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Home—Where Identity, Culture and Family Intertwine BY SERENE BLAIR | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA JONES

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ust as there are many kinds of people and experiences under the sun, there are just as many places that we’ve all come to call “home.” This four-letter word evokes a sense of peace and belonging when reflected upon fondly. Most noteworthy in Krishna Patel’s home is the painting also known as the Geeta Saar. It offers advice or a holy suggestion from the Bhgwat Geeta, which she explains as “similar to the scriptures in the Bible”. It’s treated as a universal mantra, recited to achieve spiritual freedom from samsara (which is also known as the recurring cycle of death and reincarnation); however, it’s also sometimes recited for its auditory benefit and sound vibrations. Translated into English, it says: Whatever has happened, has happened for good. Whatever is happening, is happening for good. Whatever will happen, shall also happen for good. What have you lost, that you cry for? What did you bring, that you lost? What did you create, that was destroyed? You came empty-handed, and will go empty-handed. Whatever is yours today was somebody else’s yesterday and will be somebody else’s tomorrow. In Indian culture, home is said to be like a temple—as in a place of importance and meaning—hence it should be kept clean and be respected. God is seen in everything, so one should put this into practice, for example, not putting feet on things such as books or papers or wearing shoes inside the home (most adapt this practice, but not everyone, and it’s dependent upon individual beliefs). Not only just a place of refuge, a home is also a place to recharge and rest, both physically and emotionally. For her, home is a space where she can spend time with her children and family members. As Krishna says, “A house is a home when it’s a place where people can gather together.” tallahassee woman | 20 | august • september 2019

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