Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ayubowan Srilanka Part-2


Monks' residence area
My time in Na Uyana Monastery was something I longed for ages. Everything was so interesting. The way monks wearing the robes and having food and everything else...
Break Fast bell went off at 5.30 AM and to my utter surprise there were 30 people holding 30 different dishes to serve with high reverence and devotion. Felt like crying when I sat with the bowl full of food remembering how heart fully those people have served me. Could not finish the whole food and closed my eyes sought apologies from the people who have served the food and threw them in the bin.

  Went to meditation hall and sat down in one corner. It was so inspiring to sit with the people who are in orange robes. Lunch bell went off at 09.30. This time, consciously took very less food as I was not hungry in such a short time. Remembering that there won't be food for the remaining day made me to eat.

 It was so inspiring to listen to the stories of the monks. I found a monk who has worked for the same company same time I worked back in Delhi, India 8 years ago. He was dreaming to marry a Japanese girl or else to becoming a monk. Why a Japanese girl? asked I. He told me that he liked Japanese culture and music so much. He told me that he even thought of settling in Japan. How silly I was. He reflects now.

Another young monk says that he was into a 6 year long relationship and realised this is all not for him and renounced the architect job and the girl to take up the path of orange brick road. He mentioned that he found the real meaning to the life here in meditation in jungle. Every story is an inspiration.

As everything comes to an end so does my Srilankan trip. It was just a 6 days trip.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ayubowan Srilanka Part-1

         The long awaited trip has finally began. Visiting a country without the purpose of the job. It feels good. My seat number lead me to the middle row middle seat. Oh, I missed those oceanic scenes this time. Anyway wanted to give a try. Can I change to window seat please? I asked the flight attendant and he showed me a way to an empty window seat smilingly. Thank you. Srilankan flight took off from Male to Colombo.

      Looking down from the flight always gives me a sense of being a bird. I used to have flying dreams a lot. Air hostess, Lihini sat in front of me in preparation of landing. After a while she asked me "Are you Maldivian?" No, I'm from India said I. Then, she showed more interest in conversing.
She: What's is your job?
Me: Teaching yoga
She: Wow, I could see you being very relaxed
Me: .... thanks
Me: Are you a Buddhist?
She: Yes and my dream is to take my parents to Budh Gaya, India
Me: Very nice, do you meditate
She: No
Me: Are you a vegitarian?
She: No. But, I don't kill any living being myself.

     I feel good when ever I meet Buddhists and that feeling disappears when I come to know that they are not any different from any other religious practitioners. She gave me a nice pen and said this is for you. Got a gift.

    Exchanged some dollars into Srilankan rupees and bought a local SIM hoping that internet will assist me during my first trip to Srilanka. Met Rahula during the bus journey and Google translator helped me a lot in conversing with him as he doesn't know English well. Language isn't a barrier anymore to start a conversation with anyone.

    Reached my destination by the dusk. Nauyana Aranya Forest Monastery (www.nauyana.org), by reading the name gives a lot of satisfaction.
(Continued in Ayubowan Srilanka Part-2)