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INDIA Travel: Hotel MADIN, Varanasi & Travel Writer Who Never Sleeps In Me.

Did you realize that not every travel writer carries a big camera and a writing pad around? Some of those special ones are invisible at first; they make their mental notes using their energy field bank to remember and to download later on. They are able to use their smiles to decode hidden mysteries in people’s hearts. “Mind that kind!”

“Ma’am are you here for business or pleasure?”

She replied, “my business in my pleasure” and the man on the front desk had no idea, she will be “the one” who will write about many little strolls encounters – from a heart to heart — in his hotel. Hotel MADIN, Varanasi: Travel Writer Who Never Sleeps In Me.  Excerpted from EBOOK: Facing Your Destiny, India 2016 written by Veronika Prielozna as aTraveling Lady Moon.

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I felt been pressed between two stones: my body was screaming to go back to my bed and sleep when a travel writer opportunity just knocked on my door. The hotel has still “virgin smell” newly open for about two weeks. I pushed myself and started working for ‘free’ to help them out. I have a very keen eye for “luxury and pleasure” so pick up all those details that might take them weeks; I got all just in a few hours.

Yes, I donated my time and expertise under “pay it forward” awareness or “whatever you put in will return back to you” even in a different time or a form. But mostly, I love hotel stuff, all of them. I was spotted by a Front Desk Manager, Mr. Nitin, and then, when I met a General Manager, Mr. Sandeep, all was accelerated. I was invited to experience a spa session, in order to evaluate their service qualities.

Once all managers were gone, we got together with the spa team and I shared my stories working as a spa therapist in a European medical spa, and in Canada. “I am one of you, I know your worries and your fun.” Simply there was not enough time yet, so there were a few details that must be tweeted. I will say “It was well cooked but still a dish needs to be garnished”.

As a nurse, I paid a close attention to practical steps and safety first. I knew all procedures by my heart and making my mental notes to address all “oops” that can prevent them to a danger of falling or any other service complaints.  My finding was diplomatically presented to a hotel management, and they completely surprised me by their ’pronto’ action. All concerns were addressed by the end of the day. “Consider DONE, Veronika!” Therefore, I loved so much to work with people who really listen to my heartfelt concrete, down to earth practical and reasonable suggestions.

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Ancient time passing by at Hotel Madin, Varanasi

But honestly, the most astonishment experienced during my Travel Lady Mooning time in Hotel MADIN came to me unexpectedly with goosebumps all over my body, and tears running down my cheeks.

I was on my way from a spa room, after giving a spa therapist feedback.   In a limitation of her English, I pointed it out all “oozing spots” and demonstrated how to fix it up effectively. She got it all! In a very last moment of saying Good Bye, I inserted my tip into her palm saying “Thank you for your touch. This is only for you!”

She looked at money values in her hand, probably more that her week wage, than she kneed down and kissed my feet. Not knowing my name, she said: “Thank you, CANADA!”  My soul was impressed by her graceful gratitude. My emotional body was touched and once I heard my country name, I started crying with her.

Oh, Gosh, if only Justin Trudeau knows!”

He is our Prime Minister and it is his job keep spreading our Canadian spirit around the globe, not mine! My mind was putting some humor into this situation. We all know, each of us we carry on the energy of our ancestors and countries on our shoulders, wherever we go.

Wiping and covering my tears, I came down to a front desk, one hour late. Nanny, my personal guide in Varanasi,  just commented, “Lady Moon, we just missed Banares Hindu University visit, you are late.” I took all his unspoken blame knowing a true reason why I was late again.

 Varanasi evening traffic: “Rite of Passage”

I was ordered to be on time for our evening ceremony. This is a special one where a group of priests performs “Agni Pooja” (Sanskrit: “Worship of Fire”) daily in the evening at this ghat as a dedication to Shiva, Ganga, Surya (Sun), Agni (Fire), and the entire universe. This was a poster image imprinted in my mind from Travel Guru’s office! I came down on time.

In the city of Varanasi, there are plenty of ghats located on the Ganges, with many temples devoted all Hindus Gods, but the pilgrimage sites, we were heading to, are probably the most popular and overcrowded, and therefore, he came on a motorbike.

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Nanny, my personal guide in Varanasi.

This is only one transportation way,” he was pointed on a motorbike “I can get us there in a good time.” Varanasi traffic towards a fire ceremony is in a sane! I was speechless hearing his news. He gave me a travel scoop “You will be seeing a lot of unseen yet for your eyes, just trust me. I keep driving in this city more than 40 years. Just put your helmet, hold on and pray, so Great Mother will protect us!”

I was asking in my spirit “does Travel Guru know about this danger? “I doubted it he did.  In spite of my fears, I followed his orders and sat behind this mature Indian man body with a cowboy like daring spirit in him. I had to lean onto him with my whole body a tight squeeze and we hit the road driving. Soon after, I experienced a “traffic nightmare” where everybody was driving following their natural instincts, not driving regulations, signs or lights. All was moving in and out from the different stream of yelling traffic with a high pitch honking and screaming.

Varanasi Traffic Is An Assault On The Senses!

Clogged traffic was getting worse. The smell of curry and fried naan,  rickshaws, motor scooters, buses, and a woman in a red sari herding two goats and a mother on a motorbike with a  breastfeeding infant in her arms, and holy cows! Oh, mine “everything holy” goes onward, and we were stacked just in between!

On a right side was oversized sticky building material moving on the bicycle, on the left, a big rickshaw with a group of teenagers happy to see me on the motorbike, stretching out their arms towards me and  just in a middle of the road, a handicapped man without his legs was crawling onward using his arms only. All was moving in a fast dynamic chaos speed of Mother India.

Nanny was making all moves just right to prevent all traffic collision just in the last minutes. I was “airbrushed” by many overpassing scooters or motorbikes.  I had to close my eyes numerous times, not to scream, not adding my panic to worsen a traffic situation that we were deeply in.

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   “Worship of Fire” – that evening ritual!

My devil mind was provoking me, “What for, do you have three exclusive travel insurances in your suitcase? If you drop here, all traffic will just smoothly run over YOU! No 911 will be called! No traffic blockage will be done to clear pathways for easy ambulance access. You and Nanny, you will be dead on the spot, on the street of Varanasi. “How glamorous” on the way to enlightenment! You are just a foolish girl; blindly believe in a local myth, “anyone who passes away in Varanasi will gain enlightenment, don’t you? “How pathetic!”

I promised to return home unharmed and untouched, to my grandsons. They deserve to know their adventure driven grandmother, and then, I said “NO!”  I need to live here and now and nothing will happen to us.

“In a power of destiny invested in me,” I yelled in my spirit to all my spiritual commitees up there  I claim my safe passage, HERE AND NOW!”

