Rishikesh: Serenity in the Madness
Rishikesh must be one of the most beautiful places in India. The serenity of Ganga Ma and the possibility of getting really quick out of the usual Indian madness of traffic, touts and all sorts of screaming colours and intense smells into stunning nature make for a perfect balance. The pictures of this trip do only capture the motionless, serene side of this equation though. I’d love to have a camera at hand when I’m riding the motorbike towards Rishikesh town. What’s happening there is quite hard to process for a Western mind. A good practice to come to a state of no-mind actually, accepting what is, or…
The Alternative Goa
Hibernating through December and January on one of the beaches of the sleepy little Indian town of Gokarna, Karnataka, is still a good way to make it through winter. Basecamp is lovely Kudle Beach. It comes with daily flea market and sunset Kirtan by the water, modern beach pilgrims from Bangalore and lately meat and alcohol in the restaurants. Times are a-changing…
Donate yourself in Tiru
Being a pilgrim for a few weeks in Tiruvannamalai, the cute Southern Indian city at the foot of the sacred mountain Arunachala. Sri Ramana Ashram is a truly beautiful and serene place to be. “Why are there no donation boxes anywhere”, I asked after a few days of profound meditations, and after enjoying the stay in one of the modern rooms, being offered delicious southern food three times a day. “Ramana doesn’t want anything. If you find your Self, this is more than enough donation for him”, comes as the answer. Thank you for your Love, Ramana. Om Bhagavan Ki Jai!