Sometimes there are people visiting our Ashram who seem to think that this is a hotel. But an Ashram is different. We are like a family and welcome everyone who is open to make a nice relation. It is wonderful to have someone here who is interested in our projects, in the people who are living here and in the life that is lived here. It feels very strange when there are people in the Ashram who are just sitting upstairs and only come down for dinner. We are open and very willing to talk but there has to be some interest on the other side. You can even communicate with those who do not speak English like the students. And even my parents are open for this. I am very proud of my family, of my parents and my brothers, to whom I have such a great connection. It is a connection full of love and trust.
Yashendu went today for the Himalaya journey. We are missing him already here. Purnendu went up to Delhi with him but he will be back soon. It is very quiet here already and I can imagine how my parents miss us when Yashendu and I are both gone to travel abroad. So when I am here I am trying to spend all my time in the Ashram. I do not go out much. We also do not have big talk like you could expect regarding the little time that I am here. No, it is wonderful for them just to have me around, to know that I am there and to see me walking from here to there. The strong family relation is a beautiful part of Indian culture. Everybody is present for the others and they support each other. This gives security which is missing in countries that do not have this family structure. There are a lot of things that I do not like in India but this is something very positive here that I do not find in the Western World.