India Day 2… Delhi…

Just got back from a wedding reception – of ppl I’ve never met lol… If you’re Indian, you know what I mean… 🙂 Haha

I met so many entrepreneurs with money… You know uncle… He keeps his crowd… 🙂

I had many discussions about the Indian economy… There is so much money being made here…. The ppl I spoke to were against PM Modi… This is the power that money has over us – it can turn to opportunity, or it can turn to greed…

That’s understandable, that’s economics… But ‘Keynesian’ economics is for the lower class, not for the private upper… But that’s another post 🙂

We forget that once we connect to consciousness, we connect to ‘all’ those who are conscious around us… We all rise together, because are all part of the conscious whole… Again this is where the ego prevents growth – the bright side is, as Maslow says indirectly, we need to feed the ego, to become ‘aware’ of the ego, to ultimately drop the ego…

… We have to know where we came from, to know where we are going

That was tonight, this morning I spent a few hours sighting Delhi… Getting a feel for where it came from…

imageIn a matter of hours i visited a Mughal tomb – Humayun’s Tomb, a Baha’i temple – the Lotus temple, a Hindu Temple – Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, a Sikh temple – a Gurdwara, and the India Gate – a symbol of India

There is so much diversity in India, you can even see it in just Delhi alone…

… The area in and around Delhi has been inhabited by humans since the stone age…

Many of the events in the Mahabarata even relate to the area around Delhi…

Depending on who you ask, Delhi has been built and rebuilt upon itself 8-16 times throughout history…

This city also falls in the eastern corner of the Sapta-Sindhu landscapeimage – the land of the Indus Valley Civilization…

Settlements in the area lead archeologists to believe that this area may have been one of the places where the ‘Harappans’ settled as they abandoned the drying Swarasvati as the civilization shifted eastward along the Ganges…

It was the Harappans that created the Indus Valley Civilization – one of the oldest Civilizations in the world…

The Indus Valley Civilization was created along the border of India and Pakistan 6000 years ago… And was only discovered in the early 1900s…!!

imageAs more is uncovered we are learning that their society was so advanced, and the size of their land was so large… Many are now comparing this to the Egyptian and Mesopotamian Civilizations…

People now believe that the Indus Valley Civilization was just as large, if not larger…

The reason it was missed in history is because while the Egyptians built high with the pyramids, the Indus Valley built wide…

… We must remember the passivity of the people who lived here and created this land

We must remember history has already been written… And of course, history is always written by the victors…

The story of India is truly remarkable… Before I layout how the civilization developed, let me layout some groundwork…

3 major events have shaped Indian Civilization:

1- the Indus Valley Civilization – around the legendary ‘Sarasvati’ river around 6000 years ago…
2 – the movement of this civilization to along the ‘Ganges’ River – 4000 years ago, when the Sarasvati river dried up…
3 – the development of Calcutta – where the Ganges flows into the Bay of Bengal, with the East Indian Trading company in the 1800s, which led to British occupation and ultimately to India’s independence…

It’s the caste system that’s got India so far… We need to be aware of how to move beyond it….

Even though India is rising in economy, it’s important to understand Maslov’s ultimate effect of prosperity… Self-actualization…

… I’m reminded of a story of Guru Nanak…

imageIt is said that in Nanak’s youth, he used to frequently travel up into the Himalayas to regularly meet with the Sadhus (Enlightened spiritual mystics who have dropped the material world)…

It is said that it was during one of these meetings, that Nanak was asked by a Sadhu, “How are things down in the world?” Nanak is reported to have responded to the Sadhu, “How do you think it is when all you spiritual mystics are up here in the mountains?”

And it was here that Nanak returned to his village, saying that after the effects of all the religious dichotomy, “There is no Hindu and there is no Muslim” These are his famous words..!

And the foundations of Sikhism was created… It would take another 11 Sikh Gurus to create the ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, a holy book that would govern the Sikh religion…

image… I’ve had a few drinks from tonights party… So I’m feeling the ‘effects’ as I write this… And I’m reminded of the story of how I was named “Sabi”…. Those who know me, know of my Dad’s mother… And how before her husband, my grandfather (who was very “disciplined” and highly ranked in the army) would enter the house, my grandmother would run around alerting everyone letting them know he was coming, saying “Sahib is coming, Sahib is coming”

And it was only fitting when I was born, that she said to my mom and dad, “Sahib has come” And somehow convinced them to name me my name – Sabi :))

True story.

2 Comments on “India Day 2… Delhi…

  1. Nice to see you can visit so many sights in such a short time. I’d heard from seasoned travelers that getting around parts of India can be a real challenge, with minor scams, etc. Great photos. Your family is Sikh, or does it even matter?

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    • Yes, It’s definitely an advantage, and can be a chellenge… But I’ve met a few solo travellers…

      So the country can be visited regardless…

      I think if plans are made with tours and fixed agencies, you shouldn’t have any problems… I got so much info on tripadviser…

      The country is rising so fast economically… People here really do like to welcome vistors, visiting their country 🙂

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