Our Arrival at Fire Mountain Retreat, Nimboli...
The Pods rendezvoused in Mumbai with our meditation teacher Mark Griffin and the 17 other devotees who are part of our Hard Light Family and then caravanned the two hours north to Nimboli, just outside of Ganeshpuri. We were greeted with beautiful garlands and hugs from our Resident Swami Govinda and our two ashram managers, Jeanette and Dahvee.
Mark and Swamiji...
|Jeanette and Dahvee...|
|The dome skin, which had been shipped from the US and held in Customs since last year, was up and needing our help to get it ready for our Retreat. We had a wonderful full work day, which turned out to be the starting point of our Retreat...|
|We sewed curtains, pounded in grommets, hung curtains, cleaned floors, figured out ways to keep the curtains taut, supervised cement being poured for the new stairs, and did everything we could to ready the Dome. The fire pit was redone by a mason and covered with fresh cow dung and would await the Brahmin priests coming for Shivaratri later in the week who would beautifully decorate it.|
|Here's the outside of the newly completed Fire Mountain Retreat Dome...|
|Notice the painting affixed to the outside of the dome? That was painted by this young man, who is often part of the work crew at Fire Mountain. Fire Mountain is officially owned by the Shree Nityananda Educational Trust. The great thing about Ganeshpuri is that everyone knows and loves Bhagawan Nityananda. His spirit watches over everyone here...|
|And this is the Back Puja, or altar, inside the Dome with photos of Baba Muktananda and Bhagwan Nityananda...|
And the new paths, trees and pond put in by Jeanette and Dahvee...
The food was quite good. Always a dal, brown or white rice, cooked vegetables, raw carrots, beets and cucumbers, and a delicious sweet dessert. And if we were lucky Sunil made the most delicious Mango ginger chutney. (It didn't hurt that we brought some packages of peanut butter too - sometimes a break from the dal every day was a happy relief)...
|From the Ashram it's just a few minutes walk to the Hot Springs, where many of our group went each morning to bathe. The women mysteriously bathe with all of their clothes on in their own separate bath, but the men strip down to their shorts and appear to get much cleaner. The water can be so hot that the bathers have to sit on the edge and just pour the water over themselves...|
|Also just footsteps away from our Ashram is a wonderful Shiva Temple that has a beautiful Lingam that represents Shiva.|
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