Many of us who grow up in the West have an idea of the Punjab being a slice of nature's paradise, with green farms and lush fields running for miles into the horizon. I went to a documentary screening of Toxification, made by award-winning filmmakers Rehmat Rayatt and Leva Kwestany which lifted a veil on the reality of a society riddled in debt, addiction and suicide.
Ever wondered what on earth it all means? Why does grandma sing mantra at 5am? Why do I have a mandir in my house? Why does the house smell incessantly of incense? What's with all the god-goddess figures? Why do I have to eat 'fasting food' every other week? What do all these endless ceremonies mean? Yoga is just for hippies, right?
Temples, teachers, self enquiry. If you’re looking to gain spiritual understanding, growth and practice or simply experience a place that is thriving in it, the world does not fall short in these 5 places.