January 18th, 2013
There’s no place like Om
The trip to the airport was uneventful. The Paradoxes of this trip continued to the last minute.
I ate my banana Prasad and decided I would eat the apples on the flight home as I would need to peal off the skin. We passed no less than 20 wedding event venues. Surprisingly wedding parties are really huge in India. These facilities are all similarly decked out in lights celebrating the union of two individuals who very often don’t even know each other very well.
After rearranging my baggage to be underweight, I headed for the gate. On my way, I saw a T-SHIRT that had LOVE written on it and since we were told to go and be LOVE on legs, I had to have it.(I also had Rupees to spend before leaving the country).
When I got on the plane, I placed my carry-on bag in the overhead. Unfortunately, I forgot that my apples were in my bag and when I opened the bin, an apple fell out and popped a woman on the head. Yikes!! I was mortified, apologized profusely and tried not to laugh as I was thinking, “At least the apple was blessed by Babaji!!). The next time I got into the bin, she promptly placed a pillow on her head as a sign that she clearly didn’t trust me not to get it right!
I downloaded “Autobiography of a Yogi” on my Ipad before take off. I think I was the only one on this retreat who has not read it (I am in kindergarten in some respects and college in others when it comes to spiritual development). We are all on our own paths and mine has been enriched by this amazing journey. I read 1/3 of the book while I was awake on the trip and look forward to finishing it. I am beginning to see the perfection in all of this.
I landed at 4 AM, waited 45 minutes to go through customs.(I tried to get my GOES trusted traveler card before leaving but the process takes months so use this as a reason to become a trusted traveler!!). The ride home was grace and ease as I typed this post in the car.
There truly is no place like home or is it no place like Om? Both are special places in my heart and of equal significance to me.
The take home messages:
1. Be LOVE on Legs
2. Remove arrogance and Ego from who you are
3. Give, Forgive & Serve
4. Practice, Practice, Practice
I went to India to get to know and experience the divine, only to find in India that the divine resides within me!!