Wednesday, July 27, 2005

New Mexico

I love Española. I'm not in love with a Spanish woman (the meaning of Española) but the town. There is so much beauty here. Too many people see the worst of Española and make judgements on that, but I see the best. Outside the Sikh community, you will find problems with drugs and alcohol and abuse and poverty, just like any where else. Many of my former classmates are dead or in jail, and many more are involved in the activities that put the others in those places, but still I do not lose hope of a better world. There are still others who did well for themselves. If anybody comes to me for help, then I give it. I do not attempt to interfere with people who are on drugs. This is not safe, but those who ask for your help are looking for it. Some people ask me to pray. In this case they don't care that I'm a Sikh and they're Catholic, they believe in prayer.
Real estate in Española is outrageous. You can't get anything nice for under $250K. So I went to a place that wasn't that nice and tried to make it nice and continue to make it nice. I certainly won't live there for ever, but it works for now. I'm used to being the only Sikh around. Though I must say getting a roommate was great. God did not make me to live alone, it was not something I enjoyed at all. My rommate Balwinder Singh is like a saint, it is so easy to live with him and get along with him.
Anyway, enough about me and my neighborhood. A lot of New Mexico is desert. The desert in Northern New Mexico is called 'High Desert' because it is at such a high elevation. I find much beauty in the desert. The desert here is full of life! We have many desert flowers, sometimes you may find just one flower and it stands out so royally, when surrounded by dirt and dry grasses. There are also many lizards and jack rabbits and really colorful beetles. One of the beautiful principles of the desert is that people may believe that it is harsh and or a waste land, but it is really so delicate and harmonious. If you change one thing, like the climate or the amount of water, life will be disrupted or destroyed.
This desert valley is supported by the Rio Grande. It does not look much like the desert when you get near the river. Also the native grasses in the desert can become real green when we get a lot of rain. Monsoon season is in July. Though we've been getting many clouds lately (as evidenced by the pictures), until last night we haven't got much significant rain. Last night it rained pretty heavy. The rain was loud, the thunder was loud and the lightening was bright. This morning it was really cool. I saw people wearing jackets!
Because it is such a high elevation, it still gets cool at night in the summer. Also we never reach temperatures above about 95, and the normal for June/July is around 90. It is cold, cool, or warm here way more often than it is hot.
If you live in Española you will no doubt hear people complain. People complain that it is not green enough and that they don't like New Mexico because it is desert. I always think these people have lost all senses. In Española you can leave the desert for the forrested mountains by driving 1/2 hour in any direction! Furthermore New Mexico is the 5th largest state, you cannot say that it is not green or it is all desert when we have so many mountains from the North to the South and East to the West. It is the space in between the mountains that is considered desert.
Also you will hear people complain about the local people and/or the problems with crime. I take offense to that because I'm local. Española has more of certain kinds of problems than Santa Fe or Los Alamos, but these kinds of problems are found everywhere that poverty is found.
To summarize my point, you can see beauty or you can see disgust in Española. We have the best of humanity (those who are living in a spiritual community, not just the Sikh community, in an attempt to better themselves and the world) and you can see the worst of humanity (those who are involved in all sorts of criminal activities and depravity, just like any where else in the world). You can see the most beautiful mountain scenes and desert scenes, or you can see dirt. You can care to get to know your neighbors, or you can hate them for their differences. You can condem all people with drug problems or you can see their suffering and have compassion for them. You can complain or you can uplift.
Those people who see my blog and/or Guru Mustuk's blog will see so much beauty, they may be surprised to see Española if they visit here. What we are doing is sharing the beauty that we are constantly surrounded by, and you can choose to see this if you want. If you visit, you will no doubt see things that are ugly, such is the world. However, you can choose to live in beauty and see the truth of this beautiful place.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great pictures. I moved away from Espanola 6 years ago, but still miss it sometimes. I used to commute to Santa Fe and those pictures along the road brought back lots of good memories. I also loved Black Mesa and used to drive around it and examine it from all angles. I also enjoy reading your musings. Thanks Again, Guru Darshan Kaur, Charlotte, NC

Anonymous said...

Prabhu, thanks for a wonderful description of Espanola. Is there a sikh neighborhood in Espanola?

xSHANTIx said...

thats some really nice thoughts you have there Prabhu, im always saying how much i hate where i live but i liked what you said and it has inspired me to see where i live in a different light....maybe its not so bad after all if i squint my eyes and tilt my head a little..hehehe..thank you for the inspiring words..your blog is very nce...stay in cherdi kala

Anonymous said...

hey Prabhu..
you're soo lucky you have balwinder singh as a roomate...i had the fortune of meeting him last november at LA samagam...what a sweet, awesome guy....

tell him jasdeep singh says fateh..

Anonymous said...

hey Prabhu..
you're soo lucky you have balwinder singh as a roomate...i had the fortune of meeting him last november at LA samagam...what a sweet, awesome guy....

tell him jasdeep singh says fateh..

Anonymous said...

GREAT ATTITUDE.