India with love. Last part. G.O.L.D.E.N T.E.M.P.L.E

Golden temple and Pakistan border.

India is an old country, therefore the heritage and cultural sites have made an impact in the world. The Golden Temple known as Darbar Sahib, is one of the oldest religious site for the indian sikh. The temple roof top is made entirely with pure gold. The temple has been built during the reign of Maharaja Singh, the ruler of Punjab in the 19th century.

 

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I arrived in Golden temple in the afternoon, and stayed most of the day, sharing lunch with all the visitors. I made it until the evening to get an outlook of how the temple looked like at night.

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The lake around the temple was artificially made by mankind; It is known as Amrit Sarovar, the pool of holy nectar. The temple is visited by thousands of people every year to pray among other gurus.

Meals are served once a day for all the visitors; all the food served are donations from faithful practitioners. The temple has 4 entrances from all directions, so people feel that they belong to the walk of life, they can feel welcome. More then 50,000 people are served daily!

 

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The free community kitchen at The Golden Temple feeds thousands of people daily.
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Thousands of aluminium plates are stored after washing.
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I joined sets of thousands of people having lunch at the Golden temple.
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Volunteers cleaning all the cups and plates.

What an experience! And this is how we made it possible to feed so many people in a day, astonishing and yet an every day reality.

I continued my journey toward the border of India and Pakistan. I have heard from a local waiter about the Wagah border flag ceremony. It takes place every evening during sunset at the Wagah border. Since I found myself only few kilometers away, I started to march in the search of a tuk-tuk who would take me there.

In the tribune the energy is at it’s optimum. As the sun sets, the gates at the border are opened and the parade between the soldiers of each side starts. The Pakistan and Indian soldiers walking military march. Follows lowering down goths flags simultaneously. Soldiers from each side shakes hands vigorously and the flags are folded. Then the gates are closed again. Most international travelers are regrouped in the Indian side of the tribunes. This is spectacular and bring thousands of visitors each month.

The Wagah Border ceremony

 

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India with love. Part 4. M.E.E.T T.H.E D.A.L.A.I L.A.M.A

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Next, visit the Dalay Lama himself, spiritual leader of the Tibetan population. Recognized worldwide as the man of peace, I could not miss the occasion to get to Mc Leoganj in Dharamshala. I got to join Tibetan for lunch at the temple, and was then able to see the holiness teachings his disciples. I was honored and very pleased to finally meet one of the deities of the century.

“Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day”.

Dalai Lama, on my travel quest.

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Prayer flags, found in many parts of the Himalayas, are an important part of Tibetan (and Nepali) Buddhist culture. These flags can be seen dotted throughout the mountainous regions of Tibet (China), Nepal, Bhutan, and in parts of India. Prayer flags are of great importance to the people of these regions.
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I can tell about my experience at the Dalai Lama temple in Mc Leod Ganj. Generally all major big temples serve at least one meal, normally Lunch free to all devotees.

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India is one of a lifetime experience. Don’t miss out on visiting the Dalai Lama temple of McLeod Ganj in the Kangra Valley district of Himachal Pradesh.

I made a  connection with a Tibetan local young man, who shared parts of his experience of life when escaping from the Chinese invasion in Tibet, and was forced to find exile in this beautiful village in Mc Leod gang. We met for lunch before he dropped me off on his motorcycle to the bus station. He gave me his greetings and protection for my travels to be continued. He passed over my shoulders a white cloth, pressed his forehead against mine and said good bye.

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I felt blessed to have met such humble person.

With Love and Light.

 

 

 

 

India with love. Part 3. S.N.O.W.B.O.A.R.D H.I.M.A.L.A.Y.A.S

The discovery continue by bus, it takes about 8 hours to reach Manali from Dharmsala. All wrapped up in my sleeping bag, I am trying to find comfort and warmth. Arrived in Manali, I get a delicious sandwich with eggs, a welcoming chai tea and a well deserved rest.

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Today is all about exploring the prety town Manali. The hippies villages are surrounded by beautiful highs, picks and valleys.

A lot of adventurers come for trekking, skiing, rafting and climbing.  My Idea is to go snowboarding.

Is it possible? Yes, it is!

I see for the first time beautiful strong Yaks walking past. The long haired so called bovine referred as Bos grunniens, is found throughout the Himalayan region, the Tibet plateau and as far as Mongolia and Russia. The presence of the yak and his guide attracted my intention, and soon I was getting my own transport to the station.

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I got my snow gear and took the first lift up to the mountain for a taste of the fresh snow. The conditions where good with a clear sunny day. The Rohtang Pass, located 51 km away from Manali remains one of the most spectacular site in the entire Kullu Region.

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Snowboarding the Himalayas was fantastic.

India with love. Part 2. S.PI.R.I.T.U.A.L    R.I.S.H.I.K.E.S.H

Rishikesh also known as the spiritual capital of India, is the first town in India I visited after my TTC program. Rishikesh holds deep cultural and spiritual significance for most population. Bridges crossing above the Holy Ganga river, sacred hills and mountains, where wild monkeys are freely living their lives. People and places, I have met and seen, made me feel like I had a lot more to learn.

Still a student, I tried different classes with different masters. One of the kind, Yogi Kamal Sigh, runs his own Sattva yoga studio in Rishikesh. Master in Ashtanga yoga, a foundation of this practice based entirely on Surrya Namaskar A & B. I learned the importance of connecting breath with movement, to move to an other dimension, thanks to Kamal, I was totally hooked.

I stayed two weeks in Rishikesh, where I followed an Ayurveda cooking and massage course. This place is the perfect setting for reflective or meditative hikes and the perfect scene for yoga.

Celebrations are often held in Rishikesh. This was the famous International Yoga Festival I had the honor to join on of the biggest International Yoga Festival, hosting hundreds of people form around the world. During the festival you can practice yoga classes with multiple of styles of yoga, such as Bhakti yoga, Vinyassa yoga, Bharat yoga, Reiki, Raja yoga, Ashtanga yoga. Mediation, chanting sanskrit, Indian phylosophy are also available.   The ceremony was followed by Ganga aarti and a concert by Kher a former student at the ashram. ‘The Book of peace’ by Swami Chidanada Saraswati was launched during the event.

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Every morning this guys would be there, making the legendary Chai tea.
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My highly spiritual friend.
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Lady resting by the Ganga river.
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Local selling milk in the area
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Holy cow.

HARE OM TAT SAT.

India with love. Part 1. Y.O.G.A P.A.T.H

This is it and welcome, you have reached the yoga world, inspired by my travels, teaching and practice. One of the most incredible adventure, was to go all the way to the Himalayas. I arrived in New Delhi and took a bus. We drove fifteen hours towards the mountains, to finish the course to this small village called Raniketh.  People are very humble, welcoming, and caring. The landscape and nature is an absolute getaway place. My life and perception on things would never be the same, I knew.

The wild, animals I never knew existed blew my mind, amazing monkeys and colorful birds. Places I taught I would only see on TV became a reality. Raniketh was the place I learned for myself and for others. Connections made, lasted a life time. All this thanks to yoga. See, there is a lot to learn about life and about discovering who you really are.

This is what to start with, the 5 principles of yoga philosophy:

1- Proper exercise, yoga helps you develop a strong healthy body enhancing flexibility.

2- Proper breathing reduces stress and diseases.

3- Proper relaxation, helps overcome worry and fatigue.

4- Proper diet, eat healthy, simple raw vegan products, easy to digest. An other positive outcoe,  protects other live beings and makes a difference in your body and mind.

5- Positive thinking, to achieve peace of mind and eliminates negativity.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to share them with me. Namaste.