Watch this fantastic film from our heritage project as it takes the long view of the ‘walks’ component of the project – starting from researching stories and preparing a route card to walking in the landscape and developing an enlightened view of nature that is summarised in Edward Carpenter’s own words.
Once we had completed our research, through reading of books and materials, and working with primary material from the Edward Carpenter Collection held in the Sheffield Archives, we had collected information that had played itself out in the landscape years ago. The walks component enabled us to play it out again in the landscape in our own way and bring new understandings about our shared heritage. We were building up on, picking up the threads from where Edward Carpenter left off. We were telling the story of his discovery and adventure into understanding the relationship between us and nature through Hinduism and with the help of rangers, enabling everyone to chart to their own journeys into the special landscape of the National Park to help understand and experience this relationship between human and nature.
In the final part of this short film, Shayast Panezai reads from ‘Adam’s Peak to Elephanta’ (page 178)-
“You are not to differentiate yourself from Nature. We have seen that the Guru Tilleinathan spoke of the operations of the external world as ” I,” having dismissed the sense of difference between himself and them. It is only under these, and such conditions as these, that the little mortal creature gradually becomes aware of What he is. This non-differentiation is the final deliverance. When it enters in the whole burden of absurd cares, anxieties, duties, motives, desires, fears, plans, purposes, preferences, etc., rolls off and lies like mere lumber on the ground. The winged spirit is free, and takes its flight. It passes through the veil of mortality and leaves that behind. Though I say this non-differentiation is the final deliverance (from the bonds of illusion) I do not say it is the final experience. Rather I should be inclined to think it is only the beginning of many experiences. As, in the history of man and the higher animals, the consciousness of self—the local self—has been the basis of an enormous mass of perceptions, intuitions, joys, sufferings, etc., incalculable and indescribable in multitudinousness and variety, so in the history of man and the angels will the consciousness of the cosmic and universal life—the true self underlying — become the basis of another and far vaster knowledge.”
This is the first of our short film releases on our project.
Ps: The route card sample shown here is not a Edward Carpenter route, prepared by volunteer ranger Mike Pupius. It is a silk route, which is another part of the project, and was prepared by another group that was charting out a silk route walk in the south western part of the Peak District National Park.