My Story about Isha Ashram
I get asked a lot about Ashrams in India and honestly I only have a little direct experience in attending an Ashram and this experience is limited to Isha Ashram in Tamil Nadu. Following is my personal experience.
Isha Vidhya, a not for profit education initiative, works for the economic and social empowerment of rural children in the villages across southern state of Tamil Nadu, India. Through this effort, the foundation is committed to raising the level of education and literacy in rural India and to helping disadvantaged children realize their full potential. (an exert direct from their website).
Personally, I loved, loved the idea of their “Skip a Wednesday meal” program whereby the foundation encourages/asks those more fortunate to “Skip a Wednesday meal” and donate the money they would normally have spent on that meal to their foundation.
Isha was founded by Sadhguru, Jaggi Vasudev, who himself has a somewhat checkered past (don’t we all)?
Below are a few pictures I was allowed to take within the Ashram. Once it was noticed that I was taking photos, I was quickly asked to stop, no reason was provided, and when I stated I wasn’t taking photos of people, my companion smiled and said “no photos allowed madame”. This only added to my suspicion about the place. To begin with I (and no one else) was accompanied at all times by a “member” of the Isha Foundation, first a beautiful young woman from North India (who it turns out used to be an Engineer are a large firm in London) and then a handsome young man from Chennai. When I asked them how come no one else had an escort, they smiled, and responded “because you are the only foreigner here Madame?” Very strange indeed!