Odin is dead RIP Viking!

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Odin on Trance aka Viking, who appeared in an interview in the February issue of Live Encounters Magazine, passed away in Goa.

What can one say about a man who has lived his life to the fullest.He was a friend to many. I hope you find peace in the next world Viking, away from all those that hurt you and rejected you for being yourself.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

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Congratulations Ibu Robin Lim – CNN hero of 2011 !

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Om Swastiastu Ibu Robin,

Congratulations to you and the team in Ubud and Aceh. I still remember the answer you gave me when I asked you if you believed there is a God. If you recall, you said, NO.

God has worked through you to sustain your belief that all life is sacred. May you continue your beautiful work in Indonesia, which has given you a home and many loving friends in Ubud and Aceh.

For the readers of this post here is a link that shines a light on this wonderful woman who I have the pleasure of knowing for many years. www.bumisehatbali.org

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Tina Turner chants a Mantra for Peace!

Here is a videoclip created by us for the mantra “Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu”, sung by Tina Turner. This is one of the most powerful songs from the new album “Children Beyond”.  We used extracts from the “Children Beyond” documentary directed by Xaver Walser to create the clip.

The mantra means “May well-being, peace, wholeness and tranquility, happiness and prosperity be achieved by all”

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Goodbye Arambol

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The act is repeated with an after taste of garlic and rumblings in the tummy. Decadence has a charming after effect, it makes one nauseous and giddy in the head; and in a manner of speaking, directionless.

So I have to say good bye and move on, on this auspicious day of Dussehra when good triumphs over evil. It arrives once a year as a reaffirmation of man’s will to change. But in reality nothing changes. Evil permeates everything. Good lurks in the peripheral vision of those that seek the truth.

The beach bakes in the sun and the heat tickles the senses, arousing it to look beyond the horizon. And Time, that trickster, plays dumb charades, while Life careens in its eternal cycle of death and rebirth.

I shall leave you now as you revel in the throes of nubile nymphets and garrulous males.

But before I depart to another world, here are a few words gleaned from a polluted beach –

Evil and good are two sides of the same coin. One cannot exist without the other. The balance has to be kept otherwise one can choke to death while regurgitating iniquities, thoughtlessly.

Return to Arambol – interview of two Israelis

Shalom Nir and Emi, be true to your ideals. 

It’s 9.30 am. Just the right time for a cold beer and a cigar. The defecating crowds were here earlier in the morn and have left their offerings to the gods. Communing with Nature has its advantages, no barriers only the cold wind blowing up the nether regions and sand in everything. This is the locals’ comfort zone.

The great unwashed will arrive shortly to shouts and pleadings of hawkers, “Come see my shop”….”yes want something…good price, my friend”….followed closely by gaping men salivating on the scene of white women in their bikinis baking in the sun and attention. The symphony of bodies mingling with sand and surf completes a picture of the destitution of humankind. A pointlessness that transcends real time. The now is omnipresent. It permeates one’s consciousness and shelters the soul.

And as the sun rises higher I am faced with a conundrum – how does a three legged dog lift a leg to pee. Surrealism has an enchanting side to it.

Just then a young man walks up and asks me if the restaurant I am sitting in would cook fish if he brought it there and the price for the service. I beckon Kanca the Nepalese waiter who hears me out and then disappears into the kitchen and returns announcing that the price would be around 200 rupees.

I invite the young man and his girlfriend to join me for a beer.

And soon the pleasantries exchanged reveal they are from Israel, Nir and Emi, a boy and girl touring the Indian sub-continent.  Both students and both have served in the army.

“Nir, did you kill anyone?”

“No, but my friends have shot people. But they had to fire otherwise they would have been killed.”

“Do you have Arabs in the army?”

“Yes, Arab Muslims and Arab Christians. In fact we have a Bedouin recon unit (200/300 soldiers). On memorial day, Yom-Ha-Zikaron, in our Hebrew prayer “Remember” the Bedouins are mentioned as casualties of war.”

“Do you think Palestine should exist as a State?”



