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Sunday, 10 November 2019
Rinam, ones land, one parents.
Some old people were discussing today. Their children abroad. Settled well. And how the dusk of life was lonely. Difficult.
Not complaining. Yet wistful.
I overheard in silence. Hearing in the silences. The wish that their children were close by. Their assessment as the day closes. Of what finally counts. When the balance sheet is added up.
It was sad.
And yet the issue is deeper, for deeper.
It is not just the answerability of the progeny for the parent.
It is Answerability itself.
That stands lost today.
That learning which was never part of what society passed on. To the current children.
The learning that was traditionally seen as the foundation stone if all learning.
A word that cannot be translated, except poorly as Debt.
Rinam to the land that nurtured one. Rinam to the poor of the land who grew the very food that nourished one. Rinam to ones parents. Rinam to ones traditions. Rinam to ones guru. Rinam to ones million gods.
Unless Rinam is understood. Nothing can be understood.
Every villager understands Rinam.