Some believe, some do not, some people spend the day as if it were one of the many, some are trying to retreat or to party instead. I speak of the End of the World which according to the Mayan prophecies will come in the inevitable 21-12-2012. For the apocalyptic, those who are looking for a safe haven, we can only suggest that you follow the advice of the Indian teacher Babaji and go to Itria Valley in Puglia. In fact, as predicted by the guru the end of the world will be saved only in that strip of land between Cisternino, Ostuni, Martina Franca and Ceglie where there is an ashram or a temple like that of Herakhan in India. It is the place of the first appearance of Babaji.
Itria Valley Trulli
I know it’s hard to think of an Indian temple in a place like Cisternino yet it has been active since 1979 with many followers and initiatives. For the curious the story goes that Babaji appeared for the first time in a cave in Herakhan in 1970. He was a boy in his early twenties, naked and covered in ash while he meditated. No one knew who he was and where he came from but his teachings that spoke of truth, simplicity and love conquered many who began to follow him. In the following years several temples were created including one in Cisternino, the trulli between the Itria Valley. To manage the Foundation Bhole Baba Herakhandi Samaj combined and organized the devotees of Babaji to live simply and spread the message of their guru.
Itria Valley photos: Udaya Kumar, Sarsoura C, Roberto Marinello, vincenzo monaco, diego chiavegato, zwieciu.