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23 Sep 2012

Travel Report: Varanasi, India

Posted by groupofchange

I have been in Varanasi at the end of February this year. I was wishing to visit India for so many years and now it was the chance. I had a Conference to attend and present a research paper on Oneness and here I was, in a perfectly spiritual city full of history and monuments of Buddhism.

I have visited Buddha’s Sarnath and have felt the incredible spirituality and enlightenment associated with the area. I also took a boat trip on the Ganges (called Ganga by Indians), saw the redemption of the dead ceremonies and celebration of Ganga ceremonies by the river.

When you talk about India, immediately you think about Spirituality, Life after Death, Millions of people living together in a big beautiful country. When you see India, you experience other things as well; like poverty, almost no housing, dirt, noisy horns by cars, no decent travel roads,…etc. Although you might wonder why such a thing would be evident in such a spiritual and historically rich, resourceful country, when you look at it deeply from the point of oneness, you can see some evidence.

Oneness requires taking care of oneself first and then helping/supporting/respecting/honoring others. In India, you see a lot of concern regarding “caring for the other”. The people are very friendly, they want to help and they consider you. They are very respectful in their daily gestures and conversations. However, when it comes to really seeing others’ needs and concerns, there are certain occasions when they might also fail like any other human being in our world. Sometimes there are delays and disappointing changes in schedules, when you make a plan on your visit budget, you might find out that the information given to you might have been absolutely wrong, and you might end up paying more than you have planned. When you ask why, they might end up saying: Sorry… we made a mistake, that’s it. They might offer you things you are not ready to handle or do… and they might insist on those things-which  might become annoying after sometime:)

There you see that without taking care of oneself first, actually it is not 100% possible to take care of the other fully, in a better and a comfortable way. The living conditions, the poverty, accepting things the way they are… These are the realities of the human conditions in India and how they see and live the world as is. May be staying spiritual and religious leads them to not to take care of what is in front of them-meaning the worldly reality. May be too much living out of this world leads to that, I don’t know.

Anyway, full of spirituality and history, I respect and honor all Indians with all my heart. And I wanted to jot down a few words on Oneness about them. Here are my Oneness ratings:

  1. Warmth by people towards foreigners-fully evident-actually I had so much fun and wonderful connection with my new Indian friends-they were great!
  2. Helping behavior (may or may not help you at the end of the day but is there so 0,5 points)
  3. Not feeling as a foreigner inside the country-fully evident
  4. Communicate with you for your needs and concerns-yes but may or may not listen fully so 0,5 points
  5. All of us are treated as equals-fully evident

This makes 4 points out of 5 for India. I would say they would do great if they could start thinking of their personal selves too.

All healing and beautiful energies for India… in Oneness.


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