A Short Essay on My Return to India

Arriving back on sacred land in India has been a breath of fresh air. It is wonderful to be absorbed in a traditional culture not bound by silly divisive ideologies that confuse innocent minds with an insane political correctness that consequently divides society, contributing to no peace and harmony in the world. Being back has truly shown me how confused the West actually is. India, on the other hand, which is one of the most unwoke places in the world, along with all of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, still reflects our true human nature and is not overly influenced by the illogical moral flavors of the time that are driven by the tech companies and investment firms of the West.

Many outside forces have tried to shape and bend India to their will, but she has always stood tall and never held a grudge. The people here are not mean-spirited but instead warm and loving and accepting of all, since the nature of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) is a pluralistic tradition. A real sense of oneness is embodied by the people from birth. Just the other day, I was having a conversation with my waiter friend at one of my favorite restaurants in Chennai, and he was confused about all of the superficial divisions in the West. He simply summed it up this way for me: “Differences in appearance are illusory. We are all one blood. We are all a part of Shiva.” This is the common mentality in India and why there is still an overwhelming sense of community here. People live from the heart, look each other in the eye, and do the patent Indian head wobble, and the smile you receive is something indescribable. That smile is a real indication that we are one and all is good, no matter what the media or other divisive entities try to indoctrinate you with.

Being back in India has been overwhelming for me at times, moving me to tears because she is truly my home. It’s only been 3 days and I’ve done more in 3 days than I did in 5 years in Australia. I’ve never really given Chennai a chance when in India, but I’m glad I have. I visited the great Kapaleeshwarar Temple, the Theosophical Society HQ in Adyar, and had some quality meditation time at the famous Ramakrishna Math Temple, while paying respect to Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, and the holy mother Sri Sarada Devi.

Everything about being back is wonderful. India really hits you in the face with its spiritual nature. Your senses are turned on 24/7. The sights, sounds, and, my God, the people, really make you feel alive. If you are in a part of the world where you are made to feel isolated from it, then India is for you. If you are interested in normalcy and have honor and respect for how humans truly are with no politically correct BS, then India is for you. If you want to truly understand that we are one and start to feel that true oneness in your heart, then India is for you. For these very reasons, and many more, India is negatively portrayed in the West. India abolishes the Western motto of “divide and conquer.” Only the foolish fall for such nonsense, but India will wake up the most hateful and confused hearts.

India has allowed the world to be as it is with no interference and actually accepted other cultures and religions because that is her nature, the true mother of the world. It is a home to all, but one must respect her nature, and her nature is Sanatana Dharma, the eternal natural way that a lot of the world has unfortunately forgotten. That is why she has been a great blessing to both Gayoung and myself in our lives. Everything I do is because of the knowledge that arose in the heart of her sacred land, and actually Gayoung started playing the violin on the banks of Mother Ganga in Varanasi some 13 years ago, which I must say is the most odd place to start your violin journey, but that is the mysterious nature of India.

To experience her with my love, Gayoung, is something I am beyond grateful for and no words can describe. I truly hope you can all make it one day, and maybe I’ll see you around. As for the immediate future, I will be taking a small break from YouTube and other media commitments on our way home to Tiruvannamalai, to be in the grace of Arunachala. I will try to take you all along on the journey when I can. Until then: Om Arunachala! Om Namah Shivaya! Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

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  1. Franz Brunnhuber - February 3, 2023

    Dear Jason,
    Just watched your latest video, when you were both living Brisbane. A beautiful touching video full of authenticity and vulnerability and much, much more.
    I have read several of your books, some of them twice and I like your discussions with your wife on the Tao Te Ching.
    I reached out to you almost a year ago by email, but did not hear back.
    My wife and I are planning to attend our friend’s daughter’s wedding in Bangalore in June. I would be keen to sit down and have a chat with you, if at all possible. Although my main interest and practice is silence. If this email works I am happy to introduce myself properly.
    NB we live and work in London, UK

    • Jason Gregory - March 15, 2023

      Hi Franz. A real pleasure to meet you. Thank you for all of your kind words. I’m sorry I missed your message last year. I’d love to speak with you. The only problem is I will be in Thailand in June and won’t be returning to India until the end of the year. At the moment, I am in Bodh Gaya but won’t be here for much longer. Enjoy India, my friend. I hope you continue to enjoy the content. I look forward to crossing paths one day.

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