Dalai Lama called Castle Hill, and the adoining areas, of course, the 'spiritual centre of the universe'. Today I was there and as the sun lowered itself and cast orange glow on the mountains, all the words I could muster was 'other-worldly'. It wasn't pretty. It wasn't anything I have ever felt like, actually.
The dark blue stony faces of the mountain, rigged and rugged were abashedly lit. And the wide expanse of rolling grassland laid spread.
I am too tired to be very poetic and romantic about it. But it was nothing less spiritual, what I felt up there. I am not surprised at how people end up bowing down to the mountain and the sky.
What I witnessed today demanded a lot of reverence.
After a quick hike up a hill to survey the site where the original shooting for the movie The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe happened. I got too tired and I had to sit put for a while, without talking. On top of the hill where the path was just a feet across (and just from the edge of that path, the drop was steep to a hundred metres below, where it meets the wide expanse of the grassland) I started to feel dizzy (not because I am afraid of heights, and if so I had every reason to fear there) but because I hadn't had a proper meal yet and I was too out of breath. So I stuck to the hill side and regained my posture before I attempted to return back down.
Still surveying more scenes from the film. This banner is the actual one used in the actual movie. Dominic Ang is a crazy collector and I cannot begin to tell you all the things he has. (Including the Ring from the Lord of the Rings, which was used to shoot the scene where it is shot against a flame of fire in the beginning of part one, and the crazy thing is that, there are only eight pieces of these Rings on earth. And this guy has one of those!)
I will post more photos up. You will see them on my facebook. Otherwise I will put them up here too with descriptions.