People of the Hills XXIV: Old man in Bhoolang village. Indian Himalayas. Rendered in the style of a Daguerreotype.
Taken from the Atlas of True Names, which has translated the etymological roots of place names into English to give a more direct, in many ways more physical, sense of how our ancestors saw and named their world.
People of the Hills XXIII: Man resting from work at Ghungra village. Indian Himalayas.
The path from Ghungra village. Looking south. Indian Himalayas.
Panorama of the shikara style Basheshwar Mahadev temple in Bajaura. Built in the eighth century. The oldest temple in the valley.
The jogni (a forest spirit) Bith is given the form of a mass of rhododendrons and carried from high on the mountain down to the village of Hurla where she is met by the gods, Bir Nath, Bir Nath and Markandey Rishi, of the area. Boys carry rhododendron flowers on sticks mimicking the silver and gold staffs that are carried in front of the gods. They then process and dance together until Bith is torn apart by the young men of the village who fight for part of the frame under the rhododendrons.
Tibetan Buddhist monks converse at the main gateway of the Dechen Choekhor Ling gompa. Himalayas.
People of the Hills XXII: Woman knitting in a chai shop at Dhobi village. Indian Himalayas.
Knowledge comes through likeness. And so because the soul may know everything, it is never at rest until it comes to the original idea, in which all things are one.
from the sermons of Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 – c. 1327)
Either a man must find God in works or abandon all works, but, since a man cannot in this life be without works, he must learn to possess God in all things.
from Talks of Instruction by Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 - c. 1327)