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It is with sad hearts that we left the India Archer group at the Delhi International Airport for their flight home. The group is safe and sound and will be boarding their flight in 2 hours or so. We had a lovely last day shopping in Delhi (Photo captures this!) and  shared our final dinner at a local Tibetan restaurant. Thank you for sharing your daughters and friends with us and this magical country. India will miss those amazing women!

Until the next adventure,

Elizabeth (Jyoti) and Debi
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Archer Group at the Airport!

Elizabeth Johnson,India Archer Abroad

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Hello Families and Friends, It is with sad hearts that we left the India Archer group at the Delhi International Airport for their flight home. The group is safe and sound and will be boarding their flight in 2 hours or so. We had a lovely last day shopping in Delhi (Photo captures this!) and […]

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11/28/14

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Elizabeth Johnson

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    [post_content] => It’s the early afternoon, our last hours await us, and we are about to go into the Indian markets and explore the culture one last time. Though very sad to leave, we are not in that mindset quite yet for we have all been excited all of last night and this morning to shop and observe the wonderful city that surrounds us and one that we will be sure to miss. Earlier this morning we reflected on our journey as a group through a small meditation, while Debi allowed us to revisit each experience in India through talking about our time in Dehli, at Pardada Pardadi, and at the Ashram. At first when we heard of the adventure that awaited us it seems so overwhelming yet exciting all the same time. But now that we are back in Dehli, a place that feels more like home, I feel comfortable and even wanting to stay another week if I could. We all agree that we miss home and can't wait to reunite with our families in an environment that we love, but know that India has now become a part of us that will not go away and we know will be missed soon after we arrive back in Los Angeles. The culture and systems of the streets tracking back to the crazy and amazing rickshaw ride, the interactions and connections strongly made with the girls at Pardada, and the calm and patience learned from our time meditating and reflecting at the Ashram will last and hopefully be integrated into our experiences at home. Though I will of course remember the scenery and beauty of India and the rural and urban environments we were continuously exposed to, I will most of all hold onto the challenge and push we all had to give ourselves in all situations. The amount we have learned and observed is too enormous to have all been absorbed, revealing that another part of this trip is the “post experience,” the huge amount of reflection that reintegration of India into our own lives that will occur. As Dr. Nesbitt said earlier this morning during debrief, that our departing is only the beginning of something new and greater. As a group we will come home and back to Archer connected in a new way never thought possible, and as Ms. Silver earlier said our special individual relationships will stay with us as well and continue to flourish. Though we will miss the little things like the late night sound of honking, the stares of others making us feel somehow famous and different, getting each other to try new foods and noticing the reactions, the four o’clock tea, and most of all being in a place that once felt so distant but has now become so close to us. I want to thank India for what it has given me, and especially give thanks to everyone who went on this unforgettable journey with me.
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Last Day

Sara,India Archer Abroad

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11/28/14

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Sara

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    [post_content] => Hi everyone! It’s Reanna. So far the trip has been amazing. At the Ashram, many people who are on longer retreats take 10 days of silence to cleanse him/her self. We have a limited number of breathes in a lifetime, so we can live longer and save our breath if we don’t waste it on talking. Seeing this practice made me interested in trying to be silent for a day, so that’s what I did yesterday. I was difficult but not in the ways I expected it to be. I thought silence was our default and that talking involves a more of a decision and a thought process and therefore requires more effort but yesterday made me question that. The entire day I needed to be conscious of my actions as we speak as a reflex rather than decision. We are told many times to think before we speak but we tend to forget that and speak without any thought to the importance, meaning, or necessity of our comments. At the ashram many people said if you said ten sentences a day nine of them were unnecessary. Only one sentence of ten will hold value. I found that to be true in my experience. I slipped up a few times unconsciously responding to a question asked of me or apologizing for a silly mistake and all of those reactions were unnecessary and did not need to be said. The things I found myself wanting to say also were fairly useless and would not greatly benefit the people hearing them. It was also an interesting experience to be practicing silence in a group who is not. I began to notice how we talk to fill space rather than to convey meaning. Although our power to speak and communicate with words can be beautiful and meaningful, we waste our power on small talk and talking to just talk. My time of silence was nothing compared to the ten day silences of the ashram visitors and even less compared to the swami’s five years of silence but it has really effected my view on conversation. I have begun to think about the impact of what I want to say and whether or not I am just filling space with empty words.

