Break open all the shackles....be free...be seamless...be one with the One...be Boundaryless..!!

You are me....I am You....We are the Universe...We are the trees, the insects, the animals.....We are Our Enemies...We are Our Hatred....We are the Love...Love thyself....You will love the Universe....Hate yourself....and you will discern that you are the most hated..!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Adolescence...

It is a matter of months. I will no longer fit in the scientific definition of 'adolescence'...Standing at this vantage point in time, I realize that God has been graceful enough in bestowing upon me a lot of knowledge which I would need to lead a healthier future life...
Adolescence. The very word, brings in a shrivel with it. It rings in excitement and restlessness. The sound of constant influxes of shoals of butterflies fluttering carefree in the stomachs echoes in. Adolescence is an age wherein most part of our development takes place. It is a very sensitive age too.
An average adolescent, though, lives in an environment of constant insecurity. He/she lives with a mindset that something is terribly going wrong with his/her morality. He/she starts having apprehensions about their very own conduct. They always want to experiment; to try out new things; to experience life in its widest of the manifestations. They want to lead their own life and not listen to anyone. They want to define themselves.
I, with all this cooking in my mind, have made mistakes. Very sour ones. But I strongly believe that, they have helped me define myself greatly. I still have not got over them. Nor do I believe I ever will. This is so, because they stand as exemplary examples as to how lowly one can fall down in one's own eyes and how easy it is to believe in oneself and move on. I have realised that adolescents are not getting the much wanted attention they need. They need guidance and assistance in coping up with themselves to a lot more extent than we could possibly imagine..They need to feel secure..They need to stop feeling like criminals...They need to be reconciled with their changing individualities..And I am glad that I have somehow atlast reached this vantage point to behold a vistaramic sight, which has its own dizzying heights and lowly vales. The scene shows itself to me as a great reminder of how carefully I got to invest myself into things. It makes me realise my worth. It makes me appreciate the people who care for me. It makes me happy for the cheerful, unforgettable moments I have come to spent in this wonderful world. It has made me feel grateful for God's creation, including sorrow. I have come to realise that without deception, sorrow, guilt, shame, all the virtues would not recognize themselves as virtues. Good would not know how good it is, bit for the Bad to exist. Similarly, I would not know how strong I can be, but for the weakness to stand in front of me with open arms, crying for me to embrace it, when it knows that I wanted someone to embrace me, lest I feel lonely and left out.
I now realise that I am stronger than I knew I was and happier than I thought I could be. I have come to live life to the fullest in each of its filling moments, and trying to make better informed choices.
Life after all, is lead only once, and I want to lead it as it is deserved to be lead. I raise a toast to Life..:) Sweet Life..:)
I bid a warm adieu to Adolescence, which has taught me what is Love and most importantly what is Not...what is attraction and what is crush, and most importantly what is Friendship...Above all, for having made me realise what I am..What I can be..and What I should be...!!
Cheers..!! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Global Corps Program

