A place above Gomukh, on the banks of Gangotri, the glaciatic origin of the river Ganga.
Now, she is talking about overwhelming experiences in certain places, especially Guptakashi and Tapovan. If I could explain what is the basis of these experiences… These are two different kinds of spaces – Guptakashi and Tapovan. Tapovan, maybe because of the altitude you felt light-headed. It is a place which has been graced by many wonderful beings. Wherever they go, they leave their eggs, that’s their way of life. Now, if you leave your eggs in Bombay or in New York City or anywhere else, people will trample on it and go because they won’t have the sense to recognize what’s been left around. So, they go and leave their eggs, you know… have you… I don’t know if you have done this, most of you might not have done this, maybe a few of you. If you ever track birds, if you track birds, most of you won’t believe if you open your eyes and look around where you were trekking on the side, a cluster of stones… in that there were a couple of eggs. The birds would have laid their eggs right there.
October is a little late, they have all hatched. If you went to Himalayas, let’s say in May-June-July, you will see this, but most of you wouldn’t see it because it would lay its eggs in such a way that even the predators should not see it. What they see they pick up, what they do not see will fly. Or in South India, I don’t know much about the North American birds, I am just getting familiar with the human beings. [All Laugh] They are… quite a birds they are. If you, between February and April, if you just walk on the dried tracks in South India, you will see in how many incredible ways the birds would have found nests, the birds which cannot build their own nests. Those birds which can build their own nests, they build wonderful nests in the trees and do it. The other birds who are not capable of architecture, such birds, they will find such small niches. Niches here and there – in stones, in pieces of wood, in mud, wherever and they will lay their eggs in such a way, even if you are looking for it, you can’t find it. In such a beautiful way they will arrange themselves, because they want the eggs to hatch. As I said, what the predators find becomes food, what the predators don’t find, fly.
So the yogis also, people who have the privilege and the burden of carrying a dimension which is not in the experience of common people… also wherever they sit and stand they lay their eggs, but why they always moved to hilly regions? Certain spaces which are identified as sacred is simply so that these eggs are not trampled upon, but rather experienced, made use of, so that something will fly out of it. So they choose places, Tapovan has been one bird’s nest where many, many yogis have chosen to lay their eggs, but the biggest pit of eggs is probably the Kedar. Kedar, every kind of bird laid its eggs, multicolored, and they gotten all mixed up.
So if you have been initiated in a certain way, you become open to a certain aspect of experience. There are so many other things there which you are not open to, but if you are initiated in a particular way, you become open to that particular dimension. Let’s say we have initiated you in the peacock’s ways, you become open to only the colors of the peacock. A parrot is sitting right there, you don’t know. So depending upon the type of initiations you have gone through, you become open to certain dimensions of experience. How many of you…? Ok. We’ll leave that there.
So Tapovan is a tremendous possibility. Maybe Tapovan or beyond Tapovan there is a place called Nandanvan, which is about 17,200 or 17,400 altitude, which has many eggs. I am thinking some day, probably before I am too lazy to climb mountains, I want to go and spend a couple of weeks and sort out a few eggs there and spend some time, maybe because my eggs are all laid in the cities where [Laughs] some people experience, some people trample. I also want to lay some eggs which will live for a long time. One big egg I have laid that you can’t destroy is the Dhyanalinga. So that’s good enough, but still I thought that I should lay my eggs too, here and there where it will remain for a long time, where people will approach it with a certain reverence and become available to it.
Suppose we do it on the Times Square, I can lay my eggs on the Times Square, it is just that people who are walking there are not walking with an openness to experience that. In spite of that, there maybe somebody who maybe hit by it, but that’s rare because they are all going with self-protection. As the biggest… self preservation is the biggest thing when you are walking on the street. Now you go to Tapovan, you are going with a certain reverence, a certain openness that makes it a possibility. This is the basis of, the whole basis of creating temples in India is just this – a certain egg is laid and you are supposed to approach it in a certain way. For every deity, there is a certain type of approach so that you can experience that. So Tapovan is a complex, not as complex as Kedar, but still a complex mixture of things.