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... for maybe 10 minutes as gee and prayers were offered by Mandakini and one of the men. Mandakini led the whole ritual herself with great clarity and focus. I felt as if I was learning from her even if I didn’t understand what she was saying or what was going on most of the time.
I noticed I was searching throughout the day for a purpose. How can I help with the fire, what is a job I can do? What do I do to engage in the ritual? Am I doing enough to ...
... the temples and drink from the river (I should probably add that not too far away along the river dead bodies are released into the water as it's a cheap way to get rid of them without them rotting in the sun GROSS RIGHT ?!!!). We spent the afternoon checking out the shops and streets and crossing one of the big bridges to get to the other side of the river. The bridge is full of monkeys and loads of random cows chilling in the sun, ...
... prevalent at that time. There is a lot of talk that these catastrophic events are of our own making and we have raped the planet and abused the resources and hence are responsible for the consequences. While this may be true, it's also plausible that this happens regularly around the youngest mountain range in the world, it's just that there are a lot more of us sitting around watching and reading about it.
Now, this is ...
... the 2nd 15 mins, then we sit in silence for 15 mins, then Savasana for 15 mins.
We did a prayer to the divine energy and then he then puts on the music.....and the shaking 15 mins letting your body go, shake you head, arms, wrists and move and shake to the beat or not the beat if your body doesn't want to do it. Its quite trancey music and reminded me of some of the trance parties I had been to in North Goa some years ago when I was younger! lol
... area but all are still fighting to go back to their own country. We wondered what would happen to this place if they got their wish, Andy sensed it might have turned into a ghost town. Without the Dalai Lama and Tibetans there certainly wouldn’t be anything like as many tourists around and that seems to be the main source of income.
From McLeod we headed by bus to Rishikesh, we met a young Scot called Ian travelling with his friends on the bus who spoke ...