1984, Mt. Abu, India
Plate 84, 27x18
The Jains are a non-violent, highly skilled group of over 7 million mostly living in India. This temple tells much of these wonderful people. The services are all performed by Jain lay people - all equal, no leader, no high priest, just their actual community members. How better to transmit wisdom than through each other? After the ceremony the members, not servants, did all of the cleanup and rearranging. There was a simple beauty to seeing a group of proud people doing what they felt needed to be done. The meal that followed was wonderful and contained no meat or animal products, but it did contain herbs and spices and much warmth, love, and understanding.