We are coming back next year. For sure. Everyone reading this should come as well! 🙂
It was a magical, enchanting time we had with Gurudev here as He unveiled the ancient techniques of meditation from the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra – an almost forgotten text which is a conversation between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati about the technology of meditation.
Meditations with Gurudev were unusually deep… there is something about Bali. It’s a deeply spiritual place. Every single home here has temples.
Every street corner has a presiding deity. Each shop has its own little Devi or Devata. Every day all the deities are honoured and offerings are made. There is a sense of sacredness and reverence in the air that anyone with a little bit of sensitivity can feel.
Gurudev would go for walks on the beach. At one time, He flopped down on a beach chair and we enjoyed almost 20 minutes of silence as everyone sat around Him and gazed into the azure blue sea…
We would go for midnight swims in the ocean that was quite a lot of fun!
Dad had come along for the Vigyan Bhairav as well… we had a lovely lunch with him just before he left for India… He tripped and fell and managed to get a hairline fracture in his elbow, but that didn’t dampen his spirits!
All too soon the course was over and Gurudev left Bali, but not before we had a thrilling time chasing Him all the way to the airport! We were on scooters and Gurudev was in a car… Scooters are not allowed at Bali airport. Of course, we didn’t know that and just whizzed up and the first scooter got promptly caught by the police there… while the other four zipped by. The police guy, looked on helplessly, smiled and told the one he had caught to go on as well 🙂 🙂 🙂
We shifted from the hotel to a friend’s place in Bali and each day did amazing unashamedly touristy things!! We went to Waterbom which is the water park in Bali – Asia’s best and biggest and the world’s 3 best. A full day whooshing in and out of pipes and slides – What fun!
Then we did scuba diving and a bit of snorkelling. That was quite an amazing experience! Simon from Australia really helped to put this little adventure together.
Went to Uluwatu temple for its glorious views of the sea and the sunset.
Bali’s weather is really unpredictable. It can be super sunny and hot and suddenly there would be a downpour of rain which would stop as abruptly as it began.
and less than 10 minutes later it becomes –
In the night, I would go up to the terrace and watch the stars. Saw a shooting star and the Milky Way.
Ate at all kinds of restaurants, but the best meal of all was the one which Gowri made at home. There is just nothing like homemade rasam and rice! To get the masalas required for the rasam we hunted for a good Indian restaurant all over Bali… and asked… they gave! Only to find that our friend had a packet of Rasam powder stashed away in her kitchen already!
Bali was fantastic!!