Today is the day to honor the god, Krishna. As I started introducing myself to the Nepali people (mero name Krista ho) many thought my name is Krishna, so this has become my Nepali name. My bhaai, Upendra, shared with me that Krishna protected all the humans from the devils, so today we honor him. He was said to have 16,000 girlfriends. We ventured to Durbar Square in Patan to catch a peek of the festivities. The square was swimming with people all to show their devotion to Krishna. Everywhere you look, Durbar square is filled with temples and statues all representing a facet of the Hindu religion.
There is quite a juxtaposition between the temples that withstood the 2015 earthquake and those that did not. Temples and statues could be right next to each other – one is untouched, unscathed by the shaking ground and one is completely toppled. Most of the toppled temples are currently being rebuilt by the Newari/Nepali artisans, like a re-birth. It’s endearing to see a culture so tied to its traditions that they are intricately constructing the temple back to its original beauty and detail.
There are many similarities in our lives, as humans, in this example of being toppled and being re-born, maybe not quite exactly like the temples which are intricately brought back to their original grandeur. As we face challenges in life we are mainly confronted with two choices: the choice to except the destruction and the choice to rise from it. In Nepal, the people will use the rubble from the temples to rebuild. As humans, we can choose what values, attributes, qualities to retain, like the bricks and timber from the rubble of the disaster. But we also have the ability to let go of facets that no longer serve us, like control, fear, anger, resentment, and invite new qualities, to fill that space which no longer serves us. We are a temple in transformation, searching for enlightenment, spirituality and our true self.
I am grateful for my experience today in Durbar Square; to reflect that from tragedy can arise transformation. We all will experience tragedy and suffering – how will you transform from this adversity?