Dec. 22, 2008 – Good Morning!

December 22, 2008

Dec. 22, 2008 – Good Morning!

Woke up this morning to a lovely blue sky, but the heavens quickly changed their appearance in a truly interesting show of Nature, which continues as I write. And as the colors changed, so did the temperature. It is really warm in the sun just 15 minutes ago, and now I can feel the chill even in my room.

When I first went out to drink my hot milk on my terrace in the warm sunshine, I was greeted suddenly by a blinding glare. The fog had begun to rush in and the sun was reflecting off it just like it would off snow sending a truly blinding light off in my direction. Then the fog continues to move in more quickly, covering the sun which now appears as the moon on a foggy night and I can look directly at it. I’ve tried photographing it but not sure how it will appear.



My Indian neighbor from the next room saw me and said “looks like another planet, yes?” At some point it had an amazing halo around it, as if revealing its living aura.



I can SEE the fog rolling past to fill the Ganga valley below, and at the same time a higher layer of fog is blowing OUT. It’s as if it can’t seem to make up its mind what it wants to wear today. One second the whole mountain is obscured and the next it is revealed and this continues to repeat itself, absolutely lovely.

fog rolling in

fog rolling in



Mountain Fully Covered with Fog

Mountain Fully Covered with Fog

I can see the fog swirling across and around my own rooftop terrace as it sends finger-like mist towards my door, as if trying to get INTO my room, not being satisfied with conquering the rooftop.

So, instead of my usual meditation/pranayama/yoga practice this morning, I am captivated by God’s wonders and it is just as wonderful, if not more so.

Dec. 21, 2008 – Marriage Proposal!…Business Proposal!…And Shopping

December 22, 2008

Dec. 21, 2008 – Marriage Proposal!…Business Proposal!…And Shopping

This has been a most interesting day full of surprises. It is now 8 in the evening and I am listening, and dancing, to my folkdancing music, getting ready to eat my kitcheri, and trying absorb and digest all that has happened today.

So, let’s just begin at the beginning. I had mentioned this guy who came to ask me some questions for his research project about 10 days ago and I had mentioned that the only problem I have in India is that I can only get a visa for 6 months and then must be out of the country for 6 months before getting another one. He said he would check and see if he could find a way for me to get a permanent resident visa, or Indian passport. OK.. sounded good.

A couple of days ago he asked to meet me and so today I met him at 1 to hear what he had found out. His idea was, that I MARRY HIM! He is 23 years old! Well, first I just laughed because I thought he was joking. It is true that is probably the easiest way to get permanent resident status, to marry an India…but certainly Read the rest of this entry »

Dec. 21, 2008 – Day Trip to Dehra Dun

December 21, 2008

Dec. 21, 2008 – Day Trip to Dehra Dun

This will be a quick post, just so that I don’t fall behind again. The catching up business is terrible for me, but I have such lovely stories to tell. One of these days!

Yesterday I was invited to join a taxi going up to the State capitol. Three young Israelis…the lovely couple who did a workshop with me and the wife of the guy with the injured leg.. She had to go pick up a CD of his MRI to send back to Israel, and we all joined in for a day out.

The weather was again overcast, but OK, since it was easier walking around in the cool weather. Surprisingly, the last 3 overcast days have actually been warmer temperature wise, with no wind, but since the sun is covered, it feels cooler.

It was a pleasant 1 hour ride up the mountain roads (sorry., pictures…didn’t want to carry the camera…if I get some from the other people’s cameras, I will post them). I’ve been wanting to take this ride for awhile for one reason. One of my all time favorite Indian writers is Ruskin Bond..I’ve read all of his books…and he spent the major portion of his life, including now, living in this area, especially in and around Dehra Dun where he grew up.

