For whom the bells toll - Tsunami, 26 December, 2004

"No man is an island,
entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friend's or
of thine own were:
any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind,
and therefore never send to know
for whom the bells tolls;
it tolls for thee."


John Donne
Devotions upon
Emergent Occasions, no. 17
(Meditation)
1624 (published)


This poem by Jhon Donne has been ringing in my ears since yesterday when I heard the news that a tsunami had struck the South East Asia and the Sub Continent, leaving a trail of destruction. Tsunami - I had never heard about it before, is derived from the Japanese language and is used by Japanese to describe very long, low seismic sea waves. To know more about tsunami

Difficult as they are to write, I want to convey my deepest and heartfelt condolances to all those who are affected by this disaster.

Also the tolling of the bell is a reminder that when the Nature strikes.. it can be devastating. Someone said - 'Man has the capacity, the intelligence, the freedom to explore and if you have explored the nature properly than you have come home. Nature is your Home.’ Nature affects every dimension of our lives but than whoever build the Heavens must be looking down upon the Earth and must be thinking ‘Gosh! What a mess I have made!

Let us build a ray of hope and support a mission to help the people where we can reach them with our little help in the best possible way we can.

Peace to the departed souls... strange are the ways of God.


Santosh

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