Glimpses of “Green Hat” India

Some random impressions of “creative energy” provided by my recent tour of New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, India.

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1. The Namaste greeting in India can teach me to manage my non-verbal signals to others more intelligently. In crowded sitauations, the folded hands ritual can be used to greet several people at one time in a non- threatening way. I might modify the greeting toward either the heart or head of my body to provide a clue of the type of message I am intending.

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2. Animals clearly provide comfort to humans in every walk of Indian life. It is time for me to study animal behavior intelligently, not as a source a of egoistic entertainment. Spend get more time observing animal behavior in silence can help detach my mind from worry and stress to enhance my meditative powers in the present moment.

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3. Spiritual life in Hindu India seems to emanate from everyday encounters. The ability of the individual to choose their own spiritual icon also intrigues me. From my perspective, a baseball park, concert hall, or quiet beach now enters my world as self-enlightenment mediums at home.

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4. The unsanitary and unsightly presence of overpopulation in India deeply disturbs me. Such unchecked growth moves me to become active with grassroots organizations who seek a global solution to such threats to our earth’s survival. India’s human congestion problem is everyone’s problem.

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5. The legacy of Mahatma Gandhi remains strong in India. His leadership to inspire peaceful, Indian resistance to the oppressive policies of British colonialism provides some optimism that a new leader will similarly rise to nullify the despotic-minded actions of our President in America today.

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6. The caste system in India seems counterproductive to international peace in today’s times. To label people “untouchables”on the basis of a preordained social order perpetuates alienation and ignorance at the lower ends of the social spectrum. The likelihood of joining a fanatical, terrorist group increases in such times of desperate hopelessness.

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8 thoughts on “Glimpses of “Green Hat” India

  1. It is a strange and yet mysterious place. I am still digesting our time spent there. It is so hard to share with others. We all try not to be judgmental but to me it is so hard when you see so many living this way. Pictures try to convey it, but you need to have all your senses activated for the full experience.

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  2. Howdy Usfman!

    Your post on a trip to India really caught my eye. I haven’t traveled enough in India having only visited once, but it was like being on another planet. I can’t believe just how different it all seemed and felt. You’ve caught many of the aspects of that difference here: the religious iconography that is ubiquitous, the sewage that is ubiquitous — well, almost — the crowding, and wonderful people. I loved my time there and can’t wait to be back.

    Safe travels!

    Huzzah!
    Jack

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    • Hey Jack:
      I know you write regularly about the breakdown of American democracy. India also shares this problem with the caste system and the cultural stew of Hinduism, Sikhism, and Islam.

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  3. You raise some very crucial points but it is that last one about the caste system that eats away at me. Ghandi-je was so against it but it is so ingrained. Dalits have so much to offer and were vital labour and organisers for most of the businesses I encountered living in the north! There are so many excessively wealthy and well educated Indians yet their country will never progress until they learn to respect women and Dalits for their contributions!

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