We Remember You And We Feel Grateful!
[This note was originally written to Rev. Heng Sure.]
Dear Service Space monks and pilgrims,
Every single day we think of you, your pilgrimage, your songs and your photography :-).
Today only we were thinking of how the path that we are walking has been a pilgrimage path from hundreds of years. There is a strong context here which makes our journey easier. We feel Rev. Heng Sure, Nipun bhai, Guri di and many others made a unique path by "walking it yourself" as the title of their pilgrimage stories suggest.
Because we are walking we have been able to slow down in many ways. At times the mind races and we see that our normal walking speed either exceeds or slows down with it. And few glimpses of awareness puts our feet back to normal motion.
In the evening when our feet hurts we think of how it would be to bow down after every three steps :-)
We hear the dedication of merit while walking and try to imbibe that as a practice. When we feel scarce, Trupti says especially around food:), we sing we have enough, we are grateful, let’s share the blessings. :-) In our first few days, we observed that we would stop to rest and not remove food till there were people around. And around the same time Trupti and I felt something off about it. And in the next stop, we just put the bag of groundnuts in the centre. It was shared with kids, women, men around. It felt so wholesome and abundant. And we felt it’s so true that in giving we receive. It has stayed with us. Post that as both of us left that place we were singing loudly.
I have enough, I am grateful, Share the blessings hallelujah. May all be fed, may all beings flourish, may all awaken, bodhiswaha :-)
We have been seeing so many birds, big old trees, river streams, hills, sky full of stars especially Venus that keeps shining bright when we wake up. Before starting our pilgrimage we spent few days at Brahma Vidya Mandir (ashram set up by Vinoba Bhave for women) where a nun, Usha Tai showed us Venus when we met her early morning for a circle. It feels like a guiding star whenever we see it now.
We walk through highways, jungles, river bank, farms and villages. Very few times we walk through cities.
There are times when birds pose for us :-).
While we were walking from a long forest stretch we saw this bird. It kept looking at us. It felt like a grandfather.
Some birds keep reappearing almost each morning (a big brown bird and a blue-grey bird but refuse to pose for us :-).
Like we share aha moments at Awakin circle our aha moment is to share this message with YOU.
Trupti & Swara