Spiritual vacation destinations that you should travel to for peace of body and mind

If you think you need to get away and find a different kind of inner peace to the one you drink on the weekends, maybe you should give these places a visit.

“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”

 Swami Vivekananda

Some journeys cannot be documented. It cannot measured in terms of memories made, souvenirs brought, pictures clicked or distance travelled. Some journeys are inbound, it’s a journey for a holistic transformation of your inner self.  Spirituality and religion although is thought to be two fishes in the same net are poles apart from each other. The mind, body and consciousness knows the difference between the two. Public figures who have enjoyed tremendous limelight, power and money at some point in life has wanted a spiritual rewinding

If you think you need to get away and find a different kind of inner peace to the one you drink on the weekends, maybe you should give these places a visit.

 Sivananda, Kerala

This picturesque ashram is located in the Western Ghats, Dhanwantari Ashram in a beautiful environment, inclusive of the lush greenery and gentle waters that are synonymous with Kerala. Everyone is expected to stay silent from 7.30 am to 10.30 pm and to attend morning and evening satsangs. All classes are compulsory and marked for attendance, from 6 a.m. until lights out at 10 p.m. (you can see the schedule here). You`ll get one free day per week, on Fridays, and you can only leave the ashram on this day. 

Due to its size and popularity, the Kerala ashram gets extremely busy during high season (from October until April). 

Vipassana International Academy, Nashik

It is the first Vipassana meditation centre in India, for teaching the vipassana meditation technique. This centre is also known as `Dhamma Giri: Hill of Dhamma`. The discipline system of the ashram is extremely strict. It demands abstinence from sex and intoxicants. The days start at 4 am and the course, which lasts for around 10 days, is said to rid one of craving, unhappiness and ignorance.

Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune

From 6:00 am until 10:30 pm every day, the OSHO International Meditation Resort offers a variety of meditations for every type of person, including methods that are active and passive, traditional and revolutionary, and in particular, the OSHO Active Meditations. The black marble of the Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune is said to be placed where the mind, body and soul unite at a single point. They have 10 meditation sessions every day, starting at 6 am. It`s also pretty luxurious, with a pool, spa, gym, cyber café, tennis courts and three dining areas.

Auroville, Pondicherry

Auroville, an international township, sits between rural villages in the Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu, along with the scenic Coromandel Coast of southern India, some 150 km south of Chennai (Madras) and about 10 km north of Pondicherry town, capital of Puducherry Union Territory. The looming golden Matrimandir sits at the centre, signifying the birth of a new consciousness. It`s dedicated to the idea of human unity. For those with more time, a week to ten days is advised for a first visit. 

Mayapur, West Bengal

Mayapur is a popular Vaishnavite pilgrim centre founded by Bhakti saint Vinod Thakur. It is believed that Lord Krishna`s incarnate Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born here in 1486 AD. Mayapur is famous for Chandrodaya Temple (first temple established by ISKCON in Mayapur), Samadhi of Prabhupada (temple dedicated to the founder of ISKCON), Shree Chaitanyamath (the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu), Goswami Maharaj Temple of Dashavatar and Chand Kazi`s Samadhi. Located on the banks of the confluence of Hooghly river and Jalangi, Mayapur is a religious centre and one of the nine dhams of the 9 holy islands. The 9 islands together look like an eight-petaled lotus flower and are called Navadwipa which was the earlier capital of Bengal. The islands are centred on Antardvipa (Mayapur) and are a part of Mayapur Township. 

 

 

 


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