India is the place where the soul finds its abode and the heart its peace. It is in this magic place that body and mind are harmonised in the name of the energy. It’s here that you can be in contact with the most remote part of yourself, connecting with the vibrations of the spirit and with your vital energy. Exercising the will, thoughts and feelings it is possible to reach the objective and connect with the vibrations of the heart allowing it to tune into holy places until it reaches higher states of consciousness. Because the objective to reach is spiritual, internal and it speaks the language of our deepest self. Among these paths of awareness, the Path of the Buddha, a pilgrimage in North India, through some of the places that accompanied the prince Siddhartha in his life travels, is among the best known. Lumbini (birth), Bodh Gaya (Awakening), Sarnath (first preaching) and Kusinagar (the “definitive disappearance” or even- Nirvana). These places are the four main places of pilgrimage that every Buddhist wish to visit in his lifetime. The other four places of importance recall the “miraculous” events that occurred during the preaching of the Buddha’s life, from the north-west to the south-east: Sāmkāsya (the descent from the skies Tusita), Sravasti (the great magical prodigy) Vaisali (the monkey offering) and Rājagṛha (the submission of the furious elephant). In all these cities, especially in Bodhgaya, are the numerous temples built by the Buddhist communities of the world. Thai, Japanese and Tibetan temples that blend together creating a unique city. It is magical to cross every moment of the day, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, from all backgrounds, who shell their rosaries singing hymns. Sri Lankan believers in white, Thai monks in saffron, Japanese monks in black, Westerners dressed in a thousand colors. Whether you are Buddhist or not, they are places of magic, and the path is a highly moving experience that goes far beyond the grandiose beauty of each city.
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