“A pilgrimage is not an achievement, but an opportunity to subdue the sense of who you are
and to access the beyond.”
Isha Sacred Walks are journeys to places of divine connection, where the veil between the physical and spiritual is thin. Such sacred spaces revitalize and energize us, and give us an experience of our inner nature. Many spiritual masters have illuminated these spaces with their grace, and over millenia, countless numbers of devotees have undertaken pilgrimages to these places to attain to their Ultimate nature.
In an endeavor to share these mystical dimensions, Isha offers the rare privilege of exploring the beauty and sacredness of the most revered destinations of this land including:
- Magnificent Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar
- The awe-inspiring Himalayas
- Beautiful Chamundi Hills and the Chamundeshwari Temple
- The legendary holy city of Varanasi (Kashi)
- Some of the most stunning temples of South India
With the grace and guidance of Sadhguru, the seeker has the opportunity to experience these sacred places in their true depth and dimension. Guided and enveloped by intense meditation processes and sathsangs, one can feel the explosive power of these spaces and hence transcend one’s limitations, unraveling the forces of life and our own ultimate potential.
An imposing 21,778-foot tall peak, the magnificent and majestic Mount Kailash is more than just a mountain – it is a legend, a revelation, an epiphany, an inner journey. Kailash Sacred Walks, offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of embarking on this journey to Kailash Manasarovar. This magical and mystical spot has been drawing people to its divine presence for thousands of years. The journey to Kailash Mansarovar is a life-changing experience for the few thousands of pilgrims who undertake it every year, teaching them a sense of self like nothing else can.
The word “Hima” in Sanskrit means “snow” and the word, “alaya” means “abode.” However, the mighty mountain ranges of the Himalayas are more than just an abode of snow, they are Mother Nature’s biggest miracle. The Himalayas are the roof of the world, overwhelming us with their sheer magnificence and size and humbling us by giving us a true perspective of how small and insignificant we humans are. Himalayan Sacred Walks, a program by Isha Sacred Walks, offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of embarking on this journey to the beautiful temples and sacred spaces of the Himalayas.
Chamundi Sacred Walks is a unique opportunity to visit and experience the places that played a significant part in Sadhguru’s life. Combining treks to hills, forests and waterfalls with visits to temples and palaces, the journey is as diverse and multifaceted as Sadhguru’s journey through life.
And of course, when following in Sadhguru’s footsteps, adventure and profundity go hand-in-hand. Chamundi Sacred Walks is a possibility to know the man behind the being, and to imbibe the being behind the man.
A city as old as time. A city that has seen the world turn, tides change and generations of humans born and die. Varanasi or Kashi, which has been standing the tests of time for over 5,000 years is said to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. In Mark Twain’s words, “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”
Southern Sojourns features breathtaking Dravidian masterpieces in stone that date back to the 3rd century, towering gopurams that will stun you with their beauty, brightly-coloured sculptures in exquisite detail and ancient engravings that tell stories of Gods, demons and mortals. South Indian temples are a rich treasure trove of not just stunning architecture and colorful mythological tales, but are of great spiritual significance for pilgrims who travel from far and wide to lay their eyes on these timeless marvels.
“When I look back at my visit, I realize that Kailash’s greatest contribution to me is in breaking me down, yet holding me up. Some wishes take many lifetimes to realize. You instinctively know those moments when they happen. There is no drumroll & lightning in the sky or music in the background. But your essence shifts. No one else may ever know that it has, but you do.”
“This was a great spiritual adventure – very cultural and informative. The most powerful experience of the journey was when we were inside the temples. Whenever Sadhguru and Isha organizes, I know a spiritual adventure is guaranteed. It was an opportunity to grow personally, intellectually and spiritually.”
The Pain And Pleasure Of Kailash
This time around, the 70 km trek from Simikot to Hilsa was blessed with the best of weather, unlike last year, where the copious rain left the land slushy and slippery, making the nights very cold. This is a tough trek, but the group stuck together in great spirit and were rewarded with respite from the last days of very hard and steep terrain, thanks to the roads being laid in this region. This pristine terrain that our legs suffered and we enjoyed to our hearts content, this valley that is in constant roar of the rivers in a rush, will henceforth also be filled with the roar of internal combustion engines. This is a story of pain and pleasure so generously and evenly mixed, making it an exotic mix – leaving one in the throes of life and death. Or as I said earlier: heaven for the heart, hell for the legs.
happily sleeping – talk about trust.