Visited an ashram deep inside the mela today. We walked for several hours to get there but it was worth every step. We were greeted with open arms and incredible hospitality when we arrived. There are multiple Europeans living in camp there including one from US. We are able to converse in English. The surroundings are extremely simple and we realize immediately that in our camp we have been living in luxury by most other standards.
I’ve never eaten at a happier table. I never have FELT the blessing instead of just hearing it. There is so much love in the food it is truly Prasad and a gift to partake of it with others. We eat with our fingers from bowls made of pressed leaves and we laugh and love much during our meal together.
The people in India never suffer from the American disease of loneliness. They live together, work together, walk together, eat together and sleep together. Maybe it’s a cultural thing. Maybe there just isn’t enough space per person to be alone anywhere here.
Togetherness is abundant in India and especially the mela where we are even more condensed. I think maybe that’s one of the reasons they are so happy.
My take away for the day, Less is More. Less stuff, less stress, less worry, less aloneness, less work, = More Happy. Isn’t that the secret elixir we are all looking for?
May you be happy, may you be healthy, and may you be at peace.
Namaste and Jai Ma to all.
And to my beloved Kripalu sisters Crystal and April , Jai Bhagwan