Sunday, February 04, 2007

Travelling Through India

Namaste to you all, I think this sign says it all. I found it on a wall in a little town in the mountains and I thought it would be appropriate to start this post off with it. It's a quote from that great man Mahatma Gandhi. To me the last sentence is very important, for as they say what we put out to the universe is what is reflected back to us. I've been witnessing how people react around me, Indians are very in tune with what type of person you are and how to act around you. I've been doing a little experimenting with this over the past couple of days. So when there's a few Indians around, I've being acting playful and joking allot with them, they truly are like children, they start coming out of their shells and play up as well, its great fun. Then I've had a few moments when it all gets a bit too much and I raise my voice or get angry with one of them usually its the wrong one(meaning I dump all of my energy on to the last person, instead of maybe speaking up to the first person), It's so easy to see if we give out love and act in a happy mood then this is reflected back to us. If we act in an angry, negative way then the universe reflects this back to us. Remember we are nothing more than mirrors or magnets if you like, that constantly with our thoughts, words and actions receive from the universe what we give out.

So how do we find a more peaceful, happy way of being. First don't make angry, negative, jealousy, guilt and fear wrong. These emotions are all part of us, remember this law: WHAT WE RESIST WE ATTRACT. Yep unfortunately this is a universal law, so every time we try and avoid a person a situation and so on that person or thing will come into our lives in some form or another to help us learn again what we already know and that is to love unconditionally everybody and everything in this universe. So when we push down those so called negative emotions they don't go anywhere, they're still there and they will constantly be rearing their heads so we can love and accept that they too are part of us and by doing this they too will reflect back to us love. Find ways to let that anger, negative and fear out, go punch a boxing bag for a while before you go yell at your wife, husband etc and I bet that the energy will have dissipated, then and only then can you talk rationally without having to rant and rave to get your point of view across. There's many ways to relieve pent up emotions, doing exercise is one of them. By doing something physical it helps release these emotions out of your body and makes you feel lighter in a way. Screaming into a pillow or screaming in your car with the windows up is also a good one to do. Find your way and I guarantee you'll be feeling allot better in yourself.

Well over the past couple of weeks I've covered allot of ground. I've seen the biggest monolithic statue in the world, laid on some of India's most beautiful beaches and ventured through huge bustling cities.

Here's some more pictures of my adventures.

Here's the feet of the worlds biggest monolithic statue, it's built in a small town called Sravanabelagola. The town is made up of mostly Jain temples, the statue is also from the Jain religion. The statue and most of the other temples, are about twelve hundred years old, they have actually carved the statue out of one huge stone.

As you can see he's quite big, that's me at the side(when I'm talking about big I mean the statue for all you dirty minded people, lol)

This old fella is the main man, he gives you a blessing and leads all the ceremonies.

Jain statue.

Small shrine outside the statue complex.

Sorry about the next photos, I've been trying for a week to do a post, but in Tamil Nadu the internet cafes have computers from the eighties. They either don't have the programmes for me to do my work, or they're that full of viruses that they are slower then a snail. This is the best I could do.

This is the Maharajah's palace in Mysore, the Portuguese built it for them to try and win them over for trade. We were lucky, every Sunday evening they turn on all the lights, it even looks more spectacular.

This is the palace by day, we weren't aloud to take photos from inside, words couldn't describe the expense and detail they went to.

The palace is surrounded by a huge wall and gardens, there are also four temples within the complex.

The temple lit by night.

They had a festival a few days before we got in Mysore, nothing escapes the festivities lol.

Ah the sweets, in every town, just about on every corner is a sweets shop. They have every type, every flavour and every colour.

We stopped in a small city on the way to Cochin, I was dying for an omelet and this was the only restaurant open at the time. They didn't have a clue what an omelet was, so I asked could I go to the kitchen and cook one. Well all the giggles and smiles came out, they couldn't help me enough, this is what the true Indian people are like, they love to help you in anyway.