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Cosmic Hole In A Donut

‘I know where you can get the best donut in town.’ My friend who had come visiting took me on and we left our wives to their shopping and we came out and I led him to a small lane where not much really happened except a straggling knot of men to which we silently joined. A hole in a wall where nothing by way of a menu in display, but a notice scrawled on the wall:
Berliner/Donut for one euro.
When our turn came I made the order. I knew my friend’s incredulous stare behind me as I collected donut for two and held out his share. Silently we sampled our treat, his deferential treatment of his fare was a nod. Of course he was pleased. As we walked to join our spouses in their shopping spree I said, “It is the only time a cosmic hole made sense to me.”
“Knowing you as I do you shall make a story as well, Right?”
I said, yes- more determined to keep my reputation as a story-teller in tact. We both had silently regressed into our school days and I was in form. I said,
“When Brahma first got an elephant He took Vishnu and Siva along The Elephant was docile and knew exactly what was expected of him. Vishnu the preserver said, “Oh creator God, excellent idea!” But as days went by the elephant let out heaps of turd and somewhere along a dung beetle got in and would not go. Faster the animal walked the beetle shrieked and shrieked. Brahma said, “The animal is a bit nervous, never mind.” Siva the destroyer asked in irritation, You create a beast and now the beetle is loath to let go all that shit.” The other two gods held silence. Shiva asked, “With permission I will put an end this instant.” Vishnu sad, Oh please, no,” Siva in high dudgeon said, “Either he gets his wish or I lose my head.” Brahma asked Siva to let off his steam a little.
Shiva opened his third eye and in next instant the heap of turd was vaporized! Vishnu a picture of woe looked about and the beetle was no more to be seen. Rest of the trip the trimurti were silent. At one place they broke journey and tying the elephant to a tree each went to attend to his business but when they came back the animal was no more to be seen. Brahma in a dither asked other gods where he had tethered the animal. Shiva silently held out a seed and said, “Just watch this”. Yes immediately the disembodied trunk of the beast took the seed and swallowed it..
Nothing happened. Next moment a gargantuan fart of the elephant. A Big Bang it was. With so much energy going free the tree glowed and before their eyes growing out many universes and in front of it stood the elephant!
Was Brahma delighted? Oh boy he got on the back and would have rode along but a shriek at which all the three gods looked in alarm. There was the dead dung beetle alive and in a shriek, “You brought me back to life alright, No thanks you will get from me!” This was followed with a shriek like a pneumatic drill going on a rampage,” But where is my dung?
When we joined our wives we were our sober selves, and going back in time an aberration not worth mentioning.
And I had a bite into the comic hole in every donut. That was different.
The End


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When we consider the glory of man it is often compared to grass that fades away. Similarly when we consider our golden youth before we can make a song and dance about it we need to pause, for with a body breaking down it will not carry conviction. So any memorial we erect can only be termed as a memorial to vanity.
Be that as it may a memorial is very much an important feature we find in the scripture.
God instituted it as worship for the nation of Israel. Uzkara in Hebrew refers to a handful of meal which is also known as memorial offering.(Lev.2:2,9,16) Part of the beaten corn mixed with oil and the priest was to burn it along with frankincense. Each element has a symbolic meaning and taken all together its significance has much more than its individual parts carry. When burnt together smoke from it rises and ‘it is an offering made by fire unto the Lord(2:16)’. Like prayer it has a direction that defines our standing before our Maker.
It is in this context we read of the word of God referring the prayer of a Roman centurion as having gone up before God (Ac.10:4). So memorial has to do with the nature of God and also it is a commentary on the part of man. So relationship between God and man is established by symbols. Similarly when we observe Holy Communion we are recalling the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ-‘Do this in remembrance of me'(1 Co.11:24-25). Memorial in true sense of the word for a Christian shall carry an aspect of Jesus Christ.
Now let us look at heaven where we have a memorial of ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world(Re.13.8)’ A memorial is established between God and man where the nature of God is the greater of the two. Naturally when prayers go up and blessings come down- and this direction shall never be superseded, is it not then logical to take heaven and the earth as one entity?
In John 3:16 we read “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son,…” Let us now consider quote from the Book of the Revelation. The Slain Lamb is an emblem, symbolical reference to God, the Son. Man endowed with free will would need help in their need so it is clear acknowledgement of Divine Nature-Love and Mercy.
God is Love. In heaven we have it as a symbol,- a memorial. When John the Baptist pointed out Jesus of Nazareth and declared,”Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world(Jn.1:29-34)’ how did he make the connection but by the Spirit in the form of a dove alighting upon his cousin? God is a Spirit. Symbols of Lamb and dove are the means to make significance of matters which we may say as abstract. So relationship between God and man is made clearer by a memorial: God Man and the Spirit (symbol). A three fold cord is not quickly broken (Eccle.4:12).

