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Five Kids on the Road of Pilgrimage
Because we do not know how peaceful a simple soul can be in a clean world, we do not understand how these devout Tibetans feel; enriched and joyful while they approach step by step, the holy land of their hearts, by prostrations. Many of the sufferings that we human beings express originate from our own shallow mind and from disregarding actions toward the natural world. If you do not prostrate on the ground as the Tibetans do, you will never have the perspective to see the world as they do. Please don’t be judgmental on so called faiths by your own perspective. Never. February 23, 2007, on the way to Lhasa from Nyingchi, five children led by their mother were prostrating toward Lhasa, measuring the way for pilgrimage with their own bodies. Seeing pilgrims coming to Lhasa is not surprising for people who live in Lhasa. However, people can still be deeply moved by seeing these little kids with dusty faces and clean expressions in their eyes in the first place. They are a family from Ganzi (Prefecture). They started the journey last August, and it has been seven months journey. The father pulls the cart everyday while children and the mother prostrate. The kids are 6, 8, 12, 14, and 16 years old - the 12-year-old boy is a monk at the monastery in their home town.
Those tattered sweaters worn by the children may not be able to block the cold wind, and the road to Lhasa is still far away. They have to cross MilaMountain soon. The mountain is 5,000 meters high, and the top is covered by snow year around. The weather in this high snowy mountain is unpredictable. One’s heart cannot help but quiver, with the thought of these small children and their tiny figures, deep in the world of wind and snows on the climb to Mila Mountain. But as the saying goes: “As long as the mother carries a smile on her face, the sky won’t collapse! Hardship is the one which they have to deal with all the way, but mother’s smile is the greatest encouragement for children.” Although there is a long way to go for this pilgrimage, and there's still a lot of unpredictable hardships in the days ahead, the mother looks persevering and dedicated. Father located a camp site and began to unload the luggage from the cart, setting up the tent for the night. No matter how bitter the way for pilgrimage is, they will keep going. As long as the faith is there, there will be the day to see the Buddha.