It was after my Rishikesh retreat that I decided to be part of spiritual retreat every time possible. And being part of the divine family, I have often heard the remarkable experiences of the members with the cave meditation at Kukuchina which is about 25 km from Dwarahat. This cave is believed to be the most spiritual caves in the Himalayan region as it is the origin of Kriya yoga and where Yoga Guru Lahiri Mahasaya got Kriya Yoga teachings directly from Mahavatar Babaji.
And so I didn’t want to miss the chance this year to experience the Himalayan retreat and I immediately paid the advance and registered my name for the retreat which was approximately a month before the actual date of travel which was on 25th December 2018. So I was sure that I will now be part of this retreat but just few days before on 22nd December my daughter got high fever and cough.. I thought she would be okay before my travel as we immediately started her medicines. But just a day before our travel she was not well and requested me to no to go on a trip and of course being a mother I wanted to be with her so I messaged that I might not be able to come for the retreat. But as our Guru V always says that sometimes challenges are given as the test provided by Babaji. The next morning she was much better, and so I decided to go on the retreat and experience the magic of Himalayan retreat.
The journey started early morning on 25th December 2018 with 6:00 am a train from New Delhi to Kathgodam with the message-
सहनाववतु सहनौभुनक्तु सहवीर्यं करवावहै तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै।।
May we all be one. May we learn together, grow together. Let the teacher and the taught be one in the learning process and the fire increase in both of us. Let there be no conflict between the teacher and the taught.
When the journey starts with such a beautiful message; how can it not be blissful, playful, joyful and exploring journey. This message was shared by our Guru “V” (Vishal Sripaul) who always believe in taking the small groups so that teachings are understood better.
On our way from Kathgodam station to Ranikhet, I called home to inform where we have reached and also got to know that my daughter again had high fever and cough. And I felt guilty about my trip here and cried a lot. And my loving group members consoled me that Babaji knows very well who should be where and I should continue peacefully, then the voice came from V that she will be fine by tomorrow morning. And I trust him unshakably. We then visited Neem Karoli Temple and had the delicious local lemon water. We don’t usually find the big lemons in our cities and will not think of lemon water in freezing weather, but it was an excellent refreshing drink. As I stood inside the temple, I could feel the strong positive or spiritual vibes in-flowing within me and place where there are endless peace and warmth.
Neem Karoli Temple is situated on Nainital – Almora road at Kainchi Dham. The holy temple is surrounded by Hills, trees and once used to be a river but now there was too less water in the river. It has been said that Kainchi Dham got its name when Neem Karoli Babaji cut the river for his sadhana and got the shape of scissors around the hills. One can strongly feel the vibrations at the temple. Though we stayed for a few minutes as we had planned to spend more time here on our return.
We continued and visited hardrikan temple at the time of evening aarti. With prayers for the good health of my daughter and sitting inside the temple with eyes closed I had excellent experience listening to bells and rhythmic sounds. As I am writing the experience now, I still can feel the vibrations and rhythmic sounds of the bell of the temple.
It was freezing outside, and we reached hotel Sahaj and was an excellent place to stay. Comfortable rooms, heater, polite staff, and fantastic food; overall it was a beautiful arrangement and management. In the night we had the bourn fire under the celestial sky with stars showing brightly in the nature temple – it was awesome to connect with nature and learnings to live right, pray right way from our Guru who has a loving and simple way to explain things.
Next morning was the morning for which we all waited to visit the Babaji’s cave, and we were by 6 in the morning. The distance from Ranikhet to Kukuchina is approx. 2 hours and then trekking of around 4 km. The route and trekking all felt the divine presence, and the energy that flowed within me felt Babaji’s grace purely as I don’t have the habit of walking much but completed the trekking without much rest or may be have the inspiration from young at heart people in our group who kept walking. Reaching the cave and sitting for meditation felt like an accomplishment in life – we took 45 mins in meditation, but when I opened my eyes, I thought it was just for 5 or
fewer mins. I had heard and also saw that often people cry or have tears after the meditation, but I didn’t felt anything there except the surroundings to observe and endless thoughts on mind yet were sure that I would have new life and new energy from hereon. I felt great to be part of the launch of the first book by V – Shishya Geeta which is must for all those who are on the path of enlightening and self-realization.
On our return from the cave we had food at base camp – delicious yet straightforward rice and daal. Food cooked with pure love and served with love which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Every bite of food was filled with love and exceptional taste. A place connected with nature with pure bliss – base camp and this was my best of the experience in the whole trip.
On our return, we visited the Doonagiri temple with approx. five hundred stairs and then return to the hotel. The next morning we checked out early and visited again to Neem Karoli Temple before we reached the station. All in all, there was learning in every step and would be grateful to V for teaching us many things and may we all be able to break the old unhealthy patterns and implement the new leanings.
Wish to be part of more spiritual retreats whenever possible.