the universe within…

objet d'art?

objet d'art?

“Everything you’ve learned in school as obvious becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines. ”

— R. Buckminster Fuller

A couple of years back, one day, I had taken a walk late in the evening, with a child to a nearby lake (this child had just begun ‘schooling’ – and was some 3 years of age) – and we were chatting about how we perceive everything; that everything we see are ‘seen’ by us because our brains tell us so and things like that – even as we followed a red ant as it scurried about communicating with its fellow-ants while (may be) going back to its colony; the ant took a good amount of time – some 30 minutes or so and by that time it was getting darker, with quite a few stars shining and sparkly Venus holding forth near the zenith .  So the ‘ant watching’ activity for the day was over and we headed home.

a primary child in her environment

a primary child in her environment

While getting back, it was quite chilly and stuff and I looked up fascinated at the faintly visible akaash ganga and wondered audibly – Universe, universe, where are you?

The little bundle bouncing along said, oh you want to know dat? It is in your head!

Goosebumps. May not have been because of the cold.

I think, any child whose sense of curiosity and wonder is not periodically squashed, strangled & smothered or ignored, will go far – I mean it will reach nirvana, eventually.

And it is so true of all the children – the spark is there everywhere.

Elementary child engrossed in 'work'

(NammaShaale photos courtesy: Ms Pratima. Thanks!)

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