Letter to Keshav and Akshaya
Dear Keshav and Akshaya,
In Sanskrit, a language of India, you chant, Om Namah Shivaya , and I chant, Om Namah Jehovah. Differences in the chants do not separate us. You honor Shivaya, who resides within you, and I honor Jehovah, who resides within me.
But together, we simply honor one God who goes by two different names. If you keep this in mind, it will help you to better understand your Hindu and Christian families, not just the one you are taught to favor and keep close, but the one you are taught to tolerate and keep at a distance.
Much Love, Grandpa.
Copyright © 2013 Frank Zahn. Published in Perceptions: Prose and Other Poetry, Grove 49 eBooks (Kindle Edition) 2016; Alive: Short Prose and Poetic Expressions of Thought and Feeling, Vancouver Books (Kindle Edition) 2019.