The Soul Keeper
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“This is the ultimate end of man, to find the One which is in him; which is his truth, which is his soul; the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom.”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)
This man was sitting at the gate of the center of the universe which is the shrine standing at Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) where burns the oldest fire since the begining of mankind.
This is the place where any Hindu comes face to face with life and death, it is called “the great cremation ground” (Mahasmasana) and a legend says that there Lord Shiva gives Taraka mantra ( “Prayer of the crossing”) in the ear of the dead.
The name Manikarnika derives its origin from the dropping rings of Siva during His transcendental dance here.
“Having become Time itself, I destroy the world here, O Goddess !” (Lord Shiva – Padma Purana 1.33.14)
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