These were three dreams that I had the same day. In one dream I saw a new Bible. What could it mean? Does it show an inclination of spiritual life? Yes the psalmist David in the 23rd psalm says: ‘surely goodness and mercy will follow me for the rest of my days and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. The next dream that I had was an organ. The musical instrument—organ could signify that life is harmonious and smooth. The next dream that I had was I saw a duckling. Now ducks can adapt to land and water and it means adaptation and flexibility in life.
Socrates died as a martyr for democracy. Socrates as an idiom means someone who dies as a martyr for a social, political or religious cause. The crucifixion of Christ was a Socrates. There are many Socrates’ existing in the world.
Jonah’s Journey to Tarshish
Jonah the Old Testament prophet was instructed by God to go to Nineveh to preach to the people there for repentance. But Jonah disobeyed God and went to Tarshish. During the journey in a ship all fury broke loose and then lots were drawn and the lots fell on Jonah. He was thrown out of the ship and a whale came and swallowed him. Jonah’s Journey to Tarshish as an idiom means disobeying the will of God. Many at a time, I have been Jonah going to Tarshish.
While looking back at Indian history, though the British made India into a colony there were some positive things they have done. One was proselytization to Christianity and then the introduction of English Language. Then they banned child marriage and Sati (a custom whereby the wife was set to the flames with the husband during the funeral). Then they passed the Widow Remarriage act another positive step towards making the fairer gender free from suffering. Then the British introduced railways and telegraphs which smashed caste distinctions to smithereens, as people of the higher caste and lower caste had to travel in the same compartment. British Colonialism was not all that bad.
Long ago there lived on Animal Farm a boar named Know-it-all. One day on his death-bed he told his dream to all the animals.
The boar named Know it all said: ‘Humans have been using us for their selfishness. We have to rebel and become a super power.’
There after he closed his eyes.
A boar named capitalism engaged all the animals and conducted a coup to throw the humans out.
At last they cried in Unison: ‘we are free; we are free;’
Another boar named Myth said to all the animals: ‘since we gave you the idea of throwing out the humans, we are taking power over Animal Nation. Amongst all the produce in the farm, half of it will go to us since we are rulers. We are creating a society where there will be equal opportunities for all and where everyone can have the dream of climbing the ladder of success.’
Chuckles the stallion replied: ‘This idea is interesting. I am loyal to the animal nation and I will work hard to bring it to success.’
Flip and Flop the hens grumbled and said: ‘your theory is so unjust and it generates inequality’.
Immediately Muscles the German shepherd pounced on them and gobbled them up.
The Sheep named Anglo-Saxon said: ‘are you entering into a treaty with neighboring nations called BREX.’?
The boar named capitalism said: we have to secure our interests and animal nation will not have its affiliation with anyone else’.
Then Chuckles the stallion asked: ‘What if the humans attack us out of spite?’
The boar named Capitalism said: ‘we have to make an arsenal of nukes. It’s up to you to do it.’
The Jackal named Crook said: ‘I have mastered the art of destabilizing nations with the art of biological warfare. I have unleashed a virus named Corona which will cause death and disease all over the world.
The Boar Named Capitalism said: ‘I must applaud you for it. Our revolution is spreading to neighboring farms like wildfire. Yes we hear: down with communism and up with capitalism.’
Peanut the hen delivered babies and Marigold the hen started laying eggs.
The boar named Capitalism and Myth took a larger percent of all that the farm produced.
Chuckles the stallion said: ‘The society that has been created is an unjust one’.
All day long chuckles worked in the farm. He used to plough the fields and harvest the corn. When the harvesting was done, a large portion of the grain was taken over greedily by the boars Capitalism and Myth.
A prophet Raven named Solidarity visited the farm and said: ‘we could create a just society where there social justice and economic equality. Why do we have to make capitalism so abominable?’
The boar named Myth took a gun and shot the prophet Raven since he was doing espionage and subverting the ideology of Animal Nation.
The Boar named Capitalism spoke to all the animals and birds in the farm: ‘we are adherents of a capitalist society where individuals are rewarded for the quality of their work. We autocrats will get a major share and others a stifling minor share. Any mutiny by you folks will be severely put down.’
As time passed by, the humans rose up in revolt and sent an ICBMS Intercontinental Ballistic Missile to Animal Nation. The Animal Nation
recharged and sent a missile Cruise to smash the missile launched by the humans.
As time passed by, Chuckles became and sickly and could hardly walk.
The boars named Capitalism and Myth ordered a vehicle for Chuckles to be taken to the hospital.
Little did the animals know that Chuckles was taken to the butchery.
Alice in Wonderland is an all too familiar story—a story of fantastic magic realism. Let me add on to her stories. There is a cellar in Alice’ house with a secret passage in it which enables Alice on mystic flight.
One day Alice prized upon this passage and she fell into s strange land of fairies and dwarfs.
They asked her: ‘who are you’.
Alice replied: ‘I am Alice a School Girl’.
Then they said: ‘an important occasion s taking place in our country. We are electing a queen.’
Surprised Alice asked: ‘how’?
They replied: ‘we cast votes and the candidate who gets the least votes is elected’.
The fairy called: ‘You Know Other Things was elected as she got the lowest votes.’
Alice said: ‘This is a strange custom. In, my land it is the majority that gets voted.’
A dwarf replied: ‘It is the minority that is the least corrupt’.
Alice replied: ‘Fair enough, please let me go’.
The fairy cast her wand and lo Alice was transported from the cellar and back into her home.
The next day, Alice went down the cellar and she was transported into a land called Anarchy. King Anarchy Abacus was in rule there.
Alice asked them ‘who are you’?
Anarchy Abacus replied: ‘We are anarchists’.
Alice asked him: ‘What is anarchy’?