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News is made everyday from all around the world. Man biting a dog catches the headlines in a National while the pit bull of the neighbor mauling a child is consigned to a column buried in some corner. If the pit bull carried rabies the news would be given more importance in a local daily. Financial pages carry trends of commodities and value of stocks that are of particular interest to those who move their money around and make some quick money.
Prophecy is more like trends of events that must be set in course by some other events. If there is a war declared resultant scarcity of produce is foreseen and fluctuation in prices would reflect to it. It is a certain knowledge derived by careful study of past trends and experience is very much at the heart of it. Experience of human nature gives foreknowledge how man would respond given certain conditions. Prophecy given in the Scripture man derives foreknowledge from God so when Prophet Isaiah speaks about the birth of Jesus, it is an event that is proved from God as fulfilled. Harold Camping some years ago predicted a doomsday but it did not take place. So he revised it to another day. So a prophet is either from God or one who wants others to think he has God as his consultant. Here who consider only the former.
The Scripture is a narrative where God has determined certain result and How it is fulfilled provided us a Father-Son relationship. God is a Spirit and we speak of God the Son in human terms as not created but begotten of God. So Jesus when came to the world he was the image of the Invisible God. The Jews do not believe in trinity but they however look for the coming of Messiah who shall restore all things and his Millennial Reign they believe was foretold in the Book of Isaiah.
The time element of the Scripture is God’s Time. What does that signify? When Isaiah predicts of the sign a virgin giving birth it refers to the first advent of Jesus Christ. Further on there is prophecy considering Millennial Reign which is at the end times. The same God the Son as the Servant-King and as Messiah-King placed side by side because the Spirit recast both narratives from the Father and Son in a timeframe which is God’s Time. The eternalGod is omnipotent and omnipresent so He has no need for time or space. The Spirit uses a time frame for our understanding.
The eternal God therefore looks to the immediate as well as in keeping with his eternal Mind. What is the quintessence of it? Justice Mercy, Love are characteristics that He shall never deny. His gifts are irrevocable but if such a gift brings harm upon man for instance Samson, only he is to blame. Similarly for nations. The prophesies are not intended solely for Judah or Israel but also for the Gentile nations. His promise to Abraham shall never be laid aside but in Time brought to fulfillment. So prophecies carry a time element beyond human comprehension. Babylon is judged and the place is consigned to oblivion not fit for human habitation. Is that the end of it? In one place it is a stand in for Jerusalem(Re.11:8). It is how the Spirit delineates God’s will. God’s Time with which he narrates the eternal word shall render Babylon a byword for rampant wickedness equally valid even though historically it is past. Thus we see it mentioned as Babylon the great in the Book of Revelation.(Ch.18:2)
Prophecy is intended for reproof. Basis for this naturally would be the word of God. Statecraft of nations (with which the Gentiles negotiate with one another) cannot be the basis since the aim is material advantage and glory. It is also intended for correction as Jonah was sent to preach to Nineveh. But without removing the problem of sin prophecies cannot be isolated from the sweep of divine Mind and apply them for specific crisis. The problem of sin was at the destruction of the cities of the plains and also in the time of Noah. God judged both and means of punishment were in each case different.
In the time of Isaiah the envy of Samaria finds in Syria an ally so according the manner of gentile nations what Judah can do but find an equally formidable ally to scare off the league of Samaria? Had Israel relied on God who delivered from the might of Pharaoh they would not have run to Assyria for help. Righteousness imputed to the nation of Israel does not mean God would save them from their foolish strategies. David was a man after His heart but his adultery with Bathsheba and consequently death of Uriah had to be punished. So till Israel learnt to worship God in spirit and truth prophecies of Isaiah or any other would carry elements that are valid till the end times.
Israel were scattered from their land under Assyria and Babylon respectively. God’s Judgment is pronounced but are they the end? No. For this reason Israel shall be scattered again and again and their enemies in each case would seem a clone of Rezin or Tiglath-Pilser. Consider the present powers-that-be prevailing over the Middle East politics. Hisbollah backed Syria at the present and Iran are names not minted by will of man. In place of Rezin there shall be so many other names found. “Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, —for out of the root serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent(Is.14:29).” In Hebraic usage a cockatrice is serpent and fiery serpents in modern times may be sidewinders and stingers air to air missiles familiar to anyone who is interested modern weaponry. What we need to understand is that the same old conflicts triggered by unresolved sin but with change of names here and there.
This leads to the most crucial point for prophecies is not either Israel or the gentile nations but God the Son who is the heir of all things whether in heaven or on the earth. He came into his own but his own did not receive him. Israel merely bought time by rejecting the Son of man whose second advent and his Millennial Reign form the core value of prophecy.
While we discussed Moab we referred to the significance of David entrusting his pares under the king of Moab. What was the purpose of the Spirit to include this detail? Our instruction in righteousness must be on the basis of the spirit for the Lord God is a Spirit. Thus how Jesus Christ transferred on his disciple John the care of his mother was on the spiritual basis. For this reason the Millennial Reign shall be a period of spiritual awakening so Israel shall blossom forth as fig tree (Matt.24:32-35). The context in which he said this parable also is very significant. Enmity of the nations with one other shall find resolution when Israel learns to worship God in spirit and truth.

