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Welcome to Jeroensjourney 2!
Dear reader, Beste lezer,
 
Welcome to the weblog that follows on jeroensjourney.punt.nl. Here I will update you on my experiences in Thailand and India, and my personal inner or spiritual journey. After my healing journey described on jeroensjourney.punt.nl (with also information about Buddhism, meditation, Taoism and other healing practices), this weblog, from early 2007, relates about further healing and spiritual growth for an increasingly happy and true life.
 
With love from Asia,
 
Jeroen Deva Geetesh (jeroensjourney@gmail.com)
(I check this e-mail not very often, so let me know, on my blog, that you sent me an e-mail)
 
P.S.:
Je reactie is van harte welkom!     
Reactions are very welcome!
Marriage (troubles) in India
 
Dear all,
 
What to write about. I haven't written for soo long that it is difficult where to start. Since my last blog I have been travelling in India and Thailand (where I am now) and there is so much I could write about. But there is one topic that springs to mind: Marriage in India!
 
Indians are crazy about marriage. It almost seems like they think the only purpose of life is to get married. if you are in your 30's and not married, people think that there is something wrong with you. Many years I read the books of the great Indian enlightened master, Osho, who was very negative about marriage. I never understood why. Untill I went to India...
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Where:    Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan & Thailand, India
When:      Dec 2005 - July 2006 & Dec 2006 - June 2007
 
How I travel (alone)
 
Dear reader,
 
Of the last 19 months I spent more than 12 in Asia travelling and working. Several times people have asked me how I travel(led). Find my answer to that question underneath.
 
Alone
 
The first part of my answer is that I travel(led) alone. My first experience travelling alone was when I was 20 years old and a Spanish friend of mine I was supposed to visit in Madrid came back one week after I thought we had agreed to meet in the Spanish capital. I had just left my Dutch friends after two weeks of hiking in the Picos de Europa and, as this was the time before the mobile phone, I had now chance to meet up with them again. That was the, onvoluntary, start of a week of waking along the beautiful Atlantic coast of Spain. It was a week with moments of immense loneliness, but also of unbelievable beauty. (Free) camping almost in the sea and meeting with locals all accounted for unforgettable experiences. In short it was a very intense experience that, after almost 20 years, I still remember like it was yesterday.
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Where:   Rishikesh and Haridwar
When:    12 - 19 June 2007
 
New photos from Rishikesh and Haridwar
 
Dear reader,
 
I just uploaded a lot of new photos from my visit to the holy city of Haridwar and of Rishikesh (on the Ganges) in my fotoalbum. Have a look at the albums of India - Haridwar and India - Rishikesh.
 
One of the colourful photographs I took in Haridwar
 
Enjoy the photos,
 
Jeroen
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Where:   Schagen, The Netherlands
When:    22 June 2007
 
Back in Holland!
 
Dear reader,
 
Parents and weather
 
After 6 months and 2 days in Asia, I am back in Holland! The welcome was warm, from my parents who collected me from Schiphol airport, and not so warm, from the weather with 16 degrees and rain .
After 6 months of almost daily sunshine (I have had days with clouds and rain, but very very few completely cloudy or rainy days), that was a bit of an unpleasant surprise. I'd forgotten that in Holland even in the middle of summer it can be grey and cloudy for days or weeks. But today there were some sunny spells and in my mother's lovely garden it is, between showers, really pleasant.
 
 
How is it to be back?
 
So, how is it to be back in Holland? It feels strange, but it is also pleasant. I stay at my parents' place and it
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Where:   Ayanagar, New Delhi, India
When:    21 June 2007, 4.00 am
 
Leaving India
 
Dear reader,
 
After just over 6 months I am about to leave Asia. And after three and a half months I am about to leave India. Read more about my experience here in 'incredible India', underneath.
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Where:   Rishikesh, India
When:    12 - 19 June 20007
 
Ganga Beach Rishikesh
 
Dear reader,
 
Before writing about what I am really doing here in Rishikesh some snapshots of the view from my room. I have a beautiful big room with balcony and view on the Ganges and from there have a good look on beach life the Rishikesh way.
 
As it is Indian holiday time there are a lot of Indian tourists in Rishikesh and although they also come for religous reasons (a dip in the holy Ganges) the river is just a nice beach destination as well in times that Delhi is soaring hot (here there are now daily showers and the temperature is very pleasant).
 
