Himalayan Retreat

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.

IMG_20181226_070028866And 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.

IMG_20181225_151256866 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.

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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.

 

Doibw6py9-62jO4sr4F23v3TcsErHzKoEjAnmiYtGAU=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.

IMG_20181226_123839542_HDRNext 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 0VtksrijjQYwBT0wsGEytXP1umysx8Abjzaw08zGmqE=

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Spiritual Travel

IMG-20180824-WA0012[1]I never knew that the effect of my first spiritual travel would be so long-lasting that I would like to go again and I promised myself never to miss the chance for the Spiritual Retreat. There comes a time in life when we feel deep sadness or feel like life is supposed to move ahead but has stuck in between. And from this point, we have two choices either to take the step to improve it or to keep blaming on destiny and continue with same. Better is to make the level to improve the quality of life by improving yourself – Spiritual travel is one sublime step.

Reasons for Spiritual Travel

IMG-20180824-WA0004I choose spiritual travel for various reasons like to travel with like-minded people, to meet different people and connect with each other, wish to learn and explore more about myself, and when life is giving major setback, and I want to have clarity of it. The self-awareness achieved in spiritual retreat is the ultimate gift from the divine power and is extremely precious. Since my childhood, I am fond of traveling, and I have gone to various places – to a beach, to hills and adventure trip of parasailing, zip-lining and all. But the most beautiful and most adventurous travel is the journey inside, deep into our self.

 

IMG-20180824-WA0006Lifespan on earth is nothing but a very elongated and beautiful way of reaching death (as we say so). But why do we need to be afraid from life experiences or defeat or from breakdown or FOMO (feeling of missing out)? Because when we are so scared of these things we think of ending life instead of ending the situation. The care of death comes in the minds of every human being at least once in life, and we get scared. Life is not what we have lived already but the experience that is left to live the rest. We cannot change the past, but we can surely change the present and thereby creating a better future. Spiritual travel makes us understand the quintessence of life on step-by-step. It gives the spark to live the rest of living fully and lovingly. It’s time that you need to free yourself from mental limitations, gain clarity and return to daily life with new perspective and sincere gratitude to life.

IMG-20180824-WA0011[1]Also, in the age of technology, we are so busy with meeting strict deadlines, with social media, capturing pictures and increasing the number of followers that we don’t take a break. They say that excess of everything is terrible, so at times we should forget about the deadlines, social media followers, and race of life. Relax, it’s ok to take a short trip inside, to meet the most beautiful and utmost important person that is you – yourself. Spiritual travel is a chance to satisfy yourself, it is a chance to take care of yourself, it is a chance to love yourself, and it is a chance to see how beautiful you can be. You have whole heartily filled the worldly duties and will continue with it, but at times it’s essential to take responsibility for self.

So, we invite you to our ever-growing divine family and to take charge of your life, follow our Facebook page:- MahaSatsanga-Spiritual-Tourism

Rishikesh Retreat

 

IMG_20180624_061110847_HDRWe all might have traveled to various places with friends and family but how about the trip to connect with your soul family – A spiritual retreat. A spiritual retreat brings out the best in you and now I am just sharing my experience of the first retreat at Rishikesh from 22nd June 2018 to 25th June 2018.

When the opportunity for this trip came up, the odds were all against it. A solo trip, leaving my 4-year-old behind was something I had never done before. I was certain that my family wouldn’t agree. And truth be told, my own heart wasn’t sure of traveling alone. But it was magical how smoothly things transitioned. As they say, when things are meant to be, the universe conspires to make it happen. My husband readily supported me. My daughter expressed the desire to spend a couple of days with her grandmother… And I suddenly found the strength to leave my introvertness behind and take this journey, which was to change my life/perspective in so many ways.

About my Guru

Vishal ShriPaul – Master & Life coach. He is founder at The Mahasatsanga foundation. He is simple human being lovingly called V. His main teaching is to make everyone full of love and gratitude.

IMG-20180627-WA0009In my personal views, he is a friend or an elder brother I can share anything and everything very easily. He is also fun to be with as he always instructs to not to be serious in life for serious patients are meant to be in ICU. He believes that we all should live freely. He can heal anyone with his magical voice and guidance. I have various experienced magical experiences with his different guided meditation. He shares his immense knowledge in such a way which is easy to understand.

