Rich and Sorrowful Knowledge
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“Love, then sought out, is an ailment, between the flesh and the bone, and only when youth has passed, does the pain bring rich and Sorrowful knowledge”.
(Khalil Gibran – Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer, 1883–1931)
One morning as I was walking along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) I saw this couple following a puja (religious ritual) celebrated by a priest.
Three other men were sitting next to them.
All of them were wearing a Janeu (जनेऊ), the sacred thread showing their condition of Brahmins.
I found this couple quite moving, since the lady couldn’t sit or walk properly she was on a chair, holding her husband’s shoulder in order to make a link transmitting the prayers.
Appart of the religious boundery this gesture is to my eyes the ultimate symbol of love.
Mostly when time went by leaving a rich and sorrowful knowledge…