My parents are the light of my life, the foundation of my existence – they’ve truly taught me how to live life to the fullest. Always following their hearts, no matter what others say.
In 1991, my dad decided to take a big step – move the family from a ‘stable’, all-American dream lifestyle in Dallas to accepting a government job as geophysicist in Chennai, India – so that we could get an understanding of our heritage and learn to live a humble life and be close to our roots. He did this, even though everyone thought he was nuts. I was rebellious and angry at first.
But those years in India were the best of my life. My classmates were loving and adorable, truly authentic, and I also got to see ancient Hindu traditions being honored through our school. I also really had so much fun – I got a Vespa (Sunny in India) when I was a mere 14 year old! I felt free, wild and fabulous riding that around town 🙂 And met my best friend, Nithya Swaminathan – we were simply inseparable for 5 years.
In her 40s, my mom got exposure to the power of healing of naturopathy, and decided to commit her life to it. She became a top student in her class, filled with youngsters who at first made fun of her, but they grew in their respect and admiration for how deep her knowledge became in yoga, healing, food, biology.
They are still very active – my dad is the lead activist for fighting corruption in the real estate market – a company that swindled thousands of elderly folks who put their life savings into buying apartments. https://www.facebook.com/Triveni-Faridabad-Allottees-Assoc…/
And my mom now helps hundreds of people in getting healthy – even going on naturopathy retreats with them out to keep them motivated!
I love them both so much – and am honored to be their daughter. And they’re coming to spend time with us for months in bringing our new baby into this world!
I always remember this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh:
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. To be born means that something which did not exist comes into existence. But the day we are “born” is not our beginning. It is a day of continuation. But that should not make us less happy when we celebrate our “Happy Continuation Day.”
Since we are never born, how can we cease to be? This is what the Heart Sutra reveals to us. When we have tangible experience of non-birth and non-death, we know ourselves beyond duality. The meditation on “no separate self” is one way to pass through the gate of birth and death.
Your hand proves that you have never been born and you will never die. The thread of life has never been interrupted from time without beginning until now. Previous generations, all the way back to single cell beings, are present in your hand at this moment. You can observe and experience this. Your hand is always available as a subject for meditation.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh, Present Moment, Wonderful Moment