Amritasr, Punjab, India<br />
I was mesmerized by the love this father emanated for his child as he dipped his newborn in the Holy Pool of Nectar at the Golden Temple. The Golden Temple is the holiest shrine in Sikhism and a major pilgrimage for Sikhs from all over the world. Theirs is philosophy of generosity and these were some of the gentlest and kindest people I’ve met in India. Pilgrims purify themselves in the holy waters- the men are careful to tie their ever-present ceremonial daggers to their turbans for safekeeping as the women bathe modestly behind a wall.<br />
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One of the many things I have learned during my years of global travel is that no matter how unique we may look in appearance, from the exotic to the mundane, we basically have the same universal desires and concerns. Our needs are actually quite simple: to love and be loved; to have a useful place in our society with some meaningful and fulfilling occupation in our life; work that will hopefully provide us with enough money in our pocket to get by; food on the table; education, health and safety for ourselves, our family and our children. The freedom to be ourselves is what connects us as a human race.<br />
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This celebration of the spirit resides within us all. It is what bonds us as mankind, a continued thread, as together we continue on this journey in the pilgrimage of life.

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Amritasr, Punjab, India
I was mesmerized by the love this father emanated for his child as he dipped his newborn in the Holy Pool of Nectar at the Golden Temple. The Golden Temple is the holiest shrine in Sikhism and a major pilgrimage for Sikhs from all over the world. Theirs is philosophy of generosity and these were some of the gentlest and kindest people I’ve met in India. Pilgrims purify themselves in the holy waters- the men are careful to tie their ever-present ceremonial...
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  • Date: 2 Nov 2011
  • Location: Amritsar India
  • Filename: Wright_135.jpg
  • Image size: 1400x943 pixels