Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai and Rabbi Yehoshua were on their way out of Jerusalem. Seeing the destroyed Temple, Rabbi Yehoshua exclaimed, "How awful for us --- the place where the sins of Israel could be forgiven lies in ruins." Rabbi Yochanan replied, "My son, do not grieve. We have another, equally effective form of atonement. What is it? Acts of kindness, for it is written: 'I desire kindness not sacrifice.' " ~ Avot de Rabbi Natan ~
Tolkien said that 'Not all who wander are lost'. Too often we walk and see nothing because we are mentally distracted and are oblivious to our surroundings. Many people use the gym or engage in aerobics or other forms of workout without caring for their psyche or their spiritual well-being.
To walk meditatively is to enjoy the environment through its colour, texture, sound, design and apparent beauty as well as through its inner sound, silent music, and immediate presence.
My beloved is the mountains, the solitary wooded valleys, strange islands. . .silent music.
Swami Sankanaranda I wish you for your next year the best Parivrajaka. I have been reading about a great man you quote frequently ~Swami Sivananda~ What a wonderful life he lived! Blessings to you once more for your travels.