Madeleine

2018-02-23
14:42:02

"The Book of Women"
 
I just finished reading "The Book of Women" - Celebrating the Female Spirit, by Osho.
For those who are not familiar with him he was a very famous "Guru" and known for e.g. "helping to create the comdition of the birth of a new kind of human being "zorba the buddha"- capable of both enjoying earthly pleasure as zorba the greek God and the silent serenity of Gautama the Buddha. He's known for his famous "OSHO international meditation resort" in Pune, and during the 70's as the leader of the Bhagwan/Rajneesh movement.
He was a very strong spiritual leader, loved and followed by many, maybe mainly due to his pretty liberal view on sexuality and the alternative way of releasing energy and meditate. But he was also later on accused for a number of sexual harrazments and dominating behaviour at his very famous ashram. I've listened to a number of his speaches on YouTube where most of his words actually make sense to me. So I thought of giving one of his books a try despite the controversy. He is taking on a very heavy title by calling the book "The Book of Women". So my expectations were pretty high.

I did agree to many of his ideas and way of reasoning, initially. For example the way he explains how male dominance over the years has created a world for men and not for women, how the "discovery" of female orgasm is the root to a womans freedom and about men's fear of women who gain knowledge in life. (Now to be clear I don't believe all men are afraid of this. But if you look at it in a perspective of thousands of years I believe it has been so)

But I also disagreed to alot of things in the book. For examble he says that "women should remain interested in the home...if she stops being interested in the home she will stop being interested in the womb, in the child. And naturally she turns into lesbian". Eeh, whaaaat?! He also has a similar theory about why men turn Gay which is pretty hilarious.
He also mention that the revolution of women taking place today is a total waste because women are starting to act agressive like men, and not acting like women. He is not so fond of marriage and believe that the word "husband" and "wife" will be seen as ugly words in the future. Children should not belong to the parents but to the community and he also encourage women not to have children (since we are already too many people on this earth) and instead focus more on your right hemisphere in order to become more creative in life. 
 
I started to feel that a book about women should not be written by a man. No matter how enlightened he might be. So I decided to give the book to a girl I met at the sivananda ashram. I found that we had pretty similar view on life and we both like to listen and question things we hear and read.
Cause this is a book I do not need to keep in my bookshelf.
He is also repeating alot of statements in his book. So it might as well have been half the size. But I do love to read books which makes me start questioning my own thoughts and believes. So thank you Osho for makinge me do that! 😜
 

2018-02-17
15:13:38

Sivananda yoga vedanta centre
 
I'm back at sivananda vedant ashram in Madurai. But this time I'm alone. My love had to travel with a friend for a couple of days.
But my mind is set! One week with full focus on breathing exercises and asanas, scheduled living from early morning till evening. And I have two pieces of Dairy chocolates in my bag as a reward after this week. And also to see how I'll resist the temptation of having a bite😉
I'm a firm believer in enjoying life to the fullest, but I also believe that the longer you wait the sweeter the cake😉 - contradiction or whaaaaat!!
Let's do this🙂

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Okey, I'm back to the dormitory after my first yoga session and I'm already starting to feel a little down...
I miss you already..❤
 

2018-02-16
19:17:00

Early morning in Ahmedabad
 
Arriving in Ahmedabad early thursday morning and we had not been able to book a stay since most of the hotels were full due to an on going political conference in the city. But our auto driver seemed nice and tried his best to find a place for us to stay. On our fourth attent to find a hotel the man at the counter told my boyfriend that he did not accept foreignes as guests. And when the owner saw my face he was indirectly telling us that he did not accept prostitutes in his hotel.
It's not the first time I've been mistaken for being a prostitute. I guess I've heard it so much that I can tell before entering a hotel whether they'll give us a room or not. I don't know whether it is the awkward timing of arrival to the hotel, the location and cheap price of the hotel or the fact that I'm young and white that makes them not wanting me there. The last reason being more likely I guess..
 
(Gujarati food is just one of the best!!)

After so many declines from hotel owners we decided to continue our journey by catching a morning bus to Jodhpur. The guy at the ticket counter acted as if he owned the place by shouting at people around him, and suddenly out of the blue he called my boyfriend a "Choo-tia" (fucker/bastard) for not finding the ticket in his bag.
And so we had both been asulted this early Thursday morning. We have had many, funny and not so funny, ocations where people assume that my boyfriend does not know Hindi. And so they take the liberty to insult us right in our faces. :)
Let's just say that I've become immune to the amount of bullshit people we tend to meet on our journeys. But it does bring alot of laughters with it🙂
 
 

2018-02-03
12:59:00

Ziplining!
 
We are about to buy our tickets for ziplining while a couple of children are standing behind us, poking out arms and asking for all kind of things; icecream, water, money..
"Nahin, nahin!!"
 
I've come to the conclusion that giving money to people who beg (adults or children) will not make a change in anyone's life. You simply encourage the thought that one does not have to work to earn money. 
 
We walk away from the counter and one of the children continues to follow us and ask us for money. Sadu asks why they are not in school. No answer. She continues to repeatedly ask for money.
Finally he raises his voice and tell them that we'll call the police if they don't stop.
"Call  police if you want", the girl replies and stoped following us. 
 
I was shocked. Where did that attitude come from?!
 
The ziplining was so much fun (!!). But wherever we go we are always reminded of reality. In every happy memory there is always a sad moment of truth reminding us about the world we live in. And I am so thankful for that. Cause I don't want to live in a bubble where everything is supposed to look perfect when the world is not.
 
There is beauty in a torn shirt.
And I love things that looks old and worn out.
But I'm starting to loose hope on the Indian government.