Travel Reports

Reflections from my stay in an Ashram, India

I have come to Chennai, India, to the Babuji Ashram, an Ashram of the Sahaj Marg mission, to meditate and meet Master Chariji again.This, I believe, is my third or fourth trip to India for that purpose in seven years. I wish I would have come annually. Each time I learn someth...

Travel Report: Croatia

I just lectured at Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia. Osijek is a few miles from Vukovar, a city best known for its unfortunate fate during the civil war in 1991. A war that resulted in the splitting of Serbia and Croatia and the dissolving of the Yugoslav Federation.O...

Travel Report: Germany

I was on a consulting assignment in Berlin on November 9th, and across from my hotel, I noticed a building with Hebrew letters. In front of the building there were hundreds of floral arrangements placed along the fence."What is going on?" I asked a policeman standing at the ga...

Travel Report: October 2011

(All blogs published by the Institute are a personal opinion of the author and do not reflect the position of the Institute.) MontenegroIt’s small country. And it’s one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. On October 12, it started negotiations to join the European Union...

Travel Report: Bioenergy Therapy in Slovenia and a Visit to Poland, June 2011

I have taken a four-day course how to do bioenergy therapy and followed it with three days of taking the therapy myself.Why did I do it? It was quite an investment for me to dedicate more than ten days to it and I am going back there to take step two training now.It started wi...

Travel Report: May 2011

The month started in Auschwitz, Poland. On Monday, May 2nd, this year’s Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), I was at Auschwitz to watch my very good friend Branko Lustig (who won an Oscar in 1993 for co-producing Schindler’s List) celebrating his bar mitzvah.Branko is 78....

Travel Report, April 2011: Israel

I am flying from Tel Aviv to Eilat, a resort city on the shores of the Red Sea.The line to board the plane is long; we must go through yet another security check. I am close to the end of the line. Next to me is a very Orthodox Jew. They are easy to identify, with their black ...

Travel Report - March 2011, Macedonia

Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, looks terrific. Along the Vardar River, the government is building a three-story-high monument to Aleksander Macedon (Aleksander the Great); a museum to commemorate VMRO (Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization), its ruling party; anoth...

Travel Report: India, February 2011

I am in India, at an ashram in the Himalayas where I will be meditating for a week. I arrived here by car from New Delhi. Because of the horrific traffic jams it was a twelve-hour ride punctuated by the endless honking of cars. But I had much to see and think about.Upon landin...

Travel Report: Belgrade, Serbia

Serb culture is an interesting one.A Serb can be very romantic, sensitive, warm, and loving, but if you offend his pride, even slightly, in a heartbeat he can turn hostile, vulgar, offensive, and threatening.Here is an example: I was in a cab going from the airport to the hote...