A Journey to Jerusalem by Parumala Thirumeni
RELEVANCE OF PERSONAL ASPECTS
As the Gospel says, mountains circle Jerusalem.
The buildings outside the fort are newly built, and so they are
bigger and more beautiful than those inside it. The roads outside are
wide and have vehicular traffic on them. On the other hand inside the
fort the roads are narrow and uneven with ascending and descending stone
steps here and there. Therefore they are not useful for vehicular
traffic. These roads are paved with white sandstone.
certain features which autobiographies do not claim,. An autobiography
is never perfect. It presents the picture of an imperfect individual
searching after perfection on. Travelogue
is perfect and complete with personal elements. It is like a story. In
Oorslem Yathra Vivaranam the description is complete and perfect and
personal element becomes the soul of this work.
However, there is no excess of the personal in this book. In this
travelogue, self-glorification has no place at all. Even when describing
the authorís own experiences there is no tinge of self-glorification
involved. Every word is sanctifies as the life of the saint itself.
The author of the travelogue must be able to communicate to others what has been impressed in his mind, and also to internalise what is seen and heard, and sometimes to see and comprehend what has not been seen. It was the Metropolitan who had come to the Holy Land as a traveller. He tries to communicate to his people all that he saw and heard like a good shepherd. Each description in this account directly discourses with the readerís heart. He talks in the language of the heart. As we travel through Oorslem Yathra Vivaranam we free the heart beat of Parumala Thirumeni.
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