It is difficult to understand why would someone want to wear themselves out or dissolve rather than enhance themselves — devotees always appear to be crazy people. Doing prostration (Sashtang Namaskars) for 52 kms at an altitude of over 15000 ft is definitely not a joke and it’s hard to imagine what kind of strength and resolve such an act takes.
Most people will struggle to complete the Kailash Kora (parikrama) by foot even with the best of trekking equipment but these common simple folks, do this with the bare minimum equipment and with such devotion, that even seeing them can melt your heart!
The most extraordinary human beings may not always appear in the limelight because they look so extra – ordinary that it’s easy to miss them!
#KailashYatra was an eye-opener in that sense — our whole education was about enhancing ourselves by gaining more and more. Had never imagined that there exists another dimension of Devotion — where you learn to dissolve yourself (of your personality/comforts/discomforts/likes/dislikes etc) and in doing so, you actually end up enhancing yourself!