National Geographic : 1952 Aug
234 Bhotia Children at Dunagiri Study Their Lessons Outdoors Thomas \\eir These youngsters attended classes while awaiting completion of a new school. Their intelligence impressed the visitors. One boy who had never seen a map before pointed out local landmarks on the author's chart. The schoolmaster stands by the blackboard (pages 207 and 215). were colorful figures on this path. We talked with them, drinking tea together. To these men the body is nothing, the pres ent is nothing, war is nothing, if the ultimate truth that each man has a greater self is real ized. Ambition, lust, greed, comfort, ego these are only a few of the things that stand between man and his Creator. The inner joy is their goal, oneness with God, not necessarily a Hindu God but a Uni versal God. They have no doubt about rein carnation. One life is too short to attain the Ultimate, according to them. One evening, after heavy rain, Panch Chuli came out of the clouds. It was the first time we had seen it since leaving our base camp. Now it appeared as a point of snow utterly removed from the earth, dwarfing the foothills and soaring over the blurred shapes of im mense forest ridges. A fortnight ago we had been camped under its crest, enduring heat, glare, rarefied air, and loss of appetite, which together had been well-nigh insufferable. The Poison of the Heights The natives call these effects the "poison of the heights." We had tasted the poison, and been glad to get away, to live again at lower levels and exult in the feeling of physical energy in daily marches through beautiful country. Yet one view was sufficient to flood the mind with longing to go back, the discomforts forgotten, the revelation of the heights remem bered. Notice of change of address for your NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE should be received in the offices of the National Geographic Society by the first of the month to affect the follow ing month's issue. For instance, if you desire the address changed for your October number, The Society should be notified of your new address not later than September 1. Be sure to include your postal-zone number.