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India 2008-2015

Tapovan Village Life

I am not physically in India at the moment, but am always there in spirit, so an sharing some scenes of village life which I shot during my last sojourn. Definitely feeling homesick!

Paradise in Tapovan Paradise in Tapovan

Village Scene Tapovan Village Scene Tapovan



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I found a job!!  I’ve been needing to get back into the work force for some time now.  Retirement is a wonderful blessing, but my financial plans were not working out as expected and I need additional income to stay independent.  Been thinking about how to do this for some time….and then this week, for reasons which will soon become clear below, I had to cancel my ticket to India for this year.  And just five minutes later, I was offered a job!!

One door ALWAYS opens when another is closed!  It’s as simple as that.

Here is my post from my India Journal blog which will explain the rest.


One of my favorite views towards Ram Jhula from one of my favorite restaurants.. 60's Beatles Restaurant

One of my favorite views towards Ram Jhula from one of my favorite restaurants.. 60’s Beatles Restaurant

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! !

another favorite view from Ram Jhula

another favorite view from Ram Jhula

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



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Holy Ganga in Rishikesh



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Accept, Learn, Let Go-Message in a Book

Let Go...Ganga Sunset

I just began a new book on my Kindle… chosen by random from the huge collection I’ve accumulated. The first chapter began with the above quote.  Just put it on a nice photo to make it prettier…but the message is just what I needed at the moment!  I am Grateful and Blessed as always

with love light and JOY



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Just in case you are curious as to where I have been the last while, I want to remind you that I am finally back in India, for a short trip, and will be posting daily HERE:   http://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com
if you are interested in following my adventures or just checking out the photos.

The above is something I came across today and just wanted to share it with you all.

with much love light and JOY to all


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The countdown continues and all kinds of decisions to make. This was an important one for me! 🙂 Glad it’s been decided….

India 2008-2015

…and the answer is NOT TO COOK!!

This sounds very cryptic I know, but is quite simple.  Every year for the past number of years I have set up a kind of very simple kitchen system to be able to cook in my room while in India.

In a previous post I explained the reasons for taking a room and setting up a primitive sort of kitchen , rather than a full apartment with kitchen, as follows:

”  The limited kitchen as a blessing: I sometimes find myself annoyed that I don’t have a real kitchen and have to improvise to prepare my simple meals. And I am very limited in what I can cook, as I have one pot and one frying pan, [the past two years I have added a pressure cooker which is a BIG plus ]  

no counter top, no kitchen sink (I have finally…

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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


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A Quick Reminder

For those of you wondering where all the posts have gone, in case you missed the one where I explained…a quick reminder.

I am once again on my way “back to India” and have begun posting daily on my India Journal Blog.  Just finished a 9 part series of photo posts entitled “Faces of India”.  The first in series is posted here as well just a couple of posts before this one. If you haven’t seen the rest of the series, you can check it out from the second post in this series here:

Faces of India Part 2 – Daily LIfe

…and then continued with the rest of the series:

Faces of India:

Hope you enjoy if you haven’t already seen these.

With love light and JOY

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People Along the Ghats in Rishikesh and Varanassi


I have begun my preparations for my upcoming trip to India and will be posting on the India Journal Blog from now on.  So if you are interested in following my adventures, trials, treatments, inspirations and magic during a very short trip this time (just about 6 weeks), you are invited to follow me at:   http://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com

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I will begin, for the time being, a series of photo posts .  I usually photograph and post landscape and Nature photos, but realized that I also have lots of  “people pictures” and have decided to share my favorites with you.  I will be posting the first ones here for those of you who have not yet found your way to the other blog, but hope you will continue to follow the series there:  enjoy the slideshow above or click on the  images below to see full size photos.  🙂


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Hare Om-Jai Ma…and a Mediterranean Sunset

Mediterranean Sunset

If you are one of my regulars, you have obviously realized that I have not been around much lately.  Blogging was forced to take a back seat to other matters in my day to day reality.  It has saddened me but I have learned to flow with things as they present themselves in my life and accept them all joyfully, gratefully, in Freedom from Fear, and without “second guessing” the God and the Universe.

Square Sun

There have been many things I wanted to share with you, but sadly they will remain in my private thoughts or writings for the time being.  Perhaps once in Rishikesh, being energized by Ma Ganga, I will find things flowing onto the “page” more easily.

Round Sun

Perhaps one day they will find there way here…I truly believe that all happens as it is meant to, when it is meant to and how it is meant to, for our Higher Good.

If you wish to follow my adventures IN India, you are welcome to check out my India Journal Blog where I will now begin posting sporadically for the time being, but almost daily once I get back in October (for a very very short trip this time):   http://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com

As a farewell for the time being, I am sharing these photos of a beautiful Mediterranean Sunset taken at the shore near my home just a few days ago. Several are above and the full gallery is below in sequence.  (The very first photo is from another day 🙂  )

with love light and JOY


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