This week was spent inside the ashram where much of life is quiet and clean (“clean” being relative; I mean the Indian version of clean,
which is definitely not everyone’s idea of clean). We meditate twice a day, silently eat our raw fruits and vegetables at mealtimes, dress in white, and either read yoga texts or practice asanas in free time. To greet each other, people in Indore say, “Hare Om.” It can be translated roughly as, “I bow to the Higher Consciousness in you.”
Yet outside the ashram life is loud. Very loud. Every rickshaw has a horn. And to maintain positive karma and not kill any cows, dogs, bikes, or humans, every rickshaw uses that horn. A couple fellow yogis and I went to the main bazaar yesterday to do some shopping. It was quite an experience of contrasts. After wading through muddy monsoon season streets, I was glad to come back and learn how to do some hardcore inner and outer cleansing with asanas and niyams (a yogi’s personal wellness code). Niyam Rule #1. Wash feet.