrators flow in divine service every day of their lives, helping children and families in such a thoughtful, productive way. It will take me years to process this experience and I’m sure I will see the effects in my own spiritual and professional practices. I am filled with gratitude for the time spent with Diksha and Gyandev and Daya and Keshava and the others in our group. We have made new friends for a lifetime! Thank you for all of the hard work and attention to detail that make a trip like this work so well for us “westerners”.


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