Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bharath - 15000 not out

The title is a refer back to the Manyavar ad featuring Virat Kohli. Virat ends the ad by saying "India, 70 not out". As you can see, I changed the title. India to Bharath and 70 not out to 15000 not out.

For good or bad, mostly the latter, our identity has somehow been fixated with the period the British ruled us. So when we say India, we somehow associate it with 1947+. But the attainment of political independence is a significant event and must be treated as such.

But Bharath has existed as a nation for a duration that can only be called timeless considering our lifespan. (The exact duration is immaterial for this discussion). As countries in other parts of the world split or unify based on sameness criteria, this land challenges all those notions with mind boggling diversity and still stands as one.

Personally, this land is significant because it gave me my spiritual master. This land and the culture this land forged have always had seeking as the basic premise for as long as we have known. This thread of seeking, while not always actively present on the mindscape of its citizenry, has been working in the background. This is true even when they are seemingly lost. There is an invisible thread from the core on which we are hanging. Here and there, there is a tug which produces a centering amid the chaos.

Now, after all these years, I fear we are beginning to lose it. Our mass media have given many labels for various factions, but I would simply like to call it abuse of the so called freedom of speech.

We need to remember that this nation is beyond who is ruling us now or who ruled us then. The culture of land is replete with people who always placed their own lives secondary relative to what they were seeking. Their people for kings, freedom for freedom fighters, their Guru or their ultimate liberation for spiritual seekers. Now, we want to rip off this tapestry at the earliest signs of discomfort?

Let us be clear, a phenomenon like this nation isn't happening again for another eon. The language we speak, the color of our skin, the person who sits in our parliament or the religion we practice do not define us. We are products of this kaleidoscopic crucible which forged us from its heart through the arc of time. 

What makes this nation is what we put into it. What makes this nation now is what has been put into it over eons. We have now been making heavy withdrawals and very flimsy deposits.

The baton is with us now. I will start with pride for this nation. This land is my physical and my spiritual home. I am honored that this nation chose to have me here and now. Through thick and thin, let us please stick together and see what we can put into this nation and see what we can do for Her people.

Bharath - 15000 not out! And an existential miracle!

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