Then I opened my eyes and finally, we were there. Nanny, “this lucky son of bxxh”, like North American men call such a daring individual as he is, was smiled at me saying “and we are here, Traveling Lady Moon, just on time!”

At morning, I left Varanasi with still a vivid memory of my recent “rite of passage” hoping for an easier mission to be accomplished ahead. All was good at the end; I left many good friends behind with hope to see them next time around Mother India – AGAIN.


Excerpted from EBOOK: Facing Your Destiny, India 2016 written by Veronika Prielozna as a Traveling Lady Moon.

Edit: Glynn Williams

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varanasi

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SACRED NUMEROLOGY: The Year Number ONE, “just be that BIRD!”

TRAVELING along with numerology of 2017 clearly states that planet MOON will influence you in this year number ONE. You will remain energetic for this year and positive environment will help you a lot. For those who are connected to sales and marketing will get great profits in their jobs. Businessmen will also reap good benefits and achieve success. According to numerology predictions for number 1, fields like clothing, pharmaceutical, water or milk products will be very much beneficial to earn profits. Those who are preparing for some type of competitive exams or government exams will get favorable outcomes. Hard work will also bring good results to students.

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Hello from Traveling Lady MOON

Planet MOON clearly represents traveling and thus you will also get good chance to travel along with your soulmate or girlfriend or boyfriend. Those who are alone will soon get a companion to fill up the blank space in their life. This time is also good for your family life. A Success of your children will make you feel very happy. Those who are waiting for their marriage will soon get this wish fulfilled. In the end, let’s discuss your health which is showing good signs for perfect fitness. Finally, a good news for you is that, that between April 13 to September 16, you will go through favorable time, so that we are waiting for?

Highway to Moon, South Dakota, f/b Abandoned Places
Highway to Moon, South Dakota, f/b Abandoned Places

Knowing The Year Number ONE

The worst is over now! Let consider that you did all the hard work of cultivating a healthy & vital space for the planting of your seed by removing any obstacles/beliefs/bad habits in 2016! Life runs in 9-year cycles so we will start the new set of years in 2017. Get ready for a new adventure of Year 2017, ready to have a peak?

How to calculate The Year Number ONE

Year:   2017
Universal Energy for 2017:   2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 = 1

Brief overview of The Year Number ONE

  • The Year Number ONE Year represents the start of a fresh new cycle – a new 9-year cycle of creativity, learning and growth.
  • The Year Number ONE is a time to plant the seeds of intention for the forthcoming cycle – your deepest heartfelt desires, dreams and visions for every area of your life – relationships, health, finances, career, lifestyle, spirituality etc
  • The intentions & foundations you set in place during The Year Number ONE (preferably early in 2017), mold the field of potentiality and set the tone & flow of energy within your life over the forthcoming 9 years.

THE YEAR 2017 INTENTION will MATTER

Thus 2017 is about showing up for you, saying ALOHA (a 10/1 number) to the universe and being a PIONEER (a 10/1 number) of this new 9-year adventure.

Your intentions, aligned/focused emotions and deepest heart-felt desires are imprinting the field, they are activating your DNA (a 10/1 number) and putting you in the vortex of infinite potential & divine UNION (a 10/1 number) with SPIRIT (a 10/1 number).

As each of us activates our inherent creativity through our GODDESS (a 10/1 number) selves, we activate a VITALITY (a 10/1 number) a force within us that can move mountains, that can create miracles.  As the saying goes, you will see it when you believe it.

You can liken a Universal 1 Year to the planting of an apple tree seed…

YOUR BRAND NEW FUTURE STARTS NOW

Because you reflected and integrated all the learning and wisdoms from the previous 9 year cycle, you plant your apple tree seed in this year of number  1 in the full knowledge that there maybe challenging times ahead. You don’t fear what may/may not happen… a drought may stunt your tree, a storm may uproot your tree or a dis-ease may mean that your fruiting is limited.  You have grown enough to know that anytime you plant a seed there are no guarantees.

VIBRATIONAL WORDS OF NUMBER ONE

The following words resonate to the number ‘10’ (and of course breakdown to be a ‘1’) and these words help to paint a picture of what 2017 is all about:

  • Aloha = 10
  • Blissful = 10
  • DNA = 10
  • Spirit = 10
  • Goddess = 10
  • Pioneer = 10
  • Union = 10
  • Discipline = 10
  • Vitality = 10
  • Namaste = 10
  • Archangel Haniel = 10 (Essence of Angels® – Law of Rhythm)

SHADOWS OF NUMBER ONE

Opposite POLARITY within numerology and the following ’10’ (hence ‘1’) vibrational words also express how 2017 could possibly be experienced within your life:

  • Arrogance = 10
  • Passive = 10
  • Victimhood = 10

You are opening your heart to love, to compassion, to kindness, to joy, to service in this year of 2017… you are living a full and rich life as a Soul within a human body.  You also know that it never really was about the completion of a tree, it was always about the 9 year experience of being a rich part of the blossoming of the seed.

So be that BIRD (number one), sitting on a tree in its own beauty with unlimited potentials to travel freely in 2017!

Warmly, Veronika

traveling-lady-moon1VERONIKA PRIELOZNA, MA writes as a Traveling Lady Moon who happily makes her mark as an independent Travel Writer and Happy Clients’ consultant. She has visited luxurious hotels and destinations around the world including Europe, her motherland, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Dubai & India. She writes based on personal experiences only. Her mature energetic insights for her work are deeply rooted from professional experiences as a nurse, yoga teacher & spa therapist. Her sense of humor, witty mind and playful curiosity bring a reader delight for spiritual travelers or pleasure seekers purposes around the globe.

References:

http://www.universallifetools.com/2016/11/2017-numerology-spiritual-meaning/

http://www.astrorashifal.com/2017/numerology2017.asp

Images Credit:

https://www.facebook.com/Just-Breathe-470854759626488

Highway to Moon, South Dakota, f/b Abandoned Places. (unknown origin to me)

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TRAVEL STORIES: How Not To Be Lost Solo Traveling In India.

If you are a Lady dreamer with a passion traveling and exploring the world you might be the same kind of a woman traveler as I am and then,  this article is written just for you.  How did I do it and not get lost solo traveling in India? Let me share my ways and the lessons I learned from my travel.

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I have been traveling all my life and as I mature my travel style matures with me. In my twenties, I hitchhiked in Europe but now I am happy to leave my backpack in the closet and pull my traveling kit with gratitude for smart comfortable travel. Armed only with my carry on, camera, smartphone, documents and credit cards in October 2016, I was ready to face my new travel destination to India alone.

 SOLO TRAVELING definitely requires a leap of faith!