When I go walking in the mountain paths, I feel as if I already know them just from the way he always so beautifully, eloquently and lovingly describes his own walks in these hills in all his books. So having the opportunity to get to Dehra Dun was something I couldn’t turn down, even though I felt like having a “lazy day” at home.

the roads and hills are exactly as he describes them, and I can just imagine him walking here. When we got to town, one of the first things I noticed was a book shop with a sign outside “Books signed by Ruskin Bond available here”!. almost went in to buy one, but resisted the urge…

So, what do you do when you come to the big city? It IS a big city, but an Indian one, so no skyscrapers or fancy roads or even traffic lights. There are still policemen (and women) directing traffic at all the big intersections, and the town is still just two lanes, one in each direction…so you can imagine the conjestion. This used to serve the buggies and horses etc., but now with the enormous amount of rickshaws, motorbikes and cars, it is truly a polluted and congested mess!

So…aside from window shopping, which we did lots of in all the brand name shops…very expensive…not just by Indian standards…the first thing we did, at my urging (the kids didn’t know this kind of thing existed in India and were amazed and extremely pleased)…we went to one of the local branches of the national coffee shop Barrista. I first found this in 2003 in chennai…and it is as lovely as ever. Expensive, but lovely. I had my first REAL cup of coffee in over 3 months and it was heaven. I drink very little coffee even at home, but if a truly good cup is offered, I relish every drop. I also had black forest cake! The kids all had their choices as well and it was a lovely way to spend an hour.

And to our great surprise (I next stop was to be the MRI place to get the CD, but since the computer was down and the place closed on Saturday, it was not sure how we would do this. She had spoken to the guy from the clinic and he said to call when we got to Dehra Dun and not to worry). Well, while at the coffee shop, she called this guy, he asked where she was, she told him, and he said sit tight. He would meet us there. Which he did!! And, after coming into the clinic on his day off, and getting his boss to do the same, they somehow managed to get together a CD, which he delivered to her! He even offered to mail a receipt-which he didn’t have since the office was closed- to any address she wanted. This is one of the beauitful things about India. No matter what, people will go above and beyond the call of duty to help you when you really need it.

From there, we went walking and eventually, at the request of the Israeli guy who had been waiting all day and basically only came with us for this reason…we went to eat at McDonald’s!! Now I haven’t eaten this kind of stuff in maybe 30 years. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at the vegetable burger. It was quite tasty. I stomach was not too happy later on but Reiki kept it quiet.

At the table next to ours, a girl, about 12 or so, was having a birthday party with 5 of her friends, just like any other kid any where else in the world. It was really nice. And a fun adventure for me.

Got home in the evening and to complete a lovely day, I watched episodes of Heroes and had a wonderful time before happily to sleep.

Today I am meeting an Indian guy I met…which I didn’t write about as it is part of the “catching up” I have to do…he might have a way of getting me a permanent resident visa which would save me lots of trouble and money in the end…and I will meet him in about 1/2 hour.

I will now try to go back to my “being alone” for a week or so…but haven’t had much luck so far. I have a Reiki workshop coming up for a son and his mother who is coming to visit him, but nothing else planned.

Want to begin walking up through the villages…time will tell…enough for today


Dec. 18, 2008 – Walk to “Other” Waterfall

December 21, 2008

Dec. 18, 2008 – Walk to “Other” Waterfall

Lovely Forest Road

Lovely Forest Road

Instead of trying to catch up like I did earlier today, I think I will do better by working my way back and see how far I get. The past two posts had some stories and pictures from various things, and this post will give you an idea of what I did today. (Actually yesterday). Following my wonderful trek with Nobu up to the waterfalls on Monday, I had decided that I would attempt the waterfall on the other side of the Ganga by myself one day this week. I was busy for a couple of days, as you will read afterwards, and finally yesterday, Thursday, I decided to go. Got up my usual time, had a nice breakfast, felt the weather was a little cooler than on Monday (when I had worn too many clothes) and chose what to wear so as to carry the minimum but not be too hot or too cold. I hit it perfectly this time, wearing a long sleeve light cotton blouse with a zip up sweatshirt over it and light cotton neck scarf. I did not have to remove the sweatshirt the entire day, as the weather is definitely changing, and seems like winter will eventually find its way here. I left my room at 9:30 in the morning with brilliant sunshine overhead, a lovely blue sky, and crisp breeze blowing all the way. I took a slow walk down and over Laxman jhula and decided to “begin” the walk from there. While Monday we walked almost the whole way in the sun, and I found this quite difficult, this day’s walk was about 90 percent in the shade and for me this was perfect. The first hour or so were windy the whole way, but not an uncomfortably cold wind. I walked the whole time on shady roads, very little traffic, with the Ganga right off to my left

