Nepal: a land of transcendental reality

Nepal: a land of transcendental reality

The stars are drops of lead, ready to fall into the outstretched palm. The day takes away the gaze into the piercing blue of the sky, and around – shining cascades of giant waves frozen for centuries – the Himalayas. A country of dreams, a country of transcendental reality – Nepal.

A thin strip of land stretching along the Himalayas is located between mystical Tibet and the homeland of ancient legends – India. Nepal absorbed the knowledge of these countries, consistently combining them, and showed the world the possibility of a creative, original birth of a new culture based on the unity of the spiritual principles of different religions. The inaccessible mountainous lands were not the ultimate dream of foreign invaders, so Nepal managed to survive as a sovereign country. But his story is also not easy: tragic moments and political intrigues give way to ups and downs of cultural and spiritual breakthroughs.

Nepal is the birthplace of one of the greatest lights of humanity, Gautama Buddha, whose teachings formed the basis of Buddhism. Every Hindu seeks to enter the temple of Lord Shiva – Pashupatinath at least once in his life, and the yoga ascetics living here show miracles of body control. What are called places of power are here at every step; They are connected with the presence of great Teachers, and with ancient holy places and natural temples high in the mountains …

Nepal is home to 8 of the 14 existing on earth eight-thousanders and the greatest of them – Everest (local peoples call it Sagarmatha or Chomolungma, which means “the crown of the world”). In less than forty years of tourism development, the Nepalese have built many loggias (small hotels) along the caravan paths. So now everyone can reach the foot of the snow-white giants and with their own hands touch the ice, transparent as a crystal, falling in frozen streams from the silver slopes of the mountains. Descending giant steps to the south, the harsh climate of the mountains is replaced by hot jungles, where elephants and crocodiles live, tigers run (occasionally), bananas and tea plantations grow.

It is impossible not to say about the Nepalese – these dark-skinned, always smiling people, whose openness and benevolence are so sincere and genuine! Returning to their native land and peering into the gloomy, tired, closed faces of their fellow Muscovites, I really want to share with them the warmth that shines in the eyes of the inhabitants of the Himalayas. Nepalese still plow the land by hand, cutting down narrow strips of land on the mountain slopes, drag stones from the river on their backs, and, sitting on the side of the roads, work them manually with hammers. They make roads, houses, fences, temples out of stones … And the paths? Below the river is bubbling, clouds are floating above, and underfoot is a road one and a half meters wide, carved into a sheer cliff by the same patient, hardworking hands. Endless caravans of mules and yaks travel along these paths. The chime of bells and bells, intertwining with the simple and melodic song of the drivers, gives rise to the unique music of the path.

Today, Nepal is the only country where, without special training and equipment, in a completely civilized way you can plunge into the world of exoticism, magical landscapes, wise lamas and ascetic yogis, visit the very foot of the ice giants and raft along a rapid mountain stream, pray in the silent silence of the mountains and meditate with the Tibetan monks …

Nepal is a country where you want to return again and again, it is a country with an open heart, a country from where you want to give joy and light peace to all people – just as Nepal gives it to all its guests.