"John Bush has a unique and inspired vision of the art of documentary film."
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
A journey into modern India’s 5000-year-old spiritual civilization
to discover universal truths to help heal a divided world.
Moving through a vast and inspiring landscape, Eternal Now - Into the Heart of India travels over 2500 miles, from the snows of the Himalayas to India’s southern tip, to visit 16 legendary places of transformation. A western seeker's voyage into India’s ancient spiritual traditions is a journey to touch the eternal.
In America alone, over 50 million people practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness. These practices, with their origins in India, may bring one fully into the present moment to quiet the mind and open the heart. Eternal Now - Into the Heart of India returns to their source to better understand the spiritual relevance of these practices.
The eternal is the interconnection of all things seen and unseen, transcending space & time. Like other spiritual paths, Indian traditions say the eternal is within everyone.
Eternal Now explores India’s thriving pilgrimage culture, searching for what it means to be a true human being in an evolving 21st century. This immersive, "you-are-there" experience aspires to connect these ancient understandings
with modern life.
In 1970 John Bush left wartime America for India in search of inner peace.
He remained there 'til 1972, living in the pilgrimage sites of India, guided spiritually by the Indian saint Neem Karoli Baba. During these years, John went deeply into the practices of yoga, devotion and mindfulness. Nearly five decades later, he returns as a filmmaker to rediscover this ancient world still surviving within modern India.
On pilgrimage with an Indian crew for nearly a year, John shows an informed respect for this tradition while making it meaningful for a worldwide audience.
including appearances by:
Ram Dass • Deva Premal • Krishna Das • Jai Uttal
From the Filmmaker -
Eternal Now - Into the Heart of India is a cultural portrait of India’s ancient pilgrimage tradition thriving in the 21st century. The film seeks to discover what universal truths remain here to help heal a divided world.
Traveling through a vast sacred landscape with an Indian cinematographer and assistant director was a revelatory time. To respect the sanctity, we used only existing light. Interviews with seekers happened outside the field of pilgrimage. As pilgrims ourselves, we tried to not interrupt anyone’s deeper experience.
Visiting these legendary places yielded unforgettable images and the power of unseen realms. The intimacy of devotion seen in the faces of pilgrims reflects one of the film’s major themes: bringing together the mortal and eternal aspects of ourselves – the human and being.
Spiritual concepts and practices from India once transformed all of Asia. Now, in the west, with hundreds of millions practicing yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, something similar is happening here. Into the Heart of India explores the rich culture offering such possibility for change.
Eternal Now - Into the Heart of India is a cinematic pilgrimage, a new kind of viewing experience. Beyond the exoticism of traditional India, what we see on screen may reflect ways of seeing ourselves on life’s journey. After all, one reason for going on pilgrimage is to remind us that we are already on one.
The interconnection of all things seen and unseen, within the wholeness of the universe, transcending space & time.
An unbroken wave all are riding on, cresting since the origins of the universe, unfolding countless worlds. Everything known and unknown, form and formless, is within this swelling wave - the eternal now.
We are already in the heavens, living within the endless ease
of celestial mechanics, wondrous is this.
John Bush, filmmaker