None Behind, None Ahead!

None Behind, None Ahead!

 

 

 

 

On the plateau,

Vastness of heaven and earth.

None behind,

None ahead.

Joy and sorrow within,

I, the only companion,

 

On the Leh – Kargil road in India, fifteen kilometers east of Fotu La pass, at a height of 11,500 feet lies the Lamayuru monastery. While driving to Lamyuru, at a distance I saw a solitary old monk, twirling his prayer wheel, peacefully taking strides to what appeared to be ‘nowhere’!

 

We arrive and depart alone!

 

The only thing we can do is to become a detached spectator of life, as it drives us on this highway of void.

 


Monk near Lamayuru, Leh, Ladakh

 

 

 

9 Comments

  1. Dhruv Jolly

    Dear Amardeep …

    Beautiful … cannot describe it … beautiful Image … Thanks so much …

    Next when you are in Calcutta … you must stay at my place … would love to host you …

    So now you must come to Calcutta … 🙂

    Dhruv

  2. Manpreet Singh

    Reality of life! Each one of us is absolutely alone in this hustling bustling world.

  3. Mohindra Chadha

    How True! Beautiful words and photograph!

  4. Jasbir Chawla

    Ekla chalo ekla chalo ekla chalo re
    ………………………………………………..

    If they answer not to thy call walk alone
    If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
    O thou unlucky one,
    open thy mind and speak out alone.
    If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
    O thou unlucky one,
    trample the thorns under thy tread,
    and along the blood-lined track travel alone.
    If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
    O thou unlucky one,
    with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart,
    and let it burn alone.
    -Ravindranath Tegor

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  6. Suroopa Chatterjee

    There is so much beauty in the world. And your photographs and thoughts reaffirm that. Thank you so much.

  7. Upender Kaur

    ਜੋ ਤਨੁ ਉਪਜਿਆ ਸੰਗ ਹੀ ਸੋ ਭੀ ਸੰਗਿ ਨ ਹੋਇਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
    That body, which you were born with, shall not go along with you in the end. ||1||Pause||

  8. Geetali

    Wonderful image accompanied by thought-provoking words. Thank you.

  9. Ajay Tripathi

    Generally a photograph is described through color, background, sharpness and other qualities.
    The wordings put up with this photograph brings some strange but interesting feeling to the viewer.
    Amazing thoughts with beautiful photo!

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