Love and peace surround me in the vast hollow of the Global
Vipassana Pagoda in Mumbai. I sit in a meditative pose, alone and undisturbed.
The silence presses into me like a holy presence, and permits my mind to drift
back over the last hundred days, during which I met so many incredible souls in
India. I see again each beautiful, smiling, caring face. I feel again the
impact each one of them has had on my spiritual growth. They welcomed me with
open arms – even when they spoke no English – and went out of their way to ensure that I had a safe and
Gratitude engulfs me as I ask Buddha to help me send my love and
gratefulness to all these wonderful spirits for the life lessons they have
taught me. ‘How will I ever have the chance to pay the people back for their
kindness?’ I ask aloud. My voice echoes and reverberates around the hollow
dome. Then I gaze up at the Dhamma Wheel, searching for Buddha’s guidance.
‘Write your journey
as a story of your gratitude to India,’ a voice breaks through the silence; perhaps it is my inner voice,
perhaps it is God. But either way these were the exact words it said.
I must be dreaming.
I don’t even know how to spell in
English, and cannot even write my own résumé. How could I ever hope to write a book?
‘I moved the mountain for
you,’ replies the voice
I sit speechless in
silence, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this message. And then I realize with
unwavering certainty that the generosity,
compassion, and unconditional love of the Indian people is a story worth
sharing with the world, and that I would find a way.
While this is a record of my adventures in India, it is also the
story of my spiritual growth – a journey inward, an attempt to look deeper and to find self-love – that was made possible by all the extraordinary encounters I had
in this amazing country.
The Indian people inspired me towards the self-realization that
life was not all about me, but instead was about being a blessing to others.
Before I travelled to India, I thought that focusing only on myself was normal
behaviour. But God chose these kind-hearted human beings to teach me how to
live a truly meaningful life; as I touch someone’s life, it eternally changes my world too.
I write this story out of gratitude and with the wish that it will
be an inspiration to all those who read it.