Adriana Marcela Peña Cruz // Brindaban

Prabhupada Dasi as shot by Mukul Bhatia in Brindaban, India. Nomadic Origins 2016.Adriana was born in Bogota, Colombia and ever since her childhood, has always felt an immense desire to protect people who suffer injustice from the ones in power. Her existential questions grew deeper as she grew, and after a series of life changing events; that included traumatic relationships, and a phase of alcohol and drug abuse, Adriana felt a need for a necessary change to find her ‘life meaning’.

She studied psychology at The National University of Colombia, and was deeply inspired by the ideas and theories of dissident French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. She further researched upon ancient practices adapted by people of Maya Civilization of Central America, and the Vaishnava tradition of India. Inspired by the eastern traditions, she followed strict vegetarianism and complete abstinence from alcohol or substances. Her search for existential meaning led her to travel to Bangladesh, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Argentina, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, and India.

She is currently living in an Ashram in Brindaban for some months and is the researcher and editor of the book about Perennial Psychology. It’s an alternative psychology that discusses the metaphysical and spiritual outcomes of various human life alternatives and gives prominence to ancient wisdom. The book further reveals various mystical traditions that have accompanied humanity and have promoted coherence between our thoughts, desires and actions to promote a life of purity, gratitude and compassion; as described by Adriana.

How did travel, or an idea from another, far away land move you?
My travels have been a long pilgrimage to sacred spots throughout the world, and also make a way to share the journey and knowledge with others. I like to voyage to see new places, societies and people. Every place has different customs and traditions, so I think it’s very important to have an open mind and learn from the differences. Tradition has always inspired me; there is a lot to learn from our pasts and our roots. It inspires my research for the book as the sacred knowledge adds to so much lost and forgotten wisdom.

What’s that one thing you totally believe in?
Everything is perfect as it is, and in the moment. One needs to open eyes to every situation and learn the moment.

What’s your idea of a perfect evening?
To be in a warm, beautiful space with nature, and with deep conversations with close people, and of course cooking delicious vegetarian food along. Good company is most important.

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