Here’s a video that I came across recently on Vimeo while preparing for our next spiritual adventure to North India and the Kumbha Mela festival in 2013. It captures wonderfully scenes from the last Kumbha Mela in Haridwar, North India in 2010.

PURNA KUMBH MELA from warmeye on Vimeo.

 

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Especially during the harvest season, you’ll see many women making kolams outside their homes in the morning. Kolams are beautiful patterns made from rice flour. Besides for decoration purposes it was a way to feed birds and critters. A way to honor that all life is sacred and a tribute to harmonious co-existence.

During our recent meditation retreat I captured this lady decorating the area in from of the hotel lobby one morning in Swamimalai, South India. Walking around a village in Tamil Nadu in the morning you’ll see many ladies making kolams, from simple designs to stunning elaborate multi-colored patterns.

Kolam Design South India

 

A short video showing part of my Rickshaw ride through the city of Chennai in South India. This Rickshaw driver had outfitted his ride with an awesome stereo system.

 

We gather with thousands of Hindus outside the Mariamman temple in Downtown Kuala Lumpur awaiting the departure of the silver chariot carrying Muruga, God of yoga and the spiritual path, to Batu Caves for the grand Thaipusam festival on Tuesday.


 

Diwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India

The Golden Temple in Amritsar is one of my favorite places for so many reasons. One major reason is that they selflessly feed tens of thousands of people every day. What an act of compassion and service.

I came across this video on Vimeo and it’s really well done showing the kitchen at the Golden Temple in Amritsar and how they go about feeding the masses. I was there last year during Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and it truly was a special experience. It was my second Diwali in Amritsar and this time I had a group with me on one of our spiritual adventures. If you ever make it to India do try and make your way north to Amritsar and if you can, time it with Diwali. You are sure to have an ineffable experience.

To see photos from my previous visits to Amritsar, click on the following links
Diwali at Amritsar in 2010
Diwali at Amritsar in 2011

freedom of food and the golden temple from the source project on Vimeo.

Video Description

From a culture of sharing we have become a culture driven by possession and profit. The century of self. This short film comes from the kitchens of the golden temple where every day around 100,000 people, regardless of colour, caste or religion, donate, prepare, consume and clean for nothing more than compassion. Are we really moving in the right direction?
This year the world will produce enough food to feed twice the world’s population, yet every day almost one billion people will sleep hungry.
music by DJ Shadow . Organ Donor . www.djshadow.com
Produced by Chintan Gohil www.chintangohil.com


 

As we get ready for our two upcoming spiritual adventures at the end of January and February to India we share with you this inspiring video we came across on Vimeo. It’s titled Namaste India from Burning Flag. The description of the video reads “A short montage featuring some of the footage that we shot during Burning Flag Films, Cancer Train project in North West India.”