Taking you further than you thought possible.
This tour has been created to last three weeks so that we can go at a more leisurely pace – there will be time for relaxation, contemplation and adjustment as we go along.
South India is the location of origin of some of the oldest philosophies on the planet. We will have the opportunity to discover and discuss many aspects of these and other approaches to the big questions of life. At the same time, we will be honing in on exploring the foundation of all of existence – the five elements.
Retreat days at both the beginning and the end of the tour will give us time to explore the themes of this tour, whilst being in one place for discussion, rest, group and individual energy attunements and intuitive card readings.
In between, we will hire a private vehicle/or go by public transport, depending on numbers, to take us to these highly auspicious temples – and many additional points of interest along the way! This part of the tour will be fluid and decided as we go along. There will be the opportunity to visit:
The Krishnamurti study centre in Chennai
The Theosophical Society headquarters
Ramana Maharshi's Ashram in Tirruvanamalai
Ramana Maharshi's birthplace
The birthplace of Mahavatar Babaji
With our current awakening, many are drawn to experiencing altered/higher states of consciousness, wanting to open their third eye to see what was previously unseen. However! And this is a large 'however', unless we learn to integrate these insights and experiences with the material world, these insights are redundant, leaving us ungrounded, escaping or even disappearing into the clouds of spiritual practices and beliefs – often escaping the truths of why we are alive and what we are doing in the material world.
This three-week tour gifts us with the opportunity to value and honour the place of each of the elements and how they come together to bring about the physical experience. With this foundation in place, we are increasingly able to reach to higher vistas of understanding of how heaven and earth, spirit and materialism have never been separated – and are and have always been one. It was and is, only ever a question of our perception.
For those with the eyes to see and the ears to hear, this journey takes place against the backdrop of exploring ancient and modern philosophies and the lives of the wisdom keepers – each of whom left a stepping stone for us to now find our own way. We but stand on the shoulders of giants.
As with all Quantum Leap Travels you will be guided and supported through your personal experiences to interpret and understand how the world around you speaks and guides you at all times. This support is to help you lift the veils of perception, for you to see much more of what there is to see of the human experience....to take that into your life moving forward.
The group will create a kitty at the start, which can be added to along the way. This will share the expense of car/van hire, fuel, group meals, trips where we need a guide and anything else that spontaneously presents itself.
Your non-refundable deposit will guarantee your place on the tour, you will receive individual energy attunements, and two intuitive consultations (one at the beginning and one at the end of the journey), as well as support and guidance throughout.
If this is your first trip to India or into off-road India, please note, there are few places in the world like it. You will encounter people, ideas, practices, sights, smells, flavours and sounds, unlike any you have ever experienced before. You may have judgments and criticisms about these experiences. Simply observe these perspectives - and notice the transformational gifts they are offering you. The more you do, the more you will be offered the opportunity to see beyond the illusion of the senses and appearances - helping you to see more into yourself and the universe itself, than you may have ever had the opportunity to before.
1. Ekambareshwar Temple-Earth/prithvi - ‘Na’
This famous temple in Kanchipuram, South India represents the element - Earth. Goddess Parvati worshipped Lord Shiva under a mango tree, in the form of linga made with earth or prithvi to reunite with him. This ancient temple has been in existence even prior to 600 AD and has been sung by the revered Saivite Saints like Sundaramoorthy Nayanar, who regained his lost eyesight (left) after worshipping the lord of this temple.
2. Jambukeshwar Temple-Water/appu - ‘Ma’
Tiruvanaikovil is a small village, 3 kms away from Trichy in South India, on the banks of River Cauvery. The presiding deities of the temple in this place are Lord Jambukeshwar and Goddess Akhilandeshwari. One can see water oozing out of the linga in this shrine and hence the name Appu linga or Lingam of water. Being one of Panchabhootha sthala it is called Appu Sthalam. It is also called `Upadesha sthala` as the shrines of Lord Shiva and Parvati are seen facing each other. The Goddess herself received initiation into cosmic truths from Lord Shiva in this sacred place, like a student from a revered Guru.
3. Annamalaiyar Temple-Fire/tejo - ‘Shi’
Legends say that Lord Shiva manifested as a column of fire in Tiruvannamalai to teach lessons to Vishnu and Brahma. He also took the form of Ardhanarishwara in this holy place. The whole mountain is a linga, the manifestation of Shiva in the form of the element fire in Tiruvannamalai. Annamalaiyar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, located at the bottom of the Annamalai hill in Thiruvannamalai town. Saivite poets like Appar, Sambandar, Sekkizhar and Arunagirinathar have sung in praise of the Lord here.
4. Srikalahasti Temple-Air/vayu - ‘Va’
This temple is situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh on the banks of River Swarnamukhi. It is called Dakshina Kailasam. It is said that Lord Brahma offered prayers to Shiva and bathed in this river to get rid of "Sisuhathya patakam", the sin of killing children. It is called Vayu sthala or the Air linga. According to legends, it is in this temple, where Lord Shiva appears with five faces signifying the five elements - earth, water, fire, sky and air. Saints of yore have proclaimed that merely one visit to this temple is adequate for an aspiring devotee to attain salvation and free himself from the sins of past lives. All the malefic effects caused due to the two serpentine planets Rahu and Ketu in a person`s horoscope, are mitigated when prayers are offered in this temple. Another interesting feature of this temple is that Lord Shiva embodies in himself all the 8 planets except Saturn. One cannot find separate sanctum sanctorum for the eight planets, except one for planet Saturn.
5. Chidambaram Temple-Space/ether/akash - ‘Ya’
The temple town of Chidambaram has the famous Saivaite temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Nataraja. Nataraja is seen in the famous anandha tandava pose, the dance of creation. The presiding deity of the temple is Nataraja with his consort Sivagami. Shiva is worshipped as space or ether known as Akasa Lingam. The renowned Saivaite saint poets Appar, Sundarar and Sambandar have sung hymns in glory of the lord of this temple, Nataraja.