Sacred Places

One of the best things about our times is that when you come across a place name or a river, you can look it up on Google maps. One has instant access to images of the place.

Being brought up in the West I was aware of the notion of pilgrimages from a quasi-Christian perspective. I was ignorant that Buddhism also had its pilgrimages. That is, for me, an interesting thing, an admission of my own ignorance, something which as a once “quasi-omniscient” young man I would never have thought I would say. I was ignorant and am still. I know it now. There are so many things of which I am still unaware.

I kind of thought it ironic that the followers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam all have Holy or Sacred places in Israel / Palestine.

The Sacred places of Buddhism are in largely Hindu India. All branches of Buddhism have a gaff near the sites where Siddhartha and his “squad” hung out according to the sutras. The coffers of the various Sangha have enabled the purchase and construction near a “sacred” site. I am not sure that Siddhartha would approve.  It seems that wherever one can build a temple there is a buck to be had.

I have been drawn to Stonehenge, Avebury, and various Cathedrals. I have been to the stones here in Brittany. There is something more primordial without the more modern and fancy architecture.

In this lifetime I have not yet been to Uttar Pradesh.

“Modern human hunter-gatherers have been in Uttar Pradesh since between around 85,000 and 72,000 years ago. There have also been prehistorical finds in Uttar Pradesh from the Middle and Upper Paleolithic dated to 21,000–31,000 years old and Mesolithic/Microlithic hunter-gatherer settlement, near Pratapgarh, from around 10550–9550 BC. Villages with domesticated cattle, sheep, and goats and evidence of agriculture began as early as 6000 BC, and gradually developed between c. 4000 and 1500 BC beginning with the Indus Valley Civilisation and Harappa Culture to the Vedic period and extending into the Iron Age.”

It contains many Sacred sites.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility “I” was there 2.5K years ago.

In the years to come will CERN be a sacred site? How about Daresbury or any other of the other scientific behemoths. In two thousand years’ time will people pay a good yuan {note not dollar} to visit these quaint and archaic temples which we have dedicated to our Gods? Will LIGO {Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory} be a site of pilgrimage like Newton’s apple tree? Will it get World Heritage site status?

Will there always be condescending know-it-alls who scoff??

“Knowledge” evolves faster than humanity does, which is a bit of a shame.

It is possible that they will build a magnificent Stupa where they filmed “I am a celebrity get me out of here!” and a temple at “The Big Brother House”.

Weird shit happens man…