Lumbini and decision making

2 1/2 month in Lumbini lay behind.

I stayed at the beautiful Korean Temple for almost all the time. Exept of a 10 day Vipassana retreat in the second half of May.

It has been a challenging time. The first two weeks I thought it would be just generating time. Then I prolonged another week and another week and another  week and so on.  Only after 6 weeks I felt I am ready to visit the Vipassana retreat. Then … again the same game….

In the first weeks it was 30+ degrees, then 35+, then 40+ degrees. It’s pre monsun. Reguarly the rainy season starts in the end of June/beginning of July in the low lands. There where signs,  that maybe the monsun starts a bit early this year. So after one rain a lot of insect and beatles suddenly appeared, then disappeared again. Another rain soon after, but no insects, at least not so many, they have been the ‚early birds‘. 40+ degrees continued, when inside its only possible with a fan,  otherwise, after 1/2 hour I was wet from top to bottom. When electricity disappeared at night, it was not easy to find sleep. The fan did not do any cooling, just wind. .. but I liked it. I don’t like air conditioner…

My biggest challenges are my inner processes. There is so much going on on the experience level, it’s nearly unbelievable. I am a very trusty person, but some of the experiences are nearly over the edge. I know, that a lot of defilements and sankaras get eradicated, and for that I am happy to do it and meditate a lot,  but it’s partly also painful – luckily I know, what’s going on. It feels, my whole body gets a new structure, but until now it’s not ready yet. Especially my right knee makes pain. I know it’s along the meridian line and it’s a healing process….. and at some times I really don’t know, if my knee is injured…. anyway, my body and system does not want to walk.

I thought of walking from Lumbini to Kathmandu through the Annapurna trek, I am more or less sure, that I could make it, and it feels also sure, that this knee thing is not finished, when I arrive in Kathmandu…. and then the Visa is finished again…. sooo???!!!

Then I thought of staying in Lumbini – meanwhile getting a Indian Visa – taking care of my system change or healing in the south of Nepal and then starting on the end of August to walk to all the Buddha places in India south of Lumbini. I could experience the beginning and ongoing Monsun, meditate a lot, observing all the staff working through me.

Then I thought off flying back to Germany, visiting my mother, relatives and friends, having some rest time from the peace walk, and after a break of some more or less month to come back and walking the rest of the way.

Every day it was a different experience inside of me, what would be the right decision. Every day!!! That’s how I knew, it was not the right time to make a decision.

So I waited patiently for the right moment to come.

I am now 2 years in India and Nepal. Who read my blog, knows, that I have an issue with Indian food, especially the yellow powder spices, onions anyway, and I have an issue with some allergies, mainly gluten -but it got better- here and there I can eat some bread. The white rice sticks to much in my stomach, but I could enjoy brown rice every day in the monastery. All together it take some energy  from me, as you can imagine.

In Lumbini they have a local problem with the water. Investigations brought the result, they have lead in the water. People drink still from the well, very good cleansed water can be bought from different companies, in the monastery, they cook the water to kill bacterias, but the lead is not eliminated by that. After 2 weeks, not knowing about the water facts, I faced a lot of pimples on my whole chest, in some parts I had the suspicion, that I could even have shingles, because of some little blisters. About five weeks after the first pimples I heard about the investigation and immediately started only drinking filtered water. Pimples disappeared. The monastery continue to use the well water for cooking, so in any soup or cooked meals and rice, you know, there will be some lead in the meal. The meals have been, beside of my issues with yellow powder spices and onion, very good, lots of vegetables!!!

Also I sences an old issue on the property of the UNESCO world heritage (and) around. I started working on it, could not finish the process, would like to do it one day with some more people, maybe through sound healing and toning.

I am now 7 years on the road, and I really really miss organic food. Clean organic food. I guess, this would help me a lot to some extent with some of the body issues.

Also I realized, that the chaotic situation on the streets – the somehow street culture -since at least Afghanistan combined with lots of poorness is also taking a lot of energy from me. Since I started the Peace walk towards India and Myanmar, and also before, walking  around Germany and all neighbour countries I generated a lot of tolerance, so relizing this enery succing ‚thing’…. it opened my eyes. And being in India the two years before, walking a lot in the Himalayas, I did not have that issue so much. Walking in the low lands the enery is different, more chaotic, more poor….

