I am very happy that I pushed through the thoughts and feelings of loneliness in those 1st few days in Mumbai. India is something that I cannot describe to you completely, no matter what I say in this blog. I read tons of books on the country, but still you have to come. It's not for everyone. If you want comfort, go to Thailand or Europe. If you want control and sticking to plans, take a guided tour of Washington D.C. or the Caribbean.
I met a nice American couple on the bus in Kerala, in Southern India. It is very easy to meet people traveling by yourself. It seems as if everyone is more open to helping or chatting with you if you are alone. The couple was heading to the world famous AMMA Ashram. Amma has helped millions of people across the globe through her good works and charities. I actually met her in Nashville 2 years before, when my friend Joe invited me to the local temple.
I told myself I would be completely open to changing plans, following the feeling, and the Ashram was one of those times. This was a more reaxed Ashram and we were allowed to do pretty much what we wanted. I met a Swedish musician, who was in the process of a spiritual journey and starting his life anew. We had gone through so many similar experiences in our lives. We ended up traveling together for the next 2 weeks, with many laughs along the way.
I am revealing peace, piece by piece. And every experience is on the path.
"You are so beautiful man!" said the group of 10 Indian men I met on the beach. I guess I have the attractive look to people in India. Me, the musician, the American couple and others wanted to watch the dolphins along the coast during sunset. What was going to be a quiet sunset turned out to be a singing and dancing Indian party phenomenon. We sang, danced and laughed for a few hours, playing Englsih and Hindi songs. It seems as if every Indian is a pro at drumming. I was quite impressed. Indians have a different concept of personal space. The men especially, get very close, touch, hug and hold hands with each other, and it has nothing to do with sexuality. I think if you are friends with an Indian, you are friends for life. The music and energy of the moment was so perfect.
It is never "quiet" in India. I don't think that concept exists here. Their are cows mooing, cars and motorbikes CONSTANTLY HONKING!!!!!!!!!! And the overall buzzing of 1.2 billion people. Up next, Hampi.