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January 13, 2009

Who do the ants that suddenly appear from nowhere one fine day (ever wondered why everything you don’t want to happen, do so ‘one fine day’) trying to push/pull depending on which side they are on the piece of chikki , you had accidentally dropped the previous night, look up to as their lord and saviour?

Me, of course. I am their provider. My family and I keep dropping food for them, especially my younger son, who always has more food outside his plate and on the floor than what goes into his system. Maybe the ants worship him as Annapurneswara (God of food); or my wife as Kali (Goddess of death) bringing about the destruction of their brethren, sometimes with poisonous clouds, sometimes with some foul smelling mist. Would they wonder what they did to irk the ‘gods’? Will they consider the ‘tidal waves’ my son causes by spilling water as ‘tsunami’; and would they have realized that it is always preceded by the ‘earth quake’ as my son accidentally knocks on dining table or trips on side tables to knock down glasses.

Do they see that there are times of plenty when guests descend on us and times of famine when we pack up for vacation; or notice the regularity in periods of light and darkness; or know to predict rains as the tap is opened and periods of drought (dryness , if you are an Australian, as the Australian Government wants the people to use the word dryness instead of drought as they feel the word drought will make the farmers feel bad!!!)? Do they complain of water logging when it ‘rains’ and hold up traffic demanding better roads?

Do they from the comforts of their homes, consider my 1000 odd sq. ft. house as their ‘planet’. Would there be wise ones among them who would have realized the vastness of the ‘universe’ and maybe planned expeditions to uncharted territories. Will they be aware of other beings in their universe or conjure up images of monsters with more legs and eyes living in a house made of threads and capable of prancing about on a thread;would they have sighted UFO’s and seen some of them being crushed by the ‘hand of god’; be traumatized; have nightmares; pray for their Almighty’s mercy? Would they consider ME the god of all they survey? I DON’T KNOW.
The Upanishads have many Mahavakyas or Great Sayings. 4 among them, one from each Veda is considered very special. They are:

This is the ultimate self realisation. The ability to play god is inherent in each one of us. In today’s hectic pace when we don’t have time to be kind to fellow human beings, do we have the time to even notice the lesser beings which might be looking up to us as gods. We can at least try.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. shail permalink
    January 16, 2009 12:40

    Wah that was quite interesting and extremely thought provoking. I am sure they do all that… except hold up the traffic for better roads. THAT I think is special to humans!! 😉From the little ants to philosophy! I liked your post.

  2. PRG permalink
    January 16, 2009 12:53

    Thanks Shail.You never know about the traffic bit. I am planning to give them a little godly attention

  3. Anonymous permalink
    February 12, 2009 19:03

    Your “Naan Kadavul” is 100% better than the just released version.

  4. December 3, 2011 13:52

    Entirely thought-provoking. It’s a revelation always, how much a shift of perspective, a bit of introspection, and a great deal of open-mindedness, can do for one. It elevates one to such planes of divinity 🙂
    Loved this assertion. Especially that there is no period there :). Which gives it a sense of infinity as well 🙂

    Thank you Usha. You are kindness personified. 🙂

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