Last day in India and first day on my own again
Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
171Trip End Oct 01, 2008
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Here is an excerpt from an email my Mom sent about her impressions of India:
Scrambled thoughts at 33,0000 feet
Returning from the Indian subcontinent is a journey through time. I will be catapulted back from a land that - despite some superficial nods to the 21st century - has in its heart been essentially unchanged for
millenia. I will arrive back into the 21st century, outwardly appearing to be the same person. I have however been profoundly changed by what I witnessed.
The place and impact of the Hindu religious philosophies on current Indian life is almost beyond description. The all pervasive practice of idol worship has enabled the ocean of inhabitants to live each day
without seeming to question their lives. They appear to take joy in the simplest of things, in the constancy of their "proper places" in society and in the universe, in their acceptance of their obligations to fulfill
their responsibilities, and in their rituals. The culture is at peace with the natural cycle of life accepting that there is a season for being born, for maturing and raising a family, for passing the torch to the
next generation and for withdrawing from the world before death. These 4 seasons of man are actually the meaning of the Hindu Swastika symbol. The constancy of things, the knowledge that this is the way it was
for centuries goneby and this is the way that it will be for centuries yet to come is a pleasing balm. We have much to learn from them.
While they also have much to learn from us, I shudder to think of the potential impacts of the West's addiction to the philosophy of "change is good." I think it can only lead to difficulties and unhappiness for the
Indian ways of life.
Mom: thank you so much for sharing this experience with me!