Today our bus was loaded and we went on the roads of India to travel towards the Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi, one of the great sages who lived in India and inspired many from the West. He stated, “Your own self realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
The photos below highlight the amazing and varying scenery on the roads of Southern India, we had about a 5 hour drive to the Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil.
From schoolgirls walking home from school to women and men walking in the streets- with motorbikes, buses and tuk tuks passing by, the energy is fluid full of sounds from horns honking to people talking with varying music in the air.
Driving along the roads in Southern India it leads one to realize that there is order in chaos where all trust the flow, acknowledging the interconnectedness between past and present, tradition and innovation.
Viadagrama was truly a unique experience in my life, and for our group. We benefitted so much from the healing space, the treatments and mostly benefitted from the people who worked here. They showed love and kindness from the manner in which they prepared food to their warm embrace of life and joy.
As we left Viadagrama we each planted trees, one requirement of staying here is that each person plant a tree upon leaving. The trees will carry the energy of those who took the care to plant and further increase the healing energy of the village.
Below are photos of the wonderful people who gave of their time to make our stay one of rejuvenation, education and healing.
Packing the bus for our next stop: Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. Packing the van this was quite a feat to get 11 people and all our luggage! Kudos to our driver and those who helped to get us all in and safe.
Fellow travelers, Peggy, Lolly, Maria and Carol looking on. Yes we were great moral support!
Dear family and friends, I returned to Los Angeles yesterday afternoon and am now home. I was not able to post to the blog weekly as I had intended during my journey as wifi was not available to keep up the posts as I went.
However, I did maintain a journal for this blog as I traveled and took photos so over the next few weeks I’ll be posting my reflections from the trip and pick up where I left off. This journey was absolutely amazing and I learned that there is no going back only forward.
I have not had sufficient wifi to update my blog with all my reflections and photos for almost 2 weeks!!!
This is a brief update to let you all know I am doing well and having an incredible journey. I am now in Rishikesh at the International Yoga Festival. On the banks of the Ganges, or Mother Ganga as they refer to her here and the foothills of the Himilayas. There are 70 countries represented here.
Until I can post my stories here are a few recent photos …