A fun part of Sadasivanathaswami’s talk after the homa yesterday:
Two babies were in the womb of a pregnant woman.
The first one asks the other, -- “Do you believe in life after birth?”
-- Sure! There’s got to be something after birth. Maybe we’re here just to prepare ourselves for what we’ll be in the future.
-- Hummm, no. That’s nonsense! There’s no life after birth. What could such a life be like?
-- I don’t know exactly, but certainly at least brighter than in here. Maybe we’ll walk by ourselves, with our own feet… maybe we’ll even eat with our mouth!
-- Preposterous. Walking around freely, with our own feet, is impossible! And eating with our mouth… Ridiculous! Mouths are for making sounds, but food comes from our umbilical cordon. I’ll tell you something: life after birth is definitely impossible -- our umbilical cordon is too short, don’t you see?
-- There’s got to be something! May be it’s just a bit different than what we are used to experience in here…
-- Think about it: no one has ever came back after birth. Delivery just wraps up life -- this life that’s nothing more than a long and uncomfortable time in the darkness.
-- Well, I don’t know what will happen after birth, but certainly we’ll be with Mom and she will take care of us.
-- Mom???? So you believe in Mom? And where exactly is she supposed to be?
-- Where? Everywhere around us! It’s in her, and thru her, that we live. Without her nothing we know could exist.
-- I don’t believe it. I’ve never seen any “Mom”. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll admit Mom does not exist outside your imagination…
-- But sometimes, when we’re really quiet, we can hear her singing, feel a certain life rhythm as though she is dancing for joy and intuit a maternal caring all around us… You know, I think real life is ahead of us -- and this is just a preparation for it!…