After four days in Aqaba, enjoying the Red Sea, we rented a car and started
to drive back to Amman. We had a lot of objectives on our map, mostly castles,
and we manged to see only the most important of them. So, our first objective
was Kerak Castle, an old Crusader forteress oppened in 1142 to oversee the commercial
roads between Jerusalem, Damascus, Mecca and Egypt.
From Aqaba we took the highway following the western part of the country, near the border with Israel. It’s the fastest way to reach Kerak (Al-Karak), 250 km drive away, and we needed to be fast to be able to see the castle before 16:00 when the visiting hours were ending. So, we left Aqaba at 12:00, stopped for lunch on the highway and then driving to Kerak.
To reach Kerak, you have to drive for almost an hour outside the highway up
on the mountain. So, small damaged roads with endless curves are waiting for
you. If you have a bad stomach, think twice before doing this part. :p
However, once up on the mountain, in the middle of the castle ruins, you are
in the right position to thank God you took the journey. You can see everything
from up there, Al Karak city below and the roads looking like a small part of Transfăgărășan
road in Romania. Basically, you have a 360 degree view of the horizon! And if
you happen to be there close to the sunset, the view it’s breathtaking.
The place has a good energy and you may feel like staying for a while. So,
if you have a day, just enjoy the castle and also the city.
I am fascinated about old castles, hence for me it was a blessing being
there and walking inside the rooms preserved after so many centuries, and
imagine how everything used to look like at that time. Even if most of them where
built as strategic points of defense, I still find them fascinating.
Well, I am a huge fan of the famous movie „Kingdom of Heaven”. One of the most important battles of that time was in this area between Saladin, the frist sultan of Syria and Egypt and the conqurer of the Kingdom of Jerusalim from the Christian’s commands, and Raynald of Châtillon, prince of Antioch. Even if the movie was not shot there, I wanted to see the place and step into the energetic footprints of the people fighting for a „kingdom of conciousness” they understood at that time it’s made by stones and buildings.
In fact, if we are looking at the root cause of the current wars we are
facing today, we can easily see we are not that far from them. We are fighting
in diffrent countries for material things like land and properties, in the name
of the same God that we, as human beings, understood He promised us a material kingdom.
And if we look at Kerak Castle or other points of defence in history, we can understand
what will be left from today’s wars. Only ruins and a history painted by the
ones in a powerful position.
As I see it, the only way out from all the ancient patterns we are repeating over and over again is by rasing our level of counciousness, which will take us out of this reality to build the Kingdom of Heaven as it should be: a kingdom of counciousness embodied in human beings led by their inner voice of their true nature manifested as kindness and compassion for their own phisical manifestaion and for all the other beings around.
To be continued…
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Check out the begining of the Jordanian adventure here: