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Lord Krishna said, "Don't conduct yourself like a beast,
not even like a human being. Know that you are the
spark of the Divine. You are ancient, eternal and
essentially Divine. Mamaivamsho Jeeva Loke Jeeva
Bhoota Sanatanaha." Being the sparks of Divine, you
must have the sacred qualities of Truth, Righteousness,
Peace, Love and Nonviolence. Instead of behaving in
accordance with these noble virtues, people submit
themselves to evil qualities like lust, greed, anger,
jealousy, hatred and avarice which does not befit a
human being. These changes are due to one's food
habits and behavior. The food you take and the water
you drink must be pure, and timely. Lead a well
regulated human life and realise the Divine within you.
- My Dear Students, Vol 2, Ch 13, Jun 7, 2007.
How should we lead
our lives so as to
make optimum use of
this rare blessing?
reminds us today.
Man is a spark of the Divine; you must
manifest this Divinity in every act of yours -
My name is Aurora Herrera and
I m trying to build a co-operative
network of environmental NGOs to
share knowledge, experience and
I ve asked my mum why I was
named, "Aurora" and she simply
says it s a name she always loved.
However, her name is Heather-Dawn
and "Aurora" means "morning light;"
so I have a healthy suspicion she
named me after her.
Herrera is spelt "-era" not "-eira."
Therefore it s Spanish, not Por-
My favourite childhood memories
are from my grandmother s house
in Cascade so I suppose that s where
I "come from." I live in Santa Cruz
My mother is an only child. I have
no cousins on her side. My father s
family consisted of six brothers and
two sisters. I tried to tally the number
of cousins. After I passed 100 I
stopped counting. My parents are
divorced and I grew up, for the most
part, with my mother. I m very
career-driven and a family of my
own is not a priority now.
I LOVED St Monica s Primary
My father is Hindu and my moth-
er is Anglican. I was baptised Angli-
can but attended Catholic schools.
I ll go to any religious service I m
invited to, but I don t believe in god
in the usual way church dogma
demands. I do not subscribe to any
There s a really good quote from
Stanley Kubrick to describe how I
feel about the suffering of the world.
"The most terrifying fact about the
universe is not that it is hostile but
that it is indifferent. But if we can
come to terms with this indifference
and accept the challenges of life with-
in the boundaries of death---however
mutable man may be able to make
them---our existence as a species can
have genuine meaning and fulfill-
ment. However vast the darkness,
we must supply our own light."
I think humans need to rely upon
I try not to worry about whether
there s an afterlife. If there is, there
is no need to worry. If there isn t,
then well, we wouldn t need to worry
because we would never know and
it wouldn t make a difference.
I spent my early childhood in the
bush of the Northern, Central and
Southern Ranges of Trinidad. My
mother is an environmentalist, so I
grew up exploring the most secret
places on the island. During my ado-
lescence, my mother and I took off
to Venezuela to discover all of that
country s natural treasures while
learning about our family culture. I
went to the University of Toronto
and then travelled throughout Cana-
da, the US and South and Central
I usually say I don t have a
favourite colour because I don t like
to discriminate against the other
colours in the palette. But, if I were
to be completely honest, I d say yel-
low. Most of my close friends call
me "little sunshine" so I suppose it s
My first relaxation choice is
sleeping. I m so busy all the time
that when I get a chance to switch
off, I do.
My ideal evening out would be
an art show or a play. For a weekend
off, I d like to find myself backpacking
in a jungle somewhere.
In my world, reading and breath-
ing are synonymous. I read every-
thing. The best book I ever read was
Cien Años de Soledad. By my
favourite writer, Gabriel García
The Environmental Network of
Trinidad and Tobago is really my
Mom s idea. I ve become involved
by virtue of being her daughter. It s
in its baby stages. We would like to
form a more coherent network
amongst the different environmental
groups and create an online platform
for knowledge-sharing. If other
NGOs support us with knowledge-
sharing and perhaps volunteers, that
would make things go faster.
The worst thing about setting up
the Environmental Network is you
hear and see a lot of horror stories
about animals, deforestation, the
destruction of watersheds, the loss
of natural habitats and, consequent-
ly, certain species. The best things
are I have been privileged to see the
most beautiful parts of Trinidad and
Tobago and to have a great environ-
mentalist like my Mum behind this
When I m away, I miss the smell
of the earth after it rains. The sight
of the Northern Range along the
highway. The trees, the waterfalls,
the beaches. Most of all I miss my
A Trini is me.
T&T is one of the many places
that mean home to me.
Read a longer version of this
feature at www.BCRaw.com.
Daughter of the motherland
As Told to BC Pires
TRINI TO D BONE
Aurora Herrera taking a wide NGO interest in a piton. PHOTO: JASON BRERETON
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