Saturday, January 11, 2014

Prepossessing beauty of ordinariness

Dear students,

Welcome to the first lecture of 2014. Lets me start this year by introducing to you, my brilliant students, the concept of "prepossessing beauty of ordinariness".

Now look outside this class into the sky and imagine there was a rainbow. Ok, wait, let us all imagine that it was snowing outside. Wouldn't there be dazzle in your eyes? Dazzles due to beauty outside? But what is the probability for it to snow or rain outside?
It is the very rarity of that event called snowfall which is making it beautiful. Beauty here is something extraordinary, something rare for I am sure that in a class in Antarctica, snow would not be beautiful because it snows every day. A kashmiri student would look down upon you when you guys would all raise that cry on a snowfall because for him or her, his or hers rarity is much more beautiful than your rarity.

Students, that was marketeers and advertisers idea of beauty. Yes, an easy sell. A blackberry was beautiful because it had a blackberry messenger and now it is not beautiful because all the smart phones have them.

Now take a deep breath and look at the tree outside the class. And those students sitting away from the windowpanes please leave your desks and come close to the window. Look at the the uppermost branch. Can you see an equilateral triangle? Look at the branch below that, its the same equilateral triangle, look below it.  Yes? Now look at yourselves, can you see a dazzle at each other. It is the same tree which you see daily outside the class.

Its the mind which is a source of all the beauty. Its the mind which is bored of ordinary and seeks extraordinary. When you train your mind so much that in every ordinary you see extraordinary and  thus the ordinary and extraordinary becomes the same. That sort of beauty is called prepossessing beauty of ordinariness.

Go tonight, look at the stars and pity those cities where the students can't even see the stars due to pollution. Create your own shapes and geometries in those stars. Look for lions, hunters, bears, spoons in them. And then you will understand what did Calvin mean when he said to Hobbes: " If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently".

With this lecture,I wish you all not only a beautiful 2014 but also a life filled with beauty. Yes, Dostoevsky was right when he said "Only beauty can save the world"!

We will discuss this poem "The Patience of Ordinary Things" by Pat Schneider tomorrow:

The Patience of Ordinary Things
It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?
- Pat Schneider, Another River
I felt


Minona said...

Beautiful, therefore extraordinary, I guess... ;)
Happy new year Vikas, I really like your view of the world and writting style. Hugs my friend, my teacher. Next time I will get out of my comfort zone and sit in a desk next to the window instead of my back bench. I promise ♥
- Prakriti

Shubhendu Bhardwaj said...

I would be disappointed if the beauty can be described so simply- I would think there is more to beauty than being "extraordinary". its surely a symptom. Every beautiful is rare but everything rare is beautiful ? how about a ugly twisted distorted face of a person you have never seen before?

Miki mbizii said...

How simply you put across such an intricate thought. You are one extraordinary teacher!

- Regards, the student in the front bench taking copious notes :)