However,  with the right preparation, it doesn’t have to be as scary as you think. I began with research and talking to my f/b friends who are from India. Then with full precaution,  I figured out the traveling way that was right for me.  It was my travel intention that helped me create conditions that were likely to turn out in my favor so I would have an enjoyable journey ahead.

“I start traveling in my mind a way before my feet touched the road traveling….”

Even though I love traveling in a small group of 2 – 3 people, which is a good fit for a taxi ride-sharing travel experiences and enriching each other with laughter or insights, I decided to travel solo in India for this time.  I followed my dream. I created my travel project FACING YOUR DESTINY, INDIA 2016 and dared to face my journey alone.

My travel project allowed me to become a TRAVELING LADY MOON, a Travel Writer, an expert for traveling in style and seeking spirituality and pleasure of exploration with joy and ease.

Here is TRAVELING LADY MOON wisdom for all of you.

1 TRAVELING IN AIR: Managing your Jet Lag with the enjoyable layover.

For this time traveling to India, in the air, about 24 hours, I chose to fly with Emirates and stopped in Dubai for two nights. It was a smart way to minimize my travel fatigue and at the same time get a taste of the city of daring modern architecture and Arabic ancient culture. Yes, it cost me some additional expenses, but the experience I gained was worth it!

2 ACCOMMODATION: Never ever compromise on the place you stay.

No matter how tight your budget is, make sure that you choose a good place to stay.  In my case, I was following my travel accommodation adviser, Yaseen Tuman, +91 9596767812 ytuman@mascottravels.com, who insisted I book a 4 or 5-star hotel with all of the hotel comfort services, safety and amenities included. In rural small towns, I used Heritage Boutique Hotel that suited me as a good luxurious hotel.

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3 WHY WAS ACCOMMODATION so important for me?

Traveling in India requires a lot of energy and strength, but no matter how intensive the day was, I always found a warm and luxurious small place to rest, heal and rejuvenate my energy. As a solo woman traveler, hotel staff will pay extra attention to your presence.  Don’t be shy talk to them, ask them about trip advice and make them your local alliance, they know….

My travel tip…

I always left them with information where I was going and when I might be back. I always saved the front desk hotel number on my cell, in case I might be lost and need to call for a pickup.

My favorite luxury hotels:

http://warwickhotels.com/dubai

http://www.thelalit.com/the-lalit-new-delhi

http://www.thelalit.com/the-lalit-chandigarh

http://www.hotelmadin.com

My favorite Heritage Boutique Hotel:

http://www.hotelnaunabh.com

4 TRAVEL INTINERY tailored for your needs.

Solo Traveling will bring you new highs but new lows come as well. Therefore, searching for the best travel deal, not only in the prices but with personal service tailored to my needs was crucial to me. I had a few fixed days, to be in the places for some events, but the rest of the days were flexible. My travel needs were fixed at one place “Incredible India Car and Driver” Mr. Bilal, New Delhi – Mobile / Whatsapp: +91 98715 53711.

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Once I talked to him in person, I knew I found my Travel Guru. He listened to my desires, made notes and the next morning he arranged a taxi to pick me up from my hotel and bring me to his office to receive the traveling itinerary he tailored just for me.  Not only was the travel itinerary done, but all of my immediate travel needs were arranged from that office, an Indian SIM card and money exchanged. A New Delhi day tour was in place as a bonus on top of it all. The deal was done!

5 TRAVEL GURU:  24 hours VIRTUAL support.

What is that? It means the Travel Guru will call you at least once a day to check on you. He asked how my travel is going, addressed my concerns, and organized assistance as needed. You are in India and you might get sick in the middle of the night, or you need to make a detour to see your friend who called you last night.  Your Travel Guru is a professional who can organize all of it for you. I used his Travel Guru Service a lot which came as a part of my travel package. This is MUST service for you especially solo traveling , so you can debride from all of the unhappy daytime moments and always start fresh. It worked as an invisible safety net behind my back.

6 TRAVEL MEANS: Private Taxi, Sleeping Trains, A/C Buses or Domestic Flying

I chose private taxi travel for intermedium distances and Air travels to cover the long distance. I truly enjoyed nesting in the back seats with all my stuff around me, I felt like I was in my home den. The taxi cars had air conditioning and gave me an escape from the heat and dust while Indian music was playing. I took many power naps as needed. Taxi drivers were chosen by my travel agency based on territories. Each of them knew not only how to drive in a specific territory but the habits and languages. They stayed with me for 5 to 10 days in duration. (Not getting a new driver daily!) India is a very large and diverse country. They looked after me very well; buying me fresh coconut water, bananas, and chai, it became our daily travel routine. They spoke simple but effective English and we shared much laughter together.

My tip for travel:  

Next time, I might organize my travel plan in a different sequence:  by a week, not by a month all at once….it will give me more flexibility to accept some event invitations that suddenly came to me. I have missed two weddings on this travel, poor me….I must go back! Smile.

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“Incredible India Car and Driver” Mr. Bilal, New Delhi – Mobile / Whatsapp: +91 98715 53711. http://www.incredibleindiacaranddriver.com

7 – BEING STREET SMART MEANS BEING SELF-CONFIDENT, no matter what…

I mastered this art of being street smart, no matter my fears or worries. Your energy (body language) speaks louder than your voice. Numerous times on my travel, I had to deliberately boost my energy up , even though I felt so tired.  I knew that there was no another way of appearance only to be vibrant and powerful (it doesn’t mean to be rude or unkind.) Your investment here will bring you 100% return guaranteed. If you need assistance seek out another woman or a family/ friends, or go into a store or restaurant to ask for directions to study your map, etc.

Traveling Lady Moon at Palace door, Rampur
Traveling Lady Moon at Palace door, Rampur

8 SMART TRAVEL is a safe travel.

As every traveler in the world, a solo woman traveler has to consider her safety first. Have many ways of checking all of your belongings and when and what time to go out and with whom? Take as many the right precautions, do your research into the customs of the country you are in and mainly listen to your inner gut. Then, act upon all accordingly and your travel can be safe, enjoyable and soul rewarding.

My tip for night time and the belongings …

Before I went out at night for a brief visit, I always wrote down the license plate number of the taxi and sent it to my friend or my virtual guide.  On my phone, I checked ‘ in and out’. ( I shouldn’t do it , I know, but I did…oops!) On my travel, I checked my hotel room often to make sure I wasn’t leaving my valuables and chargers behind. I trained my taxi drivers how to double check on me; it worked magically. They were more diligent than I was, ha! In this way, we never left anything behind; in the material sense of belongings

…pieces of  my heart in my memories was not included in this search!

