People’s inhibition threshold to copy something from others and pass it on as own achievement seems to have fallen dramatically. More than ever before, ideas, information and initiatives get copied, remixed and reissued (often blatantly so). This is certainly due to instant availability and circulation through digital media. But lack of own efforts and the lack of recognition of the person who created the original content, reflects also absence of respect, gratitude and fairness. The road of good intentions is often paved with misunderstandings. And it’s possible that there is simply a widespread lack of awareness of the consequences for a copycat. While in academia, theft of intellectual property and plagiarism are illegal, cloning in the field of spirituality even comes with certain dangers for one’s personal development.
All energy seems to have left my body over night. Maybe I should have avoided the additional evening climb yesterday? Too late. Today is the second day of our three days Kailash circumambulation and we are facing the toughest part of the entire trek: Dolma La Pass on the North Eastern side of Kailash at an elevation of 5630m / 19500ft (Mount Kailash: 6638m / 21778ft).
We leave the monastery Dirapuk Gompa early in the morning. It is dark outside. Cold and damp. I feel very different to yesterday. Unfortunately worse, not better. I can hardly move, breathe, let alone think. Overnight I totally tensed up. Why? And how to release the tension? Continue reading
What’s so special about Rishikesh, and why do people flock here for yoga classes and yoga teacher trainings?
Rishikesh or Hṛṣīkeśa (Sanskrit for god / conqueror of the senses; with hṛṣīka: senses / sentiment and īśa: god) is one of India‘s most ancient, sacred, significant and iconic cities. It is here where since time immemorial yogis and rishis have been doing their tapasya (ascetic spiritual practice for purification and elevation). Tradition asserts that yoga practice as well as a bath in the holy Ganges here, leads closer to salvation (moksha). Hence Rishikesh attracts many pilgrims and visitors each year, from India and all over the world. I even got married in Rishikesh.
Full Moon, August 2018 at Mount Kailash. We have finished the Kora (three days circumambulation of Kailash) and return to Lake Manasarovar (4590m / 15,060ft), where we are going to stay the coming night. It is early afternoon and I feel infinitely blessed to be able to spend more time in the powerspot which not only brought me to my knees a few days back but above all, deeply touched my heart. The lake felt like my gateway to my soul family and cosmic source. There was an instant recognition and a re-memberance that was positively earth-shattering. And it nourished each and every fibre of my beingness with unconditional love.
Upon arrival in the guesthouse, I know what to do: drop the luggage and walk to the lake. Finally, I have more time here. Continue reading
I am in Tibet. With a group of 11 people from different countries. We are heading towards the enigmatic Mount Kailash (6638m / 21,778ft) and Lake Manasarovar (4590m / 15,060ft). It is the 12th day of my pilgrimage which began in Lhasa, coming from Kathmandu / Nepal and Delhi / India.
August 2018, just before full moon. We’re in the town of Darchen (4575m / 15,010ft), South of Mount Kailash, where we got our accomodation for the night. Having enjoyed the beautiful peach-coloured sunset in front of the guesthouse, I begin now to prepare everything needed for the next day, the first day of our Kailash Kora (3-days circumambulation of the sacred mountain).
I have already written about my visit of Lake Manasarovar, ‘Travelling Tibet: My Manasarovar‘. This post now is about the actual Kailash trek…