Took these sometime back when I visited Tibetan Refugees Self Help Center here in Darjeeling. At the time of my visit, weaving of Tibetan carpets were at a halt, but I got to see the residents playing a game of dice which is common known in Darjeeling as “Parashyo“. This is widely known as the Tibetan game of dice – “SHO”. It comprises of two dice, throwing cup, pad on which the dice is placed, some coins and shells. The unique thing about this is that all things are handmade by the folks interested in the game. I posted some of the photos on Thunderbolt Tea’s Facebook page, but not these ones (I guess). Enjoy the photos!
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I wanted to share this photo for a long time, maybe I did share it on Facebook but not sure – Its a burden to go through all to verify. This photo was taken at Druk Thupten Sangag Choeling Monastery or commonly known as “Dali Gompa” (locals pronounce it as “Dali Goombaa”) or Dali Monastery in Darjeeling. Dali here signifies the area where this Buddhist monastery is located.
It is just 4 km away from the main Darjeeling town area. Dali monastery was initially started by Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche in the year 1971 and finally inaugurated by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 1983. Dali Gompa forms the headquarters of Drukchen Rimpoche, the XII, the supreme head of the Kargyud lineage.
Now hundreds of Buddhist monks or lamas have enrolled with the monastery for spiritual education. It has always given me peace when I visit such an institution and hearing them reverberate their celestial chants reminds me of the Heavens above – telling me somebody must be up there, watching!
Enjoy the photos
Lord Krishna, is considered one of the most and highly worshiped Hindu deities. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna is considered as the Avatar or reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. Born in Mathura now in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India about 5000 years ago, Krishna’s mystical stories started from his early childhood which now narrated to us seems amazing as to how he crushed anything that was evil. The period between 3200 and 3100 BC is considered as the period when Lord Krishna lived on earth.
He is also shown with his childhood devotee Radha. The Lord is usually remembered and worshiped as “Radha-Krishna”. The pair symbolizes the eternal love between people and god.
Significance of Lord Krishna’s Janmashtami: Sri Krishna taught us Karma Yoga. He strongly dictated in Gita that a man is bound to get the fruits of his actions. If he has done good actions/deeds throughout his life, he will get good results. The real meaning of Janamashtami vow is to become Karamyogi like Krishna. One should always follow the right path and never tolerate injustice. Karma yoga is selfless service, the path by which the mind is most quickly purified and its limits transcended. The karma yogi works hard, both physically and mentally. He seeks to eliminate the ego and its attachments, to serve humanity without expecting rewards, and to see unity in diversity . This enables him to tune to the one underlying divine essence that dwells within all beings. Karma yoga is most suitable for people who have an active temperament. It involves working in the world and giving of oneself in a selfless way. The real essence is to become a selfless Karamyogi.
Today morning, I had gone up to observatory hill where it hosts the most mystical temples known to the local people as “Dara”. This is the place from where Darjeeling got its name “The Land of the Thunderbolt” and so does my tea company – Thunderbolt Tea. This place hosts one main temple which is dedicated to “Mahakal Baba” (Lord Shiva – This is one place where the Hindus and Buddhists worship together inside one temple and is considered very sacred.) and other small temples dedicated to other Hindu deities. Lord Krishna is one of them.
Its always a good feeling to visit Dara where I feel I am elated with some kind of an energy and it really makes my day! Now I am with my usual pot of morning Darjeeling Tea!
One of Lord Krishna’s quote: “You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of the work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction”
Happy Janmashtami! May the Lord bless you all!
For more info on Lord Krishna you can visit this About.com page
Welcome to my personal space on the web. Hi! This is Benoy, a guy who resides among the Himalayan hills of Darjeeling. This is a personal blog where I update everything personal - from my wake up time to the time I fall dead on the bed. I love Darjeeling Tea and photography - Though an amateur photographer with zero knowledge of the technicalities involved, I like the idea of capturing the angle which best portrays to my eyes. Enjoy your stay here! +Benoy Thapa
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