The holy pilgrimages/yatras in the Himalaya
The Hindu View of Nature with its sacrality has countless entry points for the seeker into a mythic process which goes all the way to Satya/Truth. Satya in its dynamic function is Rtam, the cosmic order, the moral order as well as the physical order. This view of Divine Nature rather than merely Elemental Nature historically involves a literary, mythopoetic process by which Nature is divinized in Hindu Dharma.
In order to illustrate this, I will speak on the holy pilgrimages/yatras in the Himalaya that I have gone to as a spiritual seeker and in this way also speak on the inner yogic-mystical process within the person as they engage Divine Nature at the Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath, Gangotri and Vaishno Devi.
Pankaj Seth was born in India and came to Canada at ten years of age. Along with a B.Sc. (hons.) degree in Molecular Genetics from York University, he is a graduate of the 5000 hours Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Now retired, Pankaj Seth’s clinical practise of 25+ years incorporated Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, Homeopathic Medicine, Western Medical Herbalism, Clinical Nutrition, Ayurvedic Cooking, Eastern Bodywork, Clinical Palmistry, Vedic Astrology, Yoga, Breathwork and Meditation.
He has, upon invitation, resided as “Visiting Scholar” at Gujarat Ayurved University (Jamnagar, India), considered by the World Health Organization as “The home of Ayurveda”, the only university in India wholly involved in teaching Ayurveda. While here, he presented a paper at the University’s Foundation Day Conference: Integration and co-ordination between world medical systems with special reference to certain problematic diseases, subsequently published in the University’s journal “Ayu”. Pankaj Seth has also pursued his study of Ayurveda informally at Gurukul Kangri University (Haridwar, India), with Indian Ayurvedic physicians and by visiting Ayurvedic hospitals in India. While in India, he also studied the esoteric aspects of Yoga with practitioners in the Himalaya, as written in Pankaj Seth’s Private FB Group Sutra, as part of the ‘Going beyond Death’series.