“Both inner life and the floating outer world around us are like the blind man’s round log bridge. A mind that can cross over is the best guide.”
– Hakuin, Zen master
Our busy lives rarely give us the opportunity to meditate and enquire and into our own mind and sense of self though self awareness is a distinguishing aspect of being human, a fact well recognized by both scientists and spiritualists. An inner journey of self awareness helps us to find solutions to our problems, break our patterns, improve our relationships and fulfill our central purpose as human beings. We offer specially designed retreats and accompanied tours across various destinations in the Indian subcontinent.
A typical journey may integrate one or more elements of the above traditions according to the individuals needs. Accommodations and travel are designed according to your preferences and budgets We have a network of retreats, hotels and ashrams to make your stays comfortable, safe and culturally immersive.
Our journeys have a deliberate focus on self-awareness for the discerning traveler that is looking for a conscious inner and outer exploration, gaining a better understanding of their relationship to the world around them and also feel inclined to look deeply within to the possibility of a real, unconditional freedom and are sensitive to the reality of a much needed change in our world with its unending divisions, conflict and the violence to nature. A fundamental change is needed in our self-awareness, our idea of ourselves and the world, not merely as a theory or an idea. But a clear direct perception of Truth is needed (its not so important how that is verbalized!) to bring about this change and seems to be the only real possibility for a continuing and truly ‘human’ civilization to happen on the Earth.
It’s enough to feel a connection to this consciouness and to know that this is the spirit in which we travel. It does not imply restrictions, seriousness or lack of interaction but rather encourages dialogue without prejudice or fear. It does not imply boredom but rather a depth that can be interesting and insightful. This kind of intent and awareness makes the places and experiences, rather, alive and enriching. Mindfulness, rather than repression is the focus so we can travel, interact and imbibe respecting our own bodies and minds and those of others.
The ideal man is he who, in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude, finds the intensest activity, and in the midst of the intensest activity finds silence and solitude of the desert.
— Swami Vivekanada
Our human nature (body-mind-emotions) is intrinsically bound to this larger Earth around us and is as much a part of nature as everything else in it. In reality there are no differences or real divisions. In our journeys we pay special attention to this aspect and travel to places which have energy fields that enable us to establish these fundamental connections. If we can bring our own human nature – our body, mind and heart in harmony a possibility is created. Here we can get a chance to look into our own deeper nature, Self, the ground of Being, our Buddha-nature or whatever particular terminology may be used by the different traditions. Here we cross the boundaries of ego…
Self enquiry simply implies an investigation in the truth of our own being or existence. It is to enquire into ‘the great matter of birth of death’ in the words of Zen. It is to look closely at our own minds and see its patterns, to become aware of our thoughts and feelings. It is to question everything that we have till now taken as the truth, taken for granted. Are we simply a body-mind capable of many different experiences and what is our relationship to the world? Are our ideas about ourselves and the world really valid? What is the cause of our suffering and the divisions between humanity and is peace really just an impossibility? What is evolution and its role in our lives? What is really the nature of thought and my own true identity? All of these queries require a very close observation, questioning, openness and seriousness of intent. The idea is not to answer these according to a certain idea or philosophy, but to discover something living. We can employ the pointers that the traditions like Vedanta or Zen have given us, not to embrace new ideas but to experience them as a living realization, our own realization! Dialogue is the mode of our self-enquiry – a open but directed dialogue.
Mindfulness is about being aware, paying attention to the moment, to be present with our thoughts, emotions and bodies, to look deeply at the world around you and your relationship to the world. In our journeys we pay special attention to being aware, mindful. being aware of our thoughts speech and actions. Being sensitive and compassionate to the other people in our group. Being sensitive to the culture especially things that make us uncomfortable, critical, angry or disappointed. Traveling in India can be great test of this mindfulness and our compassion and understanding and things may not always turn out to be how we expect, delays would be normal, services/cleanliness may be very different, there may be irritants like dirt or you may be harangued by street vendors. In these times mindfulness practice will be a great tool and also it will greatly enhance our self enquiry.
All the above form part of an Integral process of self-development and developing awareness and one or a combination of these may be suitable for different people depending on individual nature‘s and one’s own predilections at a certain time. In order they are roughly oriented towards contemplation (jnana), action (karma) and attention/mindfulness (dhyana). An opening of the heart (bhakti) is fundamental and closely connected to all of the above.
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