March, 2011.
I can barely forget this month. It has become one of my most cherished times spent in expanding my comfort zones. And I have come to incessantly grow within myself. And I am loving it a helluva lot. The first thing which attracted me to attend this program is its entire structure; the entire ideology on which it is built. I fell in love with the concepts of social business and social entrepreneurship. I always wanted to be full of knowledge pertaining to social entrepreneurship, as also grasping the over-all nitty-gritty of this trend. I came to love the exposure it gives. I saw it as an excellent platform wherein I can put in practice, the things I have learnt at the Law School. I also loved the fact that I would be getting to meet people from the total opposite of the Hemisphere - not only the Earth's but also the Mind's. I now realise that it was indeed worth all the efforts..!
The first day, I walked into the Deshpande Centre and I see a whole bunch of students from the Northeastern University sitting in a file, busy pressing hard on their laptops. They seemed unabashedly oblivious of the world around them, drowned into the worlds their laptops showed them. I introduced myself to Ms. Denise, assuming she was one of the students, but later complimented her on her deceptive looks...:) The day did not go as it had ought to go, since few Indian peers turned up. 
The real program started off the next day and I felt grateful I was a part of it. The ice-breaker broke the ice with great alacrity. My interactions with the American peers was getting a slow take-off. It felt good to be away from the Law School to attend such a cozy program. 
Some days later, we were divided into groups, with which we had to work for the rest of the program. We first chose child marriage to be our issue but later changed it to the use of organic farming methods as this led to healthier aquatic life, though indirectly. Today was the first day on which all of us went together to Gamanagatti for the field research and I learnt a lot of lessons.
The first lesson I learnt was that of discipline as regards to time management. Secondly, I discovered the sheer lack of awareness, complacency and obliviousness inherent in an average Indian farmer. His life seems to me a paradox [All our lives are paradoxes of some sorts.:)]. For example, today, when we interviewed a farmer about various farming techniques, he quipped with answers which highlighted the fact that though he knows what is good and what is bad, he is forced - by the forces of poverty and destitution - to choose the bad, because it seems to him to be economical. What an oxymoron India is living in..!! 
This simple observation stares at us shamelessly yelling at us that our proud announcements of advancements and developments are mere illusions and delusions. Real India is still lingering around the littered fields of lack of awareness. An average Indian farmer, seems to be living under a vicious net which society throws upon him, and in which he thinks he 'ought' to get caught and suffer, because it seems inevitable to him. A very simple analogy to this is, the farmer we interviewed today, uses a particular brand of chemical fertilizer - without knowing its relative effectiveness and/or efficiency - just because most of the farmers in the village use it. 
As if to counter this, Nature has bestowed very many blessings on the Indian social fabric. Though real India is ignorant and complacent, it is certainly not oblivious of the values of humanity and humility. Real India still believes in the saying "Atithi Devo Bhavah". Real India still believes in "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam". Real India very happily goes the extra mile in making sure that people feel at home, while with it. Real India is large hearted. Real India is really Indian..!!
P.S.- Attending this Program has made me realize and treasure the value of my Motherland's culture, tradition and values. It has made me hold my head higher up in the air - with great tendency to bow before the Truth with humility, though - with a sense of content and serenity. It has given me the opportunity to get exposed to not only world-class pedagogy and classroom atmosphere, but also to the starkest of the real Indian problems, and made me sensitive enough to respond responsibly to the growing needs of growing India..!! It has made me reflect upon myself and has immensely helped me know what I want to be, in future. I must say though, that India does not lack such opportunities. The only thing which is found wanting is the enthusiasm and the zest to work towards the goal which one dreams of. Actually, no one really knows what he/she wants. The only thing he/she knows is, what he 'got' to want. I tend to deduce that this is the very reason for the existing complacency and inertia. The very fact that people do not know and they do not want to know has weaved a lustrous cobweb of imagined societal pressure which is in turn seeming to be the individual perception of the society. 
Thanks to the Global Corps Program Team for the opportunity to gain such practical insights into the world I live in. I am bound to use it, sooner or later.
Amen.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

International Women's Day 2011 with some rural obvious women

12 March 2011
I attended the Discussion Forum for Women organized by FPAI, Dharwad, RAPID, SLIGS and Bharat Scouts, at the Bharat Scouts District Headquarters, Dharwad, on account of the centenary celebration of International Women's Day. The session helped me understand the deep rooted chasm between Law and Society.. Between Law and Justice. I understood the practical problems which change agents of society face, in order to bring even a modicum of change into the entrenched beliefs and assumptions in the societal mind. It is not as easy as it seems to be, to champion an alien thought and to see it being accepted and imbibed into people's lives.
Though there seems to be a trend towards westernization, India has not lost its essence; nor can it lose it, however stark the psychological pressure be. Today's youngsters have taken it for granted that India has already been westernized; or say, 'modernized'. Whereas, the truth lies in the fact that, we have a gross misconception regarding the meaning and definition of 'modernization'. If we feel that industrialization, privatization and the patent regime are the proud harbingers of modernization, then we are being some of the impeccable epitomes of 'educated' fools...
Being an Indian, and being a woman, more importantly, I have come a long way to realize that we have got a whole repository of values, 'modernization' and 'globalization' in their truest senses in the Indian scriptures..But, the saddest part of the story today is that we hanker after the West, without realizing the importance and value of being an Indian.
The West knows no 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'...but, We, the Indians, were the proud owners of this concept of 'globalization' or the 'global village' eons and eons ago. And as far as the technological advancements of the West are concerned, I have come to realize (I say to myself, better late than never) that we were the practitioners of 'sustainable development' thousands of years ago..We did not want any bigwig scientist from the West enlightening us on the matter from his ivory tower..Though we had abundant supplies of cereals and pulses, we did not at all hurt our Mother Earth..I admit that things have become better now, in terms of the speed with which works get done..and also with respect to the amount of manual work which needs to be put in by us to get the work done..But, because of this 'advancement', we have a whole bag of diseases as a gift from Mother Nature...To explain this with a small but effective analogy, the home today is filled with gizmos and gadgets, unknown to the world of yore...Be it the mixer-grinder, the vacuum cleaner, air conditioner, et al. But, we almost always, fail to realise that they are causing more harm than good to our standard of life. The gadgets breed among us laziness never before witnessed in such huge amount, and some others cause us lead lonely lives, away from the society and the physical world. For example, the concept of online social networking serves to be the perfect paradox of sorts. It at once encourages and discourages 'social networking'.
So, if this is the present pathetic situation in the elitist social circle, there is a very different situation in the bottom of the pyramid of the Indian social set-up..Here, the people, are filled to the brim with inertia, complacency and lack of awareness. There is a general disregard for a sense of community and empathy.
The women at the workshop seemed to me representing such a part of society.
On the whole, I relished the cup of brimming hot taste of the society, raw, as it is.