'Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.' - Richard Rohr
It's enlightening to watch people prepare themselves for their way of worship. These methods have a meaning and history behind them that goes beyond simple descriptors written in books. They are, in a word, humbling.
The Narmada River crosses 3 states of India, providing means towards agriculture and power, but holds a history that goes well beyond just these two needs, as one of the holy rivers in Hinduism and also of international renown, known in the 2nd Century CE to Greco Roman intellectuals. To try to cover the history of the river here would be a sin, as it is a vast topic.
I would say to you this - make a trip to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, and visit the Ghats. No matter what you believe or what your opinion, the one thing you cannot miss out on is the feeling of community there.
A little fun fact - when we visited, after the Aarti, a little boy came up to us selling a treat called 'khastas', 10 rupees for 2. And while we tried brushing him off, he was the perfect little salesman, speaking his pitch for us to buy. We then gave him the cash and told him to give it to someone else in need, which he duly performed said duty and reported back to us. That little boy is an example that your background could be anything, but it's what you make of yourself that matters for your future. I wish I had half his work ethic.
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«Как только подхватываешь лихорадку путешественника, ты уже не можешь от нее излечиться и будешь заражен ей до конца жизни» — Майкл Пейлин.