Do you know what he is doing? He’s saving a life!
I love monks and I’m not afraid to say it! They’re alway smiling, even when telling you no, they are respectful and they just make me want to be a better person for the most part. I say this because when I was in Kathmandu, Nepal I seen something that I hadn’t ever seen before.
After being in Kathmandu for a week I finally decided to go out and see some of the stupas that are famous in Nepal. The most famous is the Boudhanath Stupa. It’s such a beautiful place to see and I really can’t describe in words about it. After walking around it several times trying to get different photos, I finally got hot and decided I would sit at a cafe and people watch while drinking a Coke.
This is what the Boudhanath Stupa looks like
These are the buildings that surround the stupa
As I was people watching I seen a monk who had a rainbow umbrella, which is typical as I think it’s the official umbrella for Nepal, and it always gets my attention when I see someone with one. As I was trying to compose a photo of him with my camera I noticed he bent over and scooped something up. He was shaking his head when doing this so I thought maybe someone had disrespectfully left trash or something and he was just being a good monk and cleaning it up while being a little frustrated by it. It wasn’t until he walked from the middle of the walkway and over to the side that I noticed what he was doing. He had picked up a cockroach and was saving it’s life from being smashed by tourist who never look down.
I zoomed in later on a photo to confirm what I thought
That to me just summed up why I LOVE monks! The simple act of stopping and trying to save something that most would never try or even think to made me feel really bad. I mean I know I would have actually gunned for that cockroach if I had seen it but here was this old man who seen something different and took the time to act on it. Does this make me a tree hugger now, no, but I do appreciate things more because of this simple act.
Monks Are Cool!
Would you have saved that cockroaches life if you seen it?