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' ..."AUM" is the reflection of the absolute reality, without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists.' (from Wikipedia)
So is it better in Goa ?
While staying at one of Goa's beaches, I took a day trip to a small inland village. This state is maybe the most notorius in India for it's western tourism beach parties scene. The combination of the à¥ (Aum) embossed onto an old local's balcony railings near a touristic 'It's better in Goa' T shirt on the drying line caught my eye. To my experience it is a speechless description of old and new thinking in India.
I have often been asked if I had been back to India or would I like to live there, rather then here, in the USA.
Along the 2 years since being back here, in the USA, I noticed more and more how India is not just a state, but a state of mind. The reality I am immersed in upon since returning isn't the same as I lived here before leaving for India both physically and spiritually - these go hand in hand. Some basic Indian principals for life I had observed and seem to catch up and become somewhat embedded in me. I feel I was almost passive in this process, because I hadn't noticed a change until I came back to Los Angeles, the place I priorly called home and as such was my reflection, my most recent identity in the western world. Coming back was an unexpected culture shock. Even my body came up with symptoms of trauma like panic attack and rashes. I noticed the difference in me when meeting my friends I love and their uninterrupted life in the big city. While not putting money or possession on top of my to do list, I found no reason to adjust to the fast life. In a few months I left the city with no money. Quite unsure of how things will sort them selves out. The two following years up until now, unfolded as no less then a revelation: The human environment I encounter on my way is either in the same perspective on life or if it is not there yet, I hope I make a difference for these as we proceed on. It certainly is a learning experience for me. An in-depth course in the school of life. In the beginning I nicknamed it 'Under-surf America'.
Sometimes I think of these physical hurdles I had gone through while traveling in India. No toilet paper, cold showers with a jug rather then a shower head, oddly spiced food etc... even if I contracted some intestacy parasites or this or that imbalance due to traveling and unfamiliar conditions - Even so, I would have never turned the wheel back to omit this experience from my life. That was the greatest gift I could imagine for opening the next chapter in my life on my 40th birthday.
So is it better in Goa ? I now feel that it is always better, no matter where I am. Better doesn't mean more comfortable or always balanced. It shakes my old patterns and this has to be repeated for a while, because old patterns, like a scratch in a vinyl record, has to be re-grooved over multiple uses. The path, Life's school or law of nature...
Also by Etan Doronne
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