9 FROM 5 STARS HOTEL to ASHRAM stay…

The diversity of India was reflected in my travel as well. The time came when I was completely on my own – no more guides, no taxi drivers — only I, alone standing behind an ashram gate. My advice here is to choose wisely:  where you should be based on your intention for your stay.

Santhigiri Ashram, Kerala
Santhigiri Ashram, Kerala

The focus for my ashram stay was Ayurvedic healing and spirituality, so I chose to stay at http://santhigiriashram.org/home.php SANTHIGIRI ASHRAM. It is highly recommended and a beautiful ashram in magical Kerala.

There are some prerequisites in order to stay at Ashram.

You must walk barefoot on the holy grounds, you only wear plain or white colors, there is no smoking or drinking or consuming meat, you do karma work and focused reflection. You eat with your hands unless you have your travel utensils in your pocket from home. Have your cell phone loaded with data to make a connection with the outside world.

Now I am back home on the safe ground of Canada.  I am sharing all of this with all of you, Ladies or Gentlemen, solo travelers – kick up your heels high and take your turn in your travel style like I did during my solo travel in India and enjoy!

Last words of wisdom…

Use your common sense to make good decisions, listen to your inner guidance and have confidence in yourself and your ability to travel on your own. At the end, you will be rewarded with rich experiences and many great stories to tell your friends or write your soul searching ebook, as I am in the process of writing, smile! Facing Your Destiny, India 2016 – ebook

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Traveling Lady Moon

VERONIKA PRIELOZNA, MA writes as a Traveling Lady Moon who happily makes her mark as an independent travel writer and clients’ consultant. She has visited luxurious hotels and destinations around the world including Europe, her motherland, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Dubai & India. She writes based on personal experiences only. Her mature energetic insights for her work are deeply rooted from professional experiences as a nurse, yoga teacher & spa therapist. Her sense of humor, witty mind and playful curiosity bring a reader delight for spiritual travelers or pleasure seekers purposes around the globe.

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Soul Creation Story: “WHO ARE YOU? THE POTTER OR THE CLAY?”

This is a creation story that I still remember from my holistic studies at Langara College in Vancouver http://langara.ca/continuing-studies, which started with this question: “WHO ARE YOU? THE POTTER OR THE CLAY?” In this story, God is the Master Potter and the Clay is the human being. God has a plan for each of us and loves to use his clay to create masterpieces: either to become a practical kitchen dish or an artful vase in a gallery.

“WHO ARE YOU? THE POTTER OR THE CLAY?” 

Whatever our use or purpose, we are all destined to go through this pottery process, which includes molding, tossing, swirling, being mixed with water, decorated and hardened by fire in a furnace and protected with a glaze at the end. Let me take you deeper into this story to tell you the process that I love so much. In your mind, choose a vessel/dish you like. Then, picture yourself at the potter’s wheel, ready to be molded into a new upgraded version of who you might become….

“Remember that thou hast made me of clay; and wilt thou turn me to dust again?” (Job 10:9)

To activate this process ask yourself this question:

  1. What role are you animating in your life?
  2. Are you a Potter or are you the Clay?

A CREATION STORY…

Whether pottery is destined to be a utilitarian or an object d’art, it all needs both a Potter and Clay. They both play significant parts in the creative process. In the course of spiritual growth, you become clay, ready to be molded through your inner work, or not, hoping that you can take refuge in a quiet place until chaos strikes your life as a divine organic power.

PRACTITIONER REFLECTION:

When I first began working with clients, people would ask me “What am I going to be in the end?” My answer was: “I don’t know. I am not a Master Potter or the Clay. I am only the one who willingly and consciously worked the potter’s wheel (a few times in my life), allowing tossing and remodeling, again and again…with no guarantee of outcome whatsoever. It is just between the two of you.  I can assist you, once you are brave enough to stand there with your naked soul, with my wisdom and knowledge and skills to get through it all and enjoy the new upgrade at the end.

BACK TO OUR CREATION STORY NOW…

Just remember that Clay has choice and free will but God has time on his hands. Meaning: change always comes in God’s timing, not according to your schedule or your needs.

Clink on this link to enjoy the pottery process…

https://youtu.be/G9ZAvmDDTbU

 LET US BE CLAY FIRST….

Clay (the human being) becomes acutely aware of this evolution through the process of transformation, all in soul time.  After some preparation time, clay prays before being thrown on the wheel. (Setting the intention for your journey.)

DEAR GOD: I know that you are listening to me as I create the new design for what I want to become. I have tried to change myself many times but have not succeeded; sorry, I should have come to you first. But now, I am finally ready, I am placing myself into your capable hands. Mold me; create me as you wish, fashion a new vessel for my soul. Please, handle me with care. I know that the time is now. I am taking my shoes off and standing on your wheel willingly to be transformed. I am not allowing my fear to take over again, not this time. At present, I am ready, and fully conscious of the process ahead. Amen.”

…..and then, God’s hands touch the clay and the wheel spun around for the first time.

THE KNEADING PROCESS STARTS….

Once you have mixed the right amounts of both earth and water the clay must be kneaded or worked with the hands in order to incorporate the ingredients or mix them together.

The reason for the kneading process is two-fold:

  1.  You must get all the air bubbles out. Any air pockets left in the clay will cause the piece to explode when it is being fired in the kiln.
  2.  Any grit or foreign particles left in the clay will create imperfections and cause the clay to weaken and to fall apart when it is being thrown on the wheel. The potter can feel these in the clay as he/she works it with his/her hands.

Example: How many of you have ever kneaded dough to make a pie or bread? It is the same principle. You have to knead the dough until it is easy enough to work with.

PRACTITIONER INSIGHTS:

In order to be used for God’s work, all of the junk, the imperfections, all sins, all of self, must be taken out/detoxifying your life.

God cannot use YOU if there is still some of YOU left in YOU.

During the kneading process the potter handles the clay roughly as he/she works out the impurities. At first, the clay itself is abrasive and unresponsive but the more time the potter spends kneading it the more elastic and pliable it becomes.

4 INGREDIENTS FOR THE CREATION STORY:

POTTER in a creation story…

It is the potter who does the molding and shaping of the clay. They know what they want the finished product to be and to look like. The clay is totally under their control. It has to be 100% yielded to him, not 50%, not even 99%. The clay MUST YIELD to the potter’s hand if it is to become something useful. We yield to God by surrendering our will.

Yet God allows the clay to cooperate with him as he molds and shapes fallen men and women. While the clay is still pliable and wet, the Great Potter’s desire is to make a work of beauty and utility out of that which is otherwise marred, flawed, and unsuited for His use.

THE POTTER HAS SEVERAL CHOICES TO MAKE…

While they work with a piece of clay, potters can finish the piece they started if they think that it is responding to kneading or they can reshape the piece they are working on as they go if they feel it would be better as something else. They can throw away an unresponsive piece of clay if they feel that it is not going to come out as planned.