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Silence

Reana Wauer,India Archer Abroad

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Hi everyone! It’s Reanna. So far the trip has been amazing. At the Ashram, many people who are on longer retreats take 10 days of silence to cleanse him/her self. We have a limited number of breathes in a lifetime, so we can live longer and save our breath if we don’t waste it on […]

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11/27/14

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Reana Wauer

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    [post_content] => Yesterday afternoon at the ashram, our group listened to a presentation given by a scientist living at the ashram. For the past two years, this scientist has been studying the psycho-physiological effects of meditation, silence, yoga, and other practices on the residents at the ashram and most notably, Swami Ji himself. His findings so far have been incredible. This scientist told us that Swami Ji is an eighty-two year old man who has been living with diabetes for the past thirty-six years, several broken vertebrae in his lower back, and six blocked arteries in his heart. However, the vitality of his life is incredible in comparison thanks to his life of meditation and breathing practices. He is able to sit up perfectly straight, the condition of his heart is incredible, and he doesn’t show any signs of a man living with serious diabetes. We also learned about a yogi in Gujarat who meditated for fifteen days without eating or drinking water, yet he survived without any problems. All of this made me think about how powerful our minds are, maybe even powerful enough to defy science.
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Swami Ji

Leandra Ramlo,India Archer Abroad

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Yesterday afternoon at the ashram, our group listened to a presentation given by a scientist living at the ashram. For the past two years, this scientist has been studying the psycho-physiological effects of meditation, silence, yoga, and other practices on the residents at the ashram and most notably, Swami Ji himself. His findings so far […]

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11/27/14

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Leandra Ramlo

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    [post_content] => To all my friends and family back in America, Happy Thanksgiving! As of right now I am yaking to you on a train back to Delhi. Although the ride has been bumpy and our estimated arrival time has been pushed back, the scenery and laughs have been incredible. Looking out the window watching the sunrise earlier I was reflecting on my past two weeks here in India and I’ve come to realize how appropriate it is that our last full day falls on Thanksgiving. At home we are taught to recognize Thanksgiving as a holiday to be thankful for all we have in our life. At my home, this usually entails the classic Thanksgiving feast followed by each person going around the table and stating what we are thankful for. Each year it would be my turn to answer the question and I would freeze, as I could not phrase my thoughts. I would then just copy an answer that was already said and then continue on with the meal.

However, this year is different for me. My experiences here in India have taught me so much about what I am thankful for. I’ve seen families who can barely afford to feed themselves yet remain cheerful, as they do not measure happiness based off of wealth. I’ve witnessed compassion, from being guided by complete strangers to having conversations with people even with a language barrier. I’ve observed the will power individuals have to remain silent for up to 40 days. The list of what I have seen could go on forever as I have been exposed to so much in such a short amount of time. This trip has really taught me what I am thankful for. I am thankful for a loving support system, from my family to my friends, the activities I complete which bring mental clarity to my life and the opportunities I have been given. I do not think I could have come to this realization without coming to India. Although I will miss the organized chaos of the roads and the constant exciting adventures we have completed, coming home, I know I will be able to answer the “what are you thankful for” question with confidence and poise.
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Thanksgiving Love

Julia Speiser ,India Archer Abroad

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To all my friends and family back in America, Happy Thanksgiving! As of right now I am yaking to you on a train back to Delhi. Although the ride has been bumpy and our estimated arrival time has been pushed back, the scenery and laughs have been incredible. Looking out the window watching the sunrise […]

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11/27/14

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Julia Speiser

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    [post_content] => Xóchitl and Archer girls,

Our family has been following your amazing trip. We agree that it is such a great experience for all of you. We can't wait to hear all about your experience first hand and to see the many pictures. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow and we wish that, somehow, you also celebrate the act of giving thanks in that corner of the world. Can't wait to have you back.

Maria
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Thanksgiving Note

Maria Euyoque,India Archer Abroad

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Xóchitl and Archer girls, Our family has been following your amazing trip. We agree that it is such a great experience for all of you. We can’t wait to hear all about your experience first hand and to see the many pictures. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow and we wish that, somehow, you also […]

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11/27/14

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Maria Euyoque

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    [post_content] => From our sunrise walk along the Ganges while at the ashram
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Morning along the Ganges

Travis Nesbitt,India Archer Abroad

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From our sunrise walk along the Ganges while at the ashram

