"Namaste beloved sisters and brothers on the path! It is my seventh day here in Tiruvannamalai. It is also the seventh day of intense practise and I would therefore like to share my experiences and emotions with you. I am in a very unusual place.
|Practising yoga in Tiru.|
Tiruvannamalai is one of the holiest cities in India. Here the Sun rises from behind the Great Temple and sets behind the Mighty Shiva Mountain. The city itself is filled with pilgrims and Sadhus, holy men wearing orange robes. The smell of smoke, deep fried chilies. fresh fruits and incense mixes with the smell of cowshit and urine. The sounds of thousands of carhorns, bells, jingles and drums. Mantras are sang everywhere. Om namah Sivayah! Rich backpackers, beggars, salesmen and a handful of skinny whities. Westerners meditating in their airconditioned rooms in ashrams, bright eyed children running around barefooted, piles of rubbish framing the sides of the seets, the colours of the rainbow shining, all the time, everywhere.
|An Indian camouflage.|
|My wife Ayuka and me, couple of hours before I left for Tiru.|
The practical side of my task is simple:
1. Go to Tiru, climb the mountain, find the cave and make it home.
2. To find a neem tree and every morning eat 10 leaves on an empty stomach. This is to purify my body from toxins.
3. Find a place that sells ashwagandha and every morning have one spoonful with honey to make my balls and nervous system stronger and well-functioning.
4. Practise Yoga every day 2-3 hours. It will help release blocked and stale energies, strengthen my body and help discover a more balanced state of being.
5. Meditate 2-3 hours daily to calm the stormy waters of my mind, so that I will be able to see my own reflection clearly and objectively. It will help raise my awareness and be more present.
6. Eat simply, not too much and not too little not to get sick or weak. Food is to keep me healthy and energized. It is a medicine.
7. Stop wanting and expecting things because then and only then the truth will appear in front of me and everything that happens after is excatly what I need.
8. Stop saying "no" to people and situations. Don't plant the seeds of negativity and refusal. If my intuition tells me otherwise, remember to look in the eyes and smile with genuine love and cheerfulness. See what happens.
9. Slow down.
Simple as shitting in the forest isn't it? But even all these simple things can be challenging in the beginning, especially at nights when you know that the cobra might be there."