Good day Uptrenndians, I just stumbled upon my Thailand trip photos from April 2017 and wanted to share them here with you today. Three things come to mind when I recall Thailand. Firstly the beach life, secondly the Buddha and thirdly the fact that I may never get there again due to the global new norm after covid, where we need to be vaxxed, if we are even allowed to travel any more.
A month in Thailand is epic, if you live in a cold climate with no beaches of your own. I, on the other hand, already live in a paradise in sunny South Africa, with plenty of beaches and warm weather all year long. Still Thailand has something special that is undeniably attractive, namely the island beauty and the whispering Buddha.
I respect the Thai people for tolerating us “farrang” or foreign tourists that invade their beautiful quiet island life all year long. It’s good business for them, though it does leave an impact. The coral just offshore is being destroyed over time and the litter is growing.
The beauty of finding my old photos, is that it allows me to recall the fun times and lovely surroundings on the island tour of a lifetime. I am hard to please when it comes to beaches, having been born and raised in Cape Town, with its world class tourist beaches, but Thailand’s islands are superior even to my home town...slightly.
While I was there in 2017, the king had just died and it was the year of mourning, so his photos were everywhere, in shops and on billboards. People were expected to wear black and white mostly, though flashy tourists were tolerated.
A second prominent theme throughout the country is the Buddhist culture and the predominance of the Buddha deities and statues seen all over. I really found the trip most uplifting for that reason, and not merely because of the beaches. When a nation promotes its spiritual wisdom so overtly, and it happens to be a deep culture of uplifted consciousness, then you can expect to benefit from the place in more ways than just the superficial.
Although I’m actually a “Hindu”, or yoga practitioner, and not directly a Buddhist, still I follow the Buddhist teachings, since they are originating from the Vedic yoga (Hindu) roots of India. Thousands of years ago Thailand and India were part of one zone, since they are geographically close.
You can still see references to the Vedic culture here and there in Thailand today and this makes the nation a more attractive destination for me. Primarily though, the deities of Buddha populate the land from top to bottom, with temples everywhere, hosting the Buddha image seated in lotus position and meditating with eyes half closed, focusing on the tip of the nose. These physical references are keys or clues for the discerning yogi regarding the art of mediation. It is a science and we can tap in to our latent potentials by accessing higher capacities via this meditation technique, which is clearly described in Bhagavad Gita, chapter six, where Krishna says:
समं कायशिरोग्रीवं धारयन्नचलं स्थिर: ।
सम्प्रेक्ष्य नासिकाग्रं स्वं दिशश्चानवलोकयन् ॥ १३ ॥
“One should hold one’s body, neck and head erect in a straight line and stare steadily at the tip of the nose. Thus, with an unagitated, subdued mind, devoid of fear, completely free from sex life, one should meditate upon Me within the heart and make Me the ultimate goal of life.”
Bhagavad Gita As It Is, chapter 6:13-14 translated by Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta
This is exactly what we see when looking at the Buddha statues or deities in the temples of Thailand. The Buddha is depicted as acting out this exact verse from the Gita. It shows the origins of Buddhism which has its source in the Vedic Sanskrit culture of neighboring India.
Buddha was of course born in India and trained in Vedic yoga philosophy, which he perfected in his own way and taught to his students. Thereafter the philosophy spread north and outward to the neighboring countries, like Thailand. When we see the Buddha deity seated in meditation, we are being shown a secret hiding in plain sight, namely the technique of awakening full consciousness via meditation.
If we simply spend our lives practicing this technique, as taught in Bhagavad Gita and by the Buddha, we can unlock the power of the pineal gland in the center of the brain. That is what the focus on the tip of the nose is all about, as seen in the Buddha statues. By physically placing the focus on that point as well as meditating on it, drawing the attention inward, away from the external objects of the senses, we activate it and tap in to its potential.
It is from the pineal gland that powerful brain chemistry is released which can activate heightened consciousness, namely DMT – a chemical similar to melatonin and serotonin, one which aids sleep and the other which brings bliss. But more than that, DMT- dimethyltryptamine – brings mystical experiences, reversed ageing and other such miraculous effects. That is literally what the Buddha deities are alluding to all over Thailand, but who of the millions upon millions of tourists or even locals realize that, as it stares them in the face?
It is only by being informed and educated with the knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita and other Vedic teachings, as well as secret Buddhist teachings, that one can see what is being alluded to in the outer symbolism of the Buddha seated in meditation. There is nothing more powerful or valuable on this planet, anywhere from any time in history than this yoga meditation technique. And that’s why the Buddha statue is still depicted thus after millennia. It’s showing us the way, hinting at the path, for those rare few who are alert or called to follow the signs.
Yoga, Buddhism and meditation is a science. It is the technique of stimulating the pineal gland and activating the chemical release of DMT. This is the mechanical technique by which one attains enlightenment, as well as mystical gifts including reduced ageing. What could there be that is any more valuable than that in all the world? Thailand, like India, is steeped in this culture, and that is why they are the two countries that appeal to me the most as a traveler and seeker – not only of idyllic paradise beaches, but also the real paradise, a state of being, a level of consciousness that is fully awakened and in heaven even while still here on earth.
(photos my own)
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