Middle school was finally over! It was time for a relaxing summer, and boy was I ready. This summer, I would be taking a trip to
As I embarked on my journey with my mother, and my mother’s childhood friend & daughter, I couldn’t help but feel a little nervous, and anxious. We began our trip in
We finally arrived at a temple, from which we had to go through to get to our hotel, which sounds fancy, but only consisted of a total of 15 rooms, with no amenities. As I got out of the car, I was told that I was not allowed to walk with sandals, or any shoes on. I was puzzled, but then explained, that Lord Krishna’s spirit still roams, and this whole town, including the dirt grounds, are holy. Of course, I was not at all thrilled; it was scorching hot, with insects roaming all over the dirt filled grounds. But then I saw a group of young kids, about my age at the time, smiling and walking without any shoes, their feet extremely smutty. It was then that I realized how immature and childish I was being, and immediately stopped fussing.
The next morning, we continued our journey throughout the town, visiting various temples, bustling through packs of people, and donating to the poor. Barefoot, of course. I never understood how one could feel self satisfaction by doing such deeds, until I did them myself. Donating to the poor, and underprivileged peoples made me feel humble. There were people without an eye, a leg, or arm, who were smiling and singing hymns with happiness and passion. I thought to myself, “These people are so happy with the little that they have, and here I am pothering over something so miniscule, like the color of my shirt.”
We then fed cows, which are known to be the holiest animal in
Our trip ended with a visit to
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