Maitri for all
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Maitri for all

Smile of my clothes…

Though we don’t participate in the war actively, we wage war with our nearby objects daily. We may drop our fingers like bombs on the keyboard while typing an email or we may slam the door behind in hurry. We may shove our feet into the shoes violently and we may hurt our own bodies while brushing, walking and eating. When we are in “war-mode” with tiny little things, it’s very easy for the state and power structures to mobilise us into fighting some created enemies on a global scale.

Sometimes I practise ironing my clothes as if my whole existence depends upon it (and in a sense it does!). When my clothes receive tenderness and love, they begin to smile. When I wear them — though they are quite old — they engulf me in a bubble of happiness right away, since they remain hugging me the whole day. By witnessing the smile of our clothes and the daily objects around us, we begin to see the smile fellow humans, though they may look serious externally. We begin to witness the silent smile of the Mother Earth. When we have witnessed so many smiles, it is very hard for the state or our power structures to mobilise us in order to fight against each other.

Anti-war protests can start from our house, right away. We stop our battles with our toothbrush, our dishwashers and our doors. We restore calm and peace in our house and thereby in the world. This can be our greatest contribution to this world. When was the last time we saw our clothes smile? When was the last time we held our toothbrush with great tenderness and reverence?




Reflections on universe, self and love.

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Shyam Wuppuluri FRSA

Independent researcher - Interdisciplinary approaches @ Foundations of science. Albert Einstein Fellow 2020. Member of Brazilian academy of philosophy.