THE FINAL TOUCHES …

It is the potter who decorates each piece and gives it its beauty. It must also be glazed for protection so that it doesn’t become marred or damaged.

Spiritual/healing/application:

Our decoration is the talents that God gives each of us. He gives these to us to be used not for selfish gain but for him. He lends them to us. It has been said that if we don’t use the talents God gives us then he will take them away from us.

CLAY…

It is not easy to be clay, to be molded by the hands of someone else. How to be good molding clay?  The potter (God) has an end product in his mind, a vessel that will be useful to its final owner and a credit to the potter’s craftsmanship and experience. The potter labours over the clay, forming and shaping it until the final product is realized. The pot then can be fired and decorated – but if it cracks or turns out misshapen, it is no big deal to discard it altogether. Can we imagine a mere clay pot complaining to the potter? Does the pot have “rights” of it’s own? No, it exists, and finds useful service as an ordinary kitchen pot or a beautiful vase, solely because the potter intended it for such an end.

WATER / AIR:

What elements are necessary to add into the kneading process? (Water)  Once both the air bubbles and the foreign particles are worked out of the clay it must be kept moist until it is ready to be used. It has to be kept covered to retain moisture so that it doesn’t dry out. It must be kept in the proper environment in order to survive until it is ready to be shaped. What elements are necessary to add to the kneading process? (Water)

FIRE

Fire is the last element in process, as in “going through the fire.” The last step is the firing process in a furnace. The piece cannot be finished or used until it survives this final phase. The fire is needed to make the piece strong so it will last a long time. If there are still some tiny impurities in it that the potter couldn’t get out then the piece will crack or explode and be useless.

At the end, I guarantee that there will always be a test. God almost always tests us with something that is very special to us or important in our lives to make sure that his new gifts for us are placed in the right hands of ours.

This is the end of my story today, therefore let me repeat my creation story question.

“Are you the Potter or the Clay?”

Do you still want control over your life or are you willing to submit to His/Her authority? Are you willing to let God be God? Will you allow Him/Her to “knead” you and help you work out the problems in your life? Will you let divine power decorate you with talents and then use them for divine service? Will you let God put you through the fire to harden and glaze your porcelain, the beauty in you?

Journey well, my friends!


Written by Veronika Prielozna, MA who offers Healing Arts Services https://livingharmonyondemand.com/ to help you in remodeling/recreating your life story in the never-ending process of your soul.

Veronika ID UKWritten by Veronika Prielozna, MA who offers Healing Arts Services https://livingharmonyondemand.com/ to help you in remodeling/ recreating your life story in your never-ending process of your soul.

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HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL REVIEWER of my books?

After my India solo traveling, I became the Amazon author of two India travel books on Amazon.com. Soon after publishing,  “Book Marketing” challenge occurred.  After all, I have been: a traveler, writer, and publisher, I am pushed by a situation to become a Book Marketing Manager. Oh, mine! Therefore, I keep learning on the go with “Mama Google” assistance on my side, and I found out that gathering book reviews is a way to go. As many academic papers said and Amazon gave me a proof, nowadays a book review is the most critical assessment of a book.  Amazon is very specific about how to submit a book review; as I learned the hard way experienced a few book reviews losses.  But now, let us learn together HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BOOK REVIEWER for my books.

As a baby needs a Godmother and Godfather,  so does a book!

Therefore, I will list my wisdom here for all my prosperous “Book Godparents” to avoid pitfalls in submitting a book review on Amazon.com. “No more losses, here!” Books details as follow:

FACING YOUR DESTINY

Soulful Journeys in India

‘Western Daughter with Eastern Soul’

Book 1 – Toward the Mountain

Book2  – Toward the Ocean

eBooks: Traveling from your armchairs reading ebooks!
Become my TRAVEL PARTNER, hop on!
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How To Submit a book review with a success?

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Traveling ebooks can bring some surprises to your life!

1.Create your account on Amazon.com. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201145120 It is easy, but you might find a process guidance helpful here http://mostusefultricks.com/create-amazon-account-guide

2. Buy my books on Amazon.com.
You can download the app and read it “just between” moments.”
Only paid clients are eligible to submit a book review.

3. Read and enjoy a book.  Take notes and highlight major points and use your notes to evaluate the book.

4. Write and submit positive feedback with many stars as possible, smile!
(You can ask a question in your review, and I will answer it. It is a smart way of having a viewer engaged in reading, stirring curiosity, etc. Be true to yourself in your reflection. )

5. Once, I will see your review on Amazon. com. I will scream and yell “Halleluiah” that you make a journey traveling to India with me from your armchair, so rest of the world can follow…

6. If you are local, I will invite you for a book coffee time and pay you back the book (s) cost in $ CAD. Please do not worry here! If you are not local, we will arrange our “ a book coffee time” using digital media to talk together and for sure, we will find a way to compensate you for your effort. You can ask any questions related to travel journey and books. I am open to your constructive feedback that will help me to grow.

SPREAD POSITIVE VIBES AROUND WHENEVER YOU CAN.


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Thank you for supporting my Baby Books in spreading their wings to fly over our global village. Namaste!

“Keep traveling around the globe from your armchair reading ebooks by Traveling Lady Moon!”

Bon Voyage!
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KERALA ASHRAM: A Spoon of Kindness

The diversity of India was reflected in my travel as well. The time came, after a reckless taxi ride from the airport; I was standing behind an ashram gate alone. No front desk or a receptionist to ask a question, only high heat of South Indian sun on me and confusion in my soul.  At first, it felt like being in a not friendly area with an invisible sign above their door “VISITORS please go HOME!”  In my awkwardness where to go, I was cross- questioning this spiritual journey of mine, blaming me for all troubles I got into and asking “What now, you smart girl, standing on a street where nobody around speaks any English?” I solved a problem by jumping into a first rickshaw to drive me to a place of a final destination, Santhigiri Ashram Guest House which became my last homestay in India.

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Excerpted from EBOOK: Facing Your Destiny, India 2016 written by Veronika Prielozna as a Traveling Lady Moon.https://www.facebook.com/TraveLadyMoon

MEETING MY GUIDING ANGEL: DANIEL

“Are you my Angel?” I asked him. “No. I am Daniel.”
“Then you are my Daniel Angel.  You are a godsend to help me find my way around this ashram.” I asked this question a young man wearing his whites at the Guest House office. He had no idea that my morning angel’s card came with a name of Daniel Angel.

