In praise of Traveling and Wandering

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Post  Guest on Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:56 pm

One of the least known attributes of Indra, the most celebrated god of the Rig Veda, is as the protector of travellers. In the Aitareya Brahmana, he exhorts a young man named Rohita to take to life on the road: “There is no happiness for him who does not travel, Rohita! Thus we have learnt. Living in the society of men, the best man becomes a sinner. Therefore, wander! The feet of the wanderer are like the flower, his soul is growing and reaping the fruit; and all his sins are destroyed by his fatigues in wandering. Therefore, wander! He who is sitting, his fortune too sits; it rises when he rises; it sleeps when he sleeps; it moves when he moves. Therefore, wander!”

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