Beauty and color are everywhere in India. The eye just needs tuning to see it in the mundane.
"A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person's beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey in to someone's own beliefs."
I arrived in Allahabad last night at 9:30p, Monday, after a twelve plus hour bus ride from Agra. We have essentially been in transit since departing Michigan on Friday. We arrived in the dark, and awoke to a dark, damp, drippy fog kind of morning. It's interesting to arrive in this way and not quite know what you're arriving to. It's become apparent through all of my travel so far, that it will be a slow unveiling.
The campus alarm chimes at 5:30a, to tell us it's time for chai (they bribe us out of our cots with chai, it works like a charm). Prayers and meditation follow at 6:00a in the Sacred Grove. It's winter in India, and we awoke to damp 40's this morning. Wearing long johns, wool, sweatshirt, down jacket, wool shawl, and hat I make my way to the grove. Sitting on the ground under the trees, glove wedged under my ankle for cush, rain drops on my head I practice arriving. I invite my body to arrive, my breath to arrive, my awareness to arrive.
I've traveled all this way for this. Using the outer journey to facilitate the inner journey. Arriving in this new unknown physical location to inspire some curiosity about my own internal location. I'm a pilgrim at Kumbha Mela.
Chicago to Amsterdam to Delhi. I anticipate that the nearly 30 hours of travel, door to door, will be just the right mix of medicine to prepare me for India. A concoction of people jostling, long hours flight-sitting, day/night time confusion, that will shake me up, twist me about, and settle me into this journey. I'm looking at this trip to India as a practice in tapas; many opportunities to sit in the fire of transformation and witness what emerges. You're welcome to come along for this wild ride of sights, sounds, practices and adventures. Namaste friends. ~k
kara aubin teaches yoga & ayurveda, drinks hot lemon water, and is part of the ayurvedic oily revolution in Kalamazoo, MI and Pune, India.
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