Wednesday, March 14, 2012

India Tour,Part 3, Nasik and Gujarat

Back in India, Part 3
Hi friends,
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

My entourage during Gujarat Tour
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

Milk delivery by Gujarat tuk tuk

Fresh milk at your doorstep

To be continued

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