How I wanted to feed the millions

First of all, I have a confession to make. I love animals. Dogs, cats, reindeer, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins…you name it, I love it. I love looking at them, observing them, they fascinate and entertain me. As I child, I read the Jungle Book umpteen times.

Now. We are on a trip to Japan and we want to visit Nara and its famous great statue of Buddha set in a temple complex in a deer park. As a meditation coach in training I cannot wait to see the great Buddha with his mysterious, pacifying smile. As a lover of animals I cannot wait to see the tame deer mingling among the visitors. I have heard stories how cunning and ravenous they are, but for me they are these cute children of god, the gazelles in the park in Sarnath where Buddha started to preach… We take the train and after a pleasant ride arrive to Nara.
We are not even in the park yet when we see the first deer. He is walking lazily across the street halting the traffic. We enter the park. Walking past the first temples we can hear a small girl scream as a deer snaps a paper bag from her hands. He walks a few steps away from her and chews on it, looking dreamily into the mid-distance. We continue. The density of the deer increases. I am getting more excited. I know you can buy packets of biscuits to feed the animals and I cannot wait to do it. We reach the massive wooden gate to the Todai-ji complex, where the Buddha is. The deer are everywhere. The proximity of the Buddha, the deer, it all makes me overexcited. I imagine we are in the 7th century BC, this is the Sarnath gazelle park and I am one of the Buddha’s disciples. I cannot wait to commune with the animals. I want to feed them to confirm the unity of the kingdom of god. I feel like a reincarnated deer. As we walk on among the herds, I can see them eyeing me, measuring me up. I am undeterred. As I venture towards the nearest vendor, the deer start to follow me. The lady in the stall smiles and sells me a packet of biscuits. She has this mysterious, Buddha-like smile. As if she wanted to tell me something… As I reach for the packet, a big head snaps at it from under my arm. I take a few steps away from the stall, look around and see I am surrounded by deer. There are maybe 10 or 15 of them. My excitement mounts. I will feed a whole herd! I will make a good deed, improve my karma! The circle around me is getting tighter and tighter…

The deer are snapping at the packet, I have to hold it high above my head. While trying to open it, tens of eyes are watching me. I back off in panic, I can feel the mass of deer pushing me. I make one more step, there is something behind me, I lose balance, and fall on my back…

I find out what has happened, stand up, check my bruises and walk away in a dignified way. The deer are feverishly devouring the biscuits scaterred all over the ground. My fiancée runs up to me with a worried look and asks if I am ok. I try to laugh it off. Of course I am. After all, I fulfilled my mission. I fed the deer!
As we pass a few of them, I can see they have this innocent, lambish look as they wait for another victim. I look at them intimidatingly and walk on feeling as the master of the Universe.

photo by Lucia Supova (loulune.wordpress.com)


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Japonsky zapisnik (april, maj 2012)

Kjoto je po Tokiu osviezujuco pokojne, zelene, priestranne. A to tu pritom zije 1,5 miliona obyvatelov. Vtipkujeme, ze to je taka japonska Praha. A fakt, namestie pred radnicou by mohlo byt v hociktorom stredoeuropskom meste. Vonku posedavaju na lavickach postarsi obcania, deti si kopu loptu. Budovy naokolo su trosku osumele. Podzemne chodby metra su siroke a prazdne, akoby ich stavali pre viac ludi, ako tu skutocne zije. Az cakam, ze sa z reproduktorov ozve – pristi stanice Mustek.
Ludia su menej uponahlani ako v Tokiu. V metre sa nam prihovori skupina chlapcov v skolskych uniformach, chcu vediet odkial sme. Najprv nam sice trva, kym desifrujeme, co sa pytaju, ale nakoniec sa dohovorime. Po obligatnom Germany, nasleduje Australia, potom Thajsko (?) a Francuzsko. Ked im hovorime, ze Slovakia, zopakuju ooo Srovaakia a pred odchodom z vlaku sa nam uklonaju az po zem. Japonski pubertaci…

Una Roma nostra

As I have not added anything new for two weeks or so, I am starting to feel bad, as a kid that does not do his homework, or one that has too many toys and plays with one toy for five minutes and then forgets it completely. So I decided to add this new blog, written late and in a stream-of-consciousness manner, just to have the opportunity to tell you what has happened lately… So…;) ehm… we have had a wonderful weekend in Rome, on the weekend following the Valentine’s Day… The weather was fairly warm, we had one day of strong sunshine, which gave us slight sun burn (well, sort of 😉 but we did not mind at all and then two days of so-so weather, but still warmer than here where we live….So what about Rome? It is fantastic! Soaked with history, laid-back, noisy, smelly, there are palms and those great umbrella-like mediterranean pines everywhere, you can see and hear sea-gulls, there are nuns which can share a laugh with you, there are monuments from the Antinquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, there is Vatican with loads of treasures like for example those fabulous da Vinci frescoes (nudge nudge, wink wink), which can move you to tears (my Lucia was VERY moved, I was moved but also moved about by the HUGE crowds so a tiny bit nervous as well, I admit), there is quirky Mussolinean architecture, there is Fontana di Trevi, there is the fabulous Piazza Navona, built on the vestiges of an old hippodrome…and… I could continue and continue…:) And we had a great atmospheric hotel on top of that. The only drawback was that my beloved was ill so it was at times really tiring for her. But otherwise a great weekend! I recommend, everybody should go if they can! ;)) And this is all for tonite, it’s getting late and talk to you soon! Buena Notte!

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