I had studied Hindu teachings and corresponded
with ashrams and teachers in India for many years. I had written
articles for journals in India since 1978 and books from 1982.
Bu I hadnt actually been to India, though I almost made it twice.
One of my Hindu teachers in America remarked, "David didnt
go to India, India came to him."
In 1987 I traveled to China and Tibet as part of
my study of Chinese medicine. A few months later, I took a second
trip to Asia and finally made it to India. Though, perhaps
belatedly, visiting India was an important and transformative
experience, marking another era in my life. After that first visit I
continued to go back to India on a yearly basis.
My first trip to India occurred as part of my
pursuit of Ayurveda. It involved visiting Ayurvedic schools and
companies in Bombay and Nagpur, and sightseeing to other parts of
the country. I also had two important visits of a spiritual nature,
first to Pondicherry and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and second to the
Ramanashram in nearby Tiruvannamalai, a pattern that was repeated in
future visits to the country.