I was prepared for difficulty, dirt and disease.
I found love and the soft spot of human existence. I found acceptance and desire. I was not prepared for luxury and ease.
As with most of what I saw and photographed, India is surreal for the foreigner. It’s as if it floats, almost disconnected … Like in a cloud in heaven. Yet … It’s all part of and interconnected with the rest of the universe. Spiritually, it may be the center of the the globe, beating with the blood of the worlds people’s.
I did not expect to be blessed, accepted and especially not celebrated, just for being me and showing up. I believe this is how humans should feel, every day. In familiar or unfamiliar lands, we ought to feel privileged and among friends and family every moment of our lives, in every place we venture.
Standing on a ghat along side a body of water, I felt akin to the people everywhere. It is not in the water itself, this life’s blood is just one of the ways in which the pulsing energy is transported to connect the creatures that share the bounty. A great conductor of life, the water assists me to feel the connection to nature and all that is live.
I did not expect the simplicity of life. Almost free of longing or striving to be “other” than what is. I found a land of healing, magic and mystery .. For and from all the senses, emotions, spirit and the precious body.
How did this gal from the ocean waves calling deep from the extreme high and low tides of Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia Canada, fall in love with a desert in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India?
With my antennae tuned to receive the negative, I found only love and joy. I found colour and life. I found a simplicity previously unimagined.
I found it all on a short camel trek to see the large orange sun ball slip gently behind the massive glorious sugar soft sand dunes on the other side of the planet Earth.
I fell enchanted with the women of this country who dress in spectacular colours and flowy silky fabrics. Women who carry heavy loads of history along with bundles of sticks or large containers for water, carefully and with seeming ease upon their beautiful heads. Their tasks are simple, important and immediate. No question or resistance can be seen on their faces. Life is what it is.
Excerpts from a blog: Song of India, Tales of Travel and Transformation. By Mariellen Ward: “I don’t entirely know why this is true, but India is much more than
a travel destination. I wrote recently in a magazine article that: “People don’t go to India to experience India; they go to experience themselves in India. They go to pit themselves against the crowds, chaos and poverty. They go to experience the open and unabashed spirituality. They go to test their egos, which India alternately builds up and smashes apart in the blink of a street child’s eye. People go to India knowing they will be forever changed … and not knowing how. But India is a master, a guru, who takes people where they need to go, and teaches them what they need to learn.” “