You may think that an ashram environment is one of peace and tranquility and it certainly can be at times, but the truth of the matter is, wherever human beings gather, there can be drama. This popular spiritual commune was no different. Located near the foothills of the Himalayas, it is one of many scattered throughout India and is presided over by a prominent guru. It is a retreat destination of many worldwide as well as home to several devotees.
An issue facing many of the pilgrims that make their way to this spiritual haven is one of privacy. The lack of private, individual lodging for the enormous influx of visitors make it futile for some to remain comfortable. Much grumbling, sulking and complaining would ensue with sometimes inexcusable, heated arguments breaking out.
Finally, this brought about a strict and decisive mandate. Silence. Within the walls of the compound, silence would be maintained at all times unless otherwise authorized. Meals would be taken in silence. All darshans and yoga classes would be held in silence by the attendees. No more chit-chat or other conversation within the ashram would be tolerated. Any questions needing to be asked of personnel would be done in private quarters.
The change was immediate. A rapport quickly could be felt between the visitors when they had only the use of inference and “sign language” to communicate with each other. Now, the attendees could more easily absorb the discipline and teachings with their full attention and not with distracted bickering with their neighbors. Ah, peace at last.
NOT A TRUE STORY
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