Spiti Valley

The Spiti story: An affair to behold (Part 5)

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A group of 7-8 boys aged between 10-12 were scaring each other by lighting a match stick in front of a bottle of spray/perfume and some girls nearby were sitting sincerely under the sun dropping their heads into the textbooks. I woke up that morning and sat across the window to have a flashback of my own childhood. “Deshek home stay” in Kibber, (Deshek, being the name of adorable kid) had a govt school in front of it.
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Spiti Series – Day 4 : In the abode of Buddhism!

Om Mani Padme Hum

In dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.

—H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (on the meaning of – Om mani padme hum)

The enchanting mantra – ‘Om Mane Padme Hum’ resonates throughout the Spiti valley. The prayer flags, prayer wheels, mani stones, temples and monasteries, all reverberate how the people of Spiti have embraced this non-violent and compassionate religion since 9th century AD when Padmasambhava brought Buddhism to this valley. Never could I have imagined a green-less valley to be so beautiful and therapeutic for the soul. The monastic life of people and humble hospitality had touched me deep inside.

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