United We Stand, Divided We Fall
It is good to explore other cultures. It has a way of making you better understand your own beliefs. The former princely states, finally united, represent the best of Rajasthan. The countless forts, palaces, stepwells, and other attractions provide a deep and vivid insight into past.
The rich historical culture of this region cannot be condoned in its entirety, as elements of it seem backwards and even barbaric. Divine right, rigid social structures, and subjugation of an entire class of people to the point that their existence becomes non existential.
The numerous splits created between individuals, based on arbitrary and meaningless distinctions, eventually brought its just deserts. Liberty and emancipation are inviolable; beyond any cultural or religious beliefs. This is not a condemnation of what was but a lamentation for what could have been.
“The child in each of us knows paradise.
Paradise is home. Home as it was or home as it should have been.
Paradise is one’s own place, one’s own people, one’s own world, knowing and known, perhaps even loving and loved.
Yet every child Is cast from paradise - into growth and new community, into vast, ongoing change.”
— Octavia E. Butler
“Now it occurred to me that perhaps this was what happened when cities died. They didn’t die with a bang; they didn’t die only when they were abandoned. Perhaps they died like this: when everybody was suffering, when transport was so hard that working people gave up jobs they needed because they feared the suffering of the travel; when no one had clean water or air; and no one could go walking.”
— V.S. Naipaul
“When the astonished gods behold it as they fly by in their aerial chariots, they always speculate upon it at length, saying ‘This must be a natural abode of Siva; for such beauty is never seen in an artificial construction’; even the artisan who created it was (himself) suddenly amazed, and said: ‘I cannot bring myself to endeavor to create such a thing again; how is it that I made this?’”
— Baroda Copper Plate Inscription of Karkaraja II
“If we look at the path, we do not see the sky. We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars Our quest, our earth walk is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.”
— Native American Saying