A quote from Sadhguru of the Isha Institute, delivered to my inbox a few weeks ago really struck me. “The significance of Indian Culture is that it is a scientific process towards wellbeing and liberation,” is a bold and concise description of an old, rich and complicated culture. I love the quote and have been pondering on it.

India is the birthplace of yoga and Ayurveda (a sister science to yoga) – both are scientific processes that lead to wellbeing and liberation. Simple and true. As a student and teacher of yoga and meditation, I recognize this as one of many reasons I am so drawn to Indian culture and India travel.

Yet at very first glance, India’s reputation for travelers getting sick from the water, food or otherwise while visiting, seems counter to a culture founded on a practice of spiritual, mental and physical liberation. Doesn’t it? I mean, is there a conflict between the quote and reality here?

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