Posted: 08.09.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Next morning after breakfast we continued our talk where we had reached our limits because of fatigue. Our friends are leading a very spiritually oriented life and meditating up to 3 hours daily in the morning and in the evening in separate rooms used for meditation only. Rajendra Bengani during our talk Further Rajendra Bengani observes the rule followed by monks and nuns, not to take in anything after sunset...
Posted: 03.09.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Invigorated we focused our attention on Dubai Mall. Fortunately we felt revitalized. What we saw now, in a certain way recollected stories on fanciful hallucinations by those who went astray in the desert and suffered of acute water deficiency. Dubai Mall is no fanciful hallucination, but made of very stable, high quality materials one can touch and see, and even go shopping inside. KaDeWe in Berlin is the...
Posted: 29.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
This day started at 07:00 h in the morning for us. At 07:30 h we left our friends’ home. Some minutes later we got a taxi with a nice driver who only made a small detour to show the area to us. Practically this meant that he dropped us at the backside of the building complex. To get a booking on short call for a visit to the world’s largest building appears rather challenging. Our friends not only succeeded...
Posted: 26.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
After a relaxing afternoon we started into the evening activities. Christian Geerdes had a very interesting discussion with Vikas Garg, whereas I took a nap. Together the three of us started about 19:30 h. Vikas was so kind to accompany us to the boat, while our hosts had other obligations. Vikas feared that it was not enough time until departure of the boat. But we did not worry, as our friends’ apartment...
Posted: 21.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Four Terapanth Acharyas in a row (f.l.): 01. Acharya Bhikshu, founder of Jain Svetambara Terapanth Sangha, 09. Acharya Tulsi, 10. Acharya Mahapragya, 11. Acharya Mahashraman, present head of Terapanthi The next morning, when we sat with our friends, the photo above immediately caught our eyes. It hangs on a wall of the living room overlooking the whole salon. The first and the present Acharya are framing two...
Posted: 16.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
In Delhi, where we had started our 2013 India Trip we also left the subcontinent. Our flight to Dubai was in the morning, and as scheduled we landed there in early afternoon. Our friends Vijaya and Rajendra Bengani are living since 12 years in Dubai because of business conditions. Personally we got to know each other 8 years before in Ladnun during our stay there (Ladnun - Jain Vishva Bharati - 2005 Trip To...
Posted: 09.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
On NH65 we drove back in direction to Jodhpur, but turned after 18km to the right and stopped after some meters in front of an open gate, which was inserted in a, as it seemed hastily erected large wall. On first view we believed to be in front of an undeveloped real estate. But on closer examination the impression was different. The iron-made entry gate had an unusual shape and was decorated with Jain symbols,...
Posted: 08.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
This Sunday was the last day of our stay in Jodhpur. The following Monday in early afternoon was our flight to Delhi where we stayed overnight and took farewell from our friends there. Tuesday morning Swami Dharmanand ji accompanied us to the airport, and from there we took the flight to Dubai, our last destination before returning to Berlin. But back to Jodhpur, there we met again with the Surana family this...
Posted: 02.08.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
This Saturday we resolved to visit Mandore Garden. Before the completion of Fort Mehrangarh and the foundation of Jodhpur making it HQ of the Rathore clan the rulers of Marwar resided there. Mandore Garden is in a distance of about 9km from Jodhpur station from where nearly in front, in a side street, our hotel was situated. Opposite the hotel was a big taxi stand, and we fast agreed upon a package price with a...
Posted: 26.07.2013
By Editor Carla Geerdes
In the afternoon we visited the other building, situated on a hill high above the town, Mehrangarh Fort. The 122m elevated solitary hill on which the fortress has been constructed immediately attracted the attention of King Roa Jodha 550 years ago when looking for an appropriate location for the head quarter of his clan. Mehrangarh Fort means “Fortress of the sun”. Since centuries this building surmounting...

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