Thursday, November 21, 2013

Circular time

I believe there is a reason for everything.  While working in an adult public health education programme in India a little over 30 years ago, I decided that I wanted to be a teacher of children, and the path that my life took changed dramatically.  For many years I used to say "I was meant to come to India, it was what set me on the path to becoming a teacher."  For the past couple of years, however, I've said that a little differently, because 2 years ago this week I accepted a job offer to move back to India, and my life changed dramatically again.

On Monday, in my Hindi class, I discovered that "kal", the Hindi word for yesterday, is the same as the word for tomorrow.  When I asked my teacher about this she told me that in India time is circular.  When you believe in reincarnation, then tomorrow is only the rebirth of yesterday.  And I started to think about that too (actually the idea is really mind-blowing).

I am convinced that right now this is the place I am supposed to be.  I don't know how I know it, but somehow I do.  I don't know why I'm supposed to be here either - but I just know that I am, for some reason yet to be revealed to me.  I also know that if I hadn't lived in India before, I would probably never have considered coming back here.  So the Hindi concept of "kal" has had a lot of meaning for me this week.  If time is circular, I was obviously meant to come to India "yesterday" because I was meant to be here "tomorrow".

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