My eventful commute to Vaidyagrama typically sees me at school around 9am. I have an hour to spend before class starts at 10am, and I usually do some of my morning chanting meditation then.
I’ll get asked a few questions from patients as to what I’m doing and it gives me a chance to tell them about my beliefs and practices in ISKCON – but otherwise most people know what it’s about, bid me a good morning and get on with their work.
I walk over to my classroom at 10am and Dr Ramdas greets me, not with a ‘good morning’, but rather ‘a very good morning’, and his warm smile. We ...
16/01/2011 - Ivy Ingram
The drive to Vaidyagrama took about an hour through lush green land dotted with palm trees, small houses, and fields. We were surrounded by vegetation, and before long small mountains appeared in the distance. As we drew closer to them, our driver explained that an engineering school was being built at the base of the mountains by Ammachi’s philanthropic organization.
When we turned off the main road and onto Vaidyagrama’s dirt entry road, he said we were about 4 kilometers from the border with Kerala (the next state over from our state of Tamil Nadu). Several of the staff came out to greet us as we pulled up at the entrance.
There was a flurry of introductions and exclamations. I was eager to meet Aparna ...
About 1 ½ years ago it was suspected for 2 days that I had a cancer of the bladder. It was a very interesting moment. I considered that it could be true and looked at my options. Actually within moments it was clear that I would immediately go for my long postponed Panchakarma and take full responsibility for my health. If after that I was to be terminal I would want to spend the remaining time with my guru in the ashram. It all turned out well and there was no cancer but my resolve to finally make time for Panchakarma was now clear. MORE...