He smiled at a new stranger, a western Lady traveler, who just arrived full of bees from a stressful road. “Then, you must be VERONIKA. I heard your name in my dream last night. ”
I kept rambling about a terrible South India traffic, ignoring his note. “I am not who you think I am, I am a simple a bridge builder, building connections from a heart to heart so others can follow later!”  I just identified my journey mission by this line. I know it is so much to catch in one sentence of a nonchalant communication, so common in the West. It goes ‘deep and light’ in a matter of one breath

“I am hungry and thirsty, can angels get hungry too?” he took me to a local dinner/ cantina for a food. A place was run by the ashram as well. The food was Divine! Yes, I was so happy eating! My days from 5 stars hotels with King like breakfast omelets and lassi (yogurt drink) were over. Now, I was on INDIA DIET – a local food which is tasty but noticeably lack proteins for me to feel balanced.

Our dining time together allowed Daniel to give me a brief Ashram orientation. Basic info how to behavior what to ’do and don’t’, so I could yield a wave of Ashram life flawlessly.

Here is my summary and advice for ashram visitors:

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Santhigiri Ashram, Kerala

You must walk barefoot on the holy grounds, you only wear white colors, there is no smoking or drinking or consuming meat, you do karma work and focused reflection. You eat with your hands unless you have your travel utensils in your pocket from home. Have your cell phone loaded with data to make a connection with the outside world if needed.

Then he was gone, he kept stopping by my room during evening time to check on me. I love his mature energy and wisdom of this fella who is 19 years old university student with outstanding healing journey behind. I treasured his presence and our sharing was on a higher level of grounding spirituality. As you might guess, I made him laugh with my westerner questions a lot.  But he noticed an extraordinary mark on me as well, I mean on my travel story.

“I have never ever met anybody like you, Traveling Lady MOON! You are full of wonders, aliveness and your smile rings!” He couldn’t believe what I did:

You not only dream your life, you live your dreams fully!

We built up a special bond and shared our spiritual writing experience. I taught him how to reflect on a dream and then, how to plan and act on your soul calling. He used his ashram terminology and I have been profound only on my own but when we compared our notes we were on the same page. BINGO!

A SPOON OF KINDNESS

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Ashram provides all lunches and dinners for free. You must take off your shoes, wash your hands and meals will be served on one plate in front of you. The tricky part for me was to eat meals by hands only; no spoon provided. (Tip for future visitors: bring your travel utensils in your pocket with you.)

I knew about it but practical part was more difficult than I imagined. I observed their way of scooping and turning food into a bite to swallow. It couldn’t be so graceful, as they were.  I was far away from their well-mannered way and being looked at by dozens of Indian table mates didn’t make my “awkwardness” easier.

To be somebody else, I might never return for a next meal.  Not me!  My “pig headiness” paid off, I ate it all daily.  But I rather not mentioned a level of enjoyment here!

A miracle happened unexpectedly!

On my next meal, being surrounded by my Indian observers who kept ‘enjoying’ my meal time, a spoon was delivered to me. A food server, a man who kept giving me extras, he suddenly pulled out a spoon hidden in his pocket.  Of course, I accepted my SPOON OF KINDNESS with a big smile.

That meal, my friends, was eaten with delight and a divine “click sound” — once my spoon hit a bottom of my empty plate – altered everybody around that I was done with meal fast and happy. The girl in me quietly enjoyed her VICTORY! On my way out, passing by my food server, my eye winged on him, his eye blinked back….we became partners in trouble waters and we shared our silent victory together!

His act of kindness embodied a true meaning of Namaste for me!

You might wonder why I call it a miracle. For me, it was not only a spoon. That spoon from no name man for me was not empty. Actually, it was overflowing with KINDNESS and GENEROSITY. One act of kindness can take your day from unbearable to enjoyable in a heartbeat. Because being kind is showing someone that they are seen and heard and that they do matter. Little small acts of kindness can add up to a big movement….that was about to be throw up at me soon after.

Part 2 will continues…

Excerpted from EBOOK: Facing Your Destiny, India 2016 written by Veronika Prielozna as a Traveling Lady Moon.https://www.facebook.com/TraveLadyMoon

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VERONIKA PRIELOZNA, MA writes as a Traveling Lady Moon who blissfully makes her mark as an independent Travel Writer and Happy Customer Consultant. She has visited luxurious hotels and spiritual destinations around the world including Europe, her motherland, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada (her adopted country), USA, Dubai & India. She writes based on personal experiences only. Her mature energetic insights for her work are deeply rooted from professional experiences as a nurse, yoga teacher & spa therapist. Her sense of humor, witty mind and playful curiosity bring a reader’s delight for spiritual travelers or pleasure seekers purposes around the globe.

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INDIA travel: Life between ‘Rich & Poor’ in MUMBAI.

MUMBAI, as a city, has two faces: Bollywood millionaires and Slumdog’s workers. All stories I heard from hotel taxi driver Mr. Sunil, who is not shy to share his passion for this city and his employment. Fariyas Hotel has a fantastic location: walking distance from a Gateway to India andTaj Mahal Hotel, and yet far from traffic business. My new travel leg was unfolding for me learning Life between ‘Rich & Poor’ in MUMBAI.

My travel plan was saying:

Day 24 – 25: Varanasi to MUMBAI. Today after breakfast time at leisure, check out hotel and on time transfer to airport for Mumbai flight. On arrival at Mumbai, meet our person, who will transfer you to your hotel, rest of the day free on your own. Overnight stay hotel: FARIYAS HOTEL MUMBAI

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MUMBAI, as a city, has two faces: Bollywood millionaires and Slumdog’s workers. All stories I heard from hotel taxi driver Mr. Sunil, who is not shy to share his passion for this city and his employment. Fariyas Hotel has a fantastic location: walking distance from a Gateway to India and Taj Mahal Hotel, and yet far from traffic business.

Services and hotel crew spirit was unbeatable, led by Mr. Dibin and Mr. Kumar, both of whom I met during my October visit. All were very excited about upcoming hotel renovation in the near future; Yes, I would love to come back to enjoy your new upgrade with you all.

Bollywood MILLIONAIRES and SLUMDOG’S WORKERS

I have never known that Mumbai is actually Bombay. City name has changed, and it is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India.  First, I had heard that I will be “lay-overing” in such big city, I was not happy. But my Travel Guru wanted me to experience all: bliss and misery from the country. I must admit it was a good choice to bring me here to give me a taste of Mumbai.

MUMBAI has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai actually doesn’t have as many ancient historical monuments as some places in India, but its diversity more than compensates. You’ll find everything from beaches to Bollywood.

 A Gateway of INDIA: Not an Arch but a Sea Beyond

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My hotel was in a walking distance from a GATEWAY OF INDIA,  which is Mumbai’s most recognized monument, the Gateway of India, was constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V, and Queen Mary, to the city. The looming Gateway is designed to be the first thing that visitors see when approaching Mumbai by boat. It’s also a popular place to start exploring Mumbai. These days the atmosphere around the monument resembles a circus, at times, with numerous vendors peddling everything from balloons to Indian tea.

