“When you’re travelling in India – especially through holy sites and Ashrams – you see a lot of people wearing beads around their necks” … Or so I’ve heard! I have yet to visit India but after reading this book and seeing the film which followed soon after, starring Julia Roberts, it has firmly found its place on my ‘To Visit’ list. The pure spirituality, caring values and relaxed nature of the country is so enticing! After a bit of research (as I haven’t read the book or seen the film in quite a while – although today’s writing prompt has definitely made it something to revisit asap), I have found out that the beads are Hindu Mala, each containing 108 beads to represent just how many impurities have to be overcome in order to reach Nirvana. I can only imagine that being surrounded and engulfed in a community, which openly share the same interests and beliefs, is extremely comforting and gives the sense of being part of an enourmous, loving family.
First line taken from Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.