|Back in India, Part 3|
From Aurangabad I travelled by car to Nasik when I stayed for five days conducting a retreat at the foot of the Buddhist Caves. This is the first time I had been to Nasik.
While in Nasik I was taken to visit Igatpuri and S.N. Goenka's main Vipassana Meditation Center, Dhammagiri. It is a very big place with many different residences and meditation halls for different courses and the sexes are kept strictly apart for eating and meditating as well.
|On the road to Nasik|
|Buddha Vihar at Nasik|
|Buddha image in Vihar; allegedly covered with over 10 lakhs gold|
|Main caves at Nasik|
|With from right:Shital, Anushakti and Prashant|
|Rock cut images inside cave|
|Inside the Chaitaya cave|
|Overllooking Nasik city from caves flanked by Ramesh Bunsoor and Ven. Dhammadeep|
|Sitting at the bank of the Godavari River, site of the Nasik Kumbhamela|
From Nasik our group of five drove into Gujurat State. This is the first time I have been to Gujurat. I was coming here to give teachings at five different cities Our first stop was the town of Valsad which is near the Arabian Sea coast. This was the first visit to the sea in a long time. For a few of my Indian friends from Maharashtra it was their first ever visit to the sea.
The rest of our stops were in Surat, Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Jamnagar. In Ahmedabad we paid a visit to Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati ashram. Ity was from this ashram where Gandhi planned and launched many of his civil disobdience walks, and championed his cherished project of home 'spinning'.
I was given the opportunity to 'try my hand'.
|The beach at last; Valsad, Gujurat|
From Left: translator Shital, Anushakti, Prashant, and Mrs. Dhembre.
|Blessing a cow|
|Enjoying a coconut at the beach|
|At Mahatma Ghandhi's Sabaramati Ashram at Ahmedabad|
|Seat where Gandhi spun his wool|
|Gandhiji's beloved 'Three Monkeys:Speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil|
|Trying my hand at spinning|
|Signing the guestbook|
|With group in Dhrol|
|With Mr.G.S. Taide(left) and Mr. S.P. Zade, father of samanera Suci in Ahmedabad|
|Street life in Ahmedabad|
|Fresh milk at your doorstep|