“I am dead”
‘So-ham’ we chant repeatedly in the Ashram this early morning in Rishikesh, India today to clear ourselves from our ego and heal the body from the inside. We learn how to breathe correctly for the first time, every time we practice, as we bring awareness to our breath. This technique referred to as Kriya Yoga – the art of meditation!
As we embrace this second practice of the day at only 10am, we feel blessed to experience yoga with the Masters of the world, in the heart of its origins, where yoga emerged, the Ganga. Today was a day of rituals and spiritual education as we visited the temples of this wholly city.
Lakshmi Temple, Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth, was our first stop followed by the Shiva Temple. Shiva the god of destruction and we ended our walk through the market stalls with the most mystical of all temples, the Vishnu temple of 24 incarnations. For those who know me, I believe in reincarnation so the fact that Vishnu remembers all of his 24 incarnations so vividly absolutely impressed my mind. Vishnu is the dispeller of the fear of rebirth according to the Bhagavad-Gita.
We ended our walks through the town by visiting the Laksham Jhula and the Parmath Ashram. The Parmath Niketan is an ashram located in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. It is situated in the lap of the lush Himalayas. Everyday at 5pm the locals participate in the water ceremony blessing of the Ganga. We were blessed to be front row to witness this beautiful ceremony of the heart. Why this place feels sacred is evident, as we sit through the incredible devotion of these practitioners of god. A true blessing to witness.
The 16th annual International Yoga Festival of India will take place in just a week’s time form March 1st-7th I this exact spot, embracing the world’s most devoted yogis and healers.
“Blessed are the wicked’ they say, so I must be a wicked witch, as I feel only love from the locals and from our amazing group of cultured individual yogis. I was even licked by a cow, which is apparently GOOD LUCK. The cow symbolizes the third mother in Hindu culture. The first is your biological mother, the second the ‘Gurda’ , godmother, the third the cow, the fourth the Ganga and the last but not least is the earth, hence our constant reference to mother earth perhaps?
As we sit and wait for the ceremony to begin we observe women in beautiful saris, practitioners in colorful gowns. The sky is a beautiful, ‘peace’ of art that no picture can truly capture due to its spiritual essence. It is a sacred Haven and hereby we embark on this remarkable journey that we will share with you over the next few weeks. An awakening of the soul, as I leave you today, as I am. I am dead.