“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
This morning we visited the town of Kalna in the Burdwan District. There was nowhere to dock our boat, so we were transported to shore by sampan. We visited an amazing Hindu temple and walked through the market. Because tomorrow is the festival of Saras Wati, the town market was particularly active. Saras Wati (goddess of wisdom, education and learning) statues were for sale everywhere. The people have been so warm and welcoming. I’ve had many requests to have my photo taken with people; once again I think it’s the tall thing. The Burdwan District is one of the largest rice producing areas in India. We’ve seen women working in the rice fields while their children wave to us from the shore.
I’m trying hard to understand the many gods and their incarnations in the Hindu faith. Our guide, Sachi is most patient with our many questions. He’s a very intelligent and equally enthusiastic guy, and a Brahmin. It’s fascinating! I have to go and listen now, or I’ll miss too much.