Who read my blog from September last year, knows that I thought a lot about my mother, made a decision, to see her in November last year. But some nights later, when I was caught in the unexpected snow fall in the 4500 m high mountains, when the snow stopped falling and the sky opened up, ‚it‘ woke me up.  I opend my tent,  very best beautiful full moon energy, I left the tent about half hour open ( at -10 degrees) and I heard a voice telling me: you can also go to Germany in the summer 2019 -for me it was somehow mid of June. Some days before the 15th of June, in the evening, I knew, I will move soon from Lumbini….. In the beginning it was not clear, what will happen. Little later it cristalized, that I proparbly fly to Germany.

Somehow the feeling did not change anymore, to fly to Germany, for me very suddenly, on the afternoon of 15th of June, I decided spontaneously to take the night bus to Kathmandu. Also it was easy to make the arrangements for flight and around. No-one in Germany know from my plans, so it hopefully will be a happy surprise.

Even the fe‘ not wanting the peace walk being interrupted, disappeared.  So surprising to me.

Happiness is here and now

There is no way to happiness

Happiness is the way

A Formula for a healthy life and world.

Its something to comtemplate and meditate on!

Keep the elements clean!!!

Inside and outside!!!

It Is inside

Actually I wanted only to greet and sent a blessing to all the Moslems, who start the Ramadan these days….. But a whole article arose:

The big misunderstanding between the religions

All the religions teach in there essence the same.

Love and Peace – Nothing else

And in our deep essence we all search for That

It is our nature.

If we are not connected with the essence in it’s most natural form, we try to get there from a stage, in which we not know the truth.

Because of that, we need a label for that essence, we call It Allah, God, Jahwe….

Between the monoistic religions and the ’non-monotoistic‘ religions, there is the next misunderstanding, because monoistic religions believe, that ’non-monoistic religions pray to a lot of Gods. 

Also lots of followers believe, that there (own) God is the only one.

In fact there is only one essence with different names, such as Allah, God, Jahwe …

In the non-monoteistic religions people like to pray and offer to different ‚gods‘, or it seems, that people pray to statures or images….

If we look deeple from another angle, we see, that we all do the same. Only our mind misinterpretes.

When we understand, that the essence is INSIDE, closest to each and everyone, in our hearts, and that the essence and truth is grounded there, we maid understand with some deep looking, that the goal to reach, is in us.

The essence, unfolded in us, understands, that all people do the same. 

So……

Moslems have to understand, Allah is inside, and it’s the higher Me! – the ‚Allah-Self‘

Christians have to understand, God is inside, and it’s higher Me! – the ‚God-Self‘

Juish have to understand, Jahwe is inside, and it’s higher Me! – the ‚Jahwe-Self‘

The person has to vanish and the ‚essence-self‘, the higher Me has to overtake.

In Buddhism people honor Buddha, often to bring offerings, but Buddha is not Allah or God, Buddha reached the ‚essence‘ and embodied it. That’s the reason people honor Buddha.

In Hinduism people honor for example Krishna, Shiva, Vishnu…. but Krishna, Shiva, Vishnu… are not Allah or God. Krishna, Shiva, Vishnu reached the ‚essence‘ and embodied it.

 

When we understand, that the essence is in us, in each and everyone, we are connected with each and everyone….. no matter what relegion or believe. ….

So, when you are a Moslem, every time you bow down, you have to put your person down. Praying towards Mekka is your reminder, that Mohammad reached the goal and was one with the essence. Every time you get up, you have to get up and let the ‚Allah-Self‘ or ‚essence-self‘ arise in you.

When you are a Christian, every time you pray – or better bow down – you have to put your person down. Praying with Jesus is your reminder, that Jesus reached the goal and was one with the essence. Every time you get up, you have to get up and let the ‚God-Self‘, ‚Christ-consciousness‘ or ‚essence-self‘ arise in you.

When you are a Jew, every time you pray – or better bow down – you have to put your person down. Praying you know, that Abraham and Moses reached the goal and were one with the essence. Every time you get up, you have to get up and let the ‚Jahwe-self‘ or ‚essence-self‘ arise in you.

