16219Re: The Perfect Day
- Dec 31, 2005Hi Sharani!
Thank you so much for your fantastic and detailed descriptions in the
I have just seen some of your colourful photos and liked the Temples
series a lot!
Happy New Year! :))
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
>friends. After a morning of
> The Perfect Day
> Last Tuesday I enjoyed a day full of adventure with several
> intense meditation, we headed off on a daytrip to see a recliningBuddha statue inside a
> cave and to visit a waterfall. Our first stop took us to the hotelnext door to where I am
> staying so that a friend could change. As we waited in the taxioutside that hotel, I jumped
> out of the car and wandered to and fro on rainbow chasing detailbecause there was a
> mixture of sun and rain happening. Since it is the rainy season, itusually rains for a while
> every day. Generally speaking, I had the sense that the stormyskies were too thick to
> encourage the sighting of rainbows even if there were spots ofclearing. While waiting to
> leave, I naturally could not resist skyward glances nonetheless.tenor of our adventure
> Despite no rainbow appearance, we were in high spirits and the
> quickly encompassed multiple stops along the way to photographanimals near the road.
> Once our taxi driver understood our predilections, he pulled overfrequently and helped us
> spot all manner of animals. We took photos of sheep, cows andmonkeys, all just from the
> rolled down window of the car. The driver also pointed out variouskinds of fruit trees that
> do not exist in America I cannot remember the name of the treespecies. Seeing monkeys
> on the guardrail and utility poles by the road was great fun! Wewere definitely taking the
> "local stop" approach to our two sightseeing attractions but theleisurely pace invited a
> very contented serene atmosphere.the cave, before us stood
> When we finally arrived at the outcropping of rock that contained
> a seemingly endless ascent of steep stairs up the cliff. We werehardly prepared for what
> awaited us. For the non-athletic ones among our group, it was ourown version of Mt.
> Everest. Up, up, up! At one point, we guessed that we climbed morestairs than what we
> entertained once on the Great Wall in China last year. Finally, wearrived at the cave. Then
> the driver who accompanied us made everyone put on gloves becauseof the germs from
> bats and such that are inside the cave. We walked through a verydark and dripping cave
> with the noise of bats off in the shadows. After a rather long walkthrough the cave itself,
> at last we encountered the sleeping Buddha statue. It is located ina spot that receives a
> spotlight of sunlight from an opening very high up at certain timesof the day. The statue
> itself was built in the 1950's. It also contains several othersmaller shrines and statues,
> including a Shiva lingam.not over until we
> Since what goes up must come down, this stage of our adventure was
> retraced our steps back down from the cave to the entrance of thisBuddhist temple.
> Making this journey in the tropical heat was rather trying. Some ofus had never been in
> such a large cave ever before so it was a fascinating experienceall the same.
>at the view of a
> Driving away back through a palm oil fruit plantation, we marveled
> veritable forest of palm trees. Shortly later, we arrived at thewaterfall. This location
> includes several spots for swimming and even camping. First youwalk along a river and
> make your way through the woods along the river. You pass a rope-type bridge and then
> come to a small pool with the waterfall spilling into it. It'sabsolutely stunning and the
> sound of the rushing water is electrifying. Only one of us had comeprepared to swim but
> as we watched people frolicking in the waterfall it wasirresistible. Off came the shoes, and
> fully clothed we dived in.and shrieked with
> We leaned back against the waterfall's descent against the rocks
> delight. It felt like receiving a massage or taking a Jacuzzi times100. With my glasses off, I
> exclaim that the waterfall just seemed to get even stronger but infact it had started to
> rain fairly heavily. Our driver and the others took shelter under alittle overhang and
> drenched to the skin I joined them. We patiently waited with othersthere for swimming for
> the rain to let up since we had our cameras and other odds and endsthat we didn't want
> to get wet. Once again the sun came out even though it was raining.One person had an
> umbrella and with that sheltering my camera I was back in rainbowchasing mode. We
> stood on the bridge that swayed to and fro as one walks on it andlooked for rainbows. No
> luck! With the rain stopped completely, it was at last time todepart.
>with plastic to put on
> Our driver brings many people to the waterfalls so he was prepared
> the car seats to protect from our wetness. For the first time sincearriving, the thought of
> air conditioning was abhorrent. We made our way home with it offand the windows rolled
> down. Almost immediately after pulling out from the waterfall, thedriver found a rainbow
> off to the right. In the blink of an eye, I leapt from the car tophotograph it. Both he and
> one of our friends from Singapore emphasized that a rainbowsighting is a rather rare
> occurrence. It seemed that my determined hunt was rewarded askand you shall receive!
>that this had been a
> Having absolutely adored swimming in the waterfall, we truly felt
> most perfect day. On our way home, we stopped to visit a Taoisttemple that our driver
> belongs to. He explained a great deal to us about the statues andsuch. Our day drew to a
> close with great reluctance, as we had to get back in time for adinner counting shift at the
> hotel.climbing into a cave,
> This perfect and happy day seemed full to overflowing adventurous
> the playfulness of the waterfall cascade, the whisper of a rainbow,the spirit of the Taoist
> temple, and the nature panorama. Which moment shines forth as thecrowning
> experience? the healing flow of the waterfall? the opportunity tofinally take pictures of all
> the animals that we had been seeing when in the car? the rainbowsince I dearly love them?
> No. The shining moment in this perfect day resided inside therevolution of a motorized
> bike's wheel as it silently proceeded through the hotel lobby.During a spontaneous
> meditation, which began as we were in the middle of a play practicein the lobby, my heart
> was overpowered with an explosion of inner sweetness as I imagineda vision of the dust
> of the dust of the dust of God's Feet scattering in the path ofthis bike's wheel.
>I imagine they
> For me, God's Feet symbolize the place where Heaven and Earth meet.
> embody the very essence of forgiveness and unconditional love. Thecontemplation of
> even the dust of God's Feet was indeed the supernal moment of thismost perfect day.
> What a wonderful opportunity to taste such varied adventures withthe remembrance of
> God as the core undercurrent flowing through each and every happymoment.
>the time. I go home the
> I will of course add some photos of these adventures when I have
> day after tomorrow so time will tell how quickly the visuals getincluded.
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