[259] 2018-01-16 Let’s go together

Let’s go together

Ashoka Pillar ~ Deoriya

27 km

Today, I encountered second difficult course since I came to India.
From here on, I can’t find a lodging along the course.
At a distance of 110 km, there is a shelter which I can contact.
I made a reservation of the hotel.
I have to move from starting point to ending point by bus for 5 sections, each having 20 km.
I decided to stay for 3 days at a cheap shelter (500 Rupee for one night) which is operated by Sri Lanka Temple in Vaishali.
For the first 3 days I have to shuttle by bus from shelter to the destination.

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First day I have to walk as long as possible, because there is not enough time for bus shuttle.

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I took a picture with a kind guide (front in the picture) of Vaishali.

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After walking 5 km, I arrived at Manakpur intersection.
There I met a group of youths and talked about Silk Road pilgrimage.
They exclaimed to hear my explanation. And I proposed them a bold suggestion.
“Let’s go together!”
One of the youths seemed to be interested in my suggestion.
I told him about the starting time and starting place of tomorrow’s course.

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I wonder whether he will appear or not tomorrow morning.
I took a black & white picture with the youths.

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The road leading to Kushinagar is well maintained.

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I drank a cup of chai at an elegant tea-room.

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Hindu folk pictures were posted on the wall of a tea-room.

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Is spring coming in the field already?

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It seems to be a memorial ceremony of a celebrity of this region.

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There are many children in this village.

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A placard about anti-corruption campaign is posted.
One of the slogans reads “Let’s fight for the constitutional rights.”

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Though the duration of cold days is short, it seems to be very hard for them to overcome the cold because they don’t have heating system.
I could find people surrounding the bonfire frequently.

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I waved to a crying child to come. I gestured “Let’s go with me.”
The child understood my gesture. He tried to run away or hide in the back of his mother.
The family surrounding him burst into laughter.

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Today I said “Let’s go together” several times.

The last verse of Heart Sutra goes like this, “gate, gate, paragate, parasamagate, bodhi svaha.”
I would like to translate this verse like this.
“Let’s go. Let’s go. Let’s go to the world we wish to come.”

 



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