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 India Report: Running With Cows, Sandy's Live Report From Rajasthan
  Posted: Feb 21 2007, 06:30 PM Coordinator

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This is too good not to share!
I am so 'homesick' for Mother India just reading it!
India, to me, is always 'the best of times and the worst of times at the same time!'
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

Received at 12 noon central time on Feb. 21, 2007, via email:
permission granted to SHARE!!!
Hi Sweet Marge,
It's been amazing and hard as you know.
Here's a peek into my day today.
Well have to get together when I return for the

Susie and I are trying to figure out how we want to
journey back to New
Delhi this weekend, by bus, car, train or plane. We
leave from there on
Sunday night. We would love to see
some of the Rajastan Desert but the drives are all so
long, not sure if we
want the stress. We are thinking about going to
Ashmere, four hours away,
to visit the mosque of Sufi Saint Moundine Shishki
(sp?) But haven't
decided yet? I hear it's like a trip to Mecca.

We started our day this morning with a 7am satsang
with an Indian teacher
who talked about the meaning of spritual and how it's
the way we live in
our everyday life and how we look at it. We met some
people from the
Prague that invited us. They've been visiting him once
a year for 20
years. Impressive. It was our Jaipur guru experience.
He was a sweet
older man who gave teachings in his house. I loved it
and at one point I
was laughing inside that we were all the way in India
listening to a man
with an accent telling us that everyday life was
spritual. It was
cartoonish at one point, but a lovely experience.

After that we went to Amber Fort about 1/2 hour in the
desert. It was such
a trek up to the fort once we got there, that we had
the driver go as far
as he could. Designer treking-up these huge, and I
mean huge stairs, into
an open court yard area where a movie crew was filming
what looked to be a
music video with gorgeous desert dancers. I got about
30 seconds on my
small cannon video!!
The view from the top of course was a spectacular
vista of dome roofs and
ruins. Everywhere we go we're acosted by people
selling something or
begging for money, it so gets frustrating. So at the
fort a herd of men
where trying to pull for our attention and I finally
yelled (which hardly
anyone here does) BLESS YOU!!! And ALL of them stepped
back together in a
moment of silence and then said back to us, as they
were walking away, yes
bless you mam.
I've discovered this new mantra, Bless You, when
anyone is begging or
wanting to sell us something I wave my hands over them
and say it loudly!
It's worked almost 100% of the time.

We went shopping on the way home in the village areas
on the outer skirts
of Jaipur. More rounds of yelling, mam mam real
leather, real gold, look
here...blah blah. However, I've found such beautful
things for the
center...(and us).
This is shopping heaven. I think I should come each
year, instead of trade
shows for the center. It's really the way to do it.
Next time you're
coming too and bringing an extra bag.

We have had to move hotels three times because they
are so full here. It's
wedding season. The astrologers give the auspicous
days to marry so we saw
maybe 20 of them each night as we were driving around.
Not sure where we'll be tomorrow night as we have to
move again! I feel
like I've paid more in tips for carrying and moving my
bags then the
The hotels are beautiful palaces, except for the first
one we stayed at
with no hot water and boards for beds.

The people here seem as if they are all one, like an
ant colony or bee
hive...hive minds. Even the drivers the way they weave
in and out of
monkeys, buses, cars, bikes and pedestrians...honking
honking honking. In
fact they ask everyone to honk so the other's know
your approaching. It's
so shocking that hardly anyone yells at each other.
Truly they come so
close to each other we could touch but rarely get in
accidents or get mad.
So different than we are in the states.

I really do love being among so many animals and just
walking along side
of them. It's an unusual feeling, a natural calming
feeling. They are
mostly so docile. Even the elephants seem friendly.
The cows are so sweet
and look at you as they pass or just stand there.

It's a rare culture, they really do feel like the
people's spirit are one
big force, the same Being in a way. Thinking
together-pooping together! It's crazy, there are
people (mostly men)
pooping and peeing along the sides of the road. In
fact, there are open
stalls in the busy markets for men. You can them as
you pass by as there
are no the busy market! We'll pass a
field with brick walls
throughout and instead of hiding behind part of the
wall to poop they'll
be right out in the open for all to see them
...POOPING!! I have a hard
enough time if I'm traveling and staying in a hotel or
at someones
home...let alone in the feild as cars drive by.

Anyway, enough about pooping...I need to go take my
laxitive and go to bed.
Love you,

"Walk on the High Path
but follow No One." .....Babaji

Om Namah Shivaya

skype: margdevi
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