Thursday, June 21, 2018

Info-Snippets about Isha Ashram, near Coimbatore

Info-Snippets about Isha Ashram, near Coimbatore

  1. No Autos or motor bikes or Scooters (No vehicle making noise) is allowed inside the Ashram. Electric mopeds are allowed for the same reason

  1. Almost everyone wears a badge / tag / identity while moving around

  1. Walking and talking over mobile is not allowed. You may stay put in some corner and carry on low-voice conversation on cell phone.

  1. Many Residents practice silence for 3 to 6 days and they wear “SILENCE” badges. You shouldn’t disturb them by trying to talk to them. They allow no inputs to mind – not just noise or sound.

  1. As Ashram is in forest area you may be lucky (?) to see peacocks, wild boar, snakes, elephants, leopards and a host of unknown birds, insects etc

  1. Everyone limits himself to say what he knows, within his area of work. They won’t talk of things not concerned with him.

  1. The home school in the Ashram is cordoned off with high security; children have special entrance to dining hall from school.

  1. Visitors, volunteers, residents, employees, contract labour, tourists, yoga practioners, trainers, teachers, administrators, security etc are all part of a big community

  1. Since the Adhiyogi statue installation, the place is swarming with tourists. Lots of stalls and eateries have come up serving varying needs.

  1. All types of paid / unpaid accommodation are available.

  1. The Linga Bhairavi Temple is a beehive of activity. Only priestesses are allowed to perform Puja.

  1. Dhyana Linga is a place for simply sitting in total silence. Once you get in, you stay till you hear bell.

  1. There is restaurant inside the campus where coffee / tea are not served.

  1. Of course, no smoking, liquor or non-veg is allowed inside.

  1. You may see velliangiri mountain range and enjoy the serene surroundings.

  1. Isha is ever expanding – every time you go there, you can observe lot of changes, new buildings, new constructions or roads.

  1. Everyone is Anna or Akka here – way of showing respect and politeness.

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