After witnessing the fourth sunset from the International Space Station in just six hours, Kanika moved inside the live chat room. Back on earth, NASA was ready with the young minds and their curious questions. Kanika received her first question – “In the context of Covid-19 spike on earth, human engagements have shrunk to family and Internet. This is an alarming situation for the human race. Can your experience at the International Space Station contribute any perspective to overcome this isolation?”

Kanika switched on the microphone and replied.  “Sometimes crises help us to reflect on the core definition of specific things. For example, today I witnessed four sunsets and each one taught me a new definition of ‘home’.

First sunset taught me the definition of home for an unborn baby whose home is the mother’s womb and their communication is through the language of trust.

Second sunset taught me the definition of home for a ten year old child whose home is the institutionalised version of protection, altruistic love and companionship. Thus the child’s emotional nourishment is made through the surreal goodness.

Third sunset taught me the definition of home for a conscious soul whose home is the vigorous nature which cuddles its spirit with soothing gentle breeze, ecstatic rain, blubbering dew drops, mighty thunder, glamorous Auroras and whirling oceans. Here the spiritual bonding is made through an astounding reverence.

Fourth sunset taught me the definition of home for an International Space Station scientist, whose home is a small portion of space among the giggling stars, monstrous planets, delightful sun and the majestic galaxies. The experience of magical tranquility is worth cherishing.

In the context of Covid-19 , let us remind ourselves that our home called Universe is the Supreme art of the Supreme being. We humans can contribute colours of trust, goodness, reverence and tranquility to that spectacular creation. This is possible only through the shared values of optimism, political will and global co-operation.”

Kanika switched off the microphone for the next question.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
2 years ago

First a big welcome to the Voice Club Manjusha. My thought was Wow! Lets go back and read that all again. It’s as simple as it is deep. From the first sunset, to how you, the writer, sees our place in the Universe (Home). It is a strange fact that suffering is part of wisdom, only then if the correct questions are asked can we can grow together as human beings and… Read more »

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
2 years ago

What a context to discuss those earthly questions! Human engagement here has shrunk beyond those limits – just internet, quite honestly, except for family you live with. may as well go up there and get a few sunsets in.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
2 years ago

Wow! A big salute. It is simple but it is deep just like Eric Radcliffe said. It creates a big impact on my mind. I love the way you define home from the first sunset until you positively reflect the crisis of COVID 19 that our HOME (UNIVERSE) is facing today.

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