Why are so many people trying to find themselves in India?
Every second person we met was seeking the truth. They were on a greater path to enlightenment and wanting more out of life. The more and more I met these people the more I realised that they seemed lost in their own minds. Why do you have to travel half way across the world to find your purpose in life? Surely people can seek enlightenment in their own country?
I am no stranger to meditation and yoga, I have been practicing for 10 years and understand the mental and physical benefits these have on the body. It is no secret that your mind is a powerful thing and we only really harness this power when we are fully concentrated on our purpose. Yogis and Buddhists alike have known this for years and has been filtering through to western culture. We somehow feel a need and drive to find ones purpose along the way.
But why in India!
I feel that many people come to India to feel alone and try and practice from these master gurus that aren’t in the their own country. I get that there are extremely enlightened beings in India and people are seeking that same feeling of these gurus. But not on a 2 week long Yoga holiday. It is s nice introduction to yoga but why are we so eager for quick fixes in our lives. I mean come on, a 2 week rejuivating spa to meditate? That barely scratches the surface and you are merely going to put more money out of your pocket than you would gaining any form of true enlightenment.
Then you have these people that have been living in India for years and have been practicing ancient techniques and want to show you that it is possible. These people are just as bad as the door knockers (you know who I am talking about). For me yoga is in many ways a type of religion. Many would beg to differ, but it is a combination of rituals and repetitive practices that will ultimately bring enlightenment and closer to your creater-whoever or whatever that may be.
When in India, the inevitable question would always come up on how long have you been here and what made you travel to India. Seeking the truth must have been in the top ten for most people we spoke to.
I get that India is an ancient spiritual place, hell that is one of the reasons I love traveling there. It is something different unlike anything that I have ever experienced at home. But come to India to learn from gurus and find yourself somewhere else. Don’t hope that you will come to the country and all your worldly troubles will be flushed away. You are the power of your destiny not a spiritual country.
End of rant.