Lisa Palmer- Mr. Dhami

I feel like I’ve climbed to the top of the mountain and gained wisdom from the guru on the peak! This afternoon and evening I had the exceptional opportunity to listen to Mr. Dhami’s philosophy of life. He is one of the wisest people I’ve ever personally conversed with. He talked to us (Brett, me, and the other leaders) about dedication, the five elements (earth, sky, water, fire, and air), the seven chakras of Hinduism, bringing our two minds (the conscious and the subconscious) into one rather than having “two drivers of our life car,” being good and doing good in the world, focusing on others and being a caring, selfless person, etc…!  It all reinforced and brought me to a greater level of understanding of everything I already know and believe. I wish everyone could meet Mr. Dhami! I also wish I could stay here at Orchard Hut for at least a week and soak up more of his profound interpretation of life! (I’d love to do yoga with him too!!) There are incredible people and great truths all over the world! Today we taught at our Niyhan Village School only half the day. We left early to go to the Cultural Exchange with the local Private School. Our SUV arrived first (about 15 minutes early) and the children were already waiting for us lined up along the sidewalk dressed in their traditional Indian costumes. They looked fantastic! Alternating songs and dances, we shared our Hindi and American cultures with each other. The YMAD teens “played at a 5” today, performing better than ever! The highlight of the afternoon (besides Nick “Clutch” Clark’s impromptu dance rivaling Napolean Dynamite!) was listening to the teens sing “One Day” accompanied by McKinnley on the guitar while we were there in India living the song. It was deeply moving. I tried to join in, but couldn’t sing because I kept tearing up!

“Sometimes I lay under the moon and thank God I’m breathing, and I pray don’t take me soon ‘cause I am here for a reason. Sometimes in my tears I drown, but I never let it get me down. So when negativity surrounds, I pray someday it will all turn around because All my life I’ve been waiting for, I’ve been praying for the people to say that we don’t want to fight no more; there’ll be no more wars and our children will play. One day. One day. One day…One day we’ll all be free, and proud to be under the same sun singing songs of freedom…”

Two times during the program, both Hindi children and YMAD teens were all pulled onto the “stage” to dance and celebrate together. An enormous THANK YOU to the Bairds for giving us this opportunity to be literally ”under the same sun playing and singing songs” today!

After the Cultural Exchange, the SUVs dropped us off at the trailhead to Orchard Hut. Passing curious children and wandering cows, crossing the wobbly bridge over the Saal River, and trekking up steep switchbacks, brought us to Mr. Dhami’s Orchard Hut. He and his wife ceremoniously and reverently presented us with Himachal hats and a forehead bindi (red dot), after which we had a couple hours of “down time,” followed by the best dinner India has to offer! It has been an extremely memorable day!

 

 

ONE DAY

by Matisyahu

Sometimes I lay under the moon and thank God I’m breathing, and I pray don’t take me soon ‘cause I am here for a reason. Sometimes in my tears I drown, but I never let it get me down. So when negativity surrounds, I pray someday it will all turn around because All my life I’ve been waiting for, I’ve been praying for the people to say that we don’t want to fight no more; there’ll be no more wars and our children will play. One day. One day. One day.

It’s not about win or lose ‘cause we all lose when they feed on the souls of the innocent, blood-drenched pavement, keep on moving while the waters stay raging. In this maze you can lose your way. It might drive you crazy but don’t let it phase you, no way…One day we’ll all be free, and proud to be under the same sun singing songs of freedom…All my life I’ve been waiting for, I’ve been praying for the people to say that we don’t want to fight no more; there’ll be no more wars and our children will play. One day. One day. One day.