When you are a Buddhist, every time you bow down, you have to put your person down. Praying you know, that Buddha reached the goal and was one with the essence. Every time you get up, you have to get up and let the ‚Buddha-nature‘ or ‚essence-self‘ arise in you.

If you are Hindu, every time you bow down, you have to put your person down. Praying you know, that Krishna, Shiva, Visnu…. have reached the goal and were one with the essence. Every time you get up, you have to get up and let the ‚essence-self‘ arise in you.

The Essence is in accordance to all universal laws (or nature laws) which are written down in all the holy scriptures. Acting towards universal laws, you can also active the essence.

Being one as the’essence-self‘ you will understand and experience the universal laws and most happy to follow them. Because that is also out universal nature.

With best blessings

Thomas

 

 

7 years Germany to Nepal

Dear friends,

It’s steppps birthday time.

Two days ago, on the 28th of April, steppps had anniversary!!!!

7 years of walking from Germany to Nepal!!!!!

20.000 km are walked!!!!!

16 country’s are crossed!!!!!

Another 2-4000 km are coming. 1-3 more countries.  Depends on the route.

 

Together with the project before, to walk in and around Germany and to all neighbour countries from 2007 – 2011

Steppps Peace Walk has walked with lots of good friends

More than 27.000 km

In 25 countries!!!!

 

Thanks to all the support; thanks to you, for walking together, thanks for opening your house, and feeding us, thanks for any further food support, thanks for guidance and financial support, thanks for all love support, and all the good wishes and blessings, thanks for all your interests and good thoughts….

It’s just impossible, to thank everyone, but my hugs are going to everyone …. and my bowings also to everyone….

With big gratitude I express also big thanks to all the help from Universe, God, the Supreme, the Absolute. … and to and through inner guidance….

And I know, there was and is still more to thank to all the unknown helpers, visible or invisible …..

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!!!!

Lots of Love

Thomas 

 

 

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Letting go

Here in Lumbini I am again close to the school of Varun. From the last money collecting I gave him the rest of the donations, 200€, about 2 weeks ago. It’s for a sound system.

When I thought about the school, still being in India in beginning of March, I witnessed a calm little voice from the center of my heart ‚Thomas, you don’t have to do that!’…. In the beginning it made me bit sad, because I had the idea to help the school a bit longer…., but I love to follow the voice of my heart and after some contemplation I realised, even loving to support, I also feel, it takes some energy of me …. and in this intense times I need a lot energy to diguest all the inner transformation processes and so on. Also a beautiful feeling of freedom arose, letting go of creating more responsibilities ….. In a conversation with Varun he was totally accepting and understanding.

Letting go also does not mean, I never again collect some money for the school or help to transport some new ideas or get involved in some other activities, but it means, not to be fixed to the next steppps. So, for now, there is no further step planed. If something will rise up later on, I will see, what to do then.

Here and then I announced, what I maid do or build after the peace walk. I mentioned a Stupa, Vipassana centeres in different places and even a Light (silent) Temple and so on. These all I also let go. There is no reason, that I have to carry on these responsibilities during the next two years. For now, I totally let go of the idea, that I have to do that after the walk. If it arises later on again…. ok, then I will see, but for now, all further plans for the time after the walk are dropped. Letting go helps me to be in the presence and awareness.

And with this one, I am not 100% sure yet, but it goes in this direction: letting go of the titel ‚peace walk‘. I tend in the direction, just to continue the journey by walking in awareness without having a title (for the walk) anymore.

These changes are already a product do the inner structure change, even not being 100% aware of the result, how my system feels, after the inner process is completed. But this far I can already see.

Freedom in and with Awareness

Love and happiness for all of you for Easter and anyway

Thomas

 

 

Since 20 days in Lumbini/Nepal

Dear friends,

Since 20 days I am already in Lumbini/Nepal. I stay in the guest house of the Korean Temple, have even a single room here with fan and a mosquito net. The weather is mostly sunny with temperatures with 30+ degrees.

Since 20 days I think of writing to you, friends, who follow the blog, but most to you friends, who support me in what ever ways, by thoughts, prayers, walking somewhere where you are, or even donating money, or on other ways…. And I just can’t start writing. I don’t find a way to start, and so many things, which happend to me…. I even don’t know how to discripe them, because,  if I discripe, I also want, that you can understand…..