Ganga on the Left

Ganga on the Left

and the hills rolling up on the right. laxman-waterfall06

It is about a 3 kilometer walk to the place where the path to the waterfall goes up, laxman-waterfall061 but Read the rest of this entry »


December 19, 2008

Many things have unveiled themselves to me during this journey, but I don’t know if I will be posting them here, as they are quite personal. Amazing things have been brought to my awareness and brought me new serenity on many levels. But there are a couple of insights which I can share with you all which once again give us clear examples of the beautiful and mysterious ways in which God and the Universe work to provide us with all we need, even while we are going through difficult lessons and periods of our lives. Even if we do not at the moment comprehend all that is happening, when viewed objectively, the series of synchronicities which bring all different people together in different circumstances, can not be denied and give us definite understandings of the blessings we are always being surrounded with.

You will remember the story of the young guy who was in a very difficult situation and needed to get home as quickly as possible. He found himself, “luckily and by chance”, in a supportive atmosphere with many loving and caring people around him, all ready to help as necessary. He could have found himself far away from others, all alone, with no way of getting help, but this is NOT where he was when his personal crisis surfaced. He was provided, in his moment of desperate need, with a “mother” to take care of him, a psychologist to treat him, and an escort to accompany back to his family. These things can be seen as just chance encounters, but the fact that ALL of these people were available, all together in the same place, at the same time (and have since all left the area-except for the Mother (me)) just at the moment when needed, is all too much to be just chance. The entire story was put into play long before it all came together in one full picture. People had to make plans to come to India, to come to Rishikesh, to stay in this particular area, to become acquainted with each other etc. Quite complicated to be seen as chance. And for me a very profound lesson in how our needs are always met, long before we even know we will have these needs!!

Second example of the same type of idea, is the story of the sweet guy who fell into the sewer ditch (I think I mentioned this) while shopping with his wife in Rishikesh Market, and injured his leg just below the knee. They were getting very good care and treatment by the local doctors and hospital, but had to make a decision about continuing treatment here or going home as their insurance company was urging them to do. There were two conflicting opinions about necessary treatment, one involving surgery, the other not, and they were at a point of great confusion, and needing to make a decision quickly. “By chance”, a physiotherapist from Israel checked into the room right next door to theirs!!! She assessed the situation, started him on physiotherapy and gave her expert opinion about the nature of the injury and the treatment necessary. All this made their decision to stay in India possible, continuing treatment here under her guidance, and afterwards, in a facility available in the next place they will be going. She taught him how to maneuver with his leg in a metal brace keeping his leg straight 24 hours a day for 3 weeks, and how to get around on crutches so that they could move on to a new, more pleasant destination for the recuperation period. Just a beautiful encounter….

And one more thing:
A friend I met here, the Japanese guy who took me on my first mountain “trek” last week, during a discussion we were having, made the following observation. We were talking about “give and take” in relationships and he commented that he does not like the idea of give and take, as “give” implies that one person is giving but the receiver is not necessarily happy about “getting” what is being given. It is the action of the giver, so that he feels more comfortable afterwards about “taking”. My friend prefers the wording: “Receive and take”. Think about it. It is quite profound and makes much more sense.

And that’s it for this post


Dec. 19, 2008 – Trying to Catch Up – Treks, Restaurants, Toilets, Visits, People and more..

December 19, 2008

Dec. 19, 2008 – Trying to Catch Up – Treks, Restaurants, Toilets, Visits, People and more..

