Muktinath Revisited: Re-thinking My Irreverent, Politically Incorrect Diatribe

Hefty Pilgrim Enduring 108 Waterspouts of Mtn Cold Water

The pilgrimage place, Muktinath, is a place of cleansing, a place of washing away misdeeds of the past.  I do see the value of intelligence of this idea: complete the past, look at what we’ve done, possibly learn from it, and start fresh.  That’s good.

I see all of that and value it, but for me, when I am conscious enough, I see the past is the past.  The past, a story, remembered and retold in our minds, is not the real past. It’s not what really happened, rather an interpretation of what happened, shaped  and re-designed for some purpose that we may never understand.  So the past, whatever it was, whatever I did or didn’t do, is gone.  I did what I did. It’s not that I wouldn’t want to be completely free of the grip of the past, I don’t see how someone else can take care of it for me, man, priest, or the gods.

All I can see is the full acceptance of who and what I am, that shreds both the past and leaves me in the present.




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Having journeyed to the Far East and Asia over 20 times in the past 20 years, I’ve been intrigued and inspired by the ingenuity, craftsmanship, balance and human spirit that have gone into the making of those works I have seen and collected.

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