Along Came A Spider!

23 Dec

SONY DSCOn the occasion of yet another unique date this year, i.e., 11-12-13, instead of the usual SwamyWay of writing a post about or around that (here are his posts published on 11-11-11 and 12-12-12), Swamy decided to delight his loyal readers by offering them the opportunity to choose what he would write this week. Three options were provided in both Facebook and Google+, along with a hint as to how each of those posts might be.

The response was quite overwhelming (keep in mind Swamy is a compulsive optimist 😉 and indicated how busy blog readers are these days, especially during weekends! One can reflect on the poojyameva jayathey response in three different ways – normal human, sub-normal human & abnormal human.

Spider10First one is philosophical. Normal humans hate making choices, with the apathy getting amplified if that choice has to be made for others. And if at all they are left with no choice but to make a choice, they invariably resent whatever choice made. Choice is temporary but suffering is permanent seems to be their philosophical conclusion. With a little over 80% of our race in this category (how else do we fit in the ubiquitous 80-20 model, which is supposed to be applicable to all and sundry), is it any surprise that books on philosophy and self-improvement – especially “how to” and “for dummies” type – are not just published regularly but also outsell every other kind in publication (most are immediately left to make friends with dust bunnies at massive bookshelves hidden in the corners of bedrooms, but Swamy politely brushed aside that as topic for a future blog post, considering his bookshelves also have thousands of them stacked up to the ceiling and his own first book will get added to that list – in 2014)!

Matrix2Second one is existential. Sub-normal humans don’t give a damn about most things in Life anyway and making choices probably figure below the bottom of their list. They are the Lone Wolf Mcquade type that mostly keep to themselves in any place, avoid eye contact with others (or stare so intensely that you’ll end up avoiding eye contact with them) and appear always to be in a contemplative mood (you may try ruffling a coiled snake at your own peril). How does it matter if I make a choice or not?”,“What difference is it going to make to me or you?”,“Who cares about anyone or anything anyway?” and such are part of their human existential examination. It shouldn’t be a shock to you if close to 20% of the world population belongs to this category, because if you’re not here, then you’ve to be part of the 80%. Just in case you’re aware that you neither belong here nor there (fret not for there is a possibility that you’re not just another Trishanku but may be someone blessed with that rare skill of seeing the Third Side of a Coin), please move on to the next paragraph.

Spider7Third one is spiritual. Abnormal humans absolutely love to make bold and radical choices in Life (like choosing a professional sports career for their only child and doggedly pursuing it for decades – there will naturally be a book on this enchanting penance by Swamily, when the time comes – or walking away from a role that brought name and fame not once, but once more), time and again, irrespective of whether it is for themselves or others and completely irreverent about the consequences of their choices. Life finds a way… I’m neither a doer, nor the done, but just a mere tool used by the magnificent mechanism of Life… This too shall pass…” seem to be their spiritual submission. You’re free to conclude which category you belong to, simply because you’ll anyway be upset if someone categorizes you as one of the three.

Anyway, now that we conclusively know how absolutely open you are to reading (Swamy’s a believer) or ignoring (most likely the stark reality) any of the three choices, Swamy chose the one that sounded like a quintessential Swamystery title for this week’s post. And like many Swamy posts from the past (hmm… that has a nice ring to it, a la, blast from the past!), this one too was triggered by a real life incident.

Spider4One fine day two weeks ago (all the days are always fine, it’s only we who make them good, bad or ugly), when Swamy was on his way back home after completing few errands, a tiny being decided to hop a ride on his significant half’s scooter (the best mode of transport in an Indian city, especially when one plans to buy stuff at multiple outlets, all located in a crowded marketplace). Not that Swamy’s royal steed, the Classic 500, isn’t enthusiastic about such rides (with a long overdue service done recently and the addition of an upgraded exhaust, the red bull is now raring to go – care to hop along?) but the fact remains Scooters have room to spare – both within and out – for carrying stuff, while their more macho brethren, the motorcycles, which are known as bikes in India, not to be confused with bicycles that are known as bikes elsewhere, which in turn are just called cycles here! Of course there are Scooters and there are scooters (here’s a hilarious read about that other kind)!

Spider6As soon as he started revving up the scooter, he noticed it on top of the instrument cluster on the handlebar. Despite the wind and movement, it didn’t budge and sat (stood?) still. Swamy was in a dilemma within about 300 meters of the start of that ride (which probably was the equivalent of 30 kilometers for that being, considering its size), with a stream of questions flowing briskly in his mind like the wind that caressed his salt ‘n pepper beard (his hair too is of similar shade, but was hidden within the helmet, which he has always worn from the time he started riding – well, certainly not the same helmet though). Just like the way he shares anything that he gets to know, here’s the opportunity for you too to swim in that swirling stream!