About the retreat

 This retreat was filled with meditation, discourses, walk-in forest, Surya Kriya at the banks of Ganges amidst nature, Fun at river Ganga, sessions, asanas, Trekking to jhilmil cave and much more. At the beginning of the retreat, we were given instructions by V that the theme for this retreat is to be childlike and we were given different names so we break the conditioning of our mind to relate to an identity or maybe just to have a new birth.

IMG-20180628-WA0030.jpgAs we entered the resort, the entry gate was filled with beautiful pink flowers on the top and the garden area filled with greenery and flowers. The Jeevan Utsav resort had simple basic rooms without AC and TV (Unlike the normal resort or hotel rooms) and this made us bring closer to nature and to soul family. They served delicious food with love all the time – Definitely awesome arrangement for perfect stay.  In following early morning for the first time in my life, I had experienced the magic of Surya kriya. We went to banks of Ganga river to perform Surya kriya and it was the awe-inspiring experience to feel one of the best mornings in life. This made us filled with the pure energy of sun rays. And I realized that what it means to feel the nature so pure, so peaceful and so mesmerizing. We had fun at river Ganga too and enjoyed a lot. Thereafter the whole day was filled with discourses, knowledge sharing, Meditation and some relaxation time followed by evening bhajans and questions/answers.

 

Experience of Jhilmil Cave

IMG-20180625-WA0029The next day we had planned to go to Jhilmil cave and got ready by early morning. The way to Jhilmil cave was trekking of around 5 to 6 kms and I felt scared as I don’t really have the habit of walking. But when in the group we all support each other and motivate each other. I got inspired the way “old age but young at heart” people were enthusiastically walked on the trekking path. And then we performed meditation at Cave, again the first-lifetime experience… never heard or never did this before in my life. But the experience was awesome and beyond words to experience. I experienced the state of no thoughts at all. I felt like a Jyoti is entering in me from the top and felt cold shiver just like someone is pouring the cold water from the top and entering directly within me. I completely surrendered myself to Babaji. And then in the bottom, I saw beautiful grass freshly filled with water but so green in color that I have never seen in my life ever. And I found out what is the true meaning of “Feeling blessed”. Thank you, Babaji for all grace showered.
Trekking experience

On our way back, I took advantage of my slow pace walk and intentionally got separated from group… half of the members ahead of me and half of the members behind me. I wanted to connect with nature… I sat around the corner of the tree and hugged that tree as if we do to our mother and it felt like a lap of Mother Nature. I opened my ear to listen to the winds through leaves that made feel like the waterfall but actually, there was no waterfall. I heard birds chirping and admiring the beauty of nature with the thoughtless mind. Maybe I was totally present at the moment feeling loved by Mother Nature and not a worry that group might be waiting for me. I opened my arms wide as if I wanted to collect the whole peaceful beautiful this part of the world in my arms and if someone was watching me then he/she might have thought that I am crazy. And I walked more slowly touching leaves, capturing flowers on the way and in between sat down and started writing my feelings in notebook… and then members behind me came and I joined them to return.

 

Overall Experience

 

This trip truly transformed me from within and before this trip, I was not happy though there is no actual reason for my unhappiness. But then on this trip, I realized love means the absence of judgment. This is all we need to be happy. A simple hug filled with divine love can do wonders. A soul family connection is just like brother and sisters. The positive vibes from V were so strong that it made us positive and energetic. I am not the night person but in this trip, I slept only for few hours max 4 hours or so, as we chit-chat with divine members or bhajans in the late evening but felt energetic just by standing nearby V or having communication about positive things, meditation and much more. I wonder our daily life too will become miracle if we stop judging others and drop our ego to look within to improve yourself instead of failed attempts to change others. I learned that we need to accept each other just as the way they are and we truly experience what V shared with us in the beginning –
ॐ सहनाववतु सहनौभुनक्तु सहवीर्यं करवावहै, तेजस्विना वधीतमस्तु मां विद्विषावहै।

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः।

अर्थ- हम सभी एक-दूसरे की रक्षा करें। हम साथ-साथ भोजन करें। हम साथ-साथ काम करें। हम साथ-साथ उज्जवल और सफल भविष्य के लिए अध्यनन करें। हम कभी भी एक-दूसरे से घृणा न करें।

 

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  1. Aries (March 21- Apr 20) – there is a continuous moment in your work life and you are passionate about work. Health will be perfect this week. Take care of your action and words as authority figure will be less understanding for you. You would get good results in disputed cases. Your expenses may increase this week.

