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Perspectives, Space and Time

Every space under the sun has a place in the cosmic scheme of things. It may remain anonymous or amorphous, or may get a name for convenience, easy association or identification sake. It could be: personal or impersonal; commercial or mundane; terrestrial or extra-terrestrial; private or public, social or official.

Space can be explained by its physicality, or lack of it. It could be corporeal when filled with solid, liquid or gaseous matter, and incorporeal when imbued with human emotions.

The filled part is beyond us. You can't do much to change it. But the imbued part can be taken care of by us, individually or collectively. For every single move made in individual capacity can bring about subtle change in its character for better or worse.

Imagine a hypothetical situation where a room wears a completely cluttered look. Nothing seems to be in place here. The occupants now decide to de-clutter it and strive to land it some semblance of order.

Each sets about cleaning the shabby things first, and with shared imagination puts the thing at a place that fits its size, use and background, and in no time, the room assumes a spick-and-span look and a whole new space is created for more things.

The space in any situation is a given. What you want to give it is purely your choice. You can use it for any effect. You can create the illusion of depth in it by making subtle changes, or cause delusion of grandeur by stuffing it with frills and furbelows.

It is sacrilegious to invade a space that is held sacrosanct by its occupier, even though it may not appear to be so to its violator. Apparently the occupier and violator of if it belong to different spatio-temporal zones where one can't understand the other's perspective.

If the violator doesn't understand his own space, how can he respect the space of another? The problem gets compounded when people mistake space for place which is a corollary to it, but once defined becomes independent of it, and gains exclusivity. This exclusivity of space is crucial to its own existence and that of its occupier.

The occupier has a tenancy to space. He has to pay the price to maintain it the way he chooses to. If the space is casually thrown open, or is used as a thoroughfare, people won't hesitate driving roughshod through it.

It is imperative that we first learn to differentiate between space and place and how they fit in the greater cosmic scheme of things. How beautifully they meld as willed by God and nature.

Why does a shrine evoke feelings of piety, fleeting though it may be? Why is it that a library and collective sense of individuals reading in it, spurs your pursuit of learning for a while you are there? Why do work, market and social spaces strive to fill themselves with a competitive spirit?

It is not space per se, but what one wants to make of it that is important and responsible for it being the way it is.

In order to live peacefully and harmoniously in the world, we need to first know our place in the whole wide cosmos, and then seek to create a sacred space for ourselves where we are at peace with ourselves, and in harmony with the world around.

This exclusive space can't be found outside, where it is mostly filled. Rather it exists inside us, ready to be tapped just for the seeking.


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December 22, 2010


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