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Holy Ganga in Rishikesh

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WITH LOVE LIGHT AND JOY
JANE

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As I get ready to leave once again for India, I have been having dreams again about my time there, myself there and some of the lessons I have learned over the years.  One of them first hit me in 2007 on my first sojourn in Rishikesh, (after spending several previous trips mainly in Dharamsala ) but I find myself more and more having this feeling again, even though I am still here at home in Israel.  (All the photos in this post are from Dharamsala area)

The feeling of being so very different.

After meditating on this, I was guided to a post from 2007, and will rewrite parts of it here, including the message I received.  And it is this message which is so appropriate to me today as well.  The poem at the end is result of contemplating the message this afternoon.

I have always felt myself  being different from the travelers I meet.  (And perhaps not just travelers in India, but all travelers on the Planet at the moment-I have felt “different” from the earliest time I remember myself ).

While in India, I find very often that I am the only person  (or one of very few) I’ve met so far who is not seeking. Either looking for the perfect Yoga teacher, the Swami who will bring them enlightenment, the perfect Ayurveda doctor or the ultimate massage. Everyone seems to be searching for something…on some kind of pilgrimage…where is the best puja on the Ganga, the best Thali, the best mountain trail, the most beautiful temple.

I find no need for any of these things and sometimes wonder if something is wrong with me.

Am I just too lazy to bother?

Or is it something deeper?

Mcleodganj in the Distance as Seen During Mountain Walk

…after falling asleep once again with these thoughts, I was awakened early in the morning, my Guides speaking to me loud and clear with the following:

You are not a seeker. Others are seeking. YOU KNOW. Relax into that KNOWING. JUST BE.

Your only quest is inward. Everything you need is already there. The place is unimportant…it is just a means for you to easily access what is already KNOWN to you.

Relax into it. Let it flow.

You are blessed…We love You.

And here is the poem brought through to me today.

The Sudden Need to Know

But knowing is not what it seems to be
Is knowing knowledge?
or is it understanding of TRUTH!
To know what your personal truth IS, is the most profound form of understanding.
And when what you know to be TRUE is what guides you along your path,
Then you may stumble at times, you may even feel a momentary fear when faced with some new obstacle,
But you will never stray.

Because You Know!


with love light and JOY

Jane

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BACK to India 2012 🙂

Ram Jhula

I have once again been blessed.  A long series of synchronicities   have come together to bring me to this wonderful place where I have once again been able to reserve my tickets back to India!  I will be arriving back in Rishikesh on October 10th, and although my stay will be shorter than usual, I will still have time to do my full Panchakarma treatments and of course visit with all my wonderful friends there in Rishikesh.

Waiting for Lunch on a Cold Winters Day

LAXMAN JHULA

I probably will not have the the time I had hoped for to visit friends in other places, like Delhi and Dehradun, but perhaps they will also find their way to me in Rishikesh. I already know that a couple of good friends from other parts of the world who I have not had the pleasure of seeing in a few years, will also be in Rishikesh at the same time I will be there.  And for the first time, I am also traveling together with a friend from home.  It is her first time in India and I know it will awe and please her as it has me.

And, as always:

I leave  the “how’s” and all of the rest to God and His loving Universe to work out.

Ganga Sunset Over Ram Jhula

I experience all as it comes to me in complete acceptance, joy, gratitude and freedom from fear.

Below some further photos of just a few of my previous adventures and contented days in Rishikesh in case you feel like seeing them:

Bike Ride to Kuncha Devi Temple

My rooftop room, New Bhandari Swiss Cottage Rishikesh

Although it is still several months before I am back in this wonderful place, I am already feeling the calming energies finding their way to me.  Life is good!!!

On the way up to Neelkant Waterfall Rishikesh

Rafting Camp Along Ganga

One of Favorite Winter Suits

reflections on the ganga

I will eventually go back to posting on my India Journal Blog, but for now, I will still be with you here.

BACK TO INDIA 2012!!

with love light and JOY

Jane

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By surrendering to the “hows,” you begin multiplying the “wows”. Mike Dooley

Sunset Over Ram Jhula, Rishikesh, India

Just had to share this thought!  Think about it…it is quite profound.  Remember the phrase:

Let Go and Let God!!

