hide out eco-farm

After my short visit in Mumbai and saying good-bye to my Swiss friends I headed to an eco-farm just outside of Mumbai. Here you can sleep under the stars, or in a room with large open spaces in the walls. The construction of the farm is mainly made with cow dung (cow poo). Everything is organic/recycled/local/sustainable. The owner Hament wants to create the largest fruit forest around the farm together with the tribals that live in the acres around the farm.

The food you consume here is mainly raw – lots of fruit, the staff of girls cook great food on the ash stove which doesn’t overheat the food.

Besides living healthfully on the farm, Hament (Bobby) also talks with you about life & nature & spirituality. You feel instantly at home here.

Some photos of the farm & activities (sorry about my poor phone quality photos):

The local market where goods are traded.
The local market where goods are traded.

My room
My room

The common area
The common area

Look at those ears: adorable!
Look at those ears: adorable!
Bed in the jungle
Bed in the jungle

Farmer smokin' a Beedie
Farmer smokin’ a Beedie

The bus driver now has my hat
The bus driver now has my hat

mahatma gandhi

Gandhi & Gandhi
Gandhi & Gandhi
Gandhi's home
Gandhi’s home
He tried
He tried

Inspiring words:

“I shall work for an India in which the poorest shall feel that it is their country, in whose making they have an effective voice, an India in which there shall be no high class and low class of people, an India in which all communities shall live in perfect harmony… There can be no room in such India for the curse of untouchability or the curse of intoxicating drinks and drugs… Women will enjoy the same rights as men… This is the India of my dreams.” – M.K. Gandhi

Confession of an error is like a broom that sweeps away dirt and leaves the surface cleaner than before.

A clean confession, combined with a promise never to commit the sin again, when offered before one who has the right to receive it, is the purest type of repentance.

A man who has broken with his past feels a different man. He will not feel it a shame to confess his past wrongs, for the simple reason that these wrongs do not touch him at all.

A sinner is equal to the saint in the eye of God. Both will have equal justice, and both an equal opportunity either to go forward or to go backward. Both are His children, His creation.

A saint who considers himself superior to a sinner forfeits his sainthood and becomes worse than the sinner who, unlike the proud saint, knows not what he is doing.

In 1921 at Gandhi's suggestion the spinning wheel found place on the Swaraj-flag. To Gandhi, spinning was a sacrament. He felt that every time he drew a thread on the wheel, he was coming nearer to the poorest of the poor and through them to God.
In 1921 at Gandhi’s suggestion the spinning wheel found place on the Swaraj-flag. To Gandhi, spinning was a sacrament. He felt that every time he drew a thread on the wheel, he was coming nearer to the poorest of the poor and through them to God.

magical hampi

Bathing Laxmi
Bathing Laxmi
The only crook in town
The only crook in town

The Monk is shaking flowers out of the tree

Monkey hanging out with us. We had biscuits and bananas. He's enjoying the sunset with us.
Monkey hanging out with us. We had biscuits and bananas. He’s enjoying the sunset with us.
The local elephant Laxmi is blessing me for 10 Rps. She takes the money with her trunk and gives it to the big boss before blessing.
The local elephant Laxmi is blessing me for 10 Rps. She takes the money with her trunk and gives it to the big boss before blessing.
If you ever go to Hampi, email him! Krishnahampi@gmail.com. He's the sweetest guy ever and knows so much about Hampi. He even made my friend Angela cry due to his beautiful words and passion about Hampi. The crying freaked him out though. Whenever you sing the Hare Krishna song he will sing it along with you.
If you ever go to Hampi, email him! Krishnahampi@gmail.com. He’s the sweetest guy ever and knows so much about Hampi. He even made my friend Angela cry due to his beautiful words and passion about Hampi. The crying freaked him out though. Whenever you sing the Hare Krishna song he will sing it along with you.
Krishna's wheels
Krishna’s wheels

Hampi

Everything looks better with a cow
Everything looks better with a cow
Bat cave ruins - doing a little pose.
Bat cave ruins – doing a little pose.
Angelita and I under Buddha's tree, doing what he did best: meditating.
Angelita and I under Buddha’s tree, doing what he did best: meditating.
One of Krishna's fascinating stories
One of Krishna’s fascinating stories

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Ganesha
Ganesha