There were many photographers that offered taking pictures of the Gateway of India, and me with service to print a photo just in a few minutes. This was a logical place from where I began my solo city browse.

Taking Pause for Soul Refreshment.

I felt alone, sad in my heart. I just realized this is a very first time on my journey I am completely ALONE:  no private driver, no travel or personal guide.

Just I and my destiny in me were making my way due to South.

Suddenly, I missed them all! I missed all smiles, miscommunication and our “hurry up time. “ Time came to go deeper to settle well in my new travel reality.

Therefore, I invested my time to learned something new about this big arch. I learned that it was the English King George V who landed in India in 1911, at this very spot, and the citizens of Bombay pooled money and ideas to build this grand memorial to him. After Indian independence, the last British soldiers departed through this arch.

But the most important thing about the Gateway is not the arch at all, but the sea beyond it. It was this deep and safe harbor that first attracted the Portuguese, who called it “Bom Bahia” – Good Bay (that’s where the city’s name comes from). The Portuguese later gave away the island to the English as part of the dowry of the Portuguese princess Catharina Braganza. And the English East India Company developed Bombay into a major shipping and trading harbor. 

So, you see, the city’s very existence is because of this stretch of calm water. Now I know where BOMBAY, a name of one of my favorite stores, came from, here in the west.

Dharavi Slum and State of Art Airport.

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Mumbai is notorious for having Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi. My driver gave me a drive through this neighborhood, sharing a lot of stories about how Bollywood would never have been, without the working force from a slum’s city.  My highlights or “wow” moments came from Mumbai airport, the most luxurious and developed airport I have ever walked through. So much marble, state of art structure, my eyes have never seen on the airport.

Where am I? In India?”

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I left Mumbai reviewing my three Indian wedding announcements in my hands. I LOVE WEDDINGS!  I felt regret not to be there witnessing a bonding of two hearts. I kept telling myself “let it go” there must be a reason ‘why not’ for this time around.

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Excerpted from Ebook:  Facing your Destiny, India 2016 experienced and written by Veronika Prielozna as a Traveling Lady Moon

Edit: Glenn Williams

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INDIA Travel: Goddess Encounter, Guru in Haridwar and YOGA everywhere.

Day 19 – 21: Shimla – Haridwar/ Rishikesh   ( 290 Kms 7-8 hrs  ) – University Yoga Study Stay. Today after morning breakfast check out from Shimla hotel and drive to Haridwar. It is an ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India’s Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. It has the largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps), Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. Worshippers fill the city during major festivals including the annual Kanwar Mela. On arrival check in at University of your own, overnight stay at University Guest house for teachers. Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya

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Driving downhills from the Himalayas, energy has changed around me. I knew all is going to be different, I have already crossed a mid-section of my travel and oncoming travel sequence was focused on a yoga and wellness. I gladly left Shimla’s romantic city memories behind and allowed a new a natural feelings entered my heart.

INDIA Travel: Goddess Encounter, Guru in Haridwar and YOGA everywhere is Excerpted from Ebook:  Facing your Destiny, India 2016 experienced and written by Veronika Prielozna as a Traveling Lady Moon

 Somewhere between Shimla and Haridwar on the downhill…

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As always, we had to hurry up to get to a final destination of today:  Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya University, Haridwar before dust. I was fully dependent on my driver’s judgment and driving skills, and truly I followed him along without any fuzz, stopping only for brief moments for refreshment and his cigarette.  We saw many attractions along our journey: local people dressed in a Hamachi traditional costume posting for photos, many pilgrims groups bathing in a holy river. By the way, they looked to me they were actually living on the bank of a river, it might be viewed as an Indian style get away for a whole family. But I wouldn’t ever forget one stop because of her, a TEA HOUSEKEEPER.

Do you feel thirsty in your bones if a Goddess suddenly passing by you? 

To my surprise, the tea housekeeper was a woman. Beautiful one! The power was steaming from her solar plexus and since a moment, I have entered her territory, she has got her eyes on me. No English at all! But truly, my friends, do you think that Goddesses need any word to express their GODDESSHOOD? She read me well, she had that ability.

To get to this place of that power she embodied all women should realize that our Goddess strength is not in our “equality” to or our ability to compete with men. Our true power lies in our tenderness and delicate ways of influencing everyone behind the scene. By the way, every man, from the West or the East, by default craves feminine gentleness and the kind of closeness and intimacy only a woman can give. This Goodness in her female body got it all covered.

She was a real woman, in her late 30’, strong body build; she moved gracefully knowing her way around her Goddess’s land. She welcomed me with a smile and her scan preview, from a head to my feet; I smiled back, shying my eyes away and then, our inner communication between us started. What I knew from my first inner glance on her that she was Muslim and she wanted to be blessed by me. She invited me into her energy field. I did my moves and in a matter of about one minute, we are hugging each other, laughing and smiling.

From a distance, we might look like TWO SISTERS greeting each other after a long time being apart. Like two Goddesses who have married away to two different kingdoms, and now, they returned back to their homeland for a visit. Then, she turned and did something unusual; she run behind her tea house and brought me her son, a small boy was still sleeping! I was honored by her heart welcoming gesture, sharing her treasure with me, I knew what it meant!

“I RECOGNIZED HER IN ME.”

All people in her tea house were speechlessly witnessing ‘Two Goddesses Dance’ swaying on their own drum’s music.  At the end of our brief meeting, she blessed me in her language and I crossed her on the 3td eye and sealed all with my kiss.

Viewing this encounter through the mystical lens, now I know, it was a feminine initiation for a higher altitude travel for me; not knowing a real final effect on my travel. Afterward, Perm, my driver, he was mumbling under his nose, “I told you, madam, you are “maharani ji” for all of us, if you only see yourself, as I saw you there” pointed out to the Tea House’s place slowly disappearing behind us.

HARIDWAR: Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya University – Science & Spirituality.

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We arrived at the University campus, just before dark. I still could see beautiful greenery and flower beds, it looks like a paradise garden compares with dusty roads of India.  Night lightings with prayers and chanting sounds from distance created a perfect spiritual atmosphere that I know from my dreams.  Here we were in a mist of unknown mystery moving us towards something not experienced in India yet. I felt like I just arrived in my “dreamed India” we,  as “western yoga lovers govers,” keep dreaming about – a place full of beauty, respect and harmony.

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Jwalant and Veronika

I was happy to meet Jwalant Bhausar, administration officer, who was still waiting for my arrival.

Welcome to our university, your room is on the top floor of our teacher Guest House and your dinner will be served on the second floor.”