Ganga Sunset over Ram Jhula, Rishikesh, India

with love light and JOY

Jane

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It’s one of those days.

The photos accompanying this post are just my way of doing something nice for myself today–re-experiencing some relaxing days in Rishikesh, India

Relaxing Along the Ghats, Laxman Jhula Rishikesh

Didn’t sleep again last nite due to my cough, woke this morning with a pounding headache-a rare thing for me – made my way to my family doctor and it seems after all this time of feeling really ill and being weak, that i have pneumonia!  At least there is a good reason for the way I’ve been feeling.

Aside from that, I switched phone companies yesterday to get cheaper rates and although I was promised I’d have a line working within a few hours, I am still without a working phone as of this afternoon.  When I spoke to them, for the second time today (after being assured that a technician was already on the way to see what the problem was and fix it), they had the nerve to tell me that they could not send a technician until tomorrow because according to the “rules”, since I called just today, it is impossible for them to send someone the same day!!  Wanted to know why, if I was having trouble with my line, I waited so long to notify them!!!   That’s when I exploded-not from anger but from pure frustration!  Bottom line, they “made every effort” and someone is supposed to come today.  (Since I wrote this-they called to tell me that it is against the rules and the management cancelled the technician for today-at that point I told them to simply send the technician whenever they wanted to and let him disconnect me from them and reconnect me back to the first -when I was told that would be impossible-I’d have to let them fix the line and THEN call the old provider and tell them I wanted to reconnect-I exploded once again-by then fierce jackhammers pounding in my head and agreed to have the technician come tomorrow and figure it out from there – just as I hung up, the representative from the FIRST company called to ask me why I transferred my line and I explained to him that I thought it was cheaper etc.  He gave me a new deal, will send someone tomorrow morning to reconnect me, and told me not to say anything to the other company.  When they come to fix their own line, just tell them to take the device and leave!-which is what I will do-and hope this is the end of the phone story!)

The whole above story sounds like something very India, and maybe just a way of giving the feeling of being in India without actually being there!!

Biking in India

More Biking in India...Note the Elephant Sign

Still feeling miserable-but being compassionate enough with me to allow myself to be ill (advice from my wonderful guy Y), but still trying to understand why-many different theories, but the truth is, it doesn’t really matter “why”

I need to get back to the place of accepting things, knowing there is a good reason for it all – But I am not having much luck these days doing that. I am not at all pleased with the way I am feeling, and doing my best to release and surrender, but for some reason there is resistance and I am having a hard time of it.  And of course, the resistance only makes things worse.

This is a venting post.  I know I will find my way back to my balance,..I always do.  I know these are all blessings (in disguise at the moment).  I know all things are for my Higher Good – there are just times when I wish I could see the “big picture”, the “overview”, myself.

Searching for Answers or Just Enjoying the View Along the Ganga

This is one of those times

with love light JOY and good health

Jane

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HAPPY MAHA SHIVRATRI TO ALL


OM NAMA SHIVAYA

Shiva with Offerings - During Shivratri in Laxman Jhula Rishikesh Last Year

 

I have many photos of Shiva statues, but this is my favorite one.  And not being in rishikesh to celebrate, jut figured I put a little something here to honor the day. This is a day when hordes of Indians come to bathe in the Ganga as it is considered to be a very auspicious day to receive the Ganga blessings.   Remember, this is in the winter in India, the Ganga is fed by glacial snows which melt high up in the Himalayas, and the water is instant-numbing cold.  But the hearty pilgrims seem to have no difficulty in dunking over and over and saying their prayers, and then coming out all wet into the cold air.  The women go in with all their clothes on and then have to discreetly remove the wet sari and petticoat and blouse and put on a dry one.  This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed in India.

And the streets are so crowded you can hardly walk.  Getting across the bridges can take up to half and hour if you are lucky and in short, it is a day that I prefer staying close to home.  I did brave the streets the first year I was there, and it was amazing to see the joy and sheer pleasure on the faces of everyone, as well as the unbelievable display of colors in the women’s clothing.

And so sitting here at home, in my “other” reality, I think of India once again,

Here’s another very impressive Shiva in Haridwar…

Shiva outside Haridwar, India

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