Haunted by the famed mountain since he was a young monk, Robert Thurman leads a small group of pilgrims overland to Tibet’s Mt. Kailash, the sacred axis mundi of central Asian cosmology. In this excerpt from “Circling the Sacred Mountain: A Spiritual Adventure Through the Himalayas,” the party arrives at its destination. The narrator is Tad Wise.
The longing to be understood is very strong but it is in direct conflict with ego’s desire to be seen as independent and admirable. Karen Kissel Wegela on giving the ego a break and opening up instead.
“Never have I witnessed a phenomenon as raw or as powerful as the spectacle of Vodoun possession.”
“When we dress uniformly we can return to nakedness, to even a nakedness beyond nakedness, revealing the fundamental humanness beneath our trappings.”
“If there is nothing universal then there is nothing genuinely spiritual anywhere in the universe, nor can there ever be.”
Gretel Ehrlich ventures into the north of Greenland during the Arctic summer of no sunset, and reminisces on her surreal journey.
Like falling in love, travel throws us into a state of delight, uncertainty and self-discovery. Like lovers, travelers both give and receive.