Cows are everywhere and in India women bath fully dressed
 
That's one of the weird things here. While men just swim in their underwear (not even swimming shorts), women are expected to bath fully dressed. Like in (almost?) all religions, in Hinduism women are not regarded equal to men and the sensuality of the female body should not be shown in public.
 
 
Nice colours
 
But diving in in full sari does make for some nice colours on the beach! The river is not just for fun and religious devotion, but also the place to wash as I witness daily from my room (or the restaurant).
 
Anyway, with only a few days left in India I am still in the middle of this amazing and colourful country. Difficult to imagine to be back in Holland within a week!
 
All the best,
 
Jeroen
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Where:   Haridwar, Northern India
When:    11 June 2007
 
Holy city Haridwar
 
Dear Reader,
 
I left Delhi for my last week of Holiday before heading back to Holland. My destination was Rishikesh for yoga, massage and other treatments, but since only 25 kilometres before Rishikesh lies the Vedic City of Haridwar, I decided to make a one-day stop there. In Hinduism there are 7 holy cities as mentioned in the Vedas, some of the ancient scriptures of Hinduism. The most famous one of these so-called Vedic cities is probably ............, the oldest living city on earth that used to be called Benares. But that is for another visit, my first Vedic city was going to be Hardiwar.
 
Haridwar is the first Vedic city that the holy river Ganges (or Ganga as they say here) reaches and the main event is a dip in this holy water. People do not come in the hundreds but in the thousands to get themselves purified at one of the Ghats, the bathing places for 'holy dips'.
 
One of the main bathing ghats in Haridwar
 
Due to a cold and cough (from the sweating and then air-conditioning in Delhi) I missed my chance to wash away my sins, but it was quite an experience to just walk around. People told me that, although the crowds might suggest otherwise, this was just an ordinary day at Haridwar, so no special religious day or something.
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Where:   New Delhi, India
When:    Sat. 9 June 2007
 
Post in India
 
Dear reader,
 
Accumulating 'stuff'
 
After all my blogs about my inner journey and life wisdom you might forget that I am actually living a 'worldly' or 'material' life here in India as well. Not only by trying to make Indian cities more beautiful and safer by providing input for the design of appropriate roads and public spaces, but also in terms of accumulating personal property. Yes, in December my journey started in Thailand with a 20 kg backpack only, but since I discovered the easyness of sending boxes of stuff home by using the cheap Thai post services, my 'no buy policy' has been loosened.
 
My buying started in Thailand with the acquiring of clothing: long-sleeve shirts, trousers and shoes that would give me a representative look as an international consultant when working in India. I never planned to do any work when I left for Thailand and turning up in my zip-off tourist trousers, a T-shirt and sandals did not seem very appropriate for my work in India.
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Hot, hot, hot
 
Dear reader,
 
I have post blogs on the weather here in India before and there is really not that much to tell. Generally it is hot. But now that we are here in New Delhi, in the peak of summer, from time to time it becomes so hot that it becomes a topic. Funny almost.
 
The maximum temperature varies between 42 and 48 degrees celsius and the minimum temperature between 30 and 33 degrees. So a couple of days ago I came back to Delhi from a work trip to Nanded where the rainy season had started. With a maximum emperature of 37 degrees it felt really pleasant there (yes I am getting used to the climate here). When at 11 pm we arrived at Delhi airport we got the following anouncement: "Welcome in Delhi, the outside temperature is 39 degrees celsius." Wow, 39 degrees 11 o'clock at night that's no joke.
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Holy cow! - Indian Humour
 
Dear reader,
 
The 'theme of the day' is humour. Humour is good for you (and for me), so I will from now on make some effort to lighten up this site with some wit. Don't expect slapstick, that's not my style, but some lightheartenedness (this must be at least three words in English, but okay....) can do no harm.
 
Let's just start with the topic. Here in India.  Do the Indians have humour? I don't know. Most are friendly, helpfull and they generally smile back when you smile to them. But humour? No, not a typical Indian trait if you ask me. Too many gods, too much worshipping. All very spritual but not the best way to cultivate humour.
The Thai have more humour if you ask me.
So if the Indian people cannot inspire me with humour, let's focus on the Indian animals:
 
Cow in Jodhpur: "Any rooms available?"
(In case you had not yet spotted this one in my fotoablum)
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