All was so organized and presented in a quiet manner. Even my driver, he got his private room and board and I gave him a full day off to replenish his energy, so deserved after all days of driving.

I found my yoga palace in India, it felt like home! After dinner and refreshment, I went for a stroll to explore my new surrounding with hope to meet my FB friend/ a yoga mentor for me Ghulam Askari Zaidi who is an Assistant Professor, School of Yoga and Health here.

Be a GIRL with a yoga mat and mind of Holy, a WOMAN with attitude to stand up and rock the house and a Traveling LADY on her global journey.”

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Ghulam and Veronika

Taking a smart street approach, I asked one of a female student if she knows him. She smiled “everybody knows him here, he is an amazing teacher and he is a poet as well.” From nowhere, he was standing behind me waiting quietly on his turn to interrupt our girls talk.  My friend had incredible credentials as Assistant Professor, School of Yoga and Health, Naturopath in University’s Polyclinic. He is a Member of Cultural Department and Sports committee in DSVV. He is in mid-30’, married with one son. I must admit the girl was right saying “by the way, he is handsome as well”, added at the end of her talk.

Since that moment, my campus stay was overlooked by him. He wanted me to experience and to learn as much as I can handle during my limited time here.

The University mission statement states:

To unite contemporary education with spiritual training to cultivate well – rounded, competent and personality uplifted graduates who have a scientifically grounded understanding and experience of spiritual transformation and a powerful drive to use their gifts to promote the greater good of the society.”

Academically, they established harmony between science and spirituality which is not an easy matter to do it. Under the guidance of Chancellor Dr. Pranac Padaya, whom I had my honor to meet him later, a special department was open here for scientific spirituality through cosmology, Ayurvedic science, and Bhagawad Gita.  It was too much to absorb for me at once, not having him next to me, I might be lost in a process. He guided me well and a step by step I aligned with the inner dynamic of the university life.

Firstly, he was focused on yoga and naturopathy and allowed me to experience their yoga classes and naturopathic clinic procedures. It was so needed for my aching body. I was just wondering in a spirit “How can all be done so magically?” It is so different from the world from behind the gate full of dust, chaos, and despair?  It truly must be Divine power guiding the university management/ ashram accomplish all with joy, happiness, and harmony.

 My first living GURU from the North.

It was truly a moment to remember to be in his presence. I have never been in a presence of a living Guru in my life. I only heard stories or know their faces from images and here I was standing in a front him, just one meter from him being introducing to him by my mentor.  I couldn’t believe he arrived on the time for the University evening assembly, just on the dot! Not Indian clock runs in him. I didn’t know what to say and how to behave. I just was who I am, smiled and waited for him to make a move. After a brief intro of who I am by my yoga mentor, he looked and me saying “I wish to see you, Veronika, at morning for more talk.”

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Not knowing what it really meant, I learned it was an invitation for a Guru Morning visitation. It was a mission to accomplish. Time was so busy there and when I saw an orange crowd of hundreds of people in a front of the ashram waiting, I thought I rather not to go. But this was “NO” for my Indian friends who know their way to get me there just on time.

Sitting in a car, I was observing how everything works. Gulam was calling and talking a lot and then, a car door opened and he said “we are ready now; you will follow this man, just stay behind his back. Talk to nobody and he will get you there.”

I felt like James Bonds, Agent 007 on a secret mission when “the West is going to meet the East” in a close encounter!

No time to waste, we have only a few minutes to get you there.” And it happened as he said, I just went through all tiny passages, stairs, a leaving behind plenty of waiting for people, and then, I looked up and I found myself in a large room with a few people in a line moving slowly and bowing down in front of Guru and his wife.

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I observed their way of approach and once I was ready to knee in a respect, he smiled saying to his wife “and here is Veronika from Canada, a travel writer and yoga teacher.” Wow!  He remembered me from our last night brief moment, impressive! He took my business card from my hand, “can you stay longer to experience our university?” I apologized I couldn’t for this time around but I said “next time, I will stay longer and then I will write about to share my experience with the world!” my answer made him laugh.

There was no time to share about building energy in my soul: “West Meets East” Yin & Yang Yoga yoga workshop that crossed my mind and soul. I shared this only with my mentor. He said very seriously “and, therefore, you must come back ….so much we can do with YOGA for both countries!”

Just a brief scoop of a yoga teaching –  still only in my mind:

 Allow Yoga & Healing Arts with Veronika to take you on a healing journey to your intuitive, creative and authentic self—the True Being, awakened! Learn how to express your soul’s longing by consciousness movements and asana; like in a story telling you will delve into soul myth that awakens your imagination and speak of a truth yet unexplored in your body and life.

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My weekend’s stay flew fast, I left this amazing place with ever felt desire to come back for a longer time to embody yoga science completely. I have the desire to be bathed by a spiritual life as I observed here. As they all wake up at 5 AM and participate in activities like Yagya, prayers, and meditation. After all, classes are completed, melodious tunes of flute music fill up the air and students sit for their evening meditation. Their spiritual life creates their destiny…..I kept this memory in my heart forever.

RISHIKESH: Mecca of Yoga in India.

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As Lonely Planet writes about Rishikesh “Ever since the Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late ‘60s, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers. Today it styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with masses of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. Most of this action is north of the main town, where the exquisite setting on the fast-flowing Ganges, surrounded by forested hills, is conducive to meditation and mind expansion. In the evening, an almost supernatural breeze blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing as sadhus (‘holy’ men), pilgrims and tourists prepare for the nightly Ganga aarti (river worship ceremony). You can learn to play the sitar or tabla; try Hasya yoga (laughter therapy), practice meditation or take a punt on crystal healing.”

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Living “Monkey Gods” are everywhere on streets of Rishikesh
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Ganga and I

I must admit, soothing waters of Ganges made a noticeable calming effect on my soul. I was accompanied by my driver, Perm, when we met my FB friend Sunil and his lovely family. I couldn’t believe that he went through all trouble and brought his beautiful wife and two kids to meet Traveling Lady Moon. I truly appreciated his small gift for me; jewelry set from natural stones – earrings and necklet- from a local market that suits me so well. Actually, he is a very first person I got a gift from in India. My friend, he is his late 40’, a trade business man. He has his own company producing kitchen equipment for hotels. We talk and walk along Ganga upgrading our FB friendship into a real friendship. Prem’s translation came handy so all around our lunch table we share our food, stories, and laughter flawlessly. Rishikesh kept so much calming memory for me, I wish to go back again.

Can you smell a human body as it turns into dust during sunset over Ganga?…


Excerpted from Ebook:  Facing your Destiny, India 2016 experienced and written by Veronika Prielozna as a Traveling Lady Moon

Edit: Glenn Williams

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