So Many Tomorrows

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“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying.
Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day.
Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now!
There are only so many tomorrows.”
(Pope Paul VI, born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini. 1897-1978)

This is a view of Manikarnika Ghat (मणिकर्णिका घाट) shot from a boat on the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
This is the place where one comes face to face with life and death.
Manikarnika Ghat symbolizes mortality of the world and is one of the oldest and most sacred Ghats in Benaras.
According to the Hindu mythology, being burned here provides an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and rebirths.
It is lying at the center of the five tirthas which are representing both creation and destruction.
there the mortal remains are consigned to flames with the prayers that the souls rest in eternal peace.
This place is also called “the great cremation ground” (Mahasmasana), this is where Lord Siva 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.
The historical sources mention this site in the Gupta inscriptions of C.E.4th century.

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