India, Foothills of the Himalayas, 2nd part
Spiritual journey in north India, in the eighties, looking for Advaita vada
From Almora, let's go up to Kalimat
To continue our pilgrmage:
We still have so much to discover
Behind the veil of appearances!
Like this very old altar
Used by passing by Sunyasins (renunciants)...
Let's go meditate with them
In another temple, very simple:
That of Kasar Devi.
Kasar Devi 1
He is not as majestic as Jageshwar, not so old,
Kasar Devi 2
But his simplicity is really Vedic:
Kasar Devi 3
It is that of the Sadhu, who live naked.
Kasar Devi 4
Here is their sacrificial altar
Kasar Devi 5
And the palace where they live.
Kasar Devi 6
With them, give up this world
Kasar Devi 7
To find the door
Kasar Devi 8
In the meantime, let's visit Sunyata,
A Danish wise man, Alfred Sorensen
Who lived there more than fifty years.
He was a jivanmukta, a ‟living liberated‟ like Ramana Maharshi,
Who gives him this name, Sunyata: ‟being non-Being‟.
In 1936 at Arunachala, Alfred Sorensen met the wise man
Who says of him ‟Here is one of us visiting us‟.
Sunyata settled on this hill, at Kasar Devi.
He called this place ‟Turya nivas‟: ‟Residence of the Fourth State‟. According to the Upanishads, the other states are those of Awakening, Dreaming and Deep sleep.
He died at age 95 in California on August 13, 1984.
Now we are ready to contemplate the Himalayas!
Let's advance on the ridge, towards the top of the world!
This ridge is called Crank's Ridge; from the sixties
It is frequented by Hippies.
But no need for drugs to contemplate Mount Kailash!
According to a Hindu legend, it is at the foot of Mount Kailash, the Meru, axis of the World,
That Adam was deposed, driven from Eden, on the shore of Lake Manasarovar.
From there, he could contemplate the Paradise lost...
Adam, the first man, is the Principle of Man:
He is nothing but... ourselves!