This is in continuation of my Post on Hinduism,JK.
As I was saying about the film ‘Gravity’ dealing with the psychological aspect of being stranded in Space,I started thinking on the meaning of being ‘Lost’
In general terms by losing we convey the sense that we have not been able to have what we had,or we do not know where what we had been using was gone.
In the case of Objects, we try to recollect,in many cases one visits the places mentally, some even physically(which I do, if it is my Home, to recall what had happened.
In most of the cases we do find what we thought we lost.
Excepting in cases where others have wantonly taken or hid them .
Then we repossess them.
Before we think of this, let us see what this ‘Lost’ means in other contexts.
Many say or feel they are lost in Thoughts or lost in confusion.
in these cases what happens is that people are concentrating on a particular thought or indecision and fear of taking decision to the exclusion of everything else.
So in effect their losing in things is illusory but a diversion in something else.
So effectively they do not lose anything, or do they?
And as such they have as much Reality of being or having been with us before or their continued association with us.
Therefore the term Lost does not really mean losing but a change of mental state.
If the mental states are the criteria, which they really are, then, all the things we we experience fall under the same category and need not los(?!) sleep over it.
As put by Hinduism aptly we are but temporarily Trustees of all things here, nothing more.
It may not be out-of-place to mention an interesting fact.
Tamil has a word for parents ,’Petror’, ,’பெற்றோர் ‘ ‘meaning those who beget.
It implies that even children , whom we pride ourselves of our own blood are not our own to call them as such.
We beget them, that’s all.
So all we have here is on a Trusteeship basis, nothing is owned by us to lose.
Now to the question of being lost in Space.
You lose yourself only when you have some fixed point.
You can fix West if you know where you are,, whether you re in the East, South or the North .
If you can not or do not have a reference as to where you are , how do you say you are lost for both the statements have no reference.
At best we can say we disoriented and remain scared.
How about being disoriented or lost to one self.
In the next Post.