February 02, 2006

Rambling Stars


TWINKLE, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are !
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
... (taken from The Star; written by Ann Taylor & Jane Taylor (1783-1824)


Have you ever looked up at the night sky, seen it full of glittering stars and marvelled at them? Wondered just how long it must have taken one of those shimmering lights to travel here so it can be seen by us? I was made to marvel at that concept tonight while watching a show called Mysterious Ways. It's about this anthropology professor who goes around trying to prove if an event was a miracle or not. Anyway, towards the end of tonight's episode he was talking to someone about stars and the light they give out and he mentioned how 500 light years means that it took the light 500 years to travel through space to be able to seen by us. I thought, "Wow, that's a long journey!" And some of us glance up at it for a second and then keep going. Some of us don't even bother to look up (because we forget to, or we simply don't care). I've always loved night skies filled with lots and lots of stars. It's one of the things I miss here in Toronto. In India, we'd go up to the terrace on a humid night and even sleep there - right under the blanket of stars. You could see so many there that you couldn't even count them. Here, I'm lucky sometimes to spot 20.

Anyway, the thing is I started thinking about nature and her ways. Everything in nature, takes it's own time to grow and flourish. It follows its cycle of birth and death, with no complaints. It does exactly what it's supposed to do and that's all there is to it. Look at how long it takes for a tree to grow and become well, huge! There's no guarantee that what begins will end in accomplishment. Stars die out before they reach our eyes, trees don't reach their full heights due to various factors. A seasonal change illustrates this beautifully. Every Spring things begin to grow and in time for Winter they also begin to die out. Only to begin the whole process again. I feel like I'm rambling, so I'll try to get to my point.

I'm just wondering what happened to our patience. Where the feeling of experiencing the journey went. In this day of instant gratification (a phrase my dad uses a lot) we don't even have patience for each other. Everything needs to happen now; this very second. Else, we've lost interest. Where has our value for a certain process disappeared? I'm not be-littling technological advancements. Those have been much needed and have made life easier as well. But we need to find a balance between breezing through technology to get work done and well, breezing through people and respective relationships and experiences. What happened to worth? Anyway, these are just some thoughts in my head. And it all started because of some twinkling stars. :)

8 comments:

DA said...

A great philosopher moved from India to Toronto and is spreading her wonderful ancient universal wisdom via the modern bitz-n-bytez media in a split second all around the modern world..

Thx for bringing patience to mind. I needed that Vee..

Vee said...

aww thank you Dimitri!! You gave that post worth by your lovely comment. :)

Lindsay Lobe said...

Hi Vee

I share your enthusiasm for our wondrous universe/

My daughter last year asked me to write some lyrics for an intended musical composition, based on a previous "Immortal Quantum Faith" posting I did. So I wrote this poem with the universe in mind. I hope you dont mind me posting it here....but it fits in well with your post. I think I posted it on DA's blog last year as well. He shares my enchantment with the heavens !!.

Symphony of Creation.

Form, of mystery, light spread out from sing-ul-ar-ity
A form, continues, with each breath, symbol of my life as yet
So, let me know no more, that I may know the splendor
Of the light filled, ONE agenda

Form of ONE, itself to know
Form of two, a desire of ONE
Form of memory, the ONE it knows
The ONE true Light of Love

Form, is it but our own reflection, illusions of our expectation
Hidden in the time of present, lonely in its own pure presence
Continued on, deep within us, calling forth, our own surrender
Of the light filled, ONE agenda.

Form of ONE, itself to know
Form of two, a desire of ONE
Form of memory, the ONE it knows
The ONE true Light of Love

Form of worm hole travel backwards, space time changes state
The conscious mind now existing, listens always, emotions birth
Thoughts will now last forever, guided by a spirits a light
To the light filled ONE agenda.

Form of ONE, itself to know
Form of two, a desire of ONE
Form of memory, the ONE it knows
The ONE true Light of Love

Kaskuss said...

Hi Vee,
The twinkling stars in your post has triggered an array of emotions in me..to the extent that I had to write down what I felt after reading your post. The sky, so beautiful, so mysterious..

DA said...

Lindsay, Renaissance man. Does it again..

Vee said...

Kaskuss: I'm glad a post was able to trigger emotions like these! :)

Dimitri: you're right. Lindsay is quite the Renaissance man.

Lindsay: Thank you for sharing your thought-provoking poem!:)

Pixie La Roo said...

Quite the philospher aren't ya? :) Stargazing isn't something you can do so easily in the city these days with all the city lights drowning them out. Nishman and I drive out to the desert and its spectacular on a cloudfree night. I've always wanted to lie under star camping or something but as you say, I've never found the time to do it.

Vee said...

awww illusion u have to go and lie under the stars in the middle of the desert sometime. dude, u've been there long enough!! orrrr...hopefully i can plan a trip soon and we can go! :)