Pilgrimage Sadhu. lake Gosaikunda
• Pilgrimage Sadhu. Lake Gosaikunda
This year I had the unique opportunity to travel with Nepalese sadhu to the sacred for them Gosaikunda lake.
Gosaikunda (Gosain Kund), one of the 108 lakes located on the way to the pass Lauribina, Langtang region of Nepal. Asleep for six months a year under the ice and hide at an altitude of 4380 meters above sea level, it is a good test for the believers and worshipers of Lord Shiva. According to legend, Shiva saved the universe by drinking a deadly poison that is ruining all living things. "According to one version of the legend, after taking poison, Shiva wanted a drink of fresh water, and he hit the ground with his trident. At the same moment there was a lake Gosaikunda (c). " Suddenly a cold and snowy April concealed ice beauty of the sacred lake, leaving our vzlyad only an infinitesimal distance fades into snow-covered mountain peaks in the sky.
"Bring me home ..." - I heard Swati Three Words Shiva. So the promise of three words fulfilled and God was silent. Siva turned into a black stone, and looked like a statue of himself. Swati as tried, she could not move him. By evening, she was exhausted, I lay on the ground next to the rock and hugged him "(c). According to legend, one of the pieces of stone-statue is kept at the bottom of a deep lake.
Lake Gosaikunda considered the last refuge of Shiva, a sacred place of pilgrimage for Sadhus. Sadhu, monk - ascetics, no longer striving for the implementation of the three objectives of the Hindu life: kama (sensual pleasure), artha (material development) and dharma (duty). "Vishnu is one who is free from the shackles and nothing is connected (with)." Sadhus often wear ocher-colored clothing, which symbolizes sacrifice and renunciation. Sadhus are revered as holy men, messengers of the gods on earth. It is believed that his ascetic practices as a sadhu burn your karma and the karma of others, helping them to escape from the cycle of birth and death, samsara.
The sadhu is fully committed to achieving moksha (liberation) through meditation and knowledge, using the natural stimulants of organic origin and contemplate the nature of the cosmos, God's presence in the smoke circles.
It is necessary for each beholder agent was sent to assist their god Shiva novices from the peaks of the Himalayas. Therefore, any ritual worship of the gods necessarily involves smoking charas, cannabis varieties, mixed gently then tobacco, and packed in a special smoking pipe - Chillum.
There are two main trends among society sadhu: Saivites - ascetics who devote their lives to Lord Shiva and Vaishnava - devotees of Vishnu and his avatars, such as Rama and Krishna. Visual image of Shiva is the tilak - drawing on the face in the form of a trident. For Vaishnava vertical bars connected at the nose, means footprint of Vishnu, and if there is also a middle stripe is red, it means that severe ascetics do not forget to respect the beautiful Lakshmi, the wife of the god of the odious evils of the destroyer.
Some Sadhu grow a meter and kilogram-hair dreadlocks.
Performed by the mantra "Hare Krishna" and dance in a god Hanuman the monkey suit, a follower of Rama while integrating the spiritual, physical and mental energy.
Gosaikunda Lake is one of the most revered shrines Sadhu. Located in an area remote from civilization Langtang is the ultimate goal of a multi-day climb. Pilgrim runs through groves of flowering rhododendrons, rocky mountain slopes and snow-covered mountain passes. This path is as beautiful as it is harsh.
Short stop for the night in a mountain shelter and over again for hours crossings, despite the scorching sun, cold wind, fog or rain with snow.
Reaching the goal of traveling - mountain lake Gosaikunda Satkha hold religious ceremonies, praised in his prayer chants Rama and Krishna and behold, the smoke of marijuana, the surface of the lake, trying to see into its depths the image of Shiva.