This will probably be in more than one post….

PICTURE OF ME AT WATERFALL – This was my amazing first mountain walk in Rishikesh thanks to Nobu’s persistance and confidence in my abilities…I will write more and post many more pictures. You’ve already seen the video with the wonderful sounds of this lovely day.

I don’t really know where to begin this post, so will begin it with today. I went to sleep yesterday knowing that the time has come. Meaning: Whenever I come to India, I find myself completely surrounded with people, and it is always very pleasant, but defeats the purpose of being in India. This has happened to me on every one of my trips, and at some point, I always realize that I need to get back to myself. I’ve been feeling this for some time now but yesterday I finally put my mind to it and had my first alone day (not completely, but better than any other day so far.). This morning I decided to be COMPLETELY with me, myself and I, and God decided to make the decision easier by providing me with the first really nasty day since I arrived (it rained one day but by 11 in the morning the sun was out again). It is now after 11 in the morning, completely overcast, no sun, and with an uncomfortable chill in the air. And although I had made plans to do JUST one thing this morning, I have no inclination to even get dressed. After my morning stuff and shower I just got back into my “hanging around the house” clothes, had my breakfast, and now will begin to catch up on all the past days as much as possible. There are many things to write about and I will try and keep things short and just give you a general idea of the events and the feelings I experienced as a result of things which happened. There will be pictures to try and give further detail.

I am thankful every minute to God and the Universe for always providing all I need at each moment to make each day just as perfect at it can be, including today. With the need to finally sit down and write, and the weather as it is, I am quite happy sitting in my room, bundled up in my blanket shawel, listening to music and being at the computer.

My lovely daughter Shlomit had taken the time to burn and mail to me enough episodes of our favorite TV series to keep me busy for a long time. When they arrived however, for some reason my computer was unable to read them. But I found that the computers at the really good internet café could all read them, and so went down there a couple of days ago with my laptop and memory stick and spent a couple of hours filling up my hard disc, with as many episodes as possible. I will have to make a second run like that when I finish what I now have, but I can now enjoy my dinner in my room while watching a couple of episodes each evening. The evening begins early now as it is dark by 6 and much too chilly for me to go out. So if no one comes to visit me (a rare event), I have many hours alone in the evening and the TV series are just the thing. She sent me a large variety of genres so I can pick and choose according to my mood. Really nice.

I have been basically cooking two meals a day for myself, breakfast of porridge cooked with raisins, almonds, prunes, cinnamon, ghee and fresh sliced apple. Quite delicious! And in the evening, either kitcheri most nights, or pasta or vegetable soup. I eat my lunch out at various places which is always pleasant. Below a few pictures of some of the views from the restaurants I eat in. It is so lovely in these places that I can sit for hours just enjoying the Ganga energies PICTURES taken from a couple of my favorite restaurants…both for the food and the view…perfect combination of energies.


You can see more pics of restaurant views following this…still want to get pictures here in the morning…it looks like some lovely place in Europe…

Yesterday I discovered a restaurant which has sour dough bread available (I am not supposed to eat bread made with yeast but it is hard to find here) and had a lovely grilled cheese sandwich and perfectly made pumpkin soup to go along with it. I’ve been wanting Read the rest of this entry »

Dec. 17, 2008 – Waterfall Video

December 17, 2008

Again, no inclination to write. I find the computer almost an intrusion lately, but have succeeded in uploading a short video I took during my waterfall trek…just for the wonderful SOUNDS of the place. Turn up your speakers and enjoy! It will give you some small idea of the blessings I am enjoying here. I will be posting pics as well in a day or so and hopefully write more.

So just click on the link below, wait patiently for it to load on You Tube, and, to make it more enjoyable, click the pause button and wait until the whole video uploads…you can tell when the red indicator line gets to the end. It will take a couple of minutes, and then you can enjoy the whole thing without it stopping every few seconds. ENJOY!

Waterfall Video

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