This entry was posted on 2/26/2008 4:50 AM and is filed under India.
An amazing part of this journey is discovering how kind many of the people are. They have eyes that are deep oceans of knowing, awareness and experience, that gaze deeply into our eyes. We have seen the most profound poverty and still been struck by how people just accept whatever it is they have been given. Maybe having the understanding of karma makes them able to just accept their lot in life.
The women are always resplendent in their colorful saris and punjabis. Even the most lower caste women dress beautifully and look elegant in their saris as they work in the fields or carry water.
And yes, there are the beggars and the most insistent of all souvenir and trinket sellers who just don't understand no. They must figure that if they ask you 1000 times in 1000 different ways to buy something, you'll finally give in just to get them to go away. Luckily Joss knows a little Hindi and says a few words of dismissal and they leave us alone.
When we visited Ellora, many people came up to us and asked if they could take a picture of us. We realized that they are as curious about us as we are about them. It was fun to pose for them, especially with the monks and school kids who asked us for our "autographs" and wanted to know where we were from.
This family from Colcutta and Bangalore were incredibly kind to us and we promised to become email penpals with them. Their little daughter ran up to me and asked "emailmelady?" That translated to please email me.
This Baba Lover and friend of Adhi owned a beautiful silk shop where we were dazzled by the many colors of scarves, fabrics and bed coverings.
This Baba Lover was a cow herder and loved hugging women.
Here are our dear friends Jeanette and Dhavee from Taos who also came a little early to pay respects to Meher Baba before we all join Mark and the rest of our spiritual family in Ganeshpuri.
And a nice photo of Joss and our driver Adhi, both 27 years old.