Pilgrimage to the YSS Ashram and Babaji's cave
Trip Start Sep 09, 2009
39Trip End Mar 13, 2010
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Where I stayed
mayank guest house
Dwarahat seemed rural and was refreshing and the people seemed friendly. Though they stared quite a bit more..! We checked in and freshened up and headed out to walk around and came accross ancient temples. They were built in the 12th Century..We grabbed some lunch of veg chowmein and meet a girl in the cafe.. We start chatting more and she asks if we're walking to the ashram
There were a few people sitting down in the entrance garden and we say hello and "Jai Guru" greetings.. They ask if we want to meet Swamiji and just at that point we see a petit man with orange clothes heading our way. This is Swamiji Niruvinanda. He's really welcoming and shows us the meditation hall and Krishna temple and grounds. He also mentions that some other devotees are going to Babaji's cave the next morning if we would like to join them. He seems so gentle and yet very quick and energetic.
We spend some time in the gardens and in the meditation hall. So peaceful. A indian guy called vippin and a australian lady and talk to them for a while.
We head back to the hotel and have a early night in preperation for our early start in the morning
Early on 7th October we pull ourseves together and head for the ashram. I give swamiji some sweets and he accepts but seems a little embarassed to receive them but accepts them all the same! I get given a walking stick to borrow as we hear it's quite a steep walk up the hill. They organise a taxi for our group, as the cave is around 1 hour away by car, and we're travelling with 5 others, 3 from america and 2 from India. We all squeeze into a jeep and head off. The anticipation is growing and I'm trying to remember the Autobiography of a Yogi and the history of the cave. We drive through the hills for about a hour, turn off the road and head down a dusty track for 15 mins. We then scramble out and start the walk. The route is along dusty stoney pathways around and up a hillside covered in trees and sparkly stones. We see some village children and a dog, which accompanies us all of the way up. We pass a stream and continue up unitl we reach a building on a vantage point (apparantly where Babaji materialised the golden temple to Lahiri Mahashaya). Onwards to the cave and all of a sudden here it is. After quite a steep climb appears the steps to a platform and a simple special doorway into the cave. We take our shoes off and head in. Theres a small altar at the back and we all sit down and meditate for about half an hour. It feels very special here, unfortunately I get pins and needles in my legs and they actually go numb! I'm trying to think still thoughts but my legs are on fire!.. hehe. This never usually happens to me when I sit down! After Nik and I go a little further up the hill as we were recomended ther might be a temple up at the top. The dog follows us and I head back to wait with the others at the cave. They are all chatting about Babaji. Nik comes racing down after a while like a mountain goat! and we all wander back down to the other building where a meal materialises in front of us
After the food and a bit of chat with the other members we head back down and wait for our transport back to the ashram. Nik befriends a guy in the local chai house and this guy produces a old photograph of him with a gun and a dead leapard! (think it was a leapard anyway) The big cat had bitten a chunk out of this guys arm but he managed to grab his gun just in time.. this happened in the local hills!..
We head back to the ashram, spend a bit of time there and meeting people.. a great day!