A Walk to Bodhgaya
I am on the brink of starting a journey beyond any I've done before. On the external level - the world of matter - it will be a 1700 kilometer walk, across India to Bodhgaya, the place where the Buddha reached enlightenment 2500 years ago. Not a big deal, you might say, but the pilgrimage will be without money, phone, or lodging other than some blankets to sleep under the stars. We call them Aranyavasi's - forest monks, living amongst the trees, delighting in the melodious symphony of exotic birds, monkeys and mosquitoes. One with nature and with the inner practices of awareness, meditation, and peace.
Which brings us to the second aspect of my trip - the world of mind. I will be putting together all the mindfulness I can conjure to follow the practice day and night. Not out of faith or religiousness, but pure scientific investigation of seeing where it will take me to dedicate my entire being to awareness and love, the two pillars of the Buddha's teachings.
Why those two, and what does awareness even have to do with love? Awareness leads to the wisdom of understanding we are not alone - so many beings, uncountable, are sharing the same wish to be happy and to be free from suffering. Going deeper, we realize there is no ego, no I and you and them. We are one with these beings and we all share the same wants and needs. This truth leads to infinite love: as much as we care and wish for our own happiness, we care and wish for the happiness of all. Hurray!
I'm not saying I'm there yet, but I like the gist of it.
So I will be one with all of you but not with my phone, and this is my last online presence in 3 months. Please forgive me in advance! And in the mean time I wish you a Merry Christmas full of gratitude and cake and love and a new beginning aglow with awareness.