Just a quick photo post of a dramatic sunset over the Ganga as seen several days ago from 60’s Beatles Cafe in Laxman Jhula
SOUL FOOD-OCT 7, 2015
Sitting here at Swiss garden for breakfast…
…decided to treat myself to my favorite, aloo parantha and masala chai…rather than the standard, healthy, good for me, porridge. This is breakfast to feed my soul as well and that is no less important to my good health. And to my great surprise, and joy, it is actually chilly! What a pleasant and welcome surprise….hints of the cold to come in a few months, but delightful right now! And a further added blessing, the Wi-Fi here is not working so I am able to completely relax….
I am gently reminded of the pleasures of days past before all this was available. Just relaxing, being with all that is surrounding me, doing my needlepoint, reading….this is a powerful reminder of how much we miss out on when we become slaves of this new technology…..On the other hand, technology is a great blessing…as I sit here in Rishikesh, writing on my computer, I am able to listen to a radio station from Israel, just as if I was sitting in my living room at home….the best of both worlds!
It’s been an interesting day in general, and will write more about “getting out of my comfort zone” in the next post…the rest of the photos in this post were made possible BECAUSE I was able to get out of that place controlled by fears…and in addition to these lovely things…
JUST DID MY FIRST CARD READING….BEAUTIFUL!
Just being back in “service” again always does wonders for me…being in my purpose…and these readings, which basically bring deep insights to the person sitting opposite me, are extremely gratifying to say the least.
It has been a blessed day!
I am deeply grateful
With love light and JOY
Today I cancelled my ticket for this years trip to India. It was something I knew I had to do for some time but kept putting it off. I am truly heartsick at the thought of not “coming home” to Ma Ganga for another full year, but at the same time, realize that this too is a blessing in disguise.
Although truly sad and disappointed at the moment, I’m sure this is a blessing in disguise and I remain grateful to God and joyful and accepting of all things! !
Just to clarify, I had scheduled long overdue cataract surgery for April, upon my return from India. But the condition has worsened to the point where I can barely see out of my right eye, and the left is getting worse by the day. So no choice. Must be taken care of.
I know that something wonderful is waiting for me and will simply continue to enjoy each and every day to the fullest, in full acceptance joy, gratitude, Faith and Freedom from Fear. Despite the momentary disappointment and sadness, Life is definitely beautiful and full of wonderful surprises!
much love light and JOY
Just in this kind of mood this morning. One of those days when I wish Rishikesh was closer, or I had more money and could just “pop over” for a week to visit, or both!
It’s been six months since I left, and it seems like forever. But in just over six months I will be back, and hopefully that time will fly by.
The Magic of Ram Jhula Sunsets
During my recent sojourn in Rishikesh, I found myself drawn continually to Ram Jhula during the hours before sunset. And the feelings of tranquility together with gentle Ganga energy never ceased to astound me. Here are just a few shots to give you a feeling of the wonder of this place.
Ram Jhula in the Golden Glow of Sunset
I can visit Ram Jhula every day and never tire of the changing view. This particular day was clear and sunny, although chilly, but the brilliance of the sunset was reflected on the bridge. If you’ve ever been here, you will appreciate how special these views are.
Beautiful Last Evening (and day) in India – Nov 21-22 2012
I was invited to Dr. Arora and Manju’s for dinner together with my friend Michal. I usually spend quite a lot of time visiting with Manju while I am in Rishikesh. Daytime visits where we just chat and I watch her in the kitchen-best cooking lessons available-and these visits were missing during this short stay. But at least I would get to spend the evening with her, and I was excited about going.
We wound up spending the evening in prayers, chanting and singing with all the female members of the communal family dwelling (5 sisters-in-law, a couple of THEIR daughters-in-law, a visiting sister of Dr. Arora from Delhi, and even one baby granddaughter). I couldn’t have found a more suitable, uplifting and beautiful way to spend my last evening in Rishikesh, or better company. I have no photos, as it seemed neither appropriate nor necessary at the time, but the wonderful pictures will remain in my mind for a very long time.
It seems over 30 years ago, Dr. Arora’s father decided that every Tuesday there should be an evening of Kirtan (sacred chanting) in the family temple situated in the center of the family dwelling, and the women at the time decided they would be the ones to do it. And to this day, this is precisely what happens every Tuesday evening.
There is nothing that compares with the power, and empowering energies of the prayers of women. The chanting was done joyfully, sometimes playfully, sometimes with deep serious mindfulness and devotion, but always directed directly towards the deities. I felt it on a deep soul level and felt myself being swept away with the power of the connection to God felt in the small room. Since the chanting is repetitive, and the women took turns leading it, I was very often able to join in. And from my years in India, several of the chants I realized I actually knew the words to myself! This surprised me and of course brought great joy and approving pleasure to the faces of the women. And of course, clapping along with everyone else was a no brainer, even for me!! 🙂
The visit afterwards with Manju and the Doctor was thoroughly enjoyable as always, with good conversation, seeing the beautiful wedding album from their eldest son’s wedding last year (the daughter in law of course now living there with them) and of course a superb light dinner. With soup, idlis, subji, shahi paneer (Manju makes the best in India for sure and she always remembers how much I like it and makes it for me when I come), chutney and of course chapattis with ghee . Dr Arora drove us home, quite late…tired but with full stomachs and happy hearts.
