Yadgar has requested a picture from Leh; so I am sharing the above. On a different note: I brought back a prayer wheel (as in the first picture) and presented it some one I respect a great deal. A gentleman looking at it, commented spontaneously: how mechanical? how childish? Can you think of God with that?
Years ago, I too had thought the same thing. Now, I think, every culture has its blind spots. Many of us who sit in Dhyan, do anulom-vilom, tell beads or pray (often loudly)- know that if you are careless, EVERY method of prayer can easly become mechanical and meaningless. And if you are careful (“present” in the now) even your game and pass time can lift you up, bring you closer to your “Buddha” nature. But it is so easy to see the mote in other’s eyes, rather than the beam in our own eyes..
Second picture is that of a Gompa close to Pangong lake. Third is – sachin, quietly eating his bowl of sattu- since nothing else was available!
In conclusion, I sincerely bow to the good, kind, hospitable people of Laddakh and their simple faith..
Om Mani Padme hum!
Peace! Shalom! Amen! Om Shanti!