• Andrea Rodríguez

Expectations: Puduchery (Andrea)

I imagine different situations that will occur (or not) and that I will like or annoy.

But so far it's all in my imagination.

That's why I think that reflecting about how I think I'll feel in each of the places we'll live in, will serve to create a comparison with what I perceive once we're really there.

What do I expect from PUDUCHERRY?

Positive: I imagine freedom (especially in education) and spirituality as positive.

To be able to see an educational system in which the aim is not to civilize or to teach literacy or to control the population, but to foster personal development and individual capacities.

Your Children

Your Children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of

Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love

but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls.

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams

You may strive to be like them,

but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children

as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite

And he bends you with his might

that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for Bliss

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

So He loves also the bow that is stable.

Khalil Gibran

A school whose cover on the web presents this poem... I have to see it!

Hopefully it will be as I imagine it now and hopefully we can visit it enough and learn.

Also Auroville, as a unique place in the world, apart from any economic system (at least in theory) is a place that worths a visit.

I also imagine the possibility of going deeper into the world of yoga and Ayurveda, as ancestral ways of improving health.

Negative: I think we'll find extreme poverty and inequality, along with dirt and too many people.

I expect terrible smells, people who look at me too much (for my current socialization) and make me feel uncomfortable, and people who suffer.

This is in my mind due to all the conversations about India I've had, where I share my idealization and people from there or people who stayed there wakes me up with their reality.

So far though, in my case, the most "economically poor" places I have visited have seemed socially rich and dignified to me. But they are not India.