Before talking about spirituality of Ladakh, let’s look at its History first
HISTORY OF LADAKH
The first Maldivians did not leave any archaeological artifacts.
Their buildings were probably built of wood, palm fronds and other perishable materials, which would have quickly decayed in the salt and wind of the tropical climate. Moreover, chiefs or headmen did not reside in elaborate stone palaces, nor did their religion require the construction of large temples or compounds.
Comparative studies of Maldivian oral
Rock carvings in many parts of Ladakh show that the place has been colonized from Neolithic times. Ladakh’s oldest inhabitants consisted of a mixed Indo-Aryan population of Mons and Dards. It was a part of the Kushan Empire around the 1st century. Buddhism was radiated into western Ladakh from Kashmir in the 2nd century.
As discussed above in the history of ladakh- “Buddhism was radiated into western Ladakh from KAshmir in the 2nd century”
And this is where the spring of spirituality started forming its beauty.
Ladakh is an abode of huge magnificent mountains, splendid trees, calming breeze, mysterious lakes and lovely beings.
This can give you a glimpse of what Ladakh is really about.
It’s more than just a tourist spot popular commercially. So much more than that!
What most people don’t know is that Ladakh has caves in them. Number of caves. Just like manali, these caves are also famous for meditative qualitites and mysteries. Lamas and monks are forever indebted to Ladakh and its beauty that helped them in their endevor of attaining Nirvana!
Let’s not forget the peace surrounding this place. You can’t find such intense quietness at any other place. There are various spots which have no inhabitants, no dwellings, just plain ground and huge mountains surrounding them. This you will experience during bike rides and trekking.
Many people who have left Ladakh, have never been the same again. They know that something greater than them is growing within them, call it higher self, god or spirituality.
Buddhism is the most significant part of Ladakh
WHAT IS BUDDHISM?
According to Osho- “The greatest contribution of Gautam Buddha: that you can find your eternity and your cosmic being only if you can sit silently, aimlessly, without any desire and without any longing, just enjoying being – the silent space in which thousands of lotuses blossom.
Gautam Buddha is a category in himself. Very few people have understood him. Even in the countries where Buddhism is a national religion – Thailand, Japan, Taiwan – it has become an intellectual philosophy. Zazen, the original contribution of the man, has disappeared.
Perhaps you are the only people who are the closest contemporaries of Gautam Buddha. In this silence, in this emptiness, in this quantum leap from mind to no-mind, you have entered a different space which is neither outer nor inner but transcendental to both.”
This can bring clarity to you how Ladakh can give you that perfect atmosphere to feel the same.
However, meditation and being silent can be done anywhere. But being present in Himalayas can instill something greater.
It can help you bring more closer to yourself.