When I arrived in rural India in 2010, I had never even heard of the term spiritual ecology and – oh how my mind was opened… Then I experienced one of the most fascinating adventures of my life.
I came across this new, exciting concept by chance, during some WWOOFing (volunteering) time at an organic farm in rural India. After spending some time at the money orientated, commercialised ashram OSHO, I was desperate for some authenticity and deepening my spiritual connection to the Universe.
Which is exactly what happened…
Spiritual ecology is the combination working together with nature and being conscious of this environment on a spiritual level. With blessings of the land and through daily ceremonies it invites the spiritual world to help with the growth and protection of the area whilst producing organically with the smallest environmental footprint possible.
I began to learn about these incredible concepts in Saha Asititva, but this is no ordinary farm, not only is it run by two incredible people who have dedicated their lives and all their funds to create an organic, eco-friendly farm, it’s located in a spiritual vortex where I can honestly say I have never ever felt or been anywhere like it. The farm is next to the pilgrimage destination of Ganeshpuri, a tiny village full of fascinating and mystical temples with an non-commercial and authentic off-the-beaten-track vibe… When I went to volunteer with them I had never done any type of farming. I really had no idea what was in store for me.
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
I was blown away by the whole philosophy of the two founders of the farm, Kalyani, British, married to Daniel of the USA. These guys are unbelievably inspiring, living as pure and simple as possible, they lead their lives 100% by their principles and ideologies. They took barren land and started a farm from scratch, with the idea to produce organically and peacefully demonstrate to the local farmers the benefits of organic farming. They want the locals to keep their heritage, in an area that is threatened by the up rise of industrial factories and driving the tribal villagers out to the slums of nearby Mumbai.
Add this to the fact they are really lovely people with so much knowledge on agriculture, India, ancient myths and legends to a lifetime study of spirituality they were able to show me the real authenticity of living peacefully and spiritually.
What fascinated me the most, were the ceremonies being performed every sunrise and sunset. Agni Hotra was performed twice daily by the volunteers or the staff who camp out and live on the farm full time. It’s a chanting ceremony for protection and blessings for the land and it invites the spiritual beings to come and help in the growth and with vision of the farm. These sacred prayers are offered whilst burning ghee, cow excrement and rice. Afterwards everyone sits in a comfortable blanket of silence and meditates. I was reaching really deep places in these meditations and always felt completely at peace.
The energy of this place was really something else and it can’t be denied.
The more curious I got, the more Kalyani shared her knowledge and suggested books to read for me about spiritual ecology and ‘spiritual beings’ in nature. I couldn’t help put picture fairies and pixies, but the more time I spent there, the more I felt the ever presence of magical, deep vibrations. The whole setting is very peaceful and the urge to take photos is overwhelming in a bid to capture the true beauty and feeling of the place. It was in these photos I started to see many little lights and orbs appearing.
As Kalyani and I started seeing more mystical lights in the photos, we started getting more excited as time went on. One evening we stood in front of a tree, calling out for the spiritual beings to come into our photo and it was here a multi-coloured transparent circle with ‘wings’ outshone all the other orbs in the black darkness of the fields as we took a few snaps.
With all these wonderful photos of the farm, I began to make a video on this spiritual ecology at Saha Astitva, where you can see some of the photos.
Whether tricks with the lights or any other explanation is put forward for this wonderful images of light, nothing can change my opinion that Saha Asitiva is an truly special place that is a great example of what spiritual ecology is. The energies, the philosophy, the mission and the ever presence of spiritual forces inside a spiritual vortex made going their to volunteer one of the best things I have ever done. I even broke my rule and returned to the same place a year later.
If you want more information about this amazing place check out their website. http://thankindia.org/
If you want to know more about WWOOFing and volunteering your work as a farmer check out www.wwoof.org
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