Archive for January 31st, 2012

One morning the Sultan of Shafood al-Marid was pacing along the marbled pathways of his pleasure garden. He admired it and said it only needed some warblers who accompanied him on either side. ‘I wish those birds were singing,’O sultan your majesty needs nothing more!’ Suddenly he corrected himself to say they could fan his cheeks cool while they serenaded him.
Unfortunately he heard some confusion at the pavilion of Cypress Grove. There was the head gardener coming to him in a tearing hurry. The sultan scowled and his face went pale to see another figure quickly vanishing from the pavilion.
The gardener tore his blouse and fell at his feet. He cried,’O master, I did not disobey your decree. I told the stranger on pain of death to remove himself. But he laughed at your decree.’
‘Didn’t that dog speak?’
‘O exalted majesty he gave me such a look!’
The gardner was frothing at the mouth and his bosom heaved under great emotion. He said,’ Yes master, he looked as only Death could give. O master I am undone!’
The sultan felt a shudder looking into the whites of the menial’s eye and he clutched his embroidered tunic and the strings of pearls broke and scudded all across the floor.
He fell as silently as dead.
Those who bore his body to the Royal Cemetery observed his eyes gave such a horrible stare, past caring for those mourners who wailed and beat their chests; nor did he hear those who keened like banshees each for the price of hire.


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Cupcake’s manager: My boy will not till I hear the thing speak!

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A material universe that we know holds four dimensions. Length, breadth, height and time must be equally brought into play in order to make sense. Our cosmos has no center as such but in order to fix a star we use triangulation method. But is that all there is to Cosmos? Dogs make sense of the world by their smell, and it enables them to grasp essentials. Their acute sense touches on different dimensions than that we are qualified to know. Elephants communicate at a wave length that our ear cannot grasp.(However we can make precise equipments to catch it and decipher for us.) Dogs and horses can sense far in advance of earthquake or some other danger, which when it occurs cause damage to us. But then it was not our priority since these quakes are few and far in between.
For us abstract thinking held more importance since we are social animals. We gave up certain advantages other animals have in order to fine tune our rational thinking. Thus when one speaks of God or Truth in absolute terms reason keeps its antenna up. ‘Oho, hold your horses! My carriage can only go by rails of reason and not gallop over the dales and hills.’

Thus man works with four dimensions, and reason can yield much sharper focus on his material universe. Rather than mastering so many dimensions we gave them up in order to get a sharp snapshot of our world. It is like projecting the physical map of the earth on two dimensions. You get all the geographical details, continents, oceans, archipelagos rivers etc. If one wants to map the ocean floor ridges trenches etc. it will be quite something else. This is a trade off. According to our specific needs we have interpreted the earth differently.

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