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Lions Roar : May 2019
improvement to his cave practice, Raut was inspired to study and become a guide at Ajanta. “For others, it’s a profession, like someone is a car driver or an engineer,” he says. “But not for me.” The caves have touched Raut deeply. For millennia, caves have been regarded as sacred in India, and because it was seen as immaterial if the caves were natural or manmade, people began creating rock-cut architecture. The earliest such caves remaining seem to be the Bara- bar Caves in Bihar, which date back to the third century BCE and were created under the auspices of the famed Buddhist king Ashoka. Today, India boasts more than 1,500 ancient and medieval rock- cut temples, and the vast majority of them aren’t on the tourist circuit. The crowds make it difficult to meditate in Ajanta and other well-known caves, but if you’re willing to make the often arduous trek to their lesser known counterparts, you’re welcome to sit in them and meditate, just like the Buddha is said to have meditated in the naturally occurring Indrasala Cave. In this famed painting of the bodhisattva Padmapani, the material and spiritual meet. The richness of his ornate crown and necklace contrasts with his meditative, compassionate gaze. Below this seven-foot image of the Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana, or nirvana after death, his disciples are shown in mourning. pushed their way inside. Clearly, this space had been used by predators for centuries; there was a human skeleton and a jumble of refuse on the floor. While the other men clutched their mus- kets, Captain John Smith used his hunting knife to carve his name into the statue of a bodhi- sattva. My guide, a local named Rajesh Raut, shows me the now two-hundred-year-old graffiti. Raut has been talking to me and others about the history and fine art of Ajanta. But he also has a relationship with the caves that goes beyond the encyclopedic facts. In the early nineties, explains Raut, he was going through a diffi- cult time and looking for relief. At the suggestion of a friend, he began meditating in some lesser known caves not far from Ajanta and, in time, he found his mental state positively transformed. Attributing the PHOTOS:ISTOCK.COM/NODOSTUDIO;BYUNKNOWN—HUGHHONOURYJOHNFLEMING:HISTORIAMUNDIALDELARTE,ED.AKAL,MADRID,2002,ISBN84-460-2092-0,PUBLICDOMAIN