gebetsmühle / prayer mill

by Stormfish November. 19, 2009 3597 views

i found these buddhist monk's prayer mill in hat yai [], thailand, a very long time ago. they even then looked like the hadn't been actively used for a while. i remember wondering what use they may have; a carousel of monks circling around on a squeaky plate and begging with their cups for food, for money. maybe they were meant as a constant reminder that you should contribute to the spiritual in a bustling world of business, because in reward, they are contributing to your soul's health.

today, i feel like i've been one of these monks all the time; turning on my carousel, praying that things will work out, always reminding myself that i should contribute to my soul's survival… and yet, collecting dust, slowly forgotten in a backyard of an old monastery.

i often wonder if today, this monk's carousel still exists. is it still used? will these monks draw their round tomorrow as well?

maybe everything is meant to be digested by the worms.

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Monika 11 years, 1 month ago

the only way to contribute to your soul`s health is not by praying but simply by using it.
sometimes i believe we mutilate our being in the vain attempt to keep our souls pure, while our bodies rotted away from the injuries inflicted upon them.

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Rodica O 11 years, 1 month ago

If you were one of those, I know which one is: the one with a light on the face and a wink ...still recognisible despite so much dust, but only to the "initiated"...who are usually called friends :)
If your carousel stopped functioning maybe it's just the time for you to dismantle it and change the robe for a t-shirt saying : "World, here I come ! "...

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David Swatton 11 years, 1 month ago

Are you sure it wasn't just an exotic way to grind corn?

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