So I start with writing what is happening in the more ‚outside world‘.

From Rishikesh I walked 301 km to the Nepali border close to Mahendranagar. It was difficult due to do it in 16 days, because the Visa of India came to an end. Exept of 3 nights I had no mosquito net, so every time I finished up my walk in the evening, that’s exactly the time, when mosquitoes got hungry…. So there was not really a break for relaxation…

On my birthday, I ‚enjoyed‘ a 15h ride by bus on lots of broken roads. So it was a shaking experience. … and arrived totally exhaused at night here in Lumbini (in November/ December I walked between Mahendranagar and Lumbini). A perfect place to relax… a 4 by 1.5km big area without traffic at the world heritage of Buddha’s birth place. Lots of Temples out of different Buddhist traditions, sponsored by various counties, are situated here.

In my ‚luggage‘ to diguest I brought experiences from 3 Vipassana retreats within two month (mid December ’18 to mid February ’19 – all together 40 days of silent sitting) and a month of sitting in Satsang with Mooji in Rishikesh (www.mooji.org) directly after all the Vipassana retreats, and the 300 km walk with lots of difficulties.

And as often, as also to this time, I did not know, that I carried that much ‚diguesting luggage‘ with me. Already I wanted to be again on the road… but not this time yet.

In my body, mind and spiritual body, there is a lot going on, maybe easiest to discripe as a ’structure‘ change inside, which I don’t know, how to discripe. This is partly connected with some pain, just as much, that I don’t have to cry out loudly…. I am grateful, to say, that Univers, God, the Supreme, the It, Awareness…. (means all the same) is taking care of a beautiful transformation,  that is and will be, but in the moment I still in this kind of partly painful transmission stage… I don’t have a clue, how long this will continue. The only chance is to go through it in blissful awareness…. This change is so strong, that it affects naturally me the inner ’structure‘ of my body and mind, with sometimes doubts of „do I get ill? I have some kind of disease? What is going on?“ And so on. But also strongly knowing, I am in goods hands, I am in hands of the Absolute, everything is in a good way! This I know surely. And writing this, I know, this is so true and right, I am even moved by this knowing!!!….

It’s a process and I have to have patients in the awareness…..

My friends, you are strongly loved and embraced!!!

Thomas

 

Good news

If you read my blog regularly, you maid remember, that I have some serious allergy issues since a while.

But recently some of the allergies dissapeared. For example I can eat here and then again wheat. Means bread, pizza, etc.

I am still careful, because my stomach is still very sensitive, but I think, it’s a good sign.

.. ..

14.3.2019 short update

Dear friends,

This year is rushing…. puh. …

Nevertheless, I can say, that I had beautiful opportunites…. to grow….

I joined a 20 day Vipassana retreat in Jaipur/Rajasthan and now I finished visiting 4 weeks Satsang with Mooji www.mooji.org in Rishikesh at the Ganga.

Reports about this events follow later. It’s not, that I have been lazy, it’s because, some of it, needs still to be diguested….

Until now I can say. The „motto, poem“ of the peace walk has changed again, by better understanding.

From

step by step – breath by breath – in the moment – always present

It dewelopes into

Step by step – breath by breath – in the moment – presence – awareness

 

From tomorrow – 15.3. – I continue walking. There is a gap of 700 km to walk between Shimla in the Himalayas and the Nepali border – Mahendranagar. Because of Visa issues I only have 16 days left in India. So I try to reach the border from half way (of the gap) starting in Rishikesh. But not sure, if I can do the 320 km in just 16 days. Will see.

Hugs to you all

Thomas

Letter to Varun (and his school)

Dear Principal Varun, teachers and parents!!!

Suddenly and surprisingly, you and the  school appeared into my live a month ago….

Still not knowing how many steppps I will take with you and your school, I will take at least some more of the steppps, to give some ideas and to collect some more money ….. 

In some of my meditations the school was present…. and here is the results…. to think of, to discuss about…..

What to do    A) now or as quick as possible    B) within the next 5 month     C) Future, to realize within 5 years or so

A) now or as quick as possible

Making more space and bring dignity, for the whole school but especially for every kid. You have four classes each 50 kids on a small area. It’s nearly a impossible task to give quality teaching in such a narrow place. So for now it could be a solution, to leave two of the classes in your building. And teach two classes on other places, such in front of the school or on top of the school. Beside the school your grandmother and other relatives are living. Is it not possible to move them to another area, so the school can benefit from that space?

