and fear--these two words though different, evoke similar
feelings. These feelings force man to move away from these
situations. The world's oldest available book Rig-Veda talks
about the creation of the world from darkness. As it says, there
was only Darkness that was also covered by Darkness.
"Darkness there was: at first concealed in darkness all was
indiscriminate chaos. All that existed then was void and
formless: by the great power of warmth was born that Unit.
Thereafter rose desire in the beginning, desire, the primal seed
and germ of spirit. Seers who searched their heart for wisdom
discovered the kinship between the being and non being".
(Translated by T H Griffith)
Man's journey is to get away from the "Darkness", from the
darkness of emotion through creativeness, the darkness of
situation through science, and darkness of mind through
knowledge. Society, culture, languages, literature, art and
sculptures and religions, all were the tools which man utilized
to overpower darkness of all types. It is strange that man is
running away from darkness, which is the source of the Universe.
When we talk about war, terror, anger, rape or other kind of
mental or physical tortures we place them in a cage of darkness
and develop a fear for them. That is how we try to keep our
journey on. The journey of life, the journey of brotherhood and
When we talk about exile, it could be separation from darkness
and fear. Logically, we accept exile for survival. In other
words, for life. Life is again light.
"Let me go towards light from darkness." ( asato ma sad gamaya )
In this case this type of exile is positive, and life oriented.
This positive exile gives us the light of knowledge, fire of
energy and pain of nonbeing. Man was always moving in search of
real happiness, and thus moving away is sometimes earning the
light of knowledge.
I want to talk about positive exile to highlight our topic of
discussion for the upcoming festival. – Kritya 2010, when we
will be discussing exile in all its aspects. I request readers
to give their views in order to open up this subject.
In this issue you can feast your eyes on the paintings of an
artist from Kerala – Biju, who works primarily in acrylics. His
favourite themes are those related to nature. His paintings
embrace a wide variety of themes, schools and techniques. Do
visit his websites
We are almost ready for the much awaited
poetry festival and are striving to bring out poetry belonging
to different styles and from poets belonging to different age