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... an Indian spiritual guru known for teaching that, through meditation and yoga, one can find his inner self. Sri Aurobindo is also known for openly supporting Indian independence from Britain.
One of Sri Aurobindo's most devoted followers was a French woman named Mira Alfassa who is affectionately known in India as the Mother. Strangely enough, photos of the Mother in her elder years show a woman who looks less European and more Indian. ...
... a place on earth which no nation can claim its own, where all human beings can live freely and obey one single authority, in peace and harmony. Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. It does not represent any religion and it is not a new religion. The Matrimandir is in the geographical centre of Auroville. In 1968 124 countries and 23 Indian states placed a handful of dirt from their area in a lotus shaped urn as a symbolic gesture of human ...
We arrived in Pondicherry by overnight sleeper bus from Madurai. I think it's fair to say that we were somewhat sceptical about the quality of our non-A/C sleeper coach, beforehand, but as it turned out, it wasn't too bad. We had a couple of upper bunks, the coach was quiet, albeit on a very bumpy road (like they all are here), and it wasn't too dirty, smelly or repulsive. So, I was relieved (and easily pleased), and Lynds wasn't too unhappy either.
1. BEFORE THE JOURNEY BEGAN:
Sometimes, our journey begins unknowingly and takes a long long time to realize.
The craze for scuba diving was always there - it was introduced by my father when we went to Mukuteshwar in Karnataka. But no diving schools are situated there. Well, I didn't know that certified diving schools existed in India until I met Seema on a river-rafting trip to Rishikesh.
However, it was an "out of the ...
... to make us home cooked Indian food. They steamed the rice and added spices to make it into Biriyani. They also cut and steamed vegetables to add, as well as pressure cooking a chicken. Once it was cooked, they refused to eat any of it, leaving it to Christina, WIll, and I to devour. We were happy to oblige. I sat munching and thinking of how I showed a Japanese guy how to cook a burrito when I was in Colorado visiting Naropa. I never realized how much that must have meant ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free parking