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11/27/14

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Travis Nesbitt

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As everyone settled into their cross-legged positions to begin the hour-long silent meditation, my eyes were drawn to the large gentlemen draped in a sea of orange, seated at the front. He was poised up right, cross-legged, eyes shut with his right hand lifted up to his nose. Who is this man? Why is he smelling his fingers? While these questions circled my mind, he slightly opened his eyes and turned his head ever so slightly to survey the room. I was so immersed in his whole being I didn’t realize everyone around me had already begun to meditate, closing their eyes and delving into self-reflection. I was still intensely staring at this mysterious man that for the first fifteen minutes of meditation all I could think about was: What is he thinking? I couldn’t help but wonder who he was or what his story was.
Not until the end of meditation did I realize he was a Swami (“enlightened teacher”). The crowd om’d three times, vibrating what seemed the whole world and opened their eyes to the Swami. Still so intently curious, I craned my neck to watch the Swami as he reached to the side to retrieve an electronic tablet. Swami motioned over another large man with white hair and thick round glasses and began furiously scribbling on the tablet. Swami passed the tablet to the man, and then another woman was motioned over the Swami. She bowed low to the ground touching her forehead to the floor, and then he placed his hands on her head. I was in complete awe as I watched the Swami continue to write on his tablet. It seemed as though the whole room was anxious and waiting for the next person to be called up, but no one else was from the group was called. The Swami just motioned to the people seated by him to read from his tablet and respond at his request. I felt as though I was involved in a cult, just patiently waiting for the Swami’s orders. His energy was so powerful and encompassing; I slightly felt like I was in a trance. The room was silent and still as the Swami pressed his palms together, closed his eyes, and bowed his head to the room. We all mirrored his actions, thanking him for the honor in silence. More men from behind the Swami wheeled in a chair and placed it next to him. Swami stood and limped to his chair. Again, he pressed his palms together and bowed to us and again, we mirrored him.
As he was wheeled out of the hall, a wave of emotions came over me, and I began to tear up. I felt like I had just witnessed something magical, a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was privileged to be in the presence of someone so spiritually powerful and magical. There aren’t enough words to describe the feeling of being in the presence of the Swami. It was as though I had been instilled with some unknown wisdom and enlightenment that could not be found anywhere else.
As I made my way back to my brick home, I could still feel the warmth and light the Swami had left in his absence. It was as if it tingled through my veins and danced in my spirit. And still now, as I sit here writing in the early afternoon of the next day, I can still picture the Swami pressing his hands together toward me in peace and welcoming making me feel the purpose and belonging of this life.

Xochitl Garcia-Euyoque
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My Encounter With Swami-ji

Xochitl Garcia-Euyoque,India Archer Abroad

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My Encounter with Swami Ji As everyone settled into their cross-legged positions to begin the hour-long silent meditation, my eyes were drawn to the large gentlemen draped in a sea of orange, seated at the front. He was poised up right, cross-legged, eyes shut with his right hand lifted up to his nose. Who is […]

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11/26/14

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Xochitl Garcia-Euyoque

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Hello Everyone,

Yesterday was our first full day at the Ashram. We started the day with our usual council to help set ourselves in the right mindset for the next 2 days of meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, self-exploration and sometimes silence. Next, we went to a Foundations of Meditation class, which helped teach us about meditation and gave us helpful techniques that we would use through different meditations. We learned how to properly sit, fold blankets into comfortable positions and take complete and even breaths. We continued the day with a yoga and digestive breathing class. Everything we had learned so far was put to the test when we had a 75-minute silent meditation at the end of the day. Although many of us were nervous and unsure if we could sit through the whole thing, we all made it through the 75 minutes and felt very accomplished. It was a challenge to sit in a room, silent, and not moving for that long but it was a very interesting experience. We concluded our day listening to a live performance of classical Indian music. This trip so far has been such an amazing experience and I am so proud of everyone for keeping such positive attitudes throughout our time at the Ashram.

- Lindsay Cayton

 

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Self-Exploration at the Ashram

Lindsay Cayton,India Archer Abroad

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Hello Everyone, Yesterday was our first full day at the Ashram. We started the day with our usual council to help set ourselves in the right mindset for the next 2 days of meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, self-exploration and sometimes silence. Next, we went to a Foundations of Meditation class, which helped teach us about […]

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11/26/14

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Lindsay Cayton

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Yesterday afternoon after a pleasant (no sarcasm) seven-hour car ride,
we finally arrived at the ashram. The ashram is quite a change of
scene from Pardada Pardadi. Of course the environment at Pardada
Pardadi was wonderful in its own ways, but I think most can agree that
we are all happy to be surrounded by clean, crisp air as opposed to
dust and dirt. It is also wonderful to have the sounds of loud car
horns replaced by the sounds of birds chirping. It is also absolutely
beautiful here. We can see the foothills of the Himalayas in the
distance, and the Ganges River is just a short walk away. I think I
can speak on behalf of the group in saying that we are feeling a
strong sense of balance and peace and we are excited to spend a few
more days here learning in Rishikesh.

Leandra

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Ashram Life

Leandra Ramlo,India Archer Abroad

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Yesterday afternoon after a pleasant (no sarcasm) seven-hour car ride, we finally arrived at the ashram. The ashram is quite a change of scene from Pardada Pardadi. Of course the environment at Pardada Pardadi was wonderful in its own ways, but I think most can agree that we are all happy to be surrounded by […]

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11/25/14

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Leandra Ramlo

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