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Devon’s Travel: India

One of our students, Devon Streich, was one of the many people who utilized our 10 week break in between semesters here in Munich to travel. Read a little about his amazing experience here:


“For the month of March I traveled within India, with my home base in New Delhi where my great uncle and great aunt live. In the ancient city of Benares, I visited a temple so old it is mentioned in the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures); I saw the ghats where every evening they hold an aarti, which is a prayer and celebration to the Goddess of the Ganges river; and I saw Morari Bapu speak, who is a revered and beloved Hindu holy man.

Then I traveled up to Rishikesh and Haridwar, which are nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas along the bank of the Ganges some 1000 miles north of Benares. I saw Hindu temples in spades, took part in more aartis, and visited a cave in the hills, in which there is a shrine to a holy man who became enlightened there some 10,000 years ago. The hills themselves bespeak the ancientness of the culture, traditions held unbroken for thousands of years.

Upon returning to New Delhi, I got the opportunity to see the Dalai Lama himself speak in person. I was lucky enough to get an article published in a South Asian news website, which you can read here: http://zeenews.india.com/exclusive/secular-moral-education-can-be-key-to-happiness-dalai-lama_1570753.html