Forget Ashrams, Now For 5 Star Luxury

Trip Start Dec 01, 1992
Trip End Jun 01, 1993

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Hotel Trident

Flag of India  , Tamil Nadu,
Friday, February 5, 1993

Early in the morning we arrived in Madras and got a bus to Adyar, south of the city, where the Theosophical Society was based.
The grounds there looked lovely for Jai to play in and people smiled as they passed us, but the dame in charge turned out to be a veritable wolf in sheeps clothing. I gather she summed us up as pretty insignificant for she quickly said that it was not possible to stay there, and yet I full well knew there were lots of lodges on the property.
Everything she said so sweetly and yet I knew she was really insulting us. This place that looked like a garden of paradise was but a closed off clique.
I had thought we might learn a lot by staying here. But I felt now they were really no different from the rest.
After our tense experience of the Aurobindo ashram in Delhi we had deigned to avoid their main centre at Auroville, and now I thought I should give up on ashrams altogether and not only that, but give up on all religion. If all these groups which think they can rule and save the world cannot even live in harmony together perhaps that which is right and best lies elsewhere, maybe in the simple downright natural evolving of basically good caring contented human beings.
This I felt pointed to a more humanistic approach in my life studies.
If right from childhood we can eliminate the root causes of mal-development of the human being we can end up with a society of healthy pysches. Knowlege and wisdom and awareness should be our guides.We do not need one religion with its attendant superior notions to tell us such things.

Andy suggested that instead of going all the way back into the city we treated ourselves to a nights stay at a luxury hotel near the airport, before then taking our flight to Sri Lanka. No doubt he didn't realise just how much this was going to cost, $100 dollars plus, but it as only a one off, and once we were there, checking out the Hotel Trident, we decided to go for it.
For me it was very welcome sheer luxury and I delighted in it from start to finish.
It was an amazing sojourn and the room was brill, with Star television and even a bath which Jai and I were quick to get into and to enjoy.
Dinner in the restaurant was lovely, and naturally expensive with a big luxury tax lobbed onto it. I had a salad full of vitamins, yum, and au gratin, a welcome relief from the repetitive Indian fare. We lounged by the swimming pool and I had a swim, some of the time with Jai on my back.
Andy and I played some table tennis with Jai as our ball boy.
Back upstairs we ate room service food and watched telly, mostly MTV music with all the latest hits, some very good. The music kept me enthralled till late as I danced and watched many good music videos, even long after Andy had fallen asleep.
It was such fun being there and reminded me of my Bahrain Mike sugar daddy past.

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