Ganges River in India

The Ganges River was was one of the stops in India Vickie and I made with the
group we were traveling with. Thousands of people visit here every day. Holimen
at every turn.

As we walked along the Ganges River bank, we saw people praying, walking,
chanting, smoking dope, smiling, practicing unique spiritual practices and
extreme poverty. It is a place of awe and wonder.

The people come to wash away their sins and cleanse their soul.
The only way to do that is to go dunk your entire body in the
freezing cold water, and it's cold!

The Ganges River, considered the most holy river in India is 1557 miles long (2506 km)
The Ganga is also mentioned in the Rig-Veda, one of the earliest of Hindu scriptures.

It has been said, for Hindus in India, the Ganga is not just a river but a mother, a
goddess and a tradition.  It is a culture all by itself.

You'll see me with my guitar, with the Himalayas  and the Ganges River
in the background in the following video. It's important to note that the
river starts in an ice cave on the southern slopes of the Himalayas,
 about 10,300 feet above sea level.

The Ganges River flows east and empties into the Bay of Bengal.

All footage and photos belong to Vickie and I.

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Taj Mahal Trip

A while back Vickie and I had the good fortune of traveling to India and seeing
the Taj Mahal. We were invited by our good friend and spiritual warrior Father Leo.
Father Leo came to our church as a guest speaker on the same day I was the feature
musician. We hit it off instantly. He thought it may be possible to have me perform
at the Taj Mahal for a special ceremony. That didn't work out but I did play at a number
of other places while in India... 

With that in mind...
I now know why the taj Mahal is among the Seven Wonders of the World.
Just a block down the street from the Taj Mahal is extreme poverty like
I have never seen. I have never scene such deformed people before.

I will never forget as we were walking toward the entrance to The Taj,
we had to move aside because a heard of water buffalo were coming!

The Taj Mahal will take your breath away. It is spectacular in every
sense of the word. The size, the beauty, the marble...They started
building it in 1632 and finished in in 1653. Over 20,000 people
helped to build this over a 17 year period.

Taj Mahal stands in the city of Agra, in the northern Indian
state of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of the Yamuna River. Watch
for the photo in the video. It's on the river.

It was built by the Mogul emporer Shah Jahanbeautiful in memory
of his favorite wife. It is a mausoleum. When you walk inside you will
hear the most magnificent reverb. It's chilling. I wondered what it
would be like to play my guitar inside the Taj Mahal.

When Vickie and I were there, we saw buddist monks, catholic nuns,
muslums, hindu, holyman and tourist from all over the world.

The music in the backgrround is a live recording I made from my
video camera of a group of 4oo students singing at the Gandhi Museum
in Deli just a few days prior.

Here is a Video Slideshow of our trip The Taj Mahal...All the photos are ours.

I'll be posting more of our India trip in the very near future..

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