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Crazy India

Before I went to India, people seemed very fond of telling me about the difficult things that I would come across. I knew a lot about the intensity of the clash, the illness, the utter craziness, the extremity of the experience…. People also seemed to enjoy telling me all of this, to smirk as they were telling… Yet, these were all good people, some of them my friends who were telling me all of this bad stuff yet urging me to go. So I was pretty confused!

All I knew was I was going to India and that it was going to be an extremely eye opening ride and pretty tough. So, I decided not to think about it too much before I went! The craziness set in as soon as I got to Delhi airport and the craziness continued but I won’t focus on that because the beauty, the truth, the peace I found in India was beyond anything I ever expected or could have imagined. Utterly inspiring.

Yes, I was ill, I was very clashed sometimes and the craziness got to me but I also had the most beautiful experiences of my life so far. In India you have to learn to trust Baba’ because out there, everything is so different, and crazy!, that you know very, very little. You have to learn to trust: to accept that you will get to sleep at some point, that the train will arrive this week at some point, that the incessant bargaining will end and you will arrive at a fair-ish price, that, ultimately Baba’ is with you and that the universe is looking after you.

I met some truly beautiful people. Somehow, it was easy to talk to strangers and sometimes to really feel that someone I didn’t know a few hours ago had become my brother or sister. I experienced feelings: a sweetness of love that I had never experienced before. Although it took some time to feel I really did feel that Ananda Nagar was my home. A deeper, more ancient home than any I have known. I feel very lucky; blessed to have met Dada Chandranath and his wife, to have been to so, so many of the places Baba,’ in his physical body, knew, to see so much of India and yet sure I will return because there’s so much I haven’t seen. So many experiences I want to have again!

The best thing about India is what I come away with. The UK was so much colder, darker, quieter and stranger than I expected when I returned… but I adjusted. What I cherish most about my time in India, the best souvenir that can never be broken or lost, is how close to Baba’ I feel now.

Shriila', UK.

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