The Clouds and Rain
One of our younger members, Rukmini, delivered the class today based on the chapter, once again, “Description of Autumn.” The image of clouds keeps coming up in this chapter. Clouds are viewed in both negative and positive tones according to Vedic thought. The concept is rather classic and universal.
If someone says to you, “You’ve got your head in the clouds,” it’s referring to not being too attentive to the here and now. It would not come across as a compliment. Even if we hear the expression, “You’re on Cloud Nine,” it again implies that one is in dreamland or spaced-out.
On the other hand, clouds can be so welcoming. For instance, my August and early September found me in the desert in Utah and Nevada. Just the hint of a cloud was such a relief when walking.
Today, many clouds formed over southern Ontario, but I got my walking in on the Danforth, in the Greek Village, after and before those clouds gave their shower. Light rain is not a great threat, though, to anyone, and the mere sight of a cloud can mean so much good. Plants and the earth love its by-product.
To me clouds represent ‘coolness’. Already Danforth is a rather ‘cool’ street with its cafes and accessible people. Several of the people greeted me with pranams and they most likely have some Greek blood in them.
Ah yes, Grece has had cultural ties with India for a long time. The Greek god, Zeus, can be paralleled to the Hindu rain god, Indra.
I wonder how much the ancient Greeks knew Ram?
May the Source be with you!