Month: January 2013

The Taj and Rajasthan

After traveling around India I have come to see a pattern … India expresses herself in peaks in valleys. Throughout this journey every time I have had a moment of frustration or confusion or even an emotional moment, the next thing that happens is magical. And that is exactly what happened at the Taj Ma Hal! When I left Varanasi… Read more →

Ancient Varanasi

Wow – some places leave you speechless, and Varanasi is such a place. This is one of the worlds oldest cities and it shows – the buildings here are crumbling, some of them are over two thousand years old. There are really narrow walkways that are lined with shops and little places to eat. There are monkeys and cows and… Read more →

Give and Take – The Middle Way

I landed in Bodh Gaya … into the cold. [tb_google_map] This was a place I have been fascinated with for a number of years. In the Buddhist religion this is the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment. Studying the religions of the world has always fascinated me because it teaches me how people of other faiths view the world and… Read more →

Visting the Motherhouse

I arrived in Calcutta – or Kolkata as it is now called – at 8:00p.m. my train was almost three hours late which meant when I arrived it was already dark out. This had been another long train journey, but this time I was in first class, known as AC. First class is like a completely different world. I could… Read more →

Love and Death on the Ganges

You know that feeling when something incredible has happened, and it sweeps you up in itself and you are someplace else for a brief period. And then just as suddenly as it enveloped you, it lets you go. And you stand there, a little off balance, windblown – the cells in your body still energized, still dazzling with the magic… Read more →

Refreshed in New Delhi

In every journey there are a few turning points. I love these times because it gives me the opportunity to recalibrate and to understand how to continue. Its a time to do an inventory – an emotional inventory – where have I been? How have I been affected and changed? In Joseph Cambells’ framework of the heroes journey he calls… Read more →

Riding the Indian Railway

There are few things we know for certain in life, but I am really, really confident that I will never take a fifty hour train ride from Varkala to New Delhi ever again. Some things we do in life to have the experience, to educate our bodies and minds, and the lesson is so powerful that we only need to… Read more →

The Backwaters of Kerala

Returning from the tip of India we continue back into the mysterious waterways of Kerala. These lagoons and lakes run along the west coast of India and are the main tourist attraction for this tropical state. [tb_google_map] I took a ferry from a town called Kollam up through the waters where we learned about the villages that line these waters… Read more →