The trek back from the Valley of Flowers was more than 12 km but I had full faith in my abilities that this time I could do it all the way. I knew that the trek back to our base would be downhill and thus, less strenuous. But alas, there was a greater difficulty as the pressure one puts on the knees and shin is tremendous while going downhill. You have to be especially careful not to slip or tumble over and one needs to learn how to balance and control one’s strides. Many other groups were using trekking sticks for greater balance and support. I, for one, avoided it. No wonder my calf muscles are still paining. There are enough tea and snack shops in the middle where one can rest for a break or lunch. There are outdoor toilets if one needs that and enough mules to carry you around just in case you get tired and want a quick ride. But for me, the most interesting part was taking pictures of great words of wisdom that were displayed on posters all across our path, on the walls of shops and eateries and even as simple graffiti on the walls. It is my pleasure to show you these gems of philosophy shaped in seekh philosophy. Most of these sayings are written both in Hindi and Punjabi so that the pilgrims could read and absorb them on the way to their great pilgrimage.
Below are some of these wise sayings listed in English:
- Those are not yours who come to you when you weep, but those are yours who don’t let you weep.
- Anyone can take advantage of your illicit earnings but only you have to suffer the consequences of your illicit acts.
- Great books and great people cannot be understood instantly. They have to be read thoroughly.
- To earn one’s daily bread is no big deal but to sit with one’s family and break bread each day is a great thing and a big deal.
- Someone asked God what the difference between Allah, Jesus and Waheguru is. To this, God smiled and replied it is the same as in Ma, Mummy and Bebe.
- You cannot change your future but you can change your habits. Rest assured, your habits can then change your future.
- To improve or to be destructive, it all depends on one’s nature and not on one’s environment. After all, in the Ramayana Tehri was Kumbh Karan and Kakaye. Kumbhkaran, despite being in the company of Ravana, did not become destructive by nature. On the other hand, Kakaye being in the company of Rama could not improve herself.
- There are many people who can repair a broken watch but only God can fix your destiny.
- Man learnt how to speak within the age of 2 years but he hasn’t learnt what to speak in his entire life.
- I urge that these Rakhi sisters ask their brothers for only one gift and that is that they should treat other girls just the way that they treat their sisters.
These wise collection of words of wisdom are there for all of you to savour and learn from. Enjoy these along with the photos of their posters.