After a filling lunch, we went to the boating place. Though the initial plan was to use canoes and kayaks, given the size of the group, we decided to go with two rafts to increase the bonding. Santosh and I were with two fourteen year old boys and a ten year old girl. The energy and competitiveness of the kids got us to stay ahead of the adult group throughout the ~1.5 mile route. We went down some rapids. Later we got stuck on some rocks because the water levels were lower. I sat at the back muttering ‘left back, right forward’ to remember how to paddle to keep the boat straight despite the occasional imbalance in rowing from the two sides. B, the coxswain of her rowing team, the niece who’s grad party it was the next day, was at the back of the other raft. Apparently she became exasperated with her rowers’ lack of coordination.
Apart from these outdoor activities, we have been enjoying movies indoors and doing some elaborate cooking at home together including Adai, Hirekai chutney, Rajma based subji which I invented in Germany with thepla, gothuma ravai upma, and more recently, divine tasting Akki Roti.
The diversity of culture has meaning for the future of our growth and cognitive evolution. There is so much to be learnt about ourselves and others, so much to be appreciated and taken into the future by engaging with it in new ways appropriate to the changing times.
We saw many beautiful fountains, flowered gardens, old beautiful buildings and new modern ones which were very well designed. We returned the bikes and went on a short walk before we headed back, through a Hare Krishna concert/performance at the big fountain.
There are four main castes usually listed in the following order; Brahmins, the teachers/priests, Kshatriyas, the warriors and administrators, Vaishyas, the traders and the Shudras, the labourers. This system originally developed as method of division of labour and thus the analogy of the different parts of the body. In very little time though, even as early as the Later Vedic Era, the system became thoroughly corrupted. People began to lose the freedom to move between the castes based on one’s choice of profession. Caste became a matter of birth.
If you go deep enough into one thing, you will reach the infinity of existence within it. This is true of all fields. A musician touches the infinite connection when touched with inspiration. Tunes are given, just as words to an inspired poet. Given from where?
As I listened to the experiences of those who took DMT, I heard echoes of this mythological state. It isn’t a creative story. It is the truth of a different world which we know so little about.
Sometimes I feel restless and feel the need to fill up my life with impossible busy-ness. Oldenburg is a very slow city. Edinburgh´s pace was just right… No people here. No great events.. Feels blank and empty sometimes unless the mind is adequately preoccupied.
I believe the time has come when, just as children of the Occident grow out of Santa Clause, we as humanity need to grow out of the delusion of an external god.
If god is everything, there is no need for a god at all; merely the understanding of the interconnected nature of existence itself, and the laws of physics, discovered and undiscovered, that govern it. At this early point in our spiritual evolution we, as a species, may seek more growth at the material level in the form of accumulation of monetary assets and comforts, but I would dare to hope that at some point, more of us would look to less limited realms; towards our highest mental, emotional, physical and spiritual potentials.