Atanu Dey has started a series of letters to Abhishek (my son, born April 19, 2005). They are not necessarily specific to Abhishek but to all young children – “Little Buddhas” as Atanu calls them. Here are the first two [1 2].
Welcome to the world and may you have a long and happy stay here. In this letter I will try to tell you a few things that may help you along.
You are just a month old. The universe you are born into is infinitely older than you. I hope someday you would learn what the relation between you and the universe is and appreciate the unique place you occupy within it. You will spend quite a bit of time making a living, but to truly make a life, you will have to comprehend who you are in the larger scheme of things. We will talk about this at length later.
I will close this one with some words from The Desiderata: You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. You have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
With a deep bow to the Buddha within you.
I will be starting my own letters to Abhishek starting next week as part of Tech Talk.