THE BOOK OF 25 – CHAPTER 9
Imagine if you will shoes of every kind, or of no special kind, all lying outside the Door. When I first saw so many shoes, they were in a picture. These were simple shoes all the same. No one shoe was any different from another.
It was a still life picture, of shoes. But the story that they told was a (1) profound one. A story that is told in deep silence, of eyes closed and sometimes in special movements or no movement, at all.
A simple life; with simple shoes, and a simple story. I looked inside the doors and saw the statues of Buddha, the fruit placed in positions of honour and the alarming ornate beauty of the temple.
The shoes outside the door were placed in several lines, as were the people inside, but it was the shoes that made the first lasting impression.
Shoes of Devotion. Shoes of respect. Shoes of peace and shoes of reverence.
Shoes of the monks and of those who worshipped within.
In Asia, patrons remove their shoes outside the temples before entering into the inner sanctum to pray. The shoes were photographed and that photograph had a haunting quality that captured the reverence and the piety.
- Devotion (d -v sh n) Religious ardour or zeal; piety.
- Respect (r -sp kt ) To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
- Profound (pr -found , pr -) Situated at, extending to, or coming from a great depth; deep
- Reverence (r v r- ns) A feeling of profound awe and respect and often love; veneration.
- Impression ( m-pr sh n) An effect, feeling, or image retained as a consequence of experience
- Still Life (st l l f ) A painting, picture, or photograph of inanimate objects.