India: Seeing YourSelf In Everyone. Posted on November 8, 2012 by Svaroopa Vidya Ashram

When I look at my photos and the pictures of others chronicling our experience at Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort and Ganeshpuri, I can’t stop grinning. It was a wonderful, sometimes challenging, experience which I remember with delight. I continue to be touched by the unending kindness of the people who welcomed us and helped us along the way, including Rosie and Yogini and their helpers, all the staff at the resort, and the multitude of strangers that showed interest in us on our way to and from the Puja House and the temples. Even the taxi driver who took me on my shopping excursions was ever the patient gentleman. Swami Govindananda was so generous with his time and with the many gifts he gave to us. I think of him often and especially when I wear the lovely rudraksha bead he gave me. Shri Prasad Joshi and the two Ramas (forgive me, but I don’t remember their names) who joined us from time to time at the Puja House were also very hospitable. Swami Sadananda was most gracious in granting us an audience. Dr. Subhash was informative, charming, helpful, and fun to talk with. The Ayurvedic clinic therapists and assistants were professional, yet friendly and cheerful. Nor should I neglect a grateful mention to Ganesh for carrying us to and fro without complaint on his massive back. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of companion yogis and yoginis to share this experience.

My experience was much enriched by the presence of both Swamiji and Vidyadevi. Vidyadevi is a graceful, compassionate, and natural-born teacher. I was always riveted by the lessons and stories, and I purely love Swamiji’s laughter which communicates such joy. It was a great privilege to meet her, and she warmed my heart. On reflecting on what I’ve written, I believe that it’s the people that I will remember most fondly about this trip.

I am grateful to Swamiji more than I can say for all she has done directly and indirectly on our (and my) behalf to make this such a positive, memorable, and transformative journey. Thank you so much.

Monika Schultz

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