Sunday, November 15

A time to remember ...

 I remember ...

Once I remember 4 of us trapped in an elephant country, up 3000 ft. high... All through the day we were cycling at our own speed. Then, as the night came and we couldn't cross-over those hills infected with elephants...( 'infected' is a wrong word to use on those hills. After all we have infected their country, their nation, their feeding points...) 

And when one gets trapped and when the night falls and is chill allover, one of the best things to do is to enjoy a bottle of beer ...
We 4 of us will never forget that oneness of getting stuck out there. Locals told us that elephants were crossing over the roads and it was dangerous to cycle through.
Pitch dark, our cell phones were also getting feeble with less and less charge. We had sent a message to our friends and they were going to come to pick us up ... but then, we had to wait and wait with some beer and cycle talks.

That day was a fine day... a sunny day and a day we will never forget ...

... and at the end of every trouble, there is a morning with a fresh beam of joy and happiness;
... with sun's rays kissing us another day in life !!

Sometimes, I love to ask myself complicated questions : Searching for God is one of them... 

"Our search for God is only our response to God's search for us. God knocks at our door, but for many people their lives are too preoccupied for them to be able to hear.  Each of us needs an opportunity to be alone, and silent, to find space in the day or in the week, just to reflect and to listen to the voice of God that speaks deep within us." 
...Cardinal Basil Hume  

and then ... 

" More and more , 21st century people are finding it more difficult to dwell in a universe inhabited by unseen presence of God... Our world has been reduced to what is physical, what can be measured, seen, touched, tasted and smelled. That means we have become mystically tone-deaf, for all the goods that matter are in the shop window." 
... Fr. Ron Rolheiser

Have you always felt closer to God when life goes out of your control ? I have ... and I wonder why I cannot grow closer to God in good times! It is like food : all the tasty food has either sugar, salt or fat ! I cannot have a taste outside these three things. God comes only with a "Bang"!

Can I have God outside troubled times? 

            "See! The winter is past ;
                the rains are over and gone.
            Flowers appear on the earth;
                  the season of singing has come,
                  the cooing of doves 
                   is heard in our land.
            The fig tree forms its early fruit;
                  the blossoming vines 
                  spread their fragrance.
            Arise, come, my darling;
                 my beautiful one, 
                 come with me."

Good bye my thoughts ...good bye !

( Photos : All photographs are from cycling trip to Munnar hills and trek to Himalayas )