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Tarot Predictions for April week – 22nd April – 28th April

  1. Aries (March 21- Apr 20) – Success and rewards are coming your way. Someone talented can come into your world to change it. The card tells you that you have the immense desire and an amazing ability to mentor others. What you can teach will immensely benefit you and others. This is the week for victory and triumph.

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Tarot Predictions for week – 15th April – 21st April

Aries (March 21- Apr 20) – You have great force of will this week and it could be easy to push around someone less driven than you. Try to do things right the first time so there’s less “clean-up” tomorrow, when people may be less forgiving or understanding. Do what’s important first, rather than what is easiest or the most fun. You can do that some other time but today it won’t work.



Taurus (April 21 – May 21) – Trust yourself to be able to handle absolutely anything. It should be an easy day, and all you have to do is face whatever demands are made of you and then deliver what you can. You will not disappoint, even if you have to postpone doing or giving something. Trust that everything is working smoothly under your competent guidance, do your best, and have no regrets.


Gemini (May 22 – June 21) – Boredom could be a problem this week, so put more energy into finishing what needs to get done before you decide to slow down or stop for the day. Once you’ve done the minimum required for the day, the rest of the time becomes yours to do with as you please. You don’t really mean to waste the rest of the day, but you don’t have to burn yourself out, either.

Cancer (June 22 – July 22) -No matter what is on the schedule, you may need to step out and start something else new and exciting. Your regular duties and usual work won’t be neglected. You’ll just realize that there are other wonderful things that you do not want to postpone nor neglect any longer. This kind of dynamic spirit makes the week go fast and makes everything easier. Have a great week!

Leo (July 23 – Aug 23) – Act with boldness, but not too much, and make this an easy and productive day. If something challenging or unexpected arises at work or with family, be receptive and stand your ground. Don’t push back until you know what it is you’re up against. Then if needed, give as well as you get. You can do this tactfully.

Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22) – It’s possible that you’re putting yourself under more stress and pressure than anyone or anything else going on around you. It’s not necessary to beat yourself up emotionally like this. Things are fine and you can make things even better if you curtail the urge to obsessively dwell on only what and who is letting you down. Be your own best friend and give yourself credit for what you’re doing right.


Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 23) – Preconceived notions and old ideas could make it hard to deal with all the new and different situations and requests that could crop up today. It’s possible that you’re not actually being presented choices that must be made now or soon. Just as likely you’re being tested or tempted. It may be hard to resist a knee jerk reaction or two. Avoid committing to anything definite if you can.


Scorpio (Oct 24 – Nov 22) – Change has been coming your way for a while now and in this week you may see the first explicit features of it. What happens this week is only a beginning and you may look back in a few days/weeks/months and recognize that your life is in the process of making a turn for the better. It’s the nature of life to not stay the same, and you are being moved forward now.


Sagittarius (Nov 23 – Dec 21) – People may look to you to get some enthusiasm back into their lives. If sagging a little in spirit yourself, you can still inspire others. This can cheer you up, too, so don’t underestimate a small glimmer of joy in something that you genuinely love. No one has to agree with you. They only have to allow you to do what feels best to you – and you to them.


Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 20) – Some big new opportunity could come your way this week. Focus your attention on the one thing you want most to have happen and it won’t be able to resist you. You can be persuasive and graceful, smooth and strong all at the same time. Act with quiet confidence and be admired later. This week, enjoy having people listen and do almost everything you suggest.




Aquarius (Jan 21- Feb 18) –You don’t want to spend the whole week trying to swim upstream. Work on your self-control and don’t let anyone or anything lure you into overreacting or flying out of control. Be practical and don’t get in your own way. You can have your silly fun later, and fantasize your revenge, at home in private with those who love you no matter what you do or say.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) – Speak and behave respectfully and dispel all manner of potential difficulties and obstacles. You don’t have to fake any feelings or opinions you don’t really have. Simply act with decorum and tact, and then take your place on a somewhat bigger stage. Respectability is what will keep things under control and keep it all moving forward. Do as much as you can and feel gratified.


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