Now as I started working in New York sector I also needed a proper visa. I needed to apply for this in my country of citizenship (Netherlands as you know) so what would be a better time to go to Europe than the time of the Summer Retreat. Apply before the retreat and pick it up after, all time perfectly utilised :-) As it was also Ananda Marga's 50th anniversary the program was big and blissful.
|Birthday cake for Ananda Marga for few hundred people||The joy of photography|
|Cultural expressions outside and inside, by young and a little older|
As soon as the program was over, my (5 year) visa was ready and I was on my way back to Mexico. There we had organised a program under the banner of SSAC (Spiritual Sport and Adventure Club). It was definitely an adventure full of challenges and learning. We climbed Parikutin one or the 7 natural wonders of the world. It's a very young volcano, only born 50 years ago. It's birth was violent as is usual for volcanoes but no one died even tough all buildings were lost. All? No, and maybe that's the wonder, the lava proceeded up to the church, damaged part but the altar was saved. The whole building surrounded by 4 meters of lava.
The walk up is normally already a challenge but this time the sun disappeared and we got heavy rain with no were to hide. The rain turned in to big hail stones. Naturally such things can't stop us... We found shelter under some of the sharp rocks and continued when the worst was over. Most of us made it to the top. Though the purpose of the tour was to challenge ourself and get to know ourself in difficult situations. So with or without reaching the top it was successful.
|The hail stones up to 1 cm. Not deadly but surely painful...||Mangoes on the way down. (we brought them all the way up first...)|
And... as many people bring their garbage only one way, we thought we bring it back.. We collected many many bags
Next day was more a outing, though it took many many stairs to reach this beautiful waterfall.
Before and after a competition of the vigorous Tandava dance. I love his facial expression!
If I remember correctly he did win :-)
| Not a mushroom but a 38m high Stalagmite in a 92m
hight cave. This was near Cuernavaca, Mexico. They
say it's the Worlds biggest cave and I surely believe it.
You could build a city for 1,000,000 people in it.
| A beautiful owl, back in Missouri, a 'small' jump for
RDS the quarterly meetings for all the Dada's and Didi's
in NY Sector
|Back to Mexico, with the beautiful mountains and skies just near Monterrey. The vastness is hard to capture.|
| Further down, Morelia, continuing on the dome. We should get sponsorship from Disney Land...
Micky Mouse is easy to recognise. Oops, they may charge us royaltie
|More down, I weird and wonderful coloured spider near Guatamala City. An other program organised by SSAC.|
|All the margiis and Acaryas with a volcano in the background||Recently solidified lava, still too hot to be comfortable!|
| Can't go so near a living volcanoe and not climb it. We had a free afternoon so Dada Moksheshvarananda
and myself went up.
Easier than Paricutin but not less rewarding.
An other big jump. It's November and time for the yearly India tour. My usual cheap RTW ticket had some
extra sectors that I
|Last jump (on this ticket) from Australia back to New Zealand. The dome started the year before in Grey Town was looking great.|
|Also hard to describe or capture, the majesty of the Kaori trees|
From Guatamala to New Zealand took only 10 days... Super fast but full of precious experience. Next stop is the India tour... no... not this time...There were not enough people confirmed (though there would have been enough), the Calearth dome in South India also didn't go ahead but and other project came up last moment. Three weeks in Pakistan to help train people to build domes after the earthquake. I already wrote about it with some detail in earlier News Letter but did not have the photo's ready... So this is coming tomorrow in the next News letter.
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