Prayer wheels at the Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto, made with the Heart Sutra, one of the most popular Buddhist scriptures. According to the Tibetan tradition, to spin a prayer wheel has the same effect as reciting the prayers.
The green, red and blue mini curtains have prayer wheels behind them and those lengths continue around the entire stupa, each to be touched and turned. There are other prayer wheels and a flame in a pool of oil with candles burning behind. This is an exceptionally important place for Buddhists in particular. #prayerwheels#instatravel#travel#kathmandu#nepal#candles#flame
SPINNING THE WHEELS
As I write the title to this travel journal segment, I can't help but hear John Lennon singing:
"I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round, I really love to watch them roll.
No longer riding on the merry-go-round, I just had to let it go."
I decided to take it easy and walk everywhere, without squeezing in a typical sightseeing itinerary in the hotspots of Kathmandu.
Instead, I took the backroads in the local neighbourhoods, crossed busy dusty streets and bridges across shallow and murky rivers, walked into shops and the main market where only the locals go to, each time getting spoken to in nepalese.
"Oh sorry, I thought you were Nepali!" would be the recurring comment.
After a brief standing meal of momos (nepalese) and pani puri (indian) in the food stalls of a supermarket carpark, I resumed my walking pace in the direction of Boudhanath Stupa - the largest tibetan buddhist stupa in Nepal.
Instead, I ended up walking past a smaller, more discreet version of it.
No entrance fees, no crowds.
A few high school kids taking photos, women and men sitting along the edge of the grounds soaking in the early afternoon sun.
The iconic Eyes of the Buddha stared back at me from all 4 sides of the top structure.
I then spotted an elderly lady going all around the spherical base, spinning the Prayer Wheels, one by one.
I decided to do the same, and picked my own Mantra: "I AM LOVE"
It has been the purpose since the beginning of this whole journey to the East.
To fully embrace, love and forgive myself.
For when we realise that Love is what we are all made of, our resistance falls and we allow our true desires and purpose to unfold.
(Written in: Kathmandu, Nepal)