All You Need to Know About Doing a Parikrama Around Mt. Kailash

All You Need to Know About Doing a Parikrama Around Mt. Kailash

Mount Kailash is considered to be one of the holiest spots for Hindus to undertake a pilgrimage. Since it is considered sacrilegious  to step on the mountain, most pilgrims undertake a parikrama walking around the base of the mountain. To undertake this is, in itself,...
My Mother’s Neem Tree

My Mother’s Neem Tree

It started with a tree. When I was three years old my parents bought an 8000 sq. ft. plot of land in the coastal town of Surathkal in southern India and built a large home. Around the house they planted six coconut trees, three mango trees and several other tropical...
Saved on Mount Shasta

Saved on Mount Shasta

Later this year I will be visiting Mount Kailash in the Himalayas and will spend 3 days trekking up the mountain. The entire trek will be at elevation above 14,000 feet, so it was suggested to me that I should climb Mount Shasta. The local mountain stands at 14,179...
Land of the Gods

Land of the Gods

Mystics consider Mt. Kailash the “Crown Chakra,” or the spiritual center of the planet. It holds a spiritual significance to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and the people of the ancient Bonpo religion in Tibet. Four great South Asian rivers emerge from the area: Indus,...