Maitri for all
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Maitri for all

Stars in our teeth…

When was the last time we sat with our teeth and asked “how are you, my dear molars?” If we never sat with our molars, our incisors, our canines and asked about their well being — we are similar to that of a bad boss who never sits with the employees and inquires about their well being. How can we expect our teeth to blossom each time we smile when we don’t have an intimate relationship with them?

Dental flossing, choosing best toothpaste and toothbrush etc., alone doesn’t sum up to taking care of them. Like a father who provides the child with all luxuries, except his complete presence, we deprive our teeth of our presence.

To have an intimate relationship with our teeth is to fully remain present while we brush. We are aware that our teeth are remnants of the calcium that came from a supernova explosion. Many people spend millions in bidding to buy a piece of land of mars as a souvenir from NASA but we forget that we have 32 most precious autographed souvenirs from the cosmos. Being deeply aware of this, as we brush, we don’t brush our worries and our projects, but we brush our teeth alone. We give our undivided attention to them and try to understand, reconcile and renew our relationship with them. Brushing mindfully alone can become most sacred and rejuvenating prayer, in silence. And our smile becomes a greatest offering.

Our teeth mayn’t be so white, but each time we smile we are telling the other person “in the broad day light, I offer a piece of star to you, that once lived, and which now lives through me.” Such a smile can be really powerful. It can bring peace to others right away. This is the smile of an enlightened being, the smile of cosmos, the smile of our teeth~




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.