Struggle Between the Right and Left Hands

Oxford May 2013

Oxford May 2013

The first is Dorothy Day’s views expressed around the time of World War II (1939 – 1945):

One of Dorothy’s main themes was that the works of mercy – all that we do for the most vulnerable members of society – are the polar opposite of the works of war. Why undo with your left hand what you do with your right? Clothing the naked one day – and burning them alive the next? Giving drink to the thirsty on Monday, only to destroy the water works on Tuesday? Housing the homeless, then incinerating the city? The Catholic Worker way, Dorothy said again and again, was the way of the Cross, not the way of the crucifiers. “War is the continuing passion of Christ,” she wrote, “and Christ did not come down from the Cross to defend Himself.”

Continue reading

Posted in Social Change | Tagged | Leave a comment

Work is Love Made Visible

Farmers Ploughing, Andhra Pradesh, India (cc) CGIAR Climate

Farmers Ploughing, Andhra Pradesh, India (cc) CGIAR Climate

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

when you work you fulfill a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

Work is love made visible. Continue reading

Posted in Society | Tagged | Leave a comment

Which Way Forward for India, Progress, & Environment — Hero or Villain?

Amaravathi River

Amaravathi River

India is jetting forward on the economic front. There are talks that BRIC nations are planning to setup a development bank, a competitor to International Monetary Fund (IMF). Ah, to have arrived. But…

An article in yesterday’s The Hindu, The past & present of Indian environmentalism, should make us at least hit the pause button while we rethink our approach to development and progress.

Our economic liberalization seems to have come at a great cost to our environment. To quote the author: Continue reading

Posted in Social Change | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Ode to the Beauty of a Leaf Bowl

A small leaf bowl was used to distribute prasad (food offering) at the temple on my way to Coimbatore. I had just had breakfast in a roadside restaurant (ok, if you are thinking of freaking out, please chill. food at roadside restaurant is safe and tastes fantastic if you knew which one to patronize :-)). They served pongal in a flimsy plastic bowl. Since that upsetting event was still fresh in my mind, the leaf bowl looked prettier than usual.

Photo Gallery of the Beautiful Leaf Bowl
Continue reading

Posted in Society | Tagged | Leave a comment

Teacher’s Surgery…

Trust your wound to a teacher’s surgery.

Flies collect on a wound. They cover it,
those flies of your self-protecting feelings,
your love for what you think is yours.

Let a teacher wave away the flies
and put a plaster on the wound.

Don’t turn your head. Keep looking
at the bandaged place.

That’s where the light enters you.
And don’t believe for a moment
that you’re healing yourself.

~ Rumi

Posted in Quotes | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Integrity to Show How Wrong You Maybe…

Words to live by, not just for scientists.

I’m talking about a specific, extra type of integrity that is not lying, but bending over backwards to show how you are maybe wrong, that you ought to have when acting as a scientist. And this is our responsibility as scientists, certainly to other scientists, and I think to laymen.

So I have just one wish for you—the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom.

Cargo Cult Science by Richard Feynman

Posted in Quotes | Leave a comment