Everyday of life is a blessing. Your breath, your body and all the treasures and beauty of this earth. I have to admit, we all get stuck in our routines, rushing to make sure children are on time for school, stressing about finances, or whatever trials have occurred along the way. Then there is this question: How much time is really spent for ourselves? To just sit in silence and breath in the beauty of the world and remember just how great we are and all the love which enfolds our inner being.
This week I had the pleasure of taking a trip with friends to share a spiritual awakening at The Kashi Ashram, which is a interfaith community surronded by kindness, compassion, peace and service. Once you enter the sacred grounds, you can journey to the “Interfaith Peace Walk”-an opportunity to honor all the traditions in form or spirit. A time to create peace for all in this time of chaos.
Below is a list of the various points of traditions with a brief description of each:
Hanuman Temple- Dedicated to Lord Hanuman-Hindu god of humility and service.
Dhuni- Fire is used to purify and cleanse.
Ganga Ghat- Steps that lead into the Ganga pond, which symbolizes everlasting purity and lifegiving waters.
Hargobind Gurdwara- The “house of the Guru” is dedicated to the Sikh religion and one of the great saints and teachers, Guru Hargobind.
Jewish Shrine- Dedicated to the formless G-d manifesting love in the form of the Ten Commandments.
Christ Garden- Dedicated to the Christ who manifested to take on the pain of the world.
Lord Shiva- Shiva is one of the main trinity of Hindu gods.
Buddha Garden- The Buddha embodies selflessness and compassion.
Nandi and Shiva Lingham- Linghams represent Lord Shiva, the male aspect. They are usually made from rocks found only in one river in India, and have unusual markings. Nandi the bull is Shiva’s vehicle.
Baba Siri Chand Temple- Baba Siri Chand is from the ascetic Sikh lineage of Udasi’s.
Baba Temple- Dedicated to the great saint and teacher, Neem Karoli Baba.
Laxmi Shrine- Dedicated to the goddess of prosperity-aspect of giving.
Jungle Kali- Dedicated to the form of the dark Mother who takes on the pain of humanity.
Swami Temple- Dedicated to the great saint Swami Nityananda.
Healing Fountain- The healing waters of the Ganga flow from this stone in the form of a lingam.
Mother Mary- Mother of Christ, Mary represents the divinity of all women.
Mahavidya Temple and Labrynth- The outer stones symbolize Mother Kali in the form of the ten Mahavidyas. The middle stone represents God the Father in the form of Stanu, or light. Based on the famous labrynth at Chatres in France-the labrynth is a mediation tool.
I have also provided a video of the Kashi Ashram below:
If you have a chance to experience the Kashi Ashram, I highly recommend it! Even though it is in Sebastian, you will feel relaxed and be in a totally different place!
Peace and love to you all!