Hopes Doesn’t Fade with Age


I can’t even imagine how it must feel like when you meet people with beautiful souls, one after the other. Really nice! I had met the beautiful spiritual lady hymning her soft prayers which I had mentioned in The Silent Whispers”. As I left her and came nearer to the Buddhist pagoda, I met another woman.

“My day starts early around 3 AM when I have to fetch firewood and berries for my grandchildren” said the 116 year-old lady. “And then for the rest of the day, I devote myself to the Pagoda”. I waited there for her to complete her prayers as she rotated the Buddhist prayer wheels with one hand, while with the other she counted the beads and softly reverberated the hymns.

I sat there looking at her in awe. She was so dedicated even though her small little steps were shaky. She had hopes. Hopes of a bright, happy future. A dream that her grandchildren will be happy in what they do. Her son had gone far away in search for better work and she hadn’t seen him in 7 years. All she wanted to do was pray. Prayers to protect them from every possible evil.

Two years after I took this photo, this spiritual lady passed away. But whatever it be, her hopes will not fade with age.

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32 thoughts on “Hopes Doesn’t Fade with Age

  1. Tanks so much for stopping by my blog today. What a beautiful site this is! I also love hopping across cultures – we all have so much to learn from the journeys of others.

    • Hey Christa,
      Thank you so much. I just saw your Gravatar. Its such a pleasure to hear the good words. I do a bit of Yoga myself (and, it gives me immense happiness seeing you helping people be aware of the benefits of it). And yeah, Life is a lesson where you learn continuously. I hope to see and read from you more. Keep up the good work :)

  2. Thank you for visiting my site. I returned the favor here. It was good that you were able to find a connection with this woman. I could only imagine the stories she could tell. Thank you for sharing this photograph. – Kat

  3. She represented something beautiful; commitment to those we really love.
    Belief can be such a strong signal towards others.

    Thank you for sharing this,
    She must have been a remarkable woman.

    Greetings from Belgium,
    Olivier

  4. This is truly a beautiful blog. It represents the simplicity in life that we should all seek in the sometimes confusing times we live in. We as a people at one time or another need that guidance that brings us back to a more peaceful place spiritually and keeps us connected with the enjoyment of simplicity as it offers peace in itself. Simplicity…the wonder drug we should all partake in. You write beautifully and thanks for sharing.

  5. Your short story makes quite an impact! WOW 116 years old, and she looks 60 or less ageless really. The beauty of goodness. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my site. Nothing quite so awe inspiring on it as that short story I just read, but hope you will be back. I’ll be following your work here. :)

  6. hey.. is this the monastery at dharmsala? I had been there too, and fell in love with the serenity of the place. Mothers always.. pray for their children no matter ..wherever they are. I feel sad that 7 loong years she did not see her son… she lived in her own pain but still continued to be hopeful… and positive… inspiring…

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful pic..

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