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Is oneness monochrome?

January 28, 2011

When the words oneness and unity are mentioned, there are two sorts of reactions.



What troubles some people about oneness is that they see it in monochrome.  They begin to see all individuality whittled away with a giant chisel; all the vibrant colors of uniqueness molded into one color, possibly grey, lifeless, tarring all with a relentless brush; all songs clashing into soundless oblivion ; all meaning stripped by an abrasive solvent.

I see oneness as a vibrant pattern of many colors, songs, shapes and sounds.  Each aspect of the oneness in its own unique space, connected together with threads that are as elastic as they are strong, as freeing as they are supportive.

It’s not difficult to see that when you come from India, a country of many  cultures, languages, religions, all connected with the invisible threads of identity, art, and history. One of the essays I remember writing in childhood was “Unity in Diversity”.

I find that oneness even more vibrant in Miami, a place where almost every household has people originating in a different country. What connects us is the mundane – the use of gadgets, the municipal garbage collector, the schooling system for kids, the roads. What connects us into oneness are the invisible threads – moving from one country to another, openness to change, acceptance of difference.

I sense oneness as multi-dimensional, alive, creative, evolving on the surface, and a deep stillness within.

Just look around you – there’s that remarkable universe of our human body, the remarkable elements – sentient and insentient that make up a home, a neighborhood, city, state, country, continent, solar system, universe!

There’s no giant sculptor trying to mold us into a  monochrome lump of clay. There is the divine vision that is celebrating the many shapes in that infinitely moldable clay.

Of course, for me, it is all Gaia. The world that we see, sense, and are.

That’s all I have for now. What do you have?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Rodgers permalink
    January 28, 2011 7:43 am

    That’s a beautiful way of picturing it, Meenakshi: “threads that are as elastic as they are strong.” Isn’t it amazing that the more we embrace diversity the more united we become? It helps us to make the most of our spiritual journey in this physical world, enjoying the gifts of our physical senses, seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing and touching… So many ways to perceive that great truth that we are all the divine one.

    • February 2, 2011 4:55 pm

      Barbara, I think you’ve got it! “Isn’t it amazing that the more we embrace diversity the more united we become?”
      It’s that embracing that gives us the direct experience of being unified. Thank you!

  2. shanmugananda permalink
    January 28, 2011 8:04 am

    I like this analysis very much. Everything depends on the view point of each individual and the way they make out the definitions. All are having their own opinions. Many of them have no time to this kind of analysis on anything. They just accept everything as they are offered. some times that attitude also good for living.

    • February 2, 2011 4:55 pm

      Sanmugan:hey just accept everything as they are offered. some times that attitude also good for living. I agree. Whatever helps a person to find joy in their life.

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