What is Vipassana?
"The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are no charges for the courses - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit."
"The elements of an emotion never to be admitted" - Ayn Rand
That's how Ayn Rand wrote a perfect sentence to describe my experience with Vipassana Ten-Day Course, in one of her greatest works, Atlas Shrugged [page 315].
I spoke about how I spent seventeen days in Ladakh in my earlier blog where I scooped a major chunk of ten days and my Vipassana Experience. It has definitely been one of the most difficult-to-write-about experience for me and that's why it has taken me almost an entire year to finally open my laptop and start typing about how it was.
First of all, I'd tell you how I applied. After moving to Gwalior [my hometown], in April 2017, I was quite pulled to the idea of attending a ten-day silence to get clarity about my life. After hearing multiple stories of change and revelations, of pain and change, of giving up and surviving, it felt like I could use some help of it too. I was going through a phase of being lost and it seemed never-ending. There was a determination to do anything that could let me peep into my constant question to life "What's next?"
At first, I presumed that Vipassana was going to show me my path - the path.
However, I was ridiculously wrong about the whole thing. One of the most important things that I learned there was - there is no ONE path, there are infinite paths. I don't know how to explain what it means, but keep reading because this blog is not just for you to understand my experience, but for me to understand it equally.
Anywho, with whatever intention, I was driven to go for Vipassana.
Mohit, in whom I found a younger brother at my hostel two years ago, was running a cafe in Leh - Chanspa, to be more precise. I knew I had to visit the place. As far-fetched, unrealistic, dreamy my dreams are - I am never afraid to dream big. So, I dreamt of travelling to Ladakh solo in April.
During the planning phase of the third edition of The Lost Tribe Art Festival '17, I daydreamed of going to Ladakh once I wrapped up the festival in July end. I didn't know how it was to come true. But I didn't stop dreaming of going there. I had no idea how I was going to get my parents to agree to this.
I started talking about Vipassana Course and how I wanted to attend, with my folks. It struck me that I could go to the course in Ladakh after the art festival and that's how I applied. They have a long form and I procrastinated for a long time before I finally submitted it. I got a selection e-mail earlier than expected. That's how I got closer to live my Ladakh dream. The Course is absolutely free of cost - it included free accommodation and food. You can apply here.