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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 2, June 2019
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Raamesh Gowri Raghavan
Thane, Maharashtra, India


Guanyin

Amma has various colours of compassion. She cannot abide bonsai for example, keeping a plant tiny against its nature hurts her. She will cry for a baby sparrow, although she does not think reservation in colleges (especially medical ones) is a good solution for centuries of oppression. She is genuinely concerned for our maid's health and does not grudge her taking days off. Though if I'm quite ill, she does not stay up late to nurse me. Though she is militantly possessive about her Tupperware, she will otherwise generously give stuff away. She didn't sleep for a night when she read on the BBC website about a python stricken with ticks, and on hearing it had been healed was as relieved as if it was her own. They say Avalokiteshwara is eleven-headed; I now know why.

neighbours away
amma finds a way
to water their plants


Notes:

Guanyin is the Chinese Buddha of Compassion, known in Sanskrit as Avalokiteshwara.

Amma is a word for mother in most Indian languages.

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