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    Couchsurfing with Wife and Kid for more than a year

    It started in 2018 when I was traveling and couchsurfing around south India. I was staying long for more than a week with each host. In Tiruchirappalli Tamilnadu, One of the Indian states, I got connected with a couchsurfing host very well. His name is Naveen Krishnan. When he hosted me for the first time, he was almost new on couchsurfing and still he hosted me for 15 days long. He was into integrated farming, poultry farming, sheep rearing and he has a huge farm with Olympic size pool, treehouse, exotic animals. And a home for mentally challenged people was under construction. I was very inspired by his project and…

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    81 Days Around Kerala Tamilnadu – Travel Experience in Incredible India

    From September 2018 till December, I was traveling and couchsurfing around Kerala and Tamilnadu for 81 days. In this trip, I’ve volunteered and stayed 13 days in Anandashram which was founded by Swami Ramdas, endearingly called Beloved Papa, at Kanhangad, Kerala South India in 1931. From this monastery or ashram, I went to Malom, which is a small town that lies lazily near the Western Ghats in Kasaragod district. Known as the ‘Coorg‘ of Kerala. There I stayed with a local family for 3 nights. After staying there, I’ve traveled to Varkala formerly known as Udaya Marthandapuram which is in Thiruvananthapuram district. In Varkala, I’ve stayed with a local family for…

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    The WorkAway Journey

    Short blurb Borrowing from a friend’s perspective, I can say that I’ve lived many lives. Once, twice, or 7 times I was a farmer. In another life I was a plant scientist. One time an attempt was made to be a masseuse, but abandoned as I sensed slavery coming about. In this current life I’m picking up the torch of writing story. To some we live only one life, how about the view that our life takes on many phases, and each phase can be seen as a mini-life? Now as a participant on WorkAway each new host/guest relationship is either a new life or progress on a former life.…

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    The Downside of WorkAway

    Intention To analyse how challenging it can be to receive orders/directions/suggestions from someone else when there is no payment involved. The psychology of working for less than the minimum requirements to sustain life; hence spending savings while working. Everything is going pretty smoothly around here from what I see… so what do you need me for? Seriously if it’s not me that you need, then you need not tell me what to do. Allow me to do what it is that I do, rather than asking me to be someone else (probably the someone else that you want me to be). Value what I do, rather than expecting me to…

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    None of this is for sale, and besides, with no income I’d rather not have to buy it.

    A scattered-yet-connected bunch of topics related to the experiences of WorkAway. Questions come when I wake up, experience my morning routine, and then receive breakfast. All the work of yesterday was for that day and at the end of the day there was no monetary gain. What will I do to earn this breakfast in front of me? Was yesterday’s work sufficient to carry over? What will I do today to earn another night’s sleep, and lunch? None of this is for sale, and besides, with no income I’d rather not have to buy it. Future security disappears…or does it change? Everyday is like survival There is no legal obligation…

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    WorkAway and its Benefits for You and Me Both

    How to arrive at a situation where the work carries personal benefit for me and is beneficial to others? Find what is beneficial to me and put it in one circle. Find what is beneficial to others and put it in another circle. Find the cross-section of the 2 and develop this. Be careful about the outer regions: that which is beneficial only to me or beneficial only to others, are the placements in these regions seeking attention but not receiving? Attaching to the ‘beneficial to me’ circle can be a circle for ‘detrimental to others’ so as to isolate the things that may need to be done in private…

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    The Invisible Ostrich: Part 2

    By the way… there is a popular saying that: When “someone has their head buried in the sand…the person is ignoring obvious facts or refusing to accept advice, hoping that simply denying the existence of a problem will make it go away.” [1] It’s possible that this derived from the claim that ostriches bury their head in the sand as a defense mechanism against predators, with the logic that ‘if I can’t see them, then they can’t see me’. As it turns out, this is in fact not true[1]. Obviously the logic is flawed, but also the behaviour of the ostrich is simply not true, according to myth-debunkers online. The…

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    The Invisible Ostrich: Part 1

    My first experience of Vipassana meditation was in Dehradun in April of 2017. Between that time and August of the same year I practiced irregularly and without specific intention with regards to frequency or duration of each session. While on a trip to see family in Canada I began connecting with the importance of this practice, and I realized that it was something I could gift to myself. Meditation is most beneficial for the self. It also springs outward and can be beneficial for others, but truly it starts inside. It has been a way to give time to myself, something I had been asking for and have been receiving…

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    May I not suffer

      When I thirst, may I not suffer When I hunger, may I not suffer When I itch (when she’s a bitch), may I not suffer When I suffer, may I remember the breath May my suffering be brief When my suffering continues, may I remember the breath When the mind wanders, may I not suffer When there is pain, may I not suffer When ill, may I not suffer When I suffer, take care to observe and forgive the expressions or repressions When relief comes, may I not suffer When the pleasure is so brief, may I not suffer When I long for more, may I not suffer When…

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    Shaktidarshan Yogashram: Ganesh’s 3rd Place of ‘Quiet Mind’

    Deep within the experience of a pro-bono visit to the Shri Shaktidarshan Yogashram, Ganesh Kamath finds a peaceful space. More than ‘finding’ this peaceful space, he is lead there by a guide called upon by the Guruji Devababa. Following several morning rituals and a brief yog(a) session, this woman leads the way forward, and foreshadows the meeting of another woman who ‘does not eat’. Unlike the scare stories perhaps told during your childhood, this woman living in nature is not to be mistaken as one who ‘does not bite’, but instead, the meaning here is that she literally doesn’t eat food. Nestled within a small prayer room within a small…

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    Mind Surgery -10 days of silence,100 Hours of Meditation,Living a Monk’s life

    My first experience into non-commercialized meditation concept How all things connected In 2009, I visited Singapore and Thailand for sightseeing and to have a happy ending. In 2012 I traveled to Nepal and in 2015 visited sri Lanka. In all of those trips, I’ve ended up visiting many Buddhist pagodas. Since 1995 or so, I used to listen and watched many Satsang/ Pravachan/Discourses of different gurus on television. Not because I was into that, but I had no choice as my parents liked to listen to them. I have listened to discourses of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Morari bapu, Asaram Bapu, S.N.Goenka, Niruben Amin, Sudhanshuji Maharaj, Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, Muni…

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    Journey of Ganesh with a Monkey

    A Travel story of me and my 6 Years old son Shrida, traveling around India for 48 days long. “Hey bhaiya!….Kya khaooge?? …..Paan khaoge? ……” This is what my 6 year old son shrida started saying after coming back from a 48 day long trip. After UKG (Upper Kinder Garten), before going Class 1 (First grade), shrida had a 60 day vacation. So I thought it would be great to take him for an adventurous trip around India. Our main target was to see the Himalayan hill range from a distance. However, our plan was not fixed, we had no list of things to do. My main interest was to…