There is something about markets and me…they go together! Just the thought of visiting a market makes me glow with expectation. I actually don’t even have a compulsion to buy anything at the markets, although I invariably do, but I … Continue reading
I have posted before about the wonderful Green Sakthi environmental programme that is occurring at the Sripuram Ashram I stay at each year in India. It is overseen by a gorgeous friend of mine Nathalie Latham.
This wonderful video shows Part 1 of the thoughtful “green” movement that is happening in India. For more information go to Green Sakthi.
This lovely song “Love Melts Fear” by my friend Edo Kahn showcases the beautiful Sripuram Ashram in India that I visit each year. Amma’s love has the power to melt all our fears.
“Sripuram has been created to communicate the universal Divine truths to mankind”…Sri Sakthi Amma
I’ve been on some scary rides in my time and impressed my boys by riding Space Mountain at Euro Disneyland in Paris. However nothing quite compares to an auto-rickshaw ride in India!
Let me set the scene for you. The whole family squashed onto a shiny, vinyl seat on a covered three wheeler motorbike. One son squeezed into the front with the driver. All number of Gods and Deities on the auto’s dashboard and om stickers all over the windscreen.The driver racing up tiny lanes at breakneck speed past cows munching on rubbish and us clinging on for dear life. I know it would sound like a nightmare to most and I can understand that you may feel that way. However our family love it!
The reason we love it is because of one word…SURRENDER. Instead of thinking of all the things that could possibly go wrong we think the opposite. We surrender to the sheer freedom and craziness of the moment. One night in Trichy we were heading straight for a packed bus when the driver veered off to the left at the very last moment. Our boys shouted out “That was mad Mum!” in sheer delight!
I’m not advocating taking reckless risks every day of the week. However part of being a genuine traveller is immersing yourself in the moment and doing some challenging things every now and then.
On our last trip my mother Padma and I discovered the auto-rickshaw bus. Now we can travel from the Sripuram Ashram all the way into Vellore (20 minute trip) for only 8 rupees!
The best things about the auto-rickshaw bus are:
- Loud blaring Hindi music combined with fast speed ~ very exhilarating!
- Great chats with local people.
- A cheap fare.
- Interesting views of everyday life.
- Living in the moment.
Please excuse the slightly out-of-focus photos above…we were probably going through a pot-hole at the time!
Small doses of terror can be fun? Is she crazy? Yes…well maybe just a little…
Padma and I have now arrived at Sri Puram in Thirumalakodi, Vellore for the second part of our trip.
The first part was shopping, relaxation, visiting new places. The second part is about spirituality and service to others.
Sri Puram is the abode of the avatar Sri Sakthi Amma. This is our third visit to Amma.
While here we stay at the Kamala Nivas Guesthouse. At the moment the main guesthouse is being renovated.
The ashram has simple but comfortable accommodation. The rooms are 1200 rupees and include three Indian meals a day. They have a separate bathroom with hot water and airconditioning.
Yesterday we had darshan with Amma. Darshan is where you are able to sit in the presence of the guru/avatar. We all sat on the verandah of a beautiful little cottage in the ashram grounds.
After darshan a small group of people from all parts of the world (Australia, France, Canada, England) went to a small girls orphanage. Here we served a special meal for the children to celebrate the upcoming festival of Diwali – the Festival of Lights.
We travelled to the orphanage by bus and that was an experience in itself! Fast and lots of horn honking but a real highlight.
“A guru is essential to rid oneself of bad karma and set out on the righteous path.” Sri Sakthi Amma