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Volcanic eruptions and tsunami have wiped out civilizations and one such catastrophe might explain the fabled story of Atlantis. In the modern era, geologic and archeological investigations hint at an intriguing possibility — that the demise of Atlantis may be related to a catastrophic Bronze Age eruption in the Aegean Sea, which destroyed an advanced Minoan civilization living on the island group of Santorini. (4) Be that as it may we hear about the civilization of Greece coming into focus following this event. History of Europe as a result would never be the same.
A sudden catastrophe brings an entire civilization down and the shockwaves of it impact some other culture on the rise to give a kickstart. Such sudden spurts in a nation’s fortunes howsoever backward it be, owe to the realignment of balance of power played out in other parts. Nature works with the Integration principle so strengths and weaknesses of civilizations are to be spread around.
Nature’s safeguards may seem disasters but history proves truth is something else. The Fall of Constantinople in 1453 marked the end of the final remnant of the Roman Empire, which had lasted for nearly 1500 years. It was a massive blow to Christendom. It also marked the end of Middle Ages. The flowering of Renaissance in Europe however owe to it. If the end of Minoan civilization allowed the Greek Civilization to acquire its high sheen the Renaissance allowed high ideals of the Classical Greece and Rome reach every nook and corner of Europe serving as seeds for the Age of Enlightenment to put out green shoots some centuries later. Ideals of Greece or Rome have not been emoted on any empty amphitheater in antiquity but for enriching the ideas of liberal thought in human thought far removed by many centuries as potent life force. Spartacus movement in Germany at the close of WWI derived from the first rebellion of slaves against the might of Imperial Rome.( 5)
Integration principle demonstrates many abortive movements of past hold freshness and intensity much more than before when lessons of history add to it. In the case of Spartacus League the success of 1917 Revolution in Russia added its own impetus.
Different strands of ideas, technology connecting the supportive web render time element crucial.

An individual molecule of water can spend 200,000 years undisturbed in an ice sheet in Antarctica whereas in the ocean it may spend some 40,000 years. The same molecule can manage 1000 years in an underground reservoir, 10 years in a lake,10 days in the atmosphere. The same molecule in an animal’s body will endure only around 10 hours. With such a variation for the same molecule depending on the state it finds itself we may apply how civilizations take their own time and wait for opportune circumstances give the various factors their push. Man as terrestrial being may have life span of 80 years or about and it is not the brevity of time but what he leaves for posterity is what matters. A supportive web allows time to give technology its relevance or make replay of an idea irrelevant. Discovery of DNA and Pax Romana attest to the above point.

History of nations require time so man’s individual contribution can be set in right proportion into the nation’s progress. The strength of an individual is never the question but those large slow maturing of events march to quote Thoreau march to the beat of a different drummer. In a closed system these shall catch up sooner or later. Van Gogh sold only one painting in his sad and lonely life- and his genius needed a different scale to be fully understood and now his works are priceless and his genius fully recognized. Many great men similarly may have lost out in the scramble for picking the Fortune’s handout and those whom we looked on in awe as Colossus have turned out to be wimps and Fortune’s fools.


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Mulla Nasruddin after spending the whole morning with the sultan is treated as a celebrity at the coffeehouse. The regulars press him eagerly for news. Mulla said, “The sultan was so eager for talk. He says, “Mulla time is hanging on my hands. Talk, talk, talk and make time go away. So I talked about all kinds of topics from fate to mules, if you want to know.”
Suddenly their talk is abruptly ended by Mastan who could not believe his ears.”Mulla! Am I hearing right? Mulla! Take me to sultan! This instant!”
Mullah said, “dont’t let me do this second time. Last time I caused you 100 blows from the rod.”
Mastan laughed and said, “This time, I am gonna talk and he shall hear about mules, fate and whatever comes into my head at the moment”
Mastan was certain while others were not sure. Mullah tried to tell him to sleep it off.
“Oh no!” Mastan coaxed him till he agreed to take him to the palace.
Thus they went.
(To be concluded)

