Thursday 12 January 2017

Lightness or Lightheartedness? The lila of Being


Milan Kundera’s The unbearable lightness of being. A title that has stuck, though of course I’ve never read the novel. The Wiki talks about Kundera taking issue with the “heaviness of being” following from Nietzsche’s eternal recurrence, and so on. Whatever. I like the rhythm of the words. And what comes to me is that this lightness of being is so different from the LIGHTHEARTEDNESS that comes from being Son. We are not first and foremost individuals. We are persons in relation, in communion. And for one who believes, he is Son, and he lives in his father’s house. There is a wonderful word for this in the Indian sanskritic tradition: LILA. Lila – the PLAYFULNESS, the LIGHTHEARDTEDNESS of being because we are sons and daughters in our Father’s house. So there are a million things to do and all sorts of pressures – but all to be done with lila, with playfulness. In a world where God exists, it is the clown, not the tragedian, who has the last laugh.

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