Living in the hills
As you all know my net connectivity is poor and I operate on a limited bandwidth of 8 kbps, so it takes a while for me to upload content.
My most important work here is to soak up the sun while trying to decipher the age old wisdom of the mountains. After years of corporate life I decided to live in this remote Himalayan village so that I can enjoy a natural state of living. I left everything behind except for my camera and laptop and came here to live among poor villagers far away from civilization. These people are simple, nomadic and follow a primitive 5000 year old lifestyle with rituals and ceremonies while braving a difficult terrain and a harsh winter with 6 ft of snow. I live with them, celebrate with them, dance with them while drawing in the local apple wine, sacrifice goats and lambs for rain and sun, explore the hills, till the land, sow seeds, wait for rain, pluck the harvest, cut logs, break stones and spend my time wandering across the valley enjoying the beauty of the seasons…
To me living is not just a disciplined, fixed-path, mediocre thing which most of us call existence. It is something totally different to me – it is rich beyond measure and changing every moment – and unless we realize this amazing motion our life becomes totally meaningless
Spirituality again is a notion – rather a perception. Can we ever observe anything without assessment, interpretation or evaluation ? Can we simply observe the bird, the sky and the trees … our mind (which I love to define as a neurological or genetic disorder) will never allow you to observe anything without interfering with its various notions and preconditioned parameters. I observed the mind as it leads us in various ways just to keep its dominance over everything. Now here, I can shut it off and simply gaze at the hills , the bees and the birds and the clouds. I do kill to eat but only as much as I need. The villagers kill bears and panthers but only to protect their crops and cattle. And while I appreciate the movement against killing of girl child across India I do not impose on the villagers the importance of conserving. Life to me is not simply an occupation – its a vast mystery spreading across an infinite latitude, cradled by the balance of nature in which we exist as mere mortals trying to redefine and defy the very purpose of our existence…
Meanwhile a lot of birds returned to the valley and i found a whle bunch of them searching for food. I will upload a full gallery but meanwhile enjoy a few
Be Good !