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A body at rest continues to rust, thought the Monkey. I should get up and go. Food was no problem. His curiosity was beckoning him. He knew that he could go out only to the extent that he could go into the cave. He wanted to explore both the worlds.
He decided to go in
The Gallery was a complete work of art. He couldn’t imagine whose work it was and how long it would have taken them to complete it. They should have been working on it for ages. He wondered whether the humans would have done it prior to their exodus from the Planet. It could not be because had it been done by them, they wouldn’t have been compelled to take the exit route. How could one ever imagine to leave such a beautiful planet ?
He was brought back from his reflections by a shaft of light from far above which fell on an etching on the rock face.
He stood gazing at it for a long time and exclaimed: Hammer of Hammers!
More than enough for a few days, thought the monkey.
It took much more than a few days. He found that he could go out into the external world far more than he had ever been. He stretched himself for weeks to find how far he could extend the boundaries of his sojourns
It was the day after the big thunderstorm. He had woken up many times during the night by the lightning and thunder. He was feeling called to go into the cave to fulfill his responsibility to the community to remain a monkey. The weeks of deliberations had led to flashes of intermittent lightnings inside his monkey brain. He knew what he had to do with the map that had taken him weeks to make sense of.
He had his etching tools. He went to work, doing his bit in the scheme of things.
He added a traffic signal to the two roads in the map.
He knew which of the roads, the humans had taken. He had made his own personal decision to take the road not travelled. As for the others he was not really concerned. He knew that Nature is much more ruthless than gravity and it would take care of itself. I too am that. He remembered a verse from his mom’s teachings, Thattwam Asi
It is a perfect sheet of Rubber, being pulled -stretched- evenly in all directions. Being perfectly elastic it stretches infinitely.
Where is the centre of the sheet of rubber ?
Now stop stretching. It reforms itself, there was a form, there was a re-formation and a recovery of the form. All through the process nothing happened to the centre. It was always at the centre.
Now make a foot- ball out of it. What happens to the centre?
The centre has shifted to the centre of the FB.
Take the FB to the World-cup. The FB is kicked around mercilessly by the best of players. Imagine its plight from post to post.
What happens to the centre?
The centre is not disturbed unless you decide to destroy its foot-ball-ness.
Is there any rubber at the centre of the FB ?
It is the zero-point that holds the FB together as a FB
The centre and the periphery are in a relationship? This is the nature of the problem of centralisation vs decentralisation. Either or is an impossiblity. It is centralised and decentralised at the same time.
‘Return to the Centre’ – Bede Griffiths
The zero-point is the source of infinite energy available at all points in space. Connected to the source, the flow is infinite. Transformation is inevitable. This is the power of the invariant position.
Light houses do not run around.
Either change your course or take up the lighthouse position.
Buddha was a lighthouse. Sankara was a reformer ~ xxxx years, Gutenberg, another lighthouse. Martin Luther was a Reformer. Sankara to Martin Luther ~ xxx years. Asia ~ Europe. Text – linearity – flat earth lasted for xxx years, hypertext took over since the 1990s.
Birth of a new species , the Planetary Human is Now.
In the connection economy, information is the commodity. It demands its own literacy (New- Literacy) to filter information from misinformation for search, connect, condense and exposition to be effective. This is the purpose of the MOS
The narrative has changed, the Alchemist comes on stage. From Re-Form to Trans-Form – NITI
Adult – Human, Facilitator, Hand holder, Consultant, Builder, Mentor, Coach, Team leader, Member/Team, Guide, Nurse, Doctor, Healer, Philosopher, Professional, Transformer, Catalyst, ……………..Friend
The monkey woke up from the worst nightmare of his short life. He was being pursued by a sledge-hammer and the mother judge forcing it to become a Human. His relief was immense.
He dove for cover and ran for his life, tracing the path left by potaotoes rolling down to the beach. This was taboo country. The noise from the crowd was faint; no monkey in his ‘right’ senses would go up the taboo mountain. His second ‘first act’ of the day will not go into the story books of the old world. It was hot. He walked leisurely exploring the virgin territory on a path not traveled by any monkey. There were bananas aplenty in all stages of growth and the new nut, the game changer. There were many others, big and small of all sizes, shapes and colours. Perhaps it might become a little too lonely once he was through with this explorations. Will think of that when it comes to that. Towards the middle of the mountain he saw a ledge of a rock, jutting out. Would be a nice place for a nap. He walked up to it seeking shelter from the hot sun and found himself staring at the entrance of a cave, big enough for him to walk through. He was blinded for some time but as his eyes adjusted to the darkness inside he realised that the cave was much bigger than he thought. He looked up to the ceiling. It appeared as if the roof rose to the top of the mountain. There was a lot more to explore on both inside and outside the cave.
He found a place to lie down and he fell into a deep sleep. In the dream he was floating in the gentle breeze that came in through the entrance and the cave was illumined in a bright golden yellow. He passed through a series of high arches and on the wall facing him he saw a gallery of maps painted in bright shades. He made a note to himself. I would remember them when I wake up. He found himself sailing down to the spot where he had left his body and took possession of it . No sooner had he done it he woke up to find that the cave indeed was as he had seen in the dream with the setting sun making the place a lot more brighter than when he went in.He remembered his Mom’s lesson, make a note to yourself the first thing in the morning of your dreams of the previous lest they fade out with the flow of the day. He looked for some shrapnel to etch the image in his mind. He didn’t have to search much as .there were plenty all around. It seemed as if some mysterious creatures had occupied the cave and they had vanished from sight ages back. He knew what he had to do and went ahead in wild abandon. When he was done, he moved away to admire his own monkey art of the day.
