Travel Route: Ki Monastery – Kibber – Mudd
We arrived at Ki Monastery on a special day and had front-row seats at a world-renowned festival performance, to which photographers worldwide make special plans to attend. The costumes and the festive spirit were fantastic. I admit that next to the heavy-duty cameras, I had a momentary feeling of inadequacy in a crowd of professional photographers since I was using a phone’s camera only, but I let it go.
The repetition of the mantra ‘om mani padme hum’ (translated, ‘Behold the Jewel is in the Lotus’) is said to bring good fortune and wash away all sins.
Tomer, with his friendly personality and his big giggly smile, often draws conversations with locals. Their eyes are always delighted when he converse with them in their language – Hindi; he diligently accumulates new words every day. He is often being offered to share a local tobacco smoke – a bidi with chara (weed). Indians are friendly and will often ask us for a selfie; they also enjoy practicing their English.
The question is not whether one believes in God or not. All one can is either to know God or not.