Guide to this Blog
This blog is of the life of Carol and Richard after retiring from Silicon Valley in the USA. We moved to India in 2007 to stay at the foot of the holy mountain, Arunachala. Then after eight amazing years, we moved to Mexico, where we now reside.
We are retired and living abroad: American expats. We moved to Tiruvannamalai in South India because of our love for Ramana Maharshi and the holy mountain Arunachala. We lived there for eight years, experienced much and wrote about it here.
Now we start a new chapter in our retired expat life, finding what Mexico offers and teaches. We live near Ajijic, within the mountains of central Mexico above Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s major cities. We will see about life in a place filled with other North American expats, Mexican people, and a mild mountain climate more suited to being out in it. We also get to be closer to our children and grandkids.
Spirituality, the inward practice of Self-inquiry, has been an important part of our life for the 25 years we’ve been together. It is what drew us to India in the first place. It continues in Mexico. Arunachala is not just in India; it is wherever you look within. This is why we kept the name of the blog, “Living in the embrace of Arunachala.” We always live in this grace. The first thing we did in our new Mexican house is to put up a small shrine to Ramana Maharshi. Soon we will resume listening to satsang from my teacher, Nome of SAT. A few others may join us for this, I don’t know. It will unfold as it always does.
We love our retired life, and I share what I love. I have no particular expertise, but am learning as I go along.
Our first impressions of Ajijic The center of the area in which we now live.
Ajijic Globos Regatta, 2015 The annual hot air balloon festival
Chapala Monday Tianguis Traditional outdoor market in Chapala
Who is La Catrina? The skeleton figure La Catrina is a common Mexican image. What is her story?
Guadalajara El Centro District – Centro Historico Visiting the old city in Guadalajara
First Shopping Trip to Tonala in Guadalajara Guadalajara’s famous artisan shopping district
First Visit to Ajijic’s Tuesday Lake Chapala Farmer’s Market Our Teusday organic market
Here is the Ramana shrine in our new house.
Arunachala and India
Arunachala is loved by many people around the world. This blog shows more of Arunachala and India than many people ever see. This blog may remind you of what you love, and help you discover more about India. Tamil culture and Arunachala are featured.
Arunachala Guide Guide to Arunachala, Pradakshina (Girivalam) route, the Inner Path and many of its caves. The most comprehensive guide to Arunachala.
Guide to Arunachala Pradakshina Route for Arunachala Pradakshina, and temples and shrines. The eight sacred Lingams and how to approach them. Giripradakshina scenes.
Tamil Rites of Passage Tamils are an ancient people. See how they celebrate the passages of life.
Temples, Festivals and Celebrations
Temples, Shrines, and Ashrams in South India Holy places in Tiruvannamalai and South India
Festivals and Celebrations in Tiruvannamalai Religious celebrations are a big part of Tamil life. See these festivals.
Travel and Touring
Spiritual Teachers and Teachings A bit on spiritual teachers, with an eye towards my teacher, Nome, and those who visit Tiruvannamalai.
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