This photograph by Saurabh Sawant has ignited a motley of emotions in my heart. There is nothing spectacular in this photograph but there’s something beyond spectacle.
One is a relative, the other stranger, say the small minded.
The entire world is a family, live the magnanimous.
Be detached, be magnanimous, lift up your mind, enjoy the fruit of eternal freedom.
I am reminded of a context about a global village in ancient Hindu philosophy. The idea of THE WORLD IS ONE FAMILY coined in one verse of Maha Upanishad. The context of this verse is to describe as one of the attributes of an individual who has attained the highest level of spiritual progress, and one who is capable of performing his worldly duties without attachment to material possessions.
The idea of a global village is religiously followed by these birds who migrate from far countries to Rann of Kutch every year; in a particular season. These birds come in large numbers to stay with us, be one of us, learn from us, teach us, and go away to some other country after the season.
In the time of all this hatred, blame-game, injustice, and cultural crime these birds are actually the ones who are living the idea of THE WORLD IS ONE FAMILY. They’re the ones who are inspiring us to see beyond borders and understand that deep within, we are all same. They’re the ones who are motivating us to travel to foreign lands to explore and understand the unity and diversity.
This photograph by Saurabh Sawant is not spectacular but beyond a spectacle. It’s a reminder to introspect, unlearn and transform. It’s a cue to live a life free of limited beliefs. It’s a humble gesture to accept and appreciate unity in diversity of this planet.