Now having my last breakfast here at the Pundir Restaurant after being treated to a wonderful whole wheat chapatti and homemade ghee when I stopped by Seema’s house earlier.
The sky is cloudy today for the first time in 6 weeks. I feel “cloudy” myself. Must be raining somewhere up in the mountains to bring the clouds and colder weather today.
And somewhere deep inside of me there is a “rainy” feeling as well.
The day continued quietly, with goodbyes to everyone, always difficult, but even more so after such a short stay, and of course packing up my stuff for storage as well as for taking home. The sky was beautiful to watch during the day and evening,
and before heading off to Delhi by taxi, I had my last supper of schnitzel and chips!! 🙂
The ride on the new highway took less than 5 hours….
Sachin provided me with a pillow so I could sleep in the car on the way. I dozed on and off…and to my great surprise was in delhi in less than 5 hours!! New road is good for sure.
Found a nice bench in the departure lounge to lay down on for another hour until they opened the RJ check in counter. They really hassled me about my carry on- it didn’t fit into the “rack” which measures them. Finally they called the supervisor, and she allowed me to take it. What a pain in the ass. The whole thing took over an hour but luckily I was first on line and when I got to the gate, there was even a free bed to lie down on which I did of course.
the flight was fine but it seems the AC as not working….it was really hot on the plane.
Good flight to amman but it is over 7 hours going back. The plane was not full so there was no one next to me which made it easier to sleep a little with my legs over the handle of the next seat.
1/2 hour delay in Amman but that meant yosi actually got the airport in time to pick me up. It was nice.
We went and had a nice breakfast in Yehud and then headed home and got stuck in a HAIL STORM!! Thought the car windows would crack the pieces were so big!
And then later on in the evening, my house was struck directly by lightning and my phone went dead while talking to yosi. and my cellphone needed to be charged but I had no electricity, so we couldn’t talk. It was easier talking to him from India!
And now I am home, a week later, writing this last post!! I will be posting several more photo posts, and then saying goodbye until next year! Look forward to seeing you all once again then!
Namaste from Herzlia, Israel
The Paradise that is Rishikesh
[As I sit getting ready to post this, there is an amazing desplay of color in the sky as I look out the window-it almost looks like the heavens are on fire! Notice the moon rising as well….(sorry about the wires, but they are part of the “scenery”)…so this post will also have a gallery of shots taken over about a half hour period. Hope you enjoy it here as much as I enjoyed it live!]
Panchakarma wise, there is nothing much to write about the last couple of days,,,just massage and sirrohdhara and massage and steam. And I was feeling really good and decided to take full advantage of these last two days of the easy stuff, so the next posts will be about those two lovely days I spent out and about and truly enjoying the paradise that is Rishikesh.
I look forward to posting some lovely photos, which I haven’t even looked at myself yet, and hopefully this will happen over the next couple of days. Today begins the harder portion of panchakarma, which leaves me with the feeling that I need to just rest in and around my room most of the day.
So I read, watch movies, write, do certain projects I may have committed myself to (making a new collage of my grandchildren, copy editing Dr.Arora’s new website), visiting with my friends near home and just relaxing. It is a good time for contemplation, or for just doing nothing.
SOMETIMES DOING NOTHING IS SOMETIMES DOING SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT
You can read more about this idea and its importance in our lives at this post:
Yesterday I ate the best pullao I have had since coming to Rishikesh.
Ate it at the lovely Indian restaurant, Flavors, following my long stroll along the ghats on both banks of Ram Jhula. It was full of wonderful herbs, fruits, nuts and veggies and the seasoning was just perfect. It was moist, not dry as many are…just heaven. The photo does not do it justice.!
I am now resting in my room and will shortly eat my wonderful paneer parantha prepared by Manju, the Doc’s wife, and a necessary precursor to the oil enemas, which I do in my room. It is one of the best parts of panchakarma (the parantha-not the….:-) ) . And today I plan to watch the movie, Intouchables, which came extremely highly recommended, and will probably begin watching lots of movies over the next 12 days as well. And that’s about it for today.
Namaste from Rishikesh
Blessings from Sunrise to Sunset
It is actually the next day, evening time, and I am now getting ready to go to sleep. I had two amazingly beautiful and active days….so full that I have had no time to write or post. But tomorrow I begin the more difficult part of panchakarma, and wanted to take best advantage of these last two days…and I DID! I will have lots of time resting over the next days, so will have plenty of time to write, post photos I have shot over the past couple of days, and tell you about all my lovely adventures.
You may remember that the day yesterday began with a beautiful sunrise (above) . Well, I was still out and about late enough to also enjoy a spectacular sunset,
and in between also was able to enjoy the Vijayadashmi festival, which ended the 9 day Navrati festival.
Will be posting photos and video from this as well.
So here is just a quick post to let you know all is well , and that I just have had better things to do than “blogging” the last couple of days.
Namaste from Rishikesh