Did you know that there’s a mystery behind Judas Cave?
Judas Cave was named after Judas Iscariote (one of the twelve apostle of Jesus Christ). After accepting the bribe of thirty gold coins and ran away, to cover his betrayal from his master, he holed-up in this cavern.
It is located in the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia. The natives called it “Jabal Garra” means a village of Green Mountain. They said, that there’s a mystery lies in this cave. The home-born believed that whoever heard the sighing of Judas and clanking of gold coins inside the cave, he will betray somebody dearest to his/her heart.
One summer day, I decide to visit the cave. I bring all the things that a tourist should bring. I hail a taxi cab and on the way, I notice that the desert is like ripples of sands drifting in the wilderness of tranquility.
As I come nearer the place, I’m joyful by the scene. I discover that Jabal Garra is composed of small mountains forming into one huge mountain surrounded by the barren sand dunes. It’s like a sculptor unfinished clay structure!
At the foot of the mountain; a mini-park with benches and tables made of ancient clay, a beautiful garden with fountains, different varieties of multicolored enchanting flowers and four sculptured staircases leading to the mountain top. Also, I noted a huge wooden gate and a long-drawn-out of date’s plantation.
I enter the gate and to my surprise, I saw a winding path with mounds of peculiar sizes on both sides and lovely flowers with varying colors planted at the base of each earthwork. I walk slowly towards the cave entrance and feel that I am walking down the church aisle heading to the altar! Suddenly, the cold breeze makes my soul quiver!
The façade of the cave are two gigantic boulders leaning against each other. Several giant mounds fashioning a crown on top, towering enormously to its height, making a colossal design of boulders. As I step inside, the temperature alter from warm to cool; the light from brightness to shadiness. At first, I accustom my vision to the surrounding. I spot various light bulbs hanging in each niche making the place dimmer. I produce a flashlight to guide me inside the pothole. In fact, it’s the first time that I enter a cave in my whole life. The interior is like a maze with lots of paths to choose from. I gather all my courage to sustain my escapade.
My curiosity deepens as I lead the way not knowing which course to tread. So, I determine to turn right because that’s the nearest direction that I could lead inside right-away. As I move on, the inlay of the cave becomes wider and I see extraordinary contours of rocks and boulders hugging apiece together. It’s truly magnificent! I feel glad and lonely at the same time. I cannot fathom the serenity of the place.
The mystery that shroud in this cave baffles me. Why Judas Iscariote accepted the bribe and concealed here? Was it because of thirty pieces of gold coins? Or, to scrutinized his guilt? In fact, according to the Bible, he ended his life on account of self-condemnation? Besides, why did the residents preserved the place? Maybe because of its beauty? Usefulness? Or simply a landmark?
As I wander around the hidden of the cave, I have a feeling to reveal more and satisfy my “objet de vertu”. After three hours of sightseeing, I have a last look of the spot. And, suddenly, I hear the whisper of Judas, telling me to spread the goodness to mankind! At first I hesitate to acknowledge because Judas was a bad person according to the Bible, but his message to me is a good one. And then, I don’t realize, that I am answering back saying, “I will, Sire I will, I will cast the good news to humanity.”
At that moment, my tears begin to fell continuously, crying, cleansing my mind, heart and soul. And I grasp while slowly walking at the slit of the cave.
I leave the place with a heart, that’s spiritual knowing, and purity in my existence, can never equal all the material things in this world.
It’s truly the other side of summer!