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In high places

God must have created humans as an afterthought. After all it is widely believed He created them on Day 6 and then took rest on Day 7. It must have been a tiresome process. He must have known somehow the needs and wants of the human being and hence all the rest was created in the earlier five days.

Then there is a twist. God took rest and then for some inexplicable reason decided to retire in a very far away place or in a very high place. Sabari malai, Vaishnav devi, Tirupathy, Payani, you name it. In almost all of the religious text, you get to see God only after some difficult passage physically or mentally. Pilgrims to Mansarovar, or the devout to Sabari malai, all go through some physical strain.

How God who created human can be so? There is another thought to this. It is the early humans who realized that to get to God, man must put in some effort. Hence special effort was made to build the Tirupathy temple on the hill. Was land available only in high places? Was it cheap there?

What land governance was followed in allotting land for temples? If the patrons of the temple building were the erstwhile kings, monarchs, emperors and the pharaohs then why would they take the risk of inconveniencing the subjects and build temple without easy access?  Were they advised to the contrary by the ministers and the confidants?

This struck me most when on the third day at Paris we visited the Notre Dame and after 45 minutes wait at the queue outside and we had to climb nearly 400 steps. After climbing up the tower the return was relatively easy. I saw some amazing stained glass work in St Michel. Wikimedia Commons has a wonderful collection of photographs.

It may be tough journey but the witnessing of some amazing man-made structures or some natural wonders up the hill is probably worth it.



3 thoughts on “In high places

  1. Good one

    Posted by Nathan | September 30, 2012, 7:18 am
  2. God is easy to access. But, if we wish to go thro’ priests then naturally you can expect the overhead of bureaucracy. 400 steps! Climbing all that should result in a religious experience :-). Pant! Pant! Huff! Here I go..

    Posted by Ashok Shetty | October 1, 2012, 9:38 am


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