It has only been three days since I visited Kuzhitura Farm but it feels like it has been much longer than that. I decided I’d better write about the trip while it is still fresh in my mind.
I left the ashram soon after breakfast on Tuesday morning. I’ve been to the farm before but wasn’t sure where to turn off the main road, so I decided to take a rickshaw there and walk back to the ashram after my visit.
The Amritapuri farms and gardens have been through so much in the years of their existence. The close proximity to salt water, lack of fresh water, poor soil, and disease have all caused problems. When I visited this farm last year though, it was obvious that a major change had taken place. I remember feeling as if I had entered paradise.
One of the first things I noticed this year was the extensive network of paths. Any path I followed led me to beauty. I found an altar on one path.
After years of trial and error, and the gardeners persistent effort, the tulasi plants are now thriving. Tulasi is also known as holy basil. It is a component of many Ayurvedic medicines.
I saw one garden bed that looked like it had been recently planted.
One of my goals for the trip was to go by myself and sit quietly. I wanted to take photos of birds, butterflies and bugs.
I saw beautiful birds, butterflies and the biggest bumblebee I’ve ever seen, but they all moved so fast I couldn’t catch them with the camera. One insect seemed like it was playing with me. Every time I got close to snapping the picture it flew a few inches away.
I only took one photo of a bird and, even if it was in focus, you wouldn’t be able to see its beautiful colors.
I did take a picture of one bug!
Part of the problem was that I didn’t have the patience to sit. And I was so hot. The kind of experience I had originally envisioned will have to wait for the future. This time, I was content to immerse myself in the flowers and other sights. (See Flowers at Kuzhitura Farm.)
Adjacent to the farm are the ashram’s food composting and vermi-composting facilities. West of those buildings were other gardens. Amma is committed to serving as many organic vegetables at the ashram as possible. I had no doubt that some of those vegetables come from this garden.
After taking the photos above, I started my walk back to the ashram. I noticed numerous houses that Amma had built for the villagers after the 2004 tsunami. Seeing them brought back memories of my own experience during that disaster. The tsunami occurred on December 26, so it is always on my mind at this time of year.
I also saw a cow scratching its head on a tree, some pretty flowers and friendly people.
Before long, I was back at the ashram, feeling happy about my morning adventure.
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