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Inside a meditation hut

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This afternoon we took a trip across the Ganges to visit the remains of Maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh. The locals call it the "The Beatles Ashram" of course, and most stare blankly at mention of Maharishi. On our walk there, we happened upon a friendly enough sadhu who showed us the entrance and took us on a colorful - and it seemed knowledgeable - tour of the place. 

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Anjuli in a salwar

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So y'all know I meditate, right? Twice a day. It's a practice called Transcendental Meditation (TM) that my dad and mom have been practicing since '71 and '72 respectively. It's a simple, mantra-based technique, but it differs from quite a few out there in that it's not concentration-based. That means, you don't sit around and stare at the wall, trying to bore a hole through it. And that's not to ... View Essay »

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One is called to the priesthood through divination. As soon as a child is born, a máma consults the Great Mother by reading the patterns that the stones and beads make when they are dropped into water in ceremonial vessels. Those who are chosen are taken from their families as infants and carried high into the mountains to be raised by a máma and his wife. There the child lives a nocturnal life, completely shut away from the sun, forbidden even to know the light of the full moon. For eighteen years he is never allowed to meet a woman of reproductive age or to experience daylight. He spends his life in the ceremonial house, sleeping by day, waking after sunset to cross in the darkness to the máma's house where he is fed. He eats twice more through the night, once at midnight and again ... View Post »