Date: 5/7/2012 5:31:00 PM
I'm in Mysore and very much behind on my correspondence. Will get back to my regular online activity a little later, but meanwhile, I had to record a couple of big thoughts of a little mind.
Puttachi: I was just thinking.... if there were no humans, there would be no earth, right?
Me: What made you think so?
Puttachi: See, all houses and roads and buildings are built by humans, and trees are planted by humans.... so everything around us is because of humans. So if there were no humans, then what is the use of the earth?
[Astounding, isn't it, how early we learn to think that human beings are the centre of the universe!]
Me: Puttachi, remember I told you about animals like dinosaurs which lived much before human beings arrived?
Me: So where did they live?
She: (thinking) oh yeah... on the earth....
Me: Yes. We are just one of the plants and animals living on earth. The earth belongs to everybody.
She: Oh, am I just feeling that human beings are important because we live with human beings and we see humans everywhere?
Me: Yes, perhaps.
Puttachi: Amma, I was just thinking.....
Me: (Aren't you always? :)) Yes?
She: Amma, the whole world is one family!
Me: What do you mean?
She: See, now we know somebody in one house, who is related to us, and so that person is a part of our family. But we might not know that person's mother. But the mother is that person's family. So thinking that way, that person's mother is our family also. Like that, if we go on thinking about everybody, then the whole world is our family.
Vasudhaiva kutumbakam, indeed! Go, kid!