Streets of RishikeshFEBRUARY 10, 2013
Staying in northern India, foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh, at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, our room overlooks the Ganges which at this point is clean and fast flowing. Up at 3am every morning, cold showers or a dip in the freezing cold Ganges, yoga & meditation all day, rain, hail, freezing cold, lectures and exams at the Ashram The whole of Rishikesh is vegetarian and alcohol free.
Some days are amazing, others are a challenge to get through for one reason or another but I still pinch myself to have Mata Ganga to dip my feet in at my door and the Himalayas behind me.
Apparently there is a cave near by that Jesus mediated in when he was a young man that I’m going to go in search of. We visited an Orphanage yesterday, have been enjoying delicious Ayurvedically prepared meals everyday, had some Indian massages ($20 per hr!) and tomorrow I’m off to visit a guru who does Astrology readings as well!
The town has a plethora of wonderful wizened old men who shuffle around and seem to do odd jobs or sit and read, meditate or boil their pot of chai. There are many who have chosen to live their lives in ‘seva’… In service for no monetary or spoken reward…. Where the universe prevails and out of the kindness of those around them, they are kept fed and clothed.
Many of them live on the streets…but they are gentle souls, not your normal wily street beggar.