Shedding the Past

Day 14, Part 1 – Spelunking I’m dreaming of Arati. Bells are clanging, the ┬áscent of incense is in the air. Or wait, no. It’s 5 AM and the temple just down the hill from us has begun its celebration of Shiva. I guess now is a good time to get up and start the … More Shedding the Past

Flower Boats

Day 13 – Part 2 We arrive in Haridwar. We grab our bags and drag them past waiting trains and monkeys to the parking lot. There are no stairs and very few porters. Shiva Ratri is tomorrow – the celebration of Shiva – and this town is exploding with color and a hint of the … More Flower Boats

Swamis and such

Day 11 – Part 2 Back on the bus we are headed for Swami Satchidananda’s childhood home and the lotus shrine, under construction, behind it. We are in a neighborhood. There are children walking home from school, houses lining the street and the smells of the evening meal being prepared. As we park in front … More Swamis and such