I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
– Khalil Gibran
Location : Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat, India
from contemplation to action.
from action to experience.
from experience to realization.
from realization to maturity.
from dreams to reality.
from karma to destiny.
from conscious to subconscious.
from body to soul.
from illusion to awakening.
from seeking to sharing.
from passion to obsession.
from serendipity to relationships.
from ‘here & now’ to nostalgia.
from beginning to THE END…
…and life is beautiful and easy when you have someone to hold your hand and guide you.
Its all about perspective.
My entry for the weekly challenge : Near and Far
Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus which is an important pilgrimage city in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The River Ganga, after flowing for 250 kilometres from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwara.
I am posting here some of the photographs from a short visit to Haridwar.
This is one of the most common sight at the streets where you will come across plenty of saadhu’s (wandering monks). The north Indian land, particularly that of Uttarakhand is considered to be the land of mystic where many people keep wondering around such holy places in search of Moksha (nirvana) and devine knowledge.
If you want to experience how the faith and belief of one of the biggest religion in the world (Hinduism) drive the human race in one of the biggest country (India) in the world, you have to visit the place and see it for yourself.
I like to think that we are lost since birth and what we call life, is actually the search that happens while we exist. Some get it some don’t. And whatever we are doing and the experiences that we go through, invariably leads to the discovery of lot of questions and their answers, many of which are existential. This life leads us from unknown to known.
I am lost and I am searching. Hoping to get there some day, sooner or later.
At Ganga aarti Haridwar | The aarti is being performed for time immemorial at Harki Pauri Ghat at river Ganga, Haridwar. | When I visited the place in June this year, somehing happened. Spiritually. I dont know what but something which gave instant peace of mind, the sense of calmness. The floating diyas carrying hopes and beliefs, the sanskrit chanting, the people, the sound of bells, the sight of long flames of aarti, the saadhu’s…… surreal.
May be this is what you call an experience, which lasts a lifetime. Today at Haridwar, I had one of the most amazing experience of the life. Its very unusual for me to feel what I felt because of my unclear and agnostic and confused thoughts on the religion but spiritually I accept, it was surreal.
Sobharam | He takes care of the shoes out side one of the temple at Haridwar and gets one rupee for every pair of the shoe from the contractors who has appointed him and some tip from the visiting devotees. When I asked him is it sufficient to live on what he earns? He smiled and said “YES, you dont need much to live peaceful life. ”
Harki Pauri Ghat where Ganga aarti is being performed for time immemorial. And what a great thing to happen along. I am writing this as a gujarati, who went there with muslim tour manager, north Indian driver and punjabi fellow travellers. India connecting the dots.
Also had a brief discussion about India, hinduism and spirituality with the fellow senior citizen traveller Mr Sharma. His one remark about the aashrams in haridwar and black money and white marbles was very apt and well observed.
Somehing happened. Spiritually. I dont know what but something which gave instant peace of mind, the sense of calmness. The floating diyas carrying hopes and beliefs, the sanskrit chanting, the people, the sound of bells, the sight of long flames of aarti, the saadhu’s…… surreal.
8th June 2012