India. It truly is one of the most spiritual places I have visited, but not just for the reasons most think. It’s the culmination of thousands of years of history crammed into “civilized modernity” in a few short years. It’s a land of vast contradictions, and you pretty much either love it or hate it right out of the gate. I think in large part it’s because it requires of a person such a presence that few are comfortable. You will be confronted on all senses. The smells-spicy, foul, fragrant-smells your nose has no reference for. Your eyes-confronted by the filth and the beauty. The faint sounds of exotic music rattled by the crash of car horns against your ear drums. The moist and soot-filled air clinging to the hairs of your nostrils, should your immune system be blessed by them. All of this does nothing to deter from the spiritual adventure.
Your senses are on high alert in this land of extremes because, unlike much of the west, you cannot sleep walk through this country. This is, for me, what makes it such a spiritual experience.
The people have a warmth and a love in them that often belies their apparent impoverished situation.
Thanks to my previous partner, I’ve spent about 2 1/2 months total there so far, studying and working. Even in that short time it has lodged so deeply in my heart that even the smell of Indian spices or the faint sound of their classical and devotional music makes me ache a bit and long to return.
When you travel to India, you will likely land initially in Mumbai. The video below is presented by way of a company called Geobeats that I have done work for in the past and offers up some good tips about using public transportation in Mumbai. Of course those same tips are useful in other cities in India as well so pay close attention.
Getting Around Mumbai
Mumbai also has a great art scene. We spent some time exploring it for ourselves and found some truly inspiring work being done locally. Since I was not filming at the time I thought I’d at least share another Geobeats video that gives little taste of the arts in Mumbai.
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