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#31
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TH, be sure to visit The 17th Karmapa for His Darshan while you are at Mcleod, He lives just below D'sala at Sidhbari;
http://www.kagyuoffice.org/karmapa.visiting.html
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Happy Easter!! Semana Santa!!
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reply kullukid (4)

Thankyou for your wisdom and knowledge, especially in the last three emails I have yet to acknowledge due to the Easter weekend. I understand that one needs to 'let go' in order to experience India. However, I must say that this has been difficult for me as India appears to be so daunting, so overwhelming that I've needed to 'book' things in order to feel secure. The essential delemma that I have as a traveller - how to have authenthic experiences is based upon how well I can get out of my comfort zone. It is a test that I have resisted until you have reminded me that it is also a joy and perhaps one of the most important reason to travel.
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reply Kullukid (5)

Originally posted by: kullukid View Post

TH, be sure to visit The 17th Karmapa for His Darshan while you are at Mcleod, He lives just below D'sala at Sidhbari;
http://www.kagyuoffice.org/karmapa.visiting.html


Thank you for the reminder. I have sent an Email but no reply as yet. I will keep you posted but there is a good chance that he is travelling at the time of my visit. It is certainly something that I would love to do and I again would like you to know that I greatly appreciate this (and all of your) suggestion(s).
TH
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reply to rubia (3)

Originally posted by: Rubia View Post

Happy Easter!! Semana Santa!!


Same to you, Rubia! I hope that you are getting something out of this forum. I know that I certainly am.
TH
#36
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Originally posted by: travelhound View Post

I understand that one needs to 'let go' in order to experience India. However, I must say that this has been difficult for me as India appears to be so daunting, so overwhelming that I've needed to 'book' things in order to feel secure..


Don't worry, most of us westerners on IM have experienced that daunting, overwhelming feeling[whoa] you are talking about,but it's all in the mind.....fear of the unknown & all that!
Once you land your senses & mind will be so bombarded with new input that you won't have time to think such thoughts. I noticed you are in Delhi for 2 days on arrival,which is good because Delhi bombards your mind with so many new experiences over a short period of time that it prepares you for the rest of your travels in India & everything seems very easy going & laid back after Delhi.
I wanted to travel to India for years & never made it and a friend of mine who travelled all over India in the 70's always said to me you can't go to India until India let's you go.
So maybe you will Let Go now that India as let you go!:) KK
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Help

KK & TH

I received a reply from my email I sent to SRI Ramanasramam, call me ignorant but I don't understand what it means.

So I am putting what they said here so that both of you could advise me what he means, as its left me in a kind of limbo.

Dear Natasha,

Your email of Saturday, April 03, 2010.

When compassion and calm prevails on the mind; you are welcome to stay at the Guru's abode..

With regards,

Yours in Bhagavan,

President.
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I believe that it means that anyone who is mindful and present is welcome as this is one of the prerequisite for enlightenment. If, on the other hand, you are preoccupied and distracted then there is little chance that you will be able to take advantage of the visit to 'the Guru's abode'. In other words everyone is welcome if they are come ready to learn and to receive.

This is my take but I'm sure K
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reply to Rubia

...just to finish my last message....

This is my take but I'm sure kullukid and others will be much more lucid that myself.
TH
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need suugestions for Varanasi and Bodhgaya

I woke up to the fact that I'll be travelling in three short weeks to India. I am trying to relax about this and am open to what I will discover. I do wonder, however, if anyone has suggestions for Varanasi and Bodhgaya - my first two stops after arriving in Delhi. I do not yet have accomodations nor do I have a list of things that I must do. This is remarkable for me. I am curious to know what spiritual gems others have discovered in these places.
#41
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I'm not sure why you got such a response,without knowing what you said in your initial email it's hard to comment. I stayed in Thiruvannamalai in Feb for MahaShivratri & every room in the town was taken so we were advised to ask at the Ashram, where we were told that anyone can stay for free but you need to write to them a month in advance to reserve a room. I just noticed on the Ramana website that you can only stay 3 days anyway.:) KK
SOS: Missing Person...

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Originally posted by: kullukid View Post

I'm not sure why you got such a response,without knowing what you said in your initial email it's hard to comment. I stayed in Thiruvannamalai in Feb for MahaShivratri & every room in the town was taken so we were advised to ask at the Ashram, where we were told that anyone can stay for free but you need to write to them a month in advance to reserve a room. I just noticed on the Ramana website that you can only stay 3 days anyway.:) KK


KK

I wrote introducing myself and asking if I could visit the Ashram when I go over in November. I also stated the fact that this was my first time and that I was quite nervous as to what to expect.

With this, that was the response I got, So do I presume I just turn up? I dont know?

Well I took the bull by the horns and sent an email yesterday just explaining I didnt quite understand the response and my apologies.

TH

Thank you for your explanation, I have done nothing but think about the quote and how do you know if its time? I have had many a situations when I thought it was the right time, however no guidance or path was clear for me. I did start off a few years ago wanting to stay at a buddhist retreat in Thailand, but from the end of last year India kept appearing and so I started to research. Hence I have decided to give up my job and go, and since then things have just been falling into place. So there it is :)
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reply to Rubia

When is the right time?
I have also been consumed by my life. Once I started my journey, however, I was able to find tremendous joy and a relief that life has meaning and purpose. I soon found others on the same path of higher consciousness and the world quickly opened up to a new dimension. I was no longer the odd person out. Now, I can more clearly see that for me it is nor so much about finding the right time as it is about taking the first steps because there is really no wrong time. Go for it.
TH
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Tidying up !

I am deffo taking the steps to get there, its either that or living here in constant depression, so really an easy choice.

Your a very deep person!! I take it your family are also?

Remember and keep me updated on your journey, you must be so excited!

How long you going for?
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reply to Rubia

[QUOTE=Rubia;944633]I am deffo taking the steps to get there, its either that or living here in constant depression, so really an easy choice.QUOTE]

Be careful about having expectations or expecting a change of scenery to resolve your problems. It is akin to saying that happiness is just one more purchase away. In any event travel is probably overrated when you consider that the greatest journey any of us will ever make is the journey of our own consciousness. It allows to be who we are and to be connected to the rest of life.
TK