Sunday, October 01, 2006

9-2-1

Yes. You have come to the right place. Not the same place, though it looks pretty much the same. The familiar comforting background still warmly welcomes you. The look and feel still mellow you down and take you on a journey. But the journey has changed.

Every journey brings out of it a new you. Even if you go back to the same place again. It is this new you that travels again and changes a place. In this continuous symphony of being changed and changing, you become you.

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Nine.

I have traveled nine cities in the last month. I have lived the proverbial nine lives. Each one different than the first. And me? Each time different than the previous. I have metamorphosed my being across continents and oceans. Leaving a little bit of myself, everywhere I have gone. In return, taking a little bit for myself to fill up the spaces I have emptied.

It is the little things in these times that make the big difference. The train that you couldn’t make it in time for, the rain that splattered down changing your plans again and again, the small town with a big appetite, the big apple with a bite taken out of it, the gorgeous cityscape turning into a beautiful landscape, the things about some cities that never change, the town that you never thought that you would see, the quiet river that you sit by and contemplate, a friend you thought you would never make, the perfectly comfortable start to a long journey, different types of buses, trains and planes, and at the end of every journey, a smiling face. Even though you are not home. And then the simple and perfect joy of coming back home.

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The eating of the cuisine of one country, in a second country, with a person from a third country, when you are from a fourth country. Twice in a week!

Where are the boundaries in this world? What are these boundaries made of? Nothing separates us anymore. Not borders, not nationalities, not seas and not even languages. It is one world. Beating and moving.

All nine cities connected through the intangible. Through words and feelings and being. Through us.

The loop of the 9 slowly unfurling, removing the boundary that it drew, removing the physical connection that it made and turning into a 1.

One.

* * *

Yes. You have come to the right place. Not the same place, though it looks pretty much the same. The familiar comforting background still warmly welcomes you. The look and feel still mellow you down and take you on a journey. But the journey has changed.

Every journey brings out of it a new you. Even if you go back to the same place again. It is this new you that travels again and changes a place. In this continuous symphony of being changed and changing, you become you.

You become one.


10 comments:

b v n said...

Hi...came here thru Arka's link to your blog...neat posts though i didnt 'get' some of what yu said...this one was again a nice post - "The eating of the cuisine of one country, in a second country, with a person from a third country, when you are from a fourth country. Twice in a week!" - i was just wondering if after all this,is it just the exhaustion and glitz that remain or whether there is something more to it - personally i feel tired after these travels and as you put somewhere down there - never saw what i've been lookin for

gulnaz said...

the world is ours to groove in and to embrace it like you do in this post!

i loved the part about how we effect and are affected by our enviornment....so very true!!!

you are back and on a roll!

mermaid said...

9 cities, 9 lives, one dream...to be here and love. The dream changes as we travel and meet new people. We change. It's a different dream, but the same dream. Adaptation to love, to us.

Parvati said...

A little solitary spiritual contemplation, maybe in a single room, leads to the same realisation of Oneness sans boundaries in quite the same silent but remarkable manner. A lot of outer travel, a lot of exhaustion for a lesson in the simple truth of Existence itself - ONENESS of all despite the diversity.

# A simply beautiful post.

paddy said...

the place is there and has been there for ages it is what we make out of it has tthe impact of that place in our lives ... gr8 to know you are travelling so frequently . i think the best way to explore life is through travel .

atomicvelvetsigh said...

such a travel you have made both in spirit and flesh. your journey has bought new life in you as well as burried old memories. but like the dead, the spirit tends to linger into the mind of the ones that were touched and it shall continue to touch in that way.. and i find this the same as with you.

nice to have dropped by again here.. i kinda missed your blog too 8)

Phoenix said...

beautiful words...lovely journey

Ram said...

for those who believe that the whole world is a connected entity, such journeys indeed provide many insights into themselves.. and for the rest, the journeys are the eye-openers to an united world.. either way it is a fascinating aspect of travelling..

Casablanca said...

Loved this post. And the boundaries are surely blurred... I feel it every day, and every time I travel.

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Nice trip .....