Monday, March 14, 2011

Boundless Love

After a long hiatus, there were two posts from me yesterday. And if those weren't enough, here goes one more! J You must be wondering what’s up with me: long silence and then this sudden burst of activity on my blog. Well, it’s Spring Break! So, I am not teaching any classes this week. And because all undergrads are out of town, I am not running any of my research experiments either. So that does give me some spare time to relax and play.

But today’s post is not about fun. It’s in respect of the lives that have been lost in the huge earthquake and destructive tsunami that hit Japan three days ago. Although it was one of the strongest earthquakes in the past century, I didn't realize the extent of human loss until I read the headlines this morning that over 10,000 were feared dead in Japan. That was just a statistic, but the number 10,000 bought back memories of the super-cyclone that had hit my then hometown of Paradeep in 1999. There were over 10,000 dead in that disaster as well. The number 10,000 reminded me of the piles of dead bodies that I had witnessed in Paradeep then. Witnessing a disaster first hand is never the cheap thrill that you get from watching a Hollywood disaster movie. When you witness a disaster first hand, you come face to face with the ephemerality of life. It touches you at such a visceral level that you can never completely forget the experience. Actually, I don’t want to forget that experience, or for that matter, any other suffering that I experienced in life, because these sufferings gave me a deep appreciation of the wonderful things I have in my life. They help me empathize with other people’s suffering. And most importantly they make me realize that the present moment is all that I have with me. There is absolutely no guarantee of tomorrow! So, I want to live my life fully now, in the very present moment. People waste their entire lives longing for the past or worrying about the future. I have done a lot of that myself. But I don’t want to do that anymore. That’s what I have learnt from my own and others' suffering. In essence, what I am saying is disasters will happen, both at individual level and at collective level. They are inevitable. But we can learn to live our present moments filled with the positive energy of love and compassion. If we don’t succeed in doing that then we have literally learnt nothing!

So, let me finish today’s post with a small love song. It’s an Oriya song that I had heard on the radio when I was a kid. I recently sung it for my mom on Skype. She loved it! The lyrics of the song express gratitude to the mother for her boundless love. When talking about mother, I don’t know if the poet is referring to the physical mother or the divine mother. In either case, the song applies to me, because I feel eternal gratitude to both.

Song Title: Maa Tume Mamatara
Movie: Ulka.
Lyricist: Sachi Mohanty
Music Composer: Raju Mishra
Original Singer: Suresh Wadekar

Lyrics Translation

Mother, the extent of your love,
Is like that of the endless ocean.
Mother, for us,
You are the God of our temple.
(In Hindu philosophy, sometimes our body is referred to as the temple. By referring to love as God, the poet is saying that love is the energy force of life.)

Your love is,
The cause of the brightness in our life.
You erase the darkness of the moonless night,
By filling our hearts with fragrant flowers.
You are the epitome of love,
You are a perennial stream of love.

What my eyes have witnessed,
Is only your love and devotion.
You cry in our pain,
And make deals for our happiness.
Only when you see smile in our faces,
Your mind rests in peace.
With your blessings, Oh Mother,
May we live in happiness and laughter.


  1. Mothers divine Play... the beloved son cannot escape her love and compassion for long.

  2. Thank you very much for those endearing words, Aparna. :)

  3. PAresh Bhai mate MP3 milipariba ki ??? nahele lyric ta tike share karibe....

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