Saturday, May 31, 2008

Reflections

I am honored to have been given the opportunity to explore and discover for myself the land that gives me my roots and my culture, the land from which I draw my strength and values. I saw and learned much, but also realized that there is almost an infinite amount left yet to discover. It warrants many, many more trips to this land in the future. I have a clearer picture of who I am and why I am this way; I have less tension about who I want to be and where I am going in life.

 

Being in India has taught me that there is so much more to life than waking up in the morning, going to school/work, eating food, doing homework, partying, and sleeping. There is so much to be discovered wherever we go, whatever we do, and whenever we do it. I have learned that if there is work to be done, then there is no better time to start than now. I have learned that there is no use worrying about what will happen in the future, for that is not in our hands. But what is in our hands is what we do now. I have learned that many people talk, but nobody listens; our character lies in our actions alone.

 

There is nothing more I can say about what I have learned. The time has come to stop talking, and start acting; the time has come to change the world. The question is not “Does the world want to be changed?” but rather, “Am I ready to change the world?” and to be ready, one must change oneself.

4 comments:

Dolly said...

Hi,

I just came across your blog in the hope to find out more before I plan my trips across India,especially Varanasi.
After reading your blog I am super excited about visiting Varanasi. Earlier I was planning to be there only a few days but now I think I may extend it to weeks or even months. I look foward to learning more about our scriptures and Shiva in particular.
Chidanandaji is a very kind man and I am sure he will be glad to share his knowledge with me.
Thank you for sharing you experiences.
Hari Om!

Varun Khanna said...

Hey,

Thank you! I am glad that this blog was useful. I hope that your trip is as fruitful as mine! Swami Chidanandaji is amazing, please let him know that I said hi, if you meet him/stay with him!

Hari Om!

Varun

Dolly said...

Will do that when I meet him next... looking forward to the Upanishad retreat by Chidanadaji in Jan. Thanks again.

Hari Om!

Varun Khanna said...

Namaste, how did the retreat go?