21st Century Pilgrims

One surprising side-effect of moving from my old apartment has been my meeting of extraordinary people, right in my local area, which simply amazes me. The second incident of this was just the other day. While buying furnishings for my new apartment with Yuko, an activity I think you would agree is pretty much the epitomy of a ‘normal life’, that of making one’s home-spac e more comfortable, who should I meet but a pilgrim. Yes, a genuine pilgrim, here in the early 21st century, or if you prefer, a wandering prophet, a sanyasin, perhaps even a guru. I met him buying eggs in Don-Quihote (a kind of department-store for the young, due to it’s lively atmosphere and nice prices).
He wasn’t just buying eggs. He was buying 30 eggs, all at just 50 yen a piece. This in itself is a phenomenon, one which in his and his wife’s world is called ‘a miracle’, as they are not your average world travellers, I’m sure we’ve all met a few of them. They are travelling the world with literally NO money. Not a penny saved up, nor a bank-account or cash-card, nor a credit-card of cheque-book (assuming all they tell me is true and I have no reason to doubt it). So how do they live? Just on the help of people along their way, providing them with with food to eat and places to stay. They mention the parables of Jesus in this regard, who said how creatures toil not, yet all their needs are provided for, and hold this as the natural life of a human too.
They have travelled across the world, through the villages of the Ukraine, through Europe, even across the USA and now Japan, all without any form of security other than that God, the life-force that makes all destinies would help them whenever they need it. They wish to live like the way they believe the early Christians lived (though they stress that they are not actually Christians as such themselves and their doctrines are very different), which is in total reliance on God and keeping a distance between themselves and society.
So, whilst people from within society help them with their material needs, ultimately, the journey is towards a society in which all is freely shared, lovingly shared, not dependant on one’s status. They call this a spiritual mountain that God has asked them to climb. Of course, only God knows if He has spoken directly to them, or if this is just something from their subconscious mind impelling them towards this lifestyle. But for me it is simply amazing that people can live this way, no longer enslaved to a job (as it sometimes feels), free and provided for as they need it. They tell me homeless people with just a few teeth have suddenly given them money, and others have without being asked given them food or shelter, just suddenly giving them lunch. Part of this may be their dress, for them it is the ‘Will of God’, making miracles out of our daily world. As they say, "Living like this, in Zone zero, totally depending on God to look after our needs, every meal is a miracle." What’s most amazing of all for me is that we managed to meet them, the odds of doing so probably being in the millions to one against!
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