Varanasi... a unique experience of peace

“The city illuminates truth and reveals reality. It does not bring new wonders into the scope of vision, but enables one to see what is already there".


It was one year ago... exactly one year ago...


I was in beautiful and mystical Varanasi.


Thousands of people come and die in this place because they believe that dying here allows one to break the cycle of rebirth and attain salvation.


This picture was taken in the early morning, before sun rising.

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Sitting on a small boat on the River Ganges, immersed in silence and enveloped in a soft fog...

in front of my eyes the fumes of the crematoria, some devotee immersed in the Holy waters praying and performing auspicious rituals... here and there some cows and gulls searching for something to eat... normal daily life and death.. taking place in the same place, at the same time... with infinite naturalness...


Never before have I experienced such deep peace in my heart... a sense of deep belonging to the vastness of the universe...

In the profound awareness that life and death, as well as happiness and sadness, are one and the same thing... one is part of the other... All is One... Om Shanti