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According to the European Space Agency findings there is a river, which is 1,300 light-years long and 160 light-years wide, winding through the Milky Way’s vast, dense star field. These stars move roughly at same speed and in same direction. It has been for 1 billion years in our galaxy which we had seen and yet we did not notice it. These were a cluster almost like a blob but gradually the gravity of Milky Way stretched into a long stream. It is no different than how world empires are forged from cluster of clans, tribes and ethnic groups held together by mutual affiliations language and culture draw them out.
This cluster was whipped around the edge of the edge of the Milky Way in four long circles just as Scythians, Parthians, Arabs and Huns in course of human history would have fared. Just as gravity would God can use events and their run is outside the direct control of players, this cluster has moved further and now
the stars are passing relatively close to Earth, just about 330 light-years away.
Astronomers have seen these stars before, mixed in with lots of stars all around them. But until now, they didn’t realize the stars were part of a group. If some one had told Augustus that the Briton would one day assume the mantle of Imperial glory he would have thought him crazy. Similarly had some one told George III this tobacco chewing and spitting Yankee would push them aside to be a superpower the monarch would have put down the fellow as a loony. What is controlling cosmic events also control events happening on the earth.

Tailspin: The space craft from which the present 3 D mapping was done is called ‘Gaia'(Greek for earth goddess, and in mythology the mate of Uranus and mother of the Titans and cyclopes).’
And scientists say that river of stars could help determine the mass of the entire Milky Way.
(ack: Rafi Letzter, LifeScience| February 19, 2019)

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When we examine the Scripture we are faced with prophecies from the beginning till the period while Jesus Christ walked the earth. After the serpent had tricked Eve we read God predicting that the seed of the woman shall crush the head of the serpent (Ge.3). It was satan working through the serpent so he night undo the divine Will. God on one side and satan on the other. So this statement from God is one way of looking at the world divided into two groups of people, namely children of light and the children of darkness. This shall go on throughout the unfolding of human history till God decides to call to account of nations,-every man receiving according to his actions. Leaving aside the Salvation Plan of God I shall only give the manner nations shall fare. No nation per se is considered since all boundaries are man made. God as the creator of heaven and the earth sees only a nation of saints or the Church.
The only heir to God’s domain is Jesus Christ as the Son. This is what is given the Bible “his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe He.1:2”). So the nation of Israel and the Gentiles are alike and God’s Promise to Abraham must be fulfilled. This is also a prophecy since it is God’s own promise. So whatever promise wherever given must fall within his Promise.

In our own times we hear so much about nationalism and as much as any one may cry himself hoarse it is purely a non-starter. It is a lie told by those who stand to benefit, namely satan and the children of darkness, by denying the glory and honor that should only be given to God.

Rise and fall of nations make history of people. When you study them you shall see the course is all too similar to dismiss it as coincidental. History of man is the history of fallen man to whom God is an unknown quantity. History of any nation is his life writ large. What does the scripture say? “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall(1 Pe.1:24-NIV)” We have seen while going through our history how Greek civilization had flowered after Crete was destroyed by a natural calamity and even while Greece flourished as cradle of western democracy Rome like the Babylonians mentioned in the Book of Isaiah, struggling to find their feet did. It was no different from the manner Great Britain ruled the waves while the colonies in North America were toddlers trying to come to a man’s estate. Did not the Pilgrim Fathers know God and the New Canaan they were setting out to possess was a sign of God’s favor? Unfortunately their manifest destiny was merely rehash all the gains, and wrongs that were in circulation. So slavery that made the commercial England a superpower became the soul of their new nation. Was it not then God a known quantity but recast in a manner to explain their superiority? But Historical Imperative is God’s department and not of any nation.
God shall preside over the rise and fall of nations according to His sovereign grace so no nations shall justify themselves before Him. God allows the material gains are spread around, and now China has technology already developed before their rise,- and they also shall have their day. But a day comes when God shall call to account each man shall have to answer accordingly.
God is Omnipresent and Omnipotent. It must be however noted that the Son is heir to all things so prophecies of God have their centre of gravity in God, the Son. His words shall never fail. We shall see an example.
Rome’s emphasis of consolidating their hold was based on decrees as brutal and as swift as Babylonians, to quell wherever trouble in any part of their empire arose. In Deu.21: 23 the Law of Moses stipulated “…for he that is hanged is accursed of God;,,,” This is paraphrased by St Paul to establish that Christ by his death had become a curse for all mankind.’Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:(Gal.3:13).’ Moses just the same had predicted a kind of death where crucifixion was unheard of. But it was a standard form of punishment for malefactors in the Roman Empire. Hoisting a brazen serpent in the wilderness as a symbol the death of Jesus Christ discounts any possibility of coincidence. Moses did not predict anything new; neither did Isaiah. God had spoken to his prophets so wherever they alluded a local event it was merely tip of the iceberg of consciousness.
You shall see as often the case is, the events telescope into distant future so a day is not simply a day of 24 hours. It was thus the creation day it shall be thus with the day of the Lord.

I shall speak further in a later post.
(Originally posted in Guide to His Word this morning- modified)

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