Different Perspective

A teacher was taking a lesson on Buddhism in his class. “Students! In Buddhism, Nirvana is a final state of freedom from suffering. Desire is the reason for suffering. Buddha said ‘Extinguish your desire and attain happiness’. So students… No desire”. He stopped for a moment, and asked the students, “what did you learn today?”

One student replied “It was Buddha’s STRONG desire that we all should not have any desire“. That’s a different perspective.

Last month, I was driving home along with my wife and my daughter was sitting on her lap. Suddenly the climate changed and clouds were all in black. I told my daughter, “Look above, the white cloud has turned black, it is full of water now. It is going to rain shortly. Water is going to come down.” This is a complex logic for a little child.

She looked above, and slowly said, “Yes dad, Water is going to come”. She moved closer to my face, pouted her lips and blew raspberries. “See dad.. I told you.. Water is coming”. I was left flabbergasted.

All we need is a different perspective to enjoy our life.

When do you realize?

Question: When do you realize???

Before you answer, let me narrate my experience of attempting to read Upanishads years back and watch Interstellar recently.

Upanishads are the oldest texts in Sanskrit, some predating Vedas. It is rich in context and comes with subtle meaning, and it is quite difficult to grasp easily. That is why stories like Ramayana, Mahabharata were written to explain the concepts – through that one can easily relate to.

A beautiful Flower blossoms out of a bud. The bud comes from the plant. The plant comes from the seed. 

It is the flower that decides which seed it should come from. Flower makes the bud; bud makes the plant; plant makes the seed that it came from.

Very difficult to fully grasp. We are strapped with the time flow, where the seed becomes plant, plant gives bud and then bud becomes a flower.

I realized the logic of flower when I became a father. It came all of a sudden, when I had the baby in my hands. The reason for our existence is our children. We are here for our next generation. They decide, so we exist. Ask any parent, why do they exist? “For my children”. Children choose the parents.

Interstellar: I watched the movie rewinding it many times. Funny though, the crux of the climax can be inferred from the Upanishads as through the example of flower choosing the seed.

The wormhole and the Tesseract are created by the future generation. They chose Cooper.

Cooper: Don’t you get it yet, TARS? They’re not *beings*… they’re us! What I’ve
been doing for Murph, they’re doing for me, for all of us.

TARS: Cooper, people couldn’t build this.

Cooper: No. No, not yet. But one day. Not you and me, but a people, a civilization that’s evolved beyond the four dimensions we know.

Difficult though. Now, the easy part – Let us go back to the question in the beginning.

When do you realize? 

In Hindsight. After.