Kathmandu Durbar Square:
For thousands of years people have walked around the city of Kathmandu and enjoyed the simple life and pleasures that come with it. Once a year they celebrate their own New Year independent of the Christian calendar of the west. Independent of date and independent of year.
In Nepal it is now the year 2072. 57 years beyond the year that the west claims the Christ was born. Perhaps that is why I love this country so much. They seem to be 57 years more advanced in their quality of life, even if it does not contain all of the supposed “luxuries” that prevail in other parts of the world.
This is my 3rd Nepali New Year’s in a row to celebrate with these kind people and I appreciate the fact that I am always welcomed with open arms and open hearts. Today in a makeshift concert we danced and sang to our hearts’ delight as a youth band played traditional Nepali music with traditional hand-carved instruments. Without a doubt, I will always consider myself to be part-Nepali even though there is no Nepalese that I am aware of in my blood.
The other day on the bus ride back from the vipassana center a gentleman mentioned how I acted and looked Nepali in demeanor. He said, “You may have the hardware from America, but you have the software from Nepal!” I laughed and thought about it and realized that it was true. Without the “upgraded” software that this country has provided to my spirit, I would surely still be a lost individual without the current direction I have found in my life. One day I hope to be able to spread this software to others and teach them the simple happiness that the Nepalese have enjoyed for thousands of years and will surely enjoy for thousands more.
Happy New Year’s Nepal!