Some simple shade preparations can be done for the next month in top and in front of the building.

I advise you to take the student fees in advance, at the beginning of the month, instead of taking them in the end of the month. The parents need to know, that they have to pay the fees in time, so teaching them and being awareness is a key step.

It would be good to have a sound system, for the morning ceremony, parent gatherings, guided meditation….

B) within the next five month

Making a plan for more space…. for example buying land and building mud houses. Mud houses are cheap, easy to build, maybe with some voluntary help of parents. Mud houses are also cosy. The mud takes some of the sound away. Every class could have a mud house and therefore a nice time to study. Between every mud house should be enough space, so sound does not interact with another class. Every mud house can be painted or decorated by every class… and maybe the mud houses are anyway a good solution for later on.

So the’now-school-building‘ becomes more the entrance area, maybe with some offices for principal and teachers, as well as store rooms and later computer classes…..

The number of students in every class has to be reduced from 50 to 25 or so.

C) Future, to realize within 5 years or so

Building a new school. Maybe the mud houses are anyway a good solution and a more solid building can complete the whole infrastructure.

Further suggestions (1)

1.) If you want a school, where all the kids learn and speak a good English, all teachers need to be able, to speak English. Every teacher new employed should be speak English fluently (or another language beside Hindi and Nepali, for example Chinese  (it’s your neighbor country)). All the teachers present now, have to study english.

2) Parents maid start volunteering at school, for example by help building the mud houses, bringing ideas and realising them, organize festivities and excursions….

3) Inventing meditation. You first and all the teachers should/must see a Vipassana retreat. Maybe even once a year. This will help each of them, to understand themself better, but increase compassion, atmosphere and non-violence at the school.    After you have done the first course, the kids should join a free-cost meditation day at one of the Vipassana centers, for example Lumbini. (This is just one point of my suggestions but so very very important to me and will have a lot of benefits for the whole school and everyone in it….!!!!!!) Here you slowly slowly can even convince the parents to join a Vipassana retreat.

4) there are also other non-violence trainings avaible, to find out, if needed or teachers are not open to join a Vipassana retreat. But the clapping kids at school needs to come to an end!!!!

 

Further suggestions  (2)

As I am a peace walker, I believe, that a good education can not be done, only by teaching normal subjects, to make the kids fit for working in the society. But it must include to open concioussness and awareness in every kid to Love, Peace and Happiness. It must include the understanding of every kid, that we life not on in countries, but on one planet we share together, the humans, animals, plants and minerals. And we have to take care of this beautiful planet in all aspects.

a) meditation as discribed earlier

b) environment teachings…..

this can include tree planting. Every kid should plant a tree every year. It should grow and plant the tree, and take care of it… at least as it is in the school!!……

a awareness should be tought about rubbish reducing, recycling and how to make the region better for that. How to reduce pollution and smog and how can they be a part of it.

c) making aware, in a practical way, that we live on one planet

For example exchanging crane peace birds with other schools/classes around the world every year at World Peace Day, 21.9.

For example inviting from time to time people from diffent parts of the world, to teach wider awareness, such as www.wiu.org This is to the same time an art project.

d) every year there should be one day of teaching human rights, as given by UN

e) art should be tought, such as music, paintings, theater, any other art or supporting creativity

f) religion teaching, what is the best in every religion the world has to offer?

g) the school should have a Facebook and or a web side, where students can report about these activities, to bring knowledge to the outside, state, country and worldwide

h) a video or photo group can help to create reports or little 2 minute films. ..

i) a playground should avaible or be build

j) evening courses for adults can be invented

 

All this ideas can become a example for every school around. Maybe even your students can go around to other schools to teach them, what they learned and made happen. Education should set a goal that your students can invent new and better solutions for the future…. always in the awareness, that there can be international exchange on whatever level

 

My next steppps. I like to collect money for a good quality sound system, so we can buy it latest in the end of March quality loudspeakers, microphones, and a system, possibility to use for morning meditations. What do you think it would cost?

With Love and blessings

Thomas