Saturday, July 29, 2006
Four Cities. Three Weeks. One Tired Nephi.
Well we leave in about 40 minutes for the New Delhi train station. We have four more cities left on our tour out of six total, and I'm planning on spending the time looking at Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Jainism. I've already done work for Sikhism in Amritsar and Baha'i here in Delhi at the Baha'i temple.
Delhi has treated us well, thanks to some pleasant heat and humidity (I think I'm the only person who likes humidity in the whole group) and the relief of air conditioning. One member of the group, Chelsea, had a small but important bag stolen in Amritsar (I get the feeling that's a rarity there), but she was able to get a new passport and visa within the last week and is on her way out of town with her group. I saw a Bollywood movie at the cinema - it was a terrible movie - and Thursday night we took our host, Richard, to see Pirates of the Caribbean. I plan on asking folks on the trains about Bollywood and gender, Bollywood and politics, Bollywood and economics, etc. to fulfill some of my cultural proofs course.
I should say that the Baha'i temple, while beautiful, just didn't feel the same as the Golden Temple. I attribute certain feelings with divine experiences - feelings that I had repeatedly among the Sikhs but not really at all in the Baha'i house. And I don't mean God's not looking down on them and smiling or anything. What I mean is that there was some element missing the seemed to keep me from experiencing the divine there the way I have in other churches, temples, and mosques. I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of this religions tour pans out; it's giving me some insights into my own beliefs.
Sorry that this has been such a short post; we're awfully rushed to get out of here and catch our train. Much love, all of you.
One last photo before I go. These are Sikhs (and probably some Hindu Indians as well) listening to a Sikh man preach at the Golden Temple. Again, this is from Kem's camera.