During the month of February, we traveled to 5 cities; Dubai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Dubai was a stopover on our way to India from Seattle and it is in the beautiful country of United Arab Emirates (UAE). Talk about a land of opulence! Everything in Dubai is stunning, from the cars and jewelry, to the architecture and way of dress. With UAE being a Muslim country, we did have to pay attention to a few cultural differences while visiting the mall. At the door to the mall is a sign about wearing modest clothes (Covering shoulders to knees) and no public displays of affection.
Just like any travel experience, it is always necessary to learn about the cultures of the places you are visiting. It is not necessary to accept all of different cultural norms as your personal truth, but when you travel, it is about respecting and adapting to a way of life in a different part of the world for a temporary basis. That is a part of what makes travel such an educational experience. We will be stopping by Dubai on our away back home, and I am personally very much looking forward to it.
From Dubai we went on to Chennai, which is home to the Theosophical Society. While we were there, some big past lives were brought to the surface. When we landed in Chennai and were on our way to the hotel, I felt this sense of joy and pride in my heart for the city. Of course, I did not understand why I felt that way until I found out more about the past life energy that this city held for me. While we were there, we made some wonderful contacts with some amazing people, many of whom who are continuing to help us with our travels on this journey.
The next stop was Bangalore and we took a 6 ½ hour car journey to get there. Along the way we saw the stark contrast of India’s beautiful new construction alongside homes that were built out of pieces of scrap metal. But, no matter what type of structure someone lived in, they were still dealing with the same underlying energy; that of profound faith mixed with deep despair. There is such a strong spiritual history in India, and everyone we have met has such a deep connection with their personal belief system. However, underneath it all, no matter rich or poor, was an energy of deep despair, a feeling of not being good enough in one way or another. It just goes to show how much we are truly all the same, and that we can never fully understand another person’s path and what lessons they are here to accomplish.
We held a wonderful event in Bangalore and many people were able to experience the energy of Maitreya, to receive transformational energy and to begin believing in their power to be the Master of their own life. Then we moved onto Hyderabad. Our visit in Hyderabad was to begin the work for when we return there in March. There will be two large events in Hyderabad on March 10 and March 16. As I write this, we are in Mumbai, with a view of the sea. This is a very cosmopolitan city, a mix of tradition with modern business. So far, there has been something to learn every day!