Dharamsala : Sojourn Of Tibetan Culture


As we’ve reached the Inter State Bus Terminal in the holy seat of Tibetan Government in exile, Dharamsala, we hired a cab for the local sight seeing tour in the city.
The city has Dhauladar ranges at her backdrop like a crown of princess covered by snow, embedded like white stones studded to the crown.

Dharamsala Bus Stand

Dharamsala Bus Stand

The snow line of the city is like a belly chain jewelry of a women’s waistline, undisturbed by the curvaceous body of the female, but bringing the real bosomy to the body by it’s beauty.

McLeodganj

McLeodganj

I had this feeling of empathy towards the Tibetans who have ran away from their homeland just to protect their fraternity from the modern day ideas of democracy, capitalism and communism. I have developed this feeling of love and interest towards them after watching the most thought provoking and life changing movie starring Brad Pitt, “Seven Years In Tibet”.

Seat Of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

Seat Of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

Basically Dharamsala is of two areas namely Lower and Upper Dharamsala where lower Dharamsala is much of a suburb full of government offices and all, but the upper part is known as Mcleodganj where you’d find crowds of foreigners, Lamas, tourists, locals mongering here and there in search of spirituality but can find only loads of human waste.

Youngest political prisoner

Youngest Political Prisoner

The guy in the above picture is the youngest political prisoner(period) as told by Tibetans. Many of the Tibetans lead their lives in ascetic manner, they don’t wear any fancy wear, they wear saffron robes and are very disciplined, they are the most modest people one can find in the world i guess.

And we passed on to the main Buddhist monastery located in McLeodganj where we can find innumerable number of teachings of Buddha recorded and translated from Sanskrit known as “The Kagyur”.

The Kagyur

The Kagyur

We can find many foreign Buddhist monks who are giving away everything to know their true own soul.

A Buddhist Monk

A Buddhist Monk

As a matter of fact i wanted to tell the meaning of the gesture, we Indians follow to greet someone. I share this to illustrate the meaning

Namaste!

Namaste!

Few Religions follow the gesture of Circumambulation, walking around the shrine or Diety. One such religion is Buddhism, where the entire shrine outer wall is filled with movable circular bronze plates known as prayer wheels which inflict a sense of spirituality in us while rotating them clockwise while circumambulating the shrine on the other side.

Prayer Wheels

Prayer Wheels

The true meaning of rotating the prayer wheels is depicted in the picture below. .

MANI

MANI

And then we met a Lama (Tibetan teacher of Dharma) and we clicked few pics with him and got to know that he is from Nepal and he was practicing Buddhism for 8 years.

Me With A Lama

Me With A Lama

I would really appreciate people who try to know the meaning of the word DHARMA. I’ll make it easier for you, just click here.

MKT With A Lama

MKT With A Lama

After clicking few pics around, we were astonished when we saw a foreigner thanking MKT just for his “smiling face”. That is the situation which ceases me from thinking of mankind being mounted by evil forces and dreadfully eating away all the love saving the world. As said by Charlie Chaplin in the movie “The Great Dictator” :

“You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural”

Must Visit

Must Visit

Then we went to this Tibetan museum where the entry charge is nominal and it is the best available resource to discover the life in Tibet and the story of Tibetan people and their struggle for their homeland.

Wish Tibet Gets It's Fredom

Wish Tibet Gets It’s Freedom

Don’t feel like sharing this but thought i would feel better if i share this. .

We Scribbled Something

We Scribbled Something :P

Then we had a far view of the Dharamsala cricket stadium, which looks like the only cricket field with the best background in the country, the misty mountains.

Dharamsala left me with a deep remorse for the people of Tibet, but i really appreciate Nehru’s view on allowing Tibetans to reside in India and forming their government in exile in India. As the least thing we could do is support them as we cannot even help them gaining their independence.

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