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Himalayan Retreat – Oct 2021

Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Buddha-CEO Quantum Foundation organized this retreat and we were a group of 26 people who went on this retreat.

 

Our purpose of this retreat is to do meditation, connect with nature energies and visit power spots for meditation. We did plenty of it under the guidance of Chandra / Foundation.


The key high energy Spots that we stayed in and meditated include


1. Mahavatar Babaji Caves

2. Manasa Devi Temple

3. Dunagiri Temple, Dwarahat

4. Vashishta Caves

5. Maharshi Mahesh Yogi Ashram

6. Char Dham Pyramids

7. Pyramid Centre near Daurahat

8. Yoga Niketan Ashram


In the Manasa Devi temple that we reached through a ropeway in between heavy rains, we got the unique opportunity to meditate as a group in front of the deity.


In the Dunagiri Temple, that is atop Himalayas, we visited this climbing around 500 steps and also met one of the Baba’s there (Barkoti Baba), who gave us the following messages


1. Come to Himalayas with a Spiritual Mindset and as a seeker not as a Tourist

2. Come atleast once an year to refresh and cleanse yourself in this pure unpolluted atmosphere



Yoga Niketan Ashram, Hrishikesh

Situated on the banks of River Ganga, we stayed here for 3 days.


Here is a view of River Ganges from the Ashram



The Ashrams is filled with greenery, has 2 meditation halls and an Annadhana Hall It has lot of accommodation facilities and provides Satvik food that is very tasty. A view of the road within Ashram @ night is as below


View of Sunrise from Ashram


There are 3 bridges connecting the two banks of the River Ganges – Janaki Jhula, Ram Jhula & Laxman Jhula. View of the Janaki Jhula from the Ashram


Larger Meditation Hall overlooking the River Ganges in the Ashram


Fire Meditation is done in this Yagya Shala every morning


A group pic before we started the journey to Babaji Caves


Vashishta Caves


Below is entrance to The Vashishta Caves


From here, you walk down around 300-400 metres to reach actual caves


Here is the entrance to the actual cave. The cave is around 20 feet deep and can accommodate around 20 people at a time.


Master Chandra meditating on the banks of River Ganga near Vashishta Caves


Group Pic outside the entrance to the Vashishta Caves



Ganga Aarti, Hrishikesh


Ganga Aarti is around 30 mins daily ritual that starts around 6 PM and goes till 6:30 PM.


Lord Shiva in Meditative pose on the banks of River Ganges


Aarthi is in action



Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram


Also called Chaurasi Kutiya, this is the Ashram of Maharshi Mahesh Yogi. Its located within a Tiger Reserve area. Filled with 84 meditation chambers and halls, there is also an exhibit area that demonstrates all the research that was done. It also includes dome shaped meditation cottages. This place is currently maintained by the Government of India.



Char Dham Pyramid @ Haridwar


Built by PSSM, these are 4 9x9 pyramids built at the terrace of “Sri Kasi Annapurna Vasavi Arya Vysya Vrudha Ashramam & Nityanna Satram” that represent Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath


Journey to Mahavatar Babaji Caves


We started uphill on 20th Oct morning.


The first stop was at Dev Prayag which is the confluence of two rivers – Alakananda and Bhagirathi. You can notice the differences in the color of the water.



Alakananda & Bhagirathi River

A glimpse while on way to Babaji caves



View from Joshi Guest House @Kukuchina (Babaji Caves)

Trek to Babaji Caves



With Joshi and all our car drivers who were our co-travellers during these 9 days


Pyramid Atop Himalayas near Daurahat


PSSM Meditation Center with Accomodation in Himalayas


PSSM Meditation Center with Accomodation in Himalayas


Authored By :

Arvind Sampath

arvind@buddhaceo.org




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