The Where ? – Is location really important?

Spider18Where did that being came from? Does it really belong to that place or has it hopped numerous other rides to get there? Where does that being think it was going, hopping this ride? Or does it really bother to think about such trivial things as staying or moving?

The Who ? – Who really decides where one belongs to??

Who made the choice for that being to hop on this scooter – the creature, the rider, the scooter or someone else? Is that the same as who makes the choices for whatever happens in every moment of our lives?

The How ? – How does that someone become the Who that decides the Where???

Spider12How did that creature decide on who would give it a ride on that particular day to wherever it wanted to go? Or is it beyond such pointless pondering to happily hop on and go wherever any ride takes one to?

The Why ? – Why does that How occur to that particular Who that decided the Where????

Why did that creature hop on that scooter exactly at that time? Why does any being stays or moves? What does stay offer – stability? And what does move offer – change? Is one better than the other? Are both important or just irrelevant?

The When ? – When exactly does that Why sprout leading to the How, Who and Where?????

Spider20When exactly does a move happen? Is there a destined time for anything to happen in anyone’s Life? Is ‘this moment inevitable?’ If so, isn’t every single moment of our lives inevitable? Then what about those who don’t move or change at all?

The Which ? – Which is tipping point when that When really happens, resulting in the Why, How, Who and Where??????

Which is important or critical – the journey or the destination? Does any being have a choice to choose its destination (that creature would’ve ended up somewhere on the road or at the parking lot of Swamy’s home at the end of that journey, but it didn’t) or is the only choice in Life available to any being is just to be a part of the Journey?

The What ? – What is the reason for us pondering forever the Which, When, Why, How, Who and Where for whatever that happens in Life???????

Spider17What happened to that creature, other than what exactly happened at that point in time? What else could have possibly happened, had it not hopped on Swamy’s scooter? What’s the point in asking all these W ?s

Spider11Looking at it from the other side of the mirror (if that thought hasn’t ever occurred to you till now, do watch Mirrors or The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to know), is there really a point in pondering about things, especially after they occur (which is very typical of humans, who even have invented tools to do such pondering such as 5-Why)? If you are fully aware of things, events or actions, as and when they happen, then you belong to an elite category called realized Masters, who just know the answers for all the questions – even those that haven’t been asked yet – in which case you obviously have no need to read or ponder about this, or anything else for that matter, as you just know, and be! Since that’s as rare as us sighting a Unicorn (or UFO, if you happen to be a nerd – probably a proud one too) near your home on broad daylight, just keep reading.

Spider1Now, where were we? Heck, does it even matter! The way this blog post has written itself (Swamy has told it many times in the past – including in this post about his posts – that once he sits down to write a blog post, it pretty much writes itself), Swamy does not think this one’s for the faint hearted anyway. At the cost of sounding haughty, this one’s more bang in the middle of the endless beginning of JK territory than Swamystery, which is a pleasant surprise for himself, for that’s a path he hasn’t treaded consciously till now!

Spider19So, go on and ponder about the probable (it’s tempting to say possible, but who knows what is, until it really becomes possible) answers for each of those questions. If nothing else, at least your brain cells will get that much needed exercise to reignite the electricity that could lead to some marvelous ideas in 2014. Isn’t that worth dreaming about and pursuing (it would sound magnificent, if you try saying that like Morpheus), considering that for most of 2013 would have just been another year such as 2012 or many more that preceded it? Even when FINE isn’t fine, it’s perfectly fine if you lose a few strands of hair (or whatever is left of what used to be there) while on that quest, for what you may discover within might well be worth it!

Spider16Ahem, that’s not exactly Swamy planned to pen, err… type, when that tiny 8-legged creature nonchalantly hopped a ride on his scooter on that beautiful day. But is it any wonder, fortunately for him and unfortunately for you dear reader, that’s exactly what has transpired, as intricate and complex as a spider web, when Along Came a Spider!

P.S.: Swamy let that spider out somewhere around that 300m mark from where it hopped on for a ride, near a tree, well away from the traffic. It’s a small world and time is relative, so one can never be sure enough to say, never the twain shall meet, again!

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3 Responses to “Along Came A Spider!”

  1. Bharathi December 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Anna, Better not to think on any such W’s and H’s and just simply BE (which is very difficult, I know). But I guess we need to reach a point when we just simply BE without questioning the things happening to us, and just accept…

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