An exchange of ghyan on what everyone in this world is after- P. E . A . C . E.
Vyas: Ma, we must have a lot of peace. We don’t need anything else.
Me: What piece?
Vyas: Ayyo, i mean peace of mind (makes a meditative gesture, drawing in some breath).
Me: (little skeptical) Absolutely right. But, do you know what it means?
Vyas: Of course I do! Its, its, its a calm…
Me: Wow boy! You are right again. From where did you learn about ‘peace’? (i was already impressed)
Vyas: (Ignores my question and proceeds with his) Ma, who are Buddhists?
Me: They are followers of Gautama Buddha. Why? (I ask intrigued)
Vyas: So, are they Bodhisattvas?
Me: Well.. yes, yes.. (recollecting that he read a short story book on the life of Gautama Buddha)
Vyas: I want to be a Buddhist.
Me: What!?? Why?
Vyas: They have a lot of peace. I read an Amar Chitra Katha about the Bodhisattvas (using the word repeatedly to sound grown-up).
Me: You need not be a Buddhist to find peace. Everyone can find peace with a little effort (I reason). Why should you be a Buddhist for that?
Vyas: They always sleep. And so they are peaceful!!
Me: No, they don’t. They work.
Vyas: No, they always close their eyes and meditate and mostly sleep, and seek alms.
So much for the illustrations in the story book he picked up….. At the end of a hard evening trying to explain ‘peace’, we finally made peace and dropped the subject with a resolution to discuss this much later in life….