Our first trip to Tapovan Brasso for 2017
Fresh on the heels of a powerful and joyous New Year’s Eve Satsang, an enthusiastic group of 10 devotees set off as the sun rose on Monday 2nd January, for a morning picking oranges and cocoa in Tapovan. Whilst we always work with whatever resources we have, larger groups have a special energy that is always extra inspiring.
As we walked in along the muddy and overgrown, but still graded Mamoral Valley Road, we encountered a number of fallen trees, no doubt as a result of heavy rain in December. We were without the large chainsaw but did what we could with manpower and blades (cutlasses).
We also found a small tarantula, which had been disturbed, but fortunately not squashed, after Aarti slipped in the mud.
The orange trees were ready for us and as many oranges as the team could carry out were picked from 2 trees, with more to look forward to on future trips. Of course sampling for quality control was necessary! Somehow oranges from Tapovan taste even better when eaten on the land itself, fresh from the tree.
We were also able to pick a bucket of cocoa, and happily reacquainted ourselves with the fun of extracting the beans from the pods – much less to carry that way.
No trip to Tapovan would be complete without formal meditation, and we were blessed to listen to one of Guruji’s meditations, whilst sitting in the breeze, serenaded by the birds, the rustling leaves and a few persistent mosquitoes.
Finally, it was time to head back to the vehicles, up and down the muddy road, with the bountiful harvest.
The Universe was looking after us as we had just enough time to get to the vehicles and change clothes, and as we were praying, it started to rain!
Time in Tapovan is a wonderful workout for the physical body and an even better one for the energy body, and we look forward to our next adventure on the land. If you cannot be with us in person, do continue to hold this Divine project in love and light.