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How Do You See the World?

Deepa Krishnan

Author: Deepa Krishnan

Date: Sun, 2016-09-04 18:56

Recently, I delivered the first lecture to the new batch of PGDM students. I spoke about a 14-year old girl; a student of Std 10, who is very interested in science and loves doing experiments and learning. She comes from a family that cannot afford to send her for a science camp, or to learn robotics for fun, or do any of the things that affluent kids can do.
 
In stark contrast are my friends' kids, whose parents drag them to various science events and competitions, even completing half the entries themselves.
 
The unfairness of life strikes me at every turn.
 
Today I read this, from a facebook page that gives me daily "Subhashitam"; this one is from the Yoga Vasishta:
 

 अन्तस्तृष्णोपतप्तानां दावादाहमयं जगत्
 भवत्यखिलजन्तूनां यदन्तस्तद्बहिःस्थितम्

 

(-योग वासिष्टं: 5.56.34)

 

 

Translation: For those whose insides are burning with greed, the whole world is like a wild fire. For all beings what is inside is reflected in the outside also.

What does it mean? It means our world view is defined by who we are. We see the external world according to the state of our internal world. I see the world through a "fairness lens" and so I am always struck by any unfairness or injustice that I spot. I know the same is true for many of you, too.
 
I explained to the batch that at Abhyudaya, we work to narrow the gap between haves and have-nots. We come every day, dreaming and hoping, because we want to remove some of the unfairness in the world.
 
What is the lens with which you see the world? We must all ask ourselves that.
 
Yesterday, I also spoke about Sudiksha, a company which has opened high quality pre-schools for children at only Rs 400 per month. Sudiksha was originally designed for slum residents in Hyderabad and has now spread to multiple centres. The "teachers" are actually woman entrepreneurs; they are local women (usually educated housewives) who have taken up the business as franchisees. A nice step in reducing the unfairness in the world.
 
 

 

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If some lives form a perfect circle, others take shape in ways we cannot predict or always understand. They have their own meanings. I believe that God has given the best shape to our life and shown us what is precious. He whispers into our hearts and introduces us to our parents, friends & relatives, soul-mate, we hear His voice say ‘That’s him’. When we keep swirling into nothing, He steers us towards our true North Pole, a place we call Home. He gives us the strength to hold on to ‘WE’. He teaches us to love unconditionally. But in return we react on the differences rather than responding to the differences and hence the anger/hatred gets into this vicious cylce of Karma. We do not appreciate nor do we accept the differences. Not all of us are similar, we all are unique, hence one needs to really understand and appreciate these differences in human beings. Our life together is a timeless treasure hence Stay Positive and Stay Happy!

It is absolutely true that not only we see the world through our own lens but through a “magnified lens” framed by our mind. I think the topic is very important and no government can fill the gap between the haves and have-nots unless the society shoulders it with its extended hands. It is heartening to see lot of such efforts emerging from various corners as a ray of hope. I think in today’s world, well known institutions and corporates have a larger role to play in building up the society through younger generation.

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