Thursday, 25 October 2018

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

To a Village

There is this fantastic walk-around space that allows for circumambulating the deities of the temple.  The deity’s names are Gaura-Nitai, Radha-Madhava and Sita Rama Laksman Hanuman, and they look to be well maintained.  For the small amount of walking I'm doing while here, at least it is meaningful, stepping around them in the traditional clock-wise fashion which is to include the entire peripheral edge of the building.

I struck it lucky this morning, once again, when Kala Kanta and I, along with Yamal from Delhi, got treated to a visit to a local village.  Typically rustic and peaceful, this place, under the supervision of one of our men, Divya Nitai, is all about eco-ism and agriculture.  The place is super clean with cow/bull dung all about, indicating the presence of such animals, which are loving and extremely pet-able.

In every little nook and cranny of this village, something is going on.  A woman sits quietly husking corn.  A man cuts local fodder-grass with a thrashing machine. You even have a man on a rooftop in the lotus position meticulously shaving himself with a straight-blade, right out in the open.

In this village, which produces cloth, milk, dahl, mustard oil and more, you have plenty of things going on.  Divya showed us around the school, which was not in session today, being Sunday, and all other operations, as well as a great view of the Ganges.  These villages have it all and according to him the place is practically self-sufficient.  It is so inspiring, with the last, most attractive feature being no cars. 

May the Source be with you!
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