14.08.2009 23 °C
To everyone who will tell me that 14 people in a jeep is not possible, I will answer them that they have to try the road between Darjeeling and Kalimpong in the jungle XD
Nice ride and I arrived in this bazaar busy city yesterday.
I didn’t found the courage to face horns and animation in Buddha shops and restaurants, I watched the football match from my hotel terrace and finished “the white tiger”.
Igot fiever and flu for some days due to this terribly humid weather I guess, but as long as im moving, changing décor, im fine XD
Hotel manager gave me some hinduist magazines, I was surprised while I was reading, how close it is from Buddhism im still lost in their thousands gods, but now I understand much better religion of people around me!
On morning I woke up at 6, impossible to meditate, Indian were speaking, and listening music, walls are like papers, as I woke up I discovered some not welcome visitors in my sleeping bag and in the bathroom snails and slugs were squatting YY outside its raining cats and dogs. Ohhhh happy dayyyyyy!!!!!
I decided to head up to the temple, as I sat down in front of Krishna s dioramas, in the big prayer room, very colorful, a nice kid came to me and offer me a personalized visit of his temple including rooms, cows stall, kitchen…
On my way women hugged me and somebody stamped between my eyes a pink spot before giving me wonderful sweets
On evening they wait many visitors to celebrate anniversary of Krishnas birth. With wild abandon, til the middle of the night, they told me that im more than welcome, and they wait for me, I will try to throw an eye there!
I left them to visit some gompas. In Tarpa Choling a monk, Landup Wangchuk will open for me all the amazing prayer and meditation rooms protecting statues of Bhaisaya, Sakyamuni and Maitreya Buddha (respectively past, present and future), controversial deities statues kept in another room, and 2 other meditation rooms with thousand of statues of Sakyamuni and their guru founder of this gompa. We will speak for a while, he can speak nepali, Tibetan, hindi and English… exchange addresses and I will leave him to have some momos in a nice and cheap retstaurant.
There a child will come to me and speaking English, translating to his mother in nepali, he will ask me many questions, and when they will leave, we will wave a lot and say goodbye!
Im so amazed by people kindness here!
An old hinduist legend explains that before all humans were gods, but they abuse so much of their divine power that Brahma decided to withdraw it from them and to hide it somewhere they will never be able to find it. But where? Bury it and human will dig and find it, sink it in the deepest sea, and they will explore and find it. So he decided to hide it in the deepest part of each one of them, where they will never have the idea to search. It is say that from that time, humans flied, swom, digged, turned around the earth but hasn’t yet discover this divine power inside them! Today I saw this perfect, peaceful and eternally happy nature in people I met for a moment.
Tomorrow I will see the independence day festivities here, I was told by Indian that the city will be crowded, wonder how it will look like… it should means that we will be like sardines in a box! I think I will watch it from my hotel terrace, I have a view over the central ground were it will happen. And the day after tomorrow I will go to a village in the jungle, to be quiet for a while, mediate and reflecting about this trip a bit, before going back to Delhi on the 18th, and fly to paris on the 20th
Strange to think that in 6 days it will be over… my heart is squeezing, is it because Im really looking forward to see my dear ones again, or is it because I don’t want it to finish, cause my heart, body and mind are now on the road for too long, my house is on my back, and its where I feel really my self.
But anyway, I will be bck in “mother India”, part of me will stay there, and its just a goodbye, see you later!
I spent as well some time in Darjeeling before, had the opportunity to witness this human chain for the very active independantist movement for Gorkhaland,
to get lost in tea plantations and visit a tea estate factory, with the help of an employee “brother”, who will show me all the steps of tea fabrication.
I made as well kilometers down the hill to see a rock garden and waterfalls, cutting through plantation.
Once down I found this fairy tale place, but workers were hardly breaking stones, and the tale ended, I found the only tented “restaurant”in the jungle valley, where the woman cooked some waiwai for me, and I started my ascention; I was imagining that I was like tensing norguay climbing Himalayas, I made races with clouds invaded the valley under, took over guys with the stubborn cow who tried to lead it to the top, 15 minutes passed and a guy from sikkim offer me a lift to the top, he saved me 2-3 hours walk
I visited then monasteries, and was invited for tea, as it was raining cats and dogs, they offer me to stay a while, and offer me home made cakes and we spoke.
Im so glad to belong to such a wonderful world inhabited by incredible humans, and I realized how much Im dependant of them, how much people give me, im so thankful, I do my best to give what I can, but it cannot be enough YY