With nobody to talk to, he broke into a monologue
“Good enough. As a kick off, this will do. I will improve it as I explore further, in and out”
“What do I call it, MyOS or MOS, the Monkey Operating System?”
“MOS will do, it could stand for both, shorter too”
He could feel his tummy crying for food. He walked out into the bright sun.
Contd from: Of Peanuts and Monkeys
The algorithm on strategy flashed through his mind
“You will win as long as you have ‘n+1’ alternatives and your opponant/s has/ve only ‘n’alternatives.”
He knew he had infinite alternatives in comparison to the crowd, for them the only solution was the Hammer.
“ I may be an elder and vote to the Council of Elders. That is no proof that I am adult. The only legacy that I want to leave behind is you, an adult in the true sense of the term. It is time for me to go but I will always be with you”
The little one listened in rapt attention. The mention of her leaving him kept his monkey mind in check.
“You are young but you are more adult than most of our elders. The adult knows what is information/misinformation. With your natural curiosity which no other species has in such abundant measure, you will almost be invincible”
“Almost, that ‘almost’ can cost me my life ? “
“This one is more important than all the previous ones. The highest intelligence is your ability to mask it. If you are certain of your intelligence, make yourself appear to be a fool, allow them to take you for ganted. My certificate of your intellgence should not fool you. As a Mom, I can be very biased ”
“Is that all? “
“There is one more and I am done”
“Why are you here ? “
“ We are here to live, isn’t that pretty obvious?”
“ In that case why do all the elders pass on ?”
“I dont know”
Good, admit it when you dont know. If the elders used this three words more often instead of using their different hammers, this would have been a more livable place”
“ Tell me then, what is the purpose of life?’
“ The only purpose of life is to defeat death and that is the ulitmate game”
“How do you make sure that one is living and not dying?”
Where am I now ?
Where do I want to go ?
Am I getting closer to or moving away from where I want to go.
This is the last lesson. We wont be meeting again.“
The noise from the crowd arrested his reflections. The noise level was approaching the maximum permissible limits of the Republic. He decided to live.
Next : Who owns your body ? What is your O/S ?
“Who are you calling a Monkey? Your dad? “
“I called you the First Monkey, I thought I was flattering you
Google for the First Monkey Effect or ask your mentor
Rupert Sheldrake was living in your own city”
She cut me off !
I looked at the Mac, not wanting to face those fiery eyes.
It was stuck for the first time in its life dealing with the aftershocks of my fiddling with it to use the air drop to share something with Shastri. Wondering whether to go to him or not, I raised my head to stare into the same eyes that I wanted to avoid. Is this what they mean by manifesting ?
“Still stuck with your I/OS ? “
Not I/OS, my iphone six is fine
“I meant your Operating System not that of your phone. I was testing you on your very own O/S. It seems you dont understand both”
Peeved. I tried a prank. I must be becoming that what I thought my daughter was calling me.
Are you the First Monkey ?
The face lit up for the first time. I smiled at my own smartness, thanks to her
No that was a long long time ago, not any more. I watched his eyes. I could sense his going back reflecting.
You know the story ?
My smartness was not built to last. This time I played straight. I dont know Sir.
There was this Banana Island which the monkeys, the sole inhabitants of the Island, had declared the ‘Banana Republic’ far away from any other land mass where Bananas and Peanuts were available in plenty and the monkeys lived a happy life. There was also another nut with no name for it that the monkeys never ate. Mothers frowned at the little ones if they even dared to look at it. They could’nt use them like scarce pebbles on the beach to send them touch flying over the waves. Their folklore had it that long long ago, the mother judge of the tribe had hammered her little one to death for eating the nut with the very Hammer that she used to call the court to order.
Then it happened. One in a pair of twins, away from their mothers’ eyes did it again. It danced and jumped around with a wanton glee on its face. The other went rushing to pass on the news to the elders. The first one wanted to have more of the good thing. He rushed to the shore with a few more and sent them flying over the water. The last one that he had decided to eat fell into the water. He picked it up and ate it.
It was even sweeter, a double whammy, history went into the storybook
The noise from the on coming crowd could be heard in the distance. He thought of his next move.
The Potato chips came much later…
Next : Who owns your body ? What is your O/S ?
What is the project ?
Asked my daughter on Skype
I told her.
Not convinced, she kept on and on
What is the capacity of the capacity builder?
Who will transform the transformer?
What are you building?
Who are you building for?
You will be judged by us, the women, poor, the next gen, the feminine
On what kind of spaces you created for us
Physical and virtual
Virtual first and then the physical
You are all terrorists, either soft or hard
The macho one is easier to spot, the Arnab type
You see them and hear them on the channels
The softer version is hard to spot
Needs a trained eye
She wished me luck and sent me a Tee
It said. ” BANANA REPUBLIC : Reg. No. 1949 ”
Contd: Pay peanuts, get Monkeys