" You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself " - A Buddhist Saying
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I had been staring at it for some time and was getting lost in its vastness. Her hues of blue, turquoise, and grey had captured my awareness, I was overwhelmed by the sheer magnificence in front of me. The popular idiom "Good things come in small packages" did not apply here!
"Isn't she the loveliest you have ever seen?" I blurted "Yes" emphatically and without any hesitation. The Sun had barely risen but her glow was already illuminating the surroundings I thought. A few more moments passed before I broke away from my reverie. I looked around to see who it was that had made that comment. There was no one close by, the beach was deserted at sunrise, the holiday crowd recovering from the indulgences of the previous evening. The closest living organism, the legendary Cycads that I was told could live hundreds of years, were tens of feet away. The voice had heard had a sonorous quality to it - like a baritone of an old jazz player. It could not be the large rock that lay on the beach 20 feet away or could it? It had to be my mind playing games! I had noticed it the first day I had come to the resort adorning the Bay, the distinct hues of its sediments enhanced by the idyllic conditions. Unable to absorb such harmony in a drunken state and settling into my hammock I had thought wryly "the majestic rock smoulders in the heat while I enjoy my siesta"
"I wasn't always this polymorphic and majestic you know". Now I was truly surprised! I had conversed with animals, trees and the less conscious objects before but never with a Rock and definitely not a mind reading one! "I was part of a bigger island mountain once" it continued. I looked towards the right where a number of hills lined the horizon. "The other way" it said softly. "All the rocks you see there scattered on the beach are what humans call siblings. We were once all a part of a bigger whole. They had called it the flood of a lifetime - the waves bigger than a 100 feet had pounded us mercilessly for more than a day. Nearly half the island was submerged and many lives perished." I was spliced from all that I had ever known. My stability unhinged in a second and I was thrown into a vortex of changes I never could have imagined."
"Yet you call it the loveliest thing you have ever seen" I whispered or thought I couldn't tell anymore. "She is my mother, my lover, my saviour and my biggest tormentor. She took me away from everything I ever knew but taught me how to survive in a world that I wasn't accustomed to. Prior to that day, all I had known was solidity and the respect of people but never the real turbulence of existence. Spending 5 years in her midst, stripped me of everything I knew about my origins, my relationships, my beliefs, my very self. The wonders I saw within her depths have overawed me, her love for all within, her ability to sustain life no matter what the situation continues me to amaze every day. She crushed me with her torrents of changes but then nursed me back to health even stronger than before, the vast minerals and sediments in her belly nourishing me." "So are the marks on your belly the signs of that tumultuousness?", I inquired? "No that is the part where my heart was once". "Ohh where is it now?" I asked with a tinge of incredulity in my tone. "Look down at where the water touches my base. Do you see the shells stuck onto my lower extremities?". I had not noticed it before but I saw colonies of mollusks stuck on the base. "I am not sure I understand". "Ever since I have basked in her love, I have learnt to give more of myself away" "My heart had life giving nourishment that I never knew I had. Had I remained a mountain top I would have died without knowing its power. When my heart broke in the Ocean's depth the power that lay within me gushed out and I became a source of life too".
That day I stayed on that beach for hours admiring the Ocean and that rock that realized its potential and became a sustainer of life just like the Ocean it revered...