“In order to keep our different ways of life i.e. Jews and Muslims; It is a known fact that Muslim families have more children than either Jews or Christians. The rough estimate is: Muslims – 5 children, Jews and Christians approximately 2. A survey carried out recently revealed that in 20 or 30 years the majority in Israel will be Muslim. So in order to continue to maintain a safe haven for Jews we must give Palestinians their own country so all the Muslims can go and settle down there? All politicians know this and yet we seem to be fighting this idea. I don’t know why?”

Another round of chilled beer arrives and as the we sit and watch the frothing sea in the distance, Emi chimes in, “ Arabs have equal rights in practice but there still something more to be done. They are in government – Hadash and Ra’himtal. They are two faced. In Israel they are Left Wing for Israeli causes and Right Wing to Arab causes outside Israel. The problem is that these parties support Arab causes outside Israel instead of Arab Causes inside Israel. Therefore, many Israeli Arabs avoid voting. And these same parties get an operating budget from the Israeli government!”

Nir interrupts, “The older generation is far more accepting. My uncle regularly visits his Arab barber in the Arab area. But the young generation is very suspicious of each other. There is too much violence, too much hatred.”

“Yes”, says Emi brushing her hair back, “In The Hebrew University of Jerusalem where I am studying Business Management the Muslim and Jews sit separately in the classroom. They speak Arabic and us, Hebrew. I got to know an Arab boy in my class when we were forced to team up with them in groups on a project. It opened my eyes. But too much blood has been spilt. To mend ties now is next to impossible. It’s getting worse day by day. And what is very sad is the position of the Arab Christians (about 200,000). They look Arab, they dress Arab and therefore they are stuck between the Muslims and Jews. You understand what I am saying?”

“Yes, I do Emi”

“Here in India we met a young Iranian couple (boyfriend/girlfriend) travelling in the North. We became such good friends and we are now facebook buddies. They were nothing like the Iranians we read about in the papers. This has been a great learning experience for me. I feel that our generation has a responsibility to bring peace. Take for instance my girlfriend in Jerusalem, she is a lesbian and her “girlfriend” is an Arab. Her parents know about her affair, they disapprove but don’t interfere. Can you imagine if the Arab girl’s parents came to know? But it is this relationship that helps in joining communities, bringing people together”, says Emi.

“Emi, if you had three wishes what would you ask for?” I ask.

“I want to start a community of all like minded people. We will all live in one area which is religion free. The first community will be very small but it will grow because people will see us living in peace and will want to emulate our group.

I also want to open a home for children from broken families. To feed, educate and guide these children to help them become responsible citizens.

But for all this I need money. So I have learned Chinese because everyone is doing business with China and it is a language that is now important in business. I will get a job and when I have enough money I shall start my first community”, says Emi with a deep sense of conviction. Her eyes light up as she speaks and there is laughter and joy on her face. She may be a dreamer but then all great ideas come from dreams and it is dreams that make this life.

I turn to Nir and ask him, “What do you think Israel should do to bring peace to the region?”

“Mark, the East Bank is prosperous, modern and growing economically, whereas the Left Bank/Gaza Strip is digressing into the dark ages because Hamas has control here. In the East Bank women can drive, work and dress as they please. In the Gaza strip all this is forbidden. There’s more but what’s the point of talking of these negative aspects?

In the 1990s many Palestinians worked in Israel and this helped their local economy. However, with the constant terrorist attacks this was stopped by Israel and hence poverty came knocking. It is a sad state of affairs for them.  I think Israel should invest heavily in the Palestinian territories – Education, health, business development prior to discussing statehood. This will help in elevating the suffering and bring about a more conducive atmosphere in the people to people contact.

Lastly, the Israeli government must declare/recognize/assist in the creation of a Palestinian State. They too need a homeland so let them have it. And all the Muslims in Israeli territory can move to the new State. This would ease tensions between Muslims and Jews.”

Nir, Emi and I parted company with a promise to keep in contact. But in this world impregnated with hatred, war and genocide one wonders whether such promises can be fulfilled.

“We shall meet you here again tomorrow, my friend,” said Nir.

“I cannot answer that Nir for the world may end tonight. I just live one day at a time. The rest I leave to the Universe,” I replied smiling at both of them.

Shalom my two young friends, Nir and Emi. I hope you realize your dreams.