Anarchy Abacus replied: ‘Anarchy is as simple as tying our shoelaces. Anarchy is a lot of nonsense in language. Anarchists do not know the purpose and meaning of life. Any letter in our anarchy-language begins with I and ends in I.
Alice: ‘this is all very strange to me; I am going over to my house’.
Next day Alice went down the cellar. She was taken to strange land called: ‘philosophers of being’. King know-it-all greeted Alice warmly.
Alice asked King Know-it-all: ‘Sir what is your philosophy’?
King Know it all replied: ‘Ours is a philosophy of being.’
Alice asked him: ‘What is being?’
King- Know- it- all: ‘See Alice, we are confused about the meaning of being. Sometimes being is being. Sometimes being is non-being to being. Sometimes being is consciousness. Sometimes it is the chemicals triggered in the brain. Sometimes it is the soul.’
Alice: ‘This is even more complicated than the Algebra I learnt in school. Thanks for your revelations. I want to say bye bye now’.
The following day Alice slipped down through the cellar and came to a land of non-violence. She had a meeting with revolutionaries of the land.
Alice asked them: ‘What is the philosophy of non violence?’
A revolutionary named Do-it-right told: ‘we are a country yet to be freed from the yoke of colonial rule. We fight our oppressors with the weapons of truth and non violence. We are so passionate about non-violence that we don’t even hurt a fly.
Alice asked King Do-it-right: ‘When will your land get freedom’?
Do-it-right replied: ‘we are not sure: we are fighting for it.’
Then Alice departed from their land and climbed in cellar to reach her house.
Next day, Alice went down the cellar into another strange country called Mutiny.
The King there Mutiny-Massacre glanced at her with the look of hatred.
Alice asked Mutiny-Massacre: ‘explain to me what Mutiny is.’
King Mutiny-massacre replied: ‘Mutiny is rising against neighboring states and conquering them. Now our strategy is biological warfare.’
Alice asked Mutiny-Massacre: ‘what is biological warfare?’
King Mutiny Massacre replied: ‘We have created a virus called Corona which has spread the entire world and which is causing a great deal of sickness and death. Our plan is to destabilize nations.’
King Mutiny Massacre gave a cold, sarcastic, vicious, laugh.
Alice started Crying and said: ‘please get me out of here.
A fairy named –Do-good-to-all came to her rescue and transported her to the cellar and back to her home.
He is reverend Sam. One day we went to visit him to tell him that our son was autistic. He happened to be qualified behavioral psychologist. In our next meeting he started taking classes on behavioral psychology. It was all Greek to us. He did not provide any solutions to our son’s problem. We were in demand for something practical and not something that was theoretical.
The Advocate’s room
I went to the advocate’s room to register a land deed. On his table were some curious mementos. One was an emblem of India, a pillar with four lions which was King Asoka’s emblem, his signage Close to that was a tiny grotto and standing on it was Mary and the son Jesus. On the wall was a Palm Sunday leaf with the sign of the cross.
The pen blossoms into gardens of fruits and flowers. Eternity is a poem waiting for the just. When will the Grace of God be a beautiful sunset? Time flows into a river of joy. Meaning of life is a poem waiting to be sung. Realizing a dream come true is an Aladdin in the making. Wishes are the heart of life. The seed that is sown on good soil yields much fruit. Life is a body of desires. Patience wait not for me for long. Art is the mutiny of the soul. I nourish my soil through writing. I don’t wish to face the pen of death. Fortune is a cat having nine lives. Existence, you are the for-it-self, a fountain of joy. Music is a mantra for the body and the soul. My flesh is immersed in iniquities and I ask God to give a strong spirit to battle with them. The meaning of life is a foundation of a rock of being in Christ. Catharsis—you are a bell, echoing the release of emotions of the soul. I slept on a meadow and made poetry to it. Poetry is the art of making love. Forget the bitterness and envy of the heart: live with hope in the present and anticipate joy in the future. Time can mend the scars of pain. The gates of knowing the self are open; open them with knowledge and sapience. Lord Jehovah Jesus bless the labor of my hands and rain down fruits of blessings. Love is ammunition for the soul. Every being is an emotional one carving a lyrical poem out of life. The cross has grace to pardon all sin. The leitmotif of God is found in: Goodness, Love, Grace, Mercy and redemption. Don’t quit your dream; carry your dream as a bouquet of flowers in your mind. My dream world is chocolate and my reality is tasting its sweetness. The fig tree was cursed by God for yielding no fruit; so also will be all trees that are barren. Blessings of God are a showering a rainfall. Social Media generates narcissism. The blood on the cross is salvation, a free gift for all. The meaning of life cannot be equated as a sign of the signifier and the signified. Freedom is given by God for acceptance or denial. Joy is a becoming in life. Passion is the fruit of poetry. It was Jesus who died and it was Christ who resurrected. Think like a Wizard, live like a King, and anticipate the future with accomplishments. Blessings are the tabernacle of God. Consciousness is the infinite galaxy of the mind. Art and Literature are rivers which have ended themselves in exhaustion. Oh Jehovah Jesus: give the resources to travel and write. Poetry of life—your foundation is meaning. Love is a fable that has lived and walked on this earth.
Haman was a vizier in the court of Xerxes. He, because of the Jews not bowing to him hatched a plan to wipe off the Jewish race. His plans were seen by Queen Esther and she used tact and diplomacy to foil the efforts of Haman. The King spared the Jews and took Haman to the gallows.
Esther as an Idiom means using tact and diplomacy to solve an impending issue. My mother became an Esther when she was mitigating the property discord between me and my sisters.
Haman as an idiom means falling prey to an evil plot hatched by an individual. The Haman that my sisters hatched against my wife did not work.