Monasteries Around Darjeeling
By Katyayini Kesharwani
These monasteries are the epitome of peace and tranquillity and provides a great place for people looking forward to a meditative getaway, far from the monotony of materialism. They have the power to literally disconnect you from the world.
Karl Marx once very satirically said ‘Religion is the opium for masses.’ Here, on the contrary all religion thinkers drunk deep are opiated with a purpose benefitting humanity unbounded by man-made boundaries of caste creed or their diverse faiths.
There is always a debate within me about me being an Agnostic, surrounded by all those who Believe. I wonder if religion is a necessary ingredient of an identity or whether I can conjure my own without religion being one of its cornerstones.
I dwell, I ponder, I question and then I settle on the fact that religion can mean different things to different people. For someone it might be a heart full of respect for the Omnipresent One and for others it could just be a way of life. I believe that if Religion is a burden, then it cannot be a religion at all. It cannot be a yoke that wears us down but it has to be the soothing balm that comforts us in distress, and not the reason of discomfort. It cannot be compulsions or rhythmic chores. It cannot be a fallacy that sets a rigor mortis to logic.
I hope I can stick to this idea forever and still have respect for all who Believe, if that’s what they need to fall back upon. – @lakeerkafakeer, Instagram
They would all come out to play in the evening. No count of what the score is. The bell would ring sharp at 6 pm and they would all run to the dining hall for their evening snack. I didn’t hear a single child asking for few more minutes of play time. He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment. The soul was healed by being amongst them.
Yiga Choeling Monastery of Ghoom is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling area built in the year 1850. This is the original or the old Ghoom Monastery. It is a very beautiful location at a distance of around 8km from the main city. Looks very elegant and gives positive vibes. Photography inside is not allowed, but the outside can be captured and stored in the memories forever.