Back in 2004, my Florida friend, Lore Raymond, went to India, and like me, returned forever changed. Here's something she wrote after her trip that captures very well how India grabs visitors and never lets go. Read on: Ahhhh, India--the mystic continent of vibrant Crayola-colored saris, 500 . . .
All humans are one family. All people are my children. - Ashoka the Great, emperor during the Maurya Dynasty in India After a terrible battle during which horrific things were done, Ashoka (304-232 BCE) felt great regret and remorse. What have I done? he asked himself, as he viewed the death and . . .
Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day: I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only God. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up . . .
It’s a world of technology and progress for us, and it’s hard to imagine any other. For the most part we’re fed, housed and can find some kind of work. Our government is corrupt, but as governments go, it’s less corrupt than many. Things generally work. They’re not perfect, but they work. Seeing . . .
Even going about their daily chores, the women of India in their beautiful sarees epitomize beauty and grace. Even when they're just sitting in front of a massive pile of gooseberries. Or standing at a monument waiting to go in. The color and majesty of these flowing sarees brought out the beauty . . .
This is my first-world life. I never wanted for anything, got a good education, found progressively responsible jobs, lived in nice places, owned my own cars and homes and in general have lived a pretty privileged life. This is my life; I know no other. But, funny thing about a visit to a third . . .
You're probably wondering what the Pushkar Camel Fair is, right? I blogged about it in February, HERE, in anticipation of our visit. I'm going to let images and video give you the color and spectacles of our two amazing days there, with just a bit of explanation. You'll see what we'd consider to . . .
Karma is often described as destiny. But that's not what it is. It's a Sanskrit word for "act, action or word." Karma is a cosmic law that teaches that each of our actions, our deeds, our words set into effect a chain of cause and effect. That we will experience personally the effects of what we . . .
Sometimes, everything works out. Lighting. Color. Backdrop. People. This series epitomizes the beauty and magic of India and to me, looks like a scene from hundreds of years ago. . . .
Street vendors were everywhere, even in the smallest little villages. All I see is brown, even with pops of color in the background. Yes, a young customer for that same vendor. Indian fast food. Shopping for meals is as easy as stepping outside. Village scene. Washing in public. I couldn't . . .