Maria Vdovkina
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Border of unlimited freedom

August 5, 2010 @ 6:28 PM | Permalink
Well what should I say, I've never thought it would happen to me. Once I've visited Tibet I can't get over it. Maybe I fell in love with this place, maybe its just so different from anything I've ever seen before.
It's deep blue sky lieing right on your head and clouds rising just a bit above the ground, the hollow land and sandy reddish mounts,bright colours, brought to life by the strokes of wind playing with prayer flags. The lonely monastery in the middle of nowhere, standing on a way to the mountain top. It takes two days to get to the land. To get some water or food. To hear a sound of speach and see a man. Sometimes monks go high in mountains to meditate for half a year. They take a little food and water with them and pray for the highest powers to come down upon them and receive their soules, they pray for their future reincarnation to be a human or maybe even an angry ghost. This ghost is a next step of a white wheel, only a righteous human after many many centuries of reincarnations, sufferings can turn into an angry ghost. It's not a god; though it is strong, it can not use it's powers on most, and that is why it's angry. It wonders in the holy lands of Shambala and waits untill it can be enclosed into divine nature of the highest matter. Waits untill it becomes a god. That's why every tibetan makes a cora every day. Cora is a full circle "walked" around something, either a monastery or a mountain. Every time a person does cora equals to reading mantra "Om ma ni pad me hum" or spinning the praying wheel or - for the monks - praying to the highest god Buddha and its Boddhisatvas or reading sutras. In Lhasa there's three kinds of coras around Jokang temple - inner circle - inside the temple, outer circle - right outside, and big outer cirle - it's about 10 kilometers long ang goes in the city circling the temlpe and its' surroundings. This is not like christianity or islam or judaism - people make a cora every day not for making this life better, but in order to reincarnate on a way of white not a black circle. To clear their soul. During the debates that are common among monks of Sera monastery - just a practice before the real ones in front of Dalai Lama - they make this gesture: clap a hand and step with the foot. This is an antient body language that stays the same through centuries. With it monks say that we are all equal and we are people. Clap with the hands means that we all are in this air same people, none is better or worse, and the step stands for saying we walk on the ground, we are humans and this means that we were good in our past lives, so it's not too far to becoming a god. We're on our way to the endless. Many question - whether or not should we learn something about our world, about the reason, god, universe -however you call it. And here's the answer. Tibet is filled with symbols. Many of them are similar with those of China, Mongolia, Russia, but they all have different meanings at first look. The symbol I'm talking about right now is Phata, the net, which means infinity. But tibetans specialize its explanation in a context of knowledge - yes, the knowledge is endless, but we should learn anyway because in this way we're becoming closer to god, Buddha, Shangrila or Shambala, however you call it. But how can you get closer to the endless? How can you become a god, an absolute, borderless and timeless not crteature but creator? This is a pattern of thinking, specific for tibetan buddhism and tibetan people, regardless of which one was the first to possess it. And at last, cultures of China, Mongolia and Western Russia enclude an identic symbol. Maybe this is what Tibet is teaching us? Maybe there is some border that we all are heading for, the border of our unlimited freedom?


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