Following Synchronicities - Hare Krishna Ashram

Trip Start Jul 08, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

As I have often mentioned in previous blog entries, one of the things I prefer the most while traveling is not planning what I am going to see, and following the energy I am projecting, see it's representation in the synchronicities life sends my way.  My purpose in going to the Chilean desert was to reconnect to nature and my spirituality, after a few weeks of celebration in Argentina.   While leaving the Andes Mountains behind going to Arica on the pacific coast, I saw a very rare sight: a vegetarian restaurant announcing its colors in this heavy meat eater's country.  I followed the signs and after a little while on a dirt road in the middle of a wonderful oasis surrounded by immense sand dunes, I arrived to a place I was really not expecting: a Hare Krishna Ashram.  I had read the stories of the Bhagavad-Gita, saw a few times their followers sing in the streets of Montreal and sang myself their ceremonies mantras while at the Sivanandha retreat in the Laurentians in Quebec:
Hare Krishna
Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna
Hare Hare
Hare Rama
Hare Rama
Rama Rama
Hare Hare
I have been welcomed like a king and got served such a wonderful and copious lunch, that I decided to spend the day and night there.  I stayed in a very original 2 stories little house just by myself, enjoyed the river's freshness in this thirsty land and exchanged words of wisdom, in Spanish, with a new friend called Sandini and their reverent mother.  In the evening, a little before sunset, I participated to a ceremony in the honour of the gods of the gods, Krishna.  It was really nice, great drumming, chants and energy!! 
A few artists living there did amazing art works that gave this place the magic it deserved.  The energy was really special in the oasis and I took advantage of it to rest, meditate and try to immerse myself in a different life style and belief system.  Overall, I was pretty much in accordance with all I was taught and found their disciples really open minded, awaken to reality, very friendly and flexible in their doctrine.  I have made great friends and who knows, we might meet up again.
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