There are only night busses from Thanjavur to Pondicherry and 1 morning bus that I had already missed. So I decided to take a night bus to Pondicherry and not to stay one more night in Thanjavur. In Pondicherry arrived I went to bed at 5 am and woke up the next morning still tired from the journey and the last days. „First I´ll enjoy a looong nice breakfast and a coffee!“ I was thinking to myself and found my way to a nice french café (Pondicherry is an old french colony; even many street names are still in french), where I had a nice filter coffee, a galette and an ice cream. Pondicherry is full of nice cafés! I recommend some of them. The first flair remembered me a lot on Kochi, a fisher town at the southwestern coast in Kerala. That´s actually what I´ve done the first day: Walking around the small and bigger streets, enjoying a walk at the promenade (swimming is nor possible here because oft he big stone formations) and last but not least meditating in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The meditation in the special peaceful place relaxed me immidiatly. Calming my mind and focussing were the things my soul was looking for – especially after these hectic but beautiful last 3 days. After I entered the space of the Ashram I felt peace and silence without any pressure to do things. If you enter this place you´ll switch off your mobile phone. I entered a garden that was fully grown with plants and flowers in all colours! I beautiful big tree seeming having strong powerful roots located in the middle of the garden seemed to protect and to be aware of his place over a kind of shrine. This shrine was over and over covered with flowers in all different colours. The flowers were arranged to a Mandala. Sri Aurobindo is saying: „ Flowers are the moment´s representations of things that are in themselves eternal“. The people praied and meditated around the shrine and touched the marble platform of the shrine kneeling and humble with their forehead. Some remained in this position longer. So I also decided to meditate in this sweet silence.
Auroville und Mahabalapuram
On the next day I wanted to drive to Auroville. This place was founded in 1968 by Sri Aurobindo and „the Mother“. You can read more about these 2 in the texts I took pictures of in Auroville.
Fortunately the waiter in the café where I enjoyed a nice breakfast wanted to go to Autoville, too. He spend his lunch break for driving with me on his motorbike to Auroville. After a while we reached the neighbourhoods which were announcing already Auroville. Honestly I was a bit shocked because of the trash lying everwhere around. My expectations were a bit different. First I watched the gallery which gave more information about the idea as well as the idea and the founders of Auroville. Over there I got to know 2 physic professors from India. We talked quite long about the parallels betwenn nature laws and Non-Dualism. Excited and inspired by the discussion I moved onward – dancing – literally tot he Matromandir which ist he meditation centre of Auroville. Unfortunately it´s only openend on Mondays for tourists who want to meditate there. You can get a ticket in advance on which a certain time for you for Monday meditation is noted. My plan on this thursday afternoon was to go to Mahabalapuram in the evening. So I changed my meditation in Matramandir on my next Auroville visit; next I´ll definitely stay longer! Later I still bought some food and a fancy drink in one of the cafés (which I highly recommend) and took a TukTuk for 150 rupees to the next busstation. I missed the bus to Pondicherry, which didn´t go at 5:15 pm as announced on the homepage but at 4 pm.
Back in Pondicherry I picked up my washed clothes from laundry and took a local bus for only 91 rupees to Mahabalapuram. Rahul, the friend of my surf teacher in Agonda in Goa was already waiting for my call. Mahabalapuram was not on my list if not Mumu, the surf teacher from Agonda, told me to go there (his hometown). „Why not?“ ich said to myself. Later I found out that this is one of the oldest cities in India locating the oldest temples in India (from the 7th century). Before flying to Andaman Islands I wanted to get into the chill mood, so I stayed in this little fisher town for 3 nights doing not so much. I visited nice temples, made new friendships with Nam from Mumbai, Rahul from Mahabalapuram and Fillipo from Italy. It was the perfect lay-over on the way to the airport in Chennai (Ola taxi in the early morning tot he airport was 958 rupees plus 42 rupees tip). With its colourful houses, narrow streets, friendly people and relaxing atmosphere invites you to stay longer in this town! Although it´s not nice for having a bath it´s an amzing surfing spot. Nevertheless I enjpyed the time over a lot! And I felt in love with 2 paintings which I discovered by accident in the gallery of the painter and artist Masi. The happiness oft he chosen colours and the motifs catched my attention immedialtly so I had no other chance to buy these paintings. I sent them (280 rupees) to Delhi where I stored some other stuff already. By the way: if you´re into the german artist scene and if you are wanting to help: It´s Masis dream to have an exhibition in Germany! If you see a possibility you can write me or Masi directly! The paintings mirror India in my eyes: Magic of colours, spirituality and authenticity!
“Masis paintings mirror India in my eyes: The magic of colours, spirituality and authenticity!”