Day 2 – Bombay

Day 2 was another busy day, which started off for me at 6:30am.

I don’t believe in jetlag – except when it I cold cocks me on the back of the head when I least expect it.

Fortunately this morning it let me be.

While the light was still low and interesting, I got a cab to take me down to the Banganga Tank, which is a very old stone structure in south Bombay where people wash and swim and perform all kinds of religious rites.


The tank was built in the 12th century – but according to legend it came into being 5000 years ago when the Hindu god Ram (from the epic Ramayana) asked his brother for some water. His brother, Laxman, shot an arrow into the ground, and up came a stream of water from the sacred Ganges – hence the name of the tank: Ganga (Ganges) + Baan (arrow).

Tank man

I did some filming there, the first filming of the show in fact – which I should have celebrated in some time honoured way – except that I forgot.

I was probably still asleep.

Jennifer had done the sensible thing and stayed in bed after the long and eventful day yesterday. After breakfast we then headed down to Churchgate – had an early lunch at the Bombay Tea Centre where a pot of First Flush Darjeeling costs $3.

Jennifer had chai in the traditional earthenware cup.

chai Jennifer The Tea Centre

We then headed uptown to Santa Cruz, to meet the head of the Bombay Yoga Institute – said to be the oldest yoga institution in the world.

Yoga Institute Yoda Institute

It was founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji –


and is now run by his son, Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra. I had a meeting with the doctor at 2pm, but when I arrived I was told that he was asleep, and could see me at 4pm. It had taken over an hour to drive there, and waiting till 4pm was not possible, so I insisted firmly that the appointment had been scheduled for 2pm.

Finally the doctor’s son Hrishi ushered me into an inner room, where I met the Dr.’s wife, and Director of the Institute, Mrs. Hansaji Jayadeva. The doctor was still asleep in the room where we met – yet he was also awake because he communicated with us when he needed to. His son told me that he was not connected to the material world anymore.

Mrs + Dr.

Mrs. Hansaji was an articulate and highly intelligent woman who spoke to me at length about the yogic concepts of intuition. And she agreed to be interviewed for the film on Monday.

Jennifer and I were then shown around the institute, which is housed on several acres amongst beautiful gardens. On any given days there are multiple classes teaching people from all around the world how yoga can heal and cure, and can also be the basis of a fully realised balanced life.

The doctor’s son Hrishi took me around the institute, including a small museum which details the history of the institute, and of yoga itself. Hrishi pointed out to me that the yoga poses, called asanas, which most people in the west know to be yoga are only one of eight strands of yogic practise. The asanas in fact only originated so that practitioners of yoga meditation could sit in a relaxed pose for the hours necessary to meditate deeply.

Rishi in Museum

The institute was a fascinating place, which doesn’t seek to make money from its work. There is a small payment for classes, but if someone can’t afford to pay, then they are admitted free. Their reason for being is to spread the word of yoga to the world.

We came back and rested – and now we’re about to go out to dinner with our billionaire friend again. He’s invited us to his house where his chef has been spending all day preparing a Rajasthan banquet for us.

It should be a fascinating evening.

By the way – people who’ve never been to India worry about personal security, theft etc. This morning I put some clothes in to be laundered. About half an hour later there was a knock on the door, and someone from the housekeeping staff handed me $250 in Australian notes, which I’d evidently left in my trouser pockets. It would have been so easy for them to steal that money – but they returned it. This kind of honesty has been demonstrated to me time and time again in India.

statue yogis by stairs



8 thoughts on “Day 2 – Bombay

  1. Hey Bill, I liked it but wordpress wouod not allow me to like it. Seems like your gremlins are international, or perhaps they are just personal to you. Love sharing your trip with you and Jennifer. She always looks so sublime.

    Will try again later for liking and comment.


    From: PGS – The Way <> Reply-To: PGS – The Way <> Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM To: Steve Langham <> Subject: [New post] Day 2 – Bombay

    Bill Bennett posted: “Day 2 was another busy day, which started off for me at 6:30am. I don’t believe in jetlag – except when it I cold cocks me on the back of the head when I least expect it. Fortunately this morning it let me be. While the light was still low and in”


      • Yes Bill, the Dr, the Institute, the tank, everything – Wow India seems like quite the mystical place, you are surely opening my eyes and mind.
        I had never ever been intrigued or even interested in seeing India, but now you are showing me something quite unexpected.


  2. Hi Bill and Jen –
    What an incredible day! Beautiful photos too.
    My yoga teacher, Carol Stuart, who, incidentally, is setting off for India on 15 September with Swami Sarasvati and her son Sanjay, (Carol was a student of hers many years ago), always says that the asanas are the just tip of the iceberg when leading a yogic life. I’m sure you agree. Carol leads a yogic life – her energy and capacity for love and compassion is incredible.
    Cheers – Jenny x x


  3. They’re so right. Asanas are just the start – there’s so much more to the science of yoga & I definitely feel blessed to have been introduced to just some of it in the last 15’years. Can’t wait to hear your stories!! Britta


Comments are closed.