Could Goa go organic?

Goa’s always on the “Come to India to do yoga” itinerary, a little paradise on the country’s west coast.

According to Yogi Ashwini — cited by the Times of India as “a highly respected figure in yogic circles” — there’s more to the pull than just the Palm trees:

“Parshuram came and stayed here. Vishwamitra also got his energy here. There’s so much energy in Goa which needs to be channeled properly. I don’t think it is being channeled in the right direction, which is why you have the mafia here, drugs and all sorts of illegalities going on,” he says over breakfast at a resort in Sinquerim as volunteers from Delhi hover around.

And what’s more, he thinks Goa should really go back to nature:

He opined that the state government should forget its past mistakes and “turn Goa into an organic state. They should start organic gardens,” he says, when told that a large part of the forests here have been denuded by mining.

He laughs when told about a yoga festival held in North Goa recently. “Is yoga acrobatics?” he asks, “then Russian trapeze artistes are the best yogis!” He also dismisses claims that trance music can take you on an elevated spiritual level. “That’s absolute nonsense, but it’s a way of life for many,” he concedes.

I’m not sure I’d hold my breath, but maybe something just to have on your very distant radar.

Posted by Steve