2-2-12 Miracles in caves
Still had horrible fever, but the Senior Academic Director, Hubert Decleer, came to take the group on a tour of sacred sites of Parphing, so again, I didn’t want to miss out.
It ended up being a great decision. The first cave we went to was the meditation spot for Guru Rinpoche (a man who was basically seen as the second coming of Buddha, big on battling demons). I took off my shoes and stepped into the cave and found that I could breathe easily for the first time in a few days. Pretty cool, but I thought maybe it was just because the cave was really warm.
The next cave was Yangle-sho, the sacred spot where Guru Rinpoche achieved enlightenment. We climbed up many steps and were greeted the supposed keepers of the cave. A candle was shoved into my hand and quickly lit. Kabir, the academic director, told me this meant I’d have to pay and it would be rude to blow out the candle. So again, I went to a cave, crouched down to half my height, and stepped inside. I left my candle at the alter, said a little prayer (the equivalent of ‘you go, Guru’) and then attempted to stand up. There was an resounding smack as my head connected with stone. No serious damage done. In fact, I felt healthy. My muscles were no longer sore and I could swallow without a problem.
Knocked the sickness right out of me.