Saturday, 30 May 2015

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015             
Hudson Ohio

Never Forget

Hawking Hills had our attention for the morning, when Akhila, Eklavya and I explored Ash Falls and the Old Man’s Cave.  Who wouldn’t be intrigued by a cave where an old hermit type guy spent years in a hole.  And who wouldn’t want to out under a massive rock awning with acoustics so fine that concerts used to record and staged under this beautiful and natural canopy. 

Here’s how the story goes about the hermit, who lived in a cave in this very insular area in the depths of an Ohio gorge.  A plaque reads, “Old man caves derived its name from a hermit named Richard Rowe who lived in the recessed cave of the gorge.  His family moved to the Ohio River valley around 1796 from the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee to establish a trading post.  He and his two hound dogs traveled through Ohio alone the Scioto River in search of game.  On a side trip up Salt Creek, he found the Hawking Hills region.  Richard, and his hounds, lived out the rest of their lives here in the cave.”

As the three of us roamed this area, we could imagine ourselves spending days here, if not years.  Of course, at the end of the 18th century, it was probably do-able.  But not today.  Privacy would be interrupted with tourists milling through.

For a contrast to such of hermit dreaming, we had been invited to the home of Hari, an engineer from India, whose wife and two sons enjoy life in an upscale neighborhood in Hudson.  People came over to hear kirtan and a talk.  I took the opportunity to speak on our guru, Srila Prabhupada and his achievements in the world.

People do have a choice whether to live in a mansion, or a cave.  But they should never forget the spiritual component.

May the Source be with you!

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