#SoCS Nov. 20,2021

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “black, gray, and white.” Use one, use ’em all. Bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!

Our monsoon season starts in June and ends in October. This is what happens almost every year. In 2019 the rains started only in July. We were all so worried. There was water shortage too. We looked at the sky with only white clouds and yearned to see grey clouds bearing rain. But we had to wait for a month.

Last year Covid 19 happened and life seemed dark indeed. Not only did people lose their good health but also their lives and much more. There were lockdowns, people lost their jobs and had to live on their savings. People from different parts of the country come to our cities in search of work. With no work, they went back to their villages. Those scenes of workers trekking home will always remain in our minds. I wonder how they are  living now. We read that many came back to the cities as there was no work in the villages.

2021 was a continuation of the previous year. Coronavirus changed the lives of the people and the weather this year too has brought about many changes. We have been getting rain every month from March. The monsoon season started in June and has still not ended. There have been depressions in the Bay of Bengal and also in the Arabian sea. It has been raining heavily  in different parts of south India. Ours is an agricultural country and rains are essential. But when it rains during the time of harvesting of crops there is destruction. It is happening this year.

It is interesting  that we are glad to see grey and black clouds during the monsoon season. They look so beautiful. I have taken so many photographs of the sky. But now when we see them we worry. Blue sky and white clouds seem so beautiful now.

I am reading the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. He says, “the word ‘Buddha’ has a very deep meaning. It means any person who has completely awakened from ignorance and opened to his or to her vast potential of wisdom. Whatever our lives are like, our buddha nature is always there.” He compares our true nature to the sky, fully open, free and limitless. He further says the confusion of ordinary minds is like the clouds. The clouds are not the sky; they can never stain or mark it in any way. I remembered this because I am writing about clouds 😊. They made me think that human nature is never completely black or white. There are different shades of grey.

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

12 comments

  1. I have been through the book by Sogyal Rinpoche. Please be careful with it as it talks about death a lot with a lot of detail. A person without a prepared mind for death is most likely to face problems in almost every way.

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  2. Nicely written Lakshmi. I agree with you that shades of grey are important. We’ve become accustomed to looking at life or issues as black or white, left or right.

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  3. A beautiful post, Lakshmi, and I very much enjoyed your discussion of Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. I do agree that human nature presents itself in many shades of grey.

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