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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