This post is a result of this post and a conversation I had the next day with my aunt and cousins. If you have time, read that post and my reply to it. This is also connected to my previous post. Now, lets go through the events of that day. Me and my friend went to meet our principal after our classes. We wanted to screen a documentary in our college and we needed his permission. We returned unsuccessful as expected!! Then I went and met other friends who were getting ready to organize our annual departmental fest. Again, we needed the head’s permission for it. So, I suggested them to take a faculty along with their proposal. So, they decided to talk to a few lecturers and again, as expected, did not succeed in their efforts. So, finally we went to our HOD who, as expected, was convinced and agreed to accompany us. Then it was a procession of 20 people led by our HOD, from our department to Principals office. We then waited for our turn and only HOD went inside. She was inside for about 10 minutes and when she came out, I knew what her answer would be. yet again, the proposal had been declined, oh! yes as expected. This is my college life. Sooo….. PREDICTABLE!!!!!!
Anyways, we then started chatting in the parking lot, deciding on our next big quest, the class trip to Kerala! Oh come on! You didnt think that we, the EC guys, would give up on hope so soon! We get an output, no matter if its just random noise, we not only get it, we get it approved by our incharge as the correct output!! 😀
Then, I and my other friend BM had to drop our GATE applications in IISc. So, we said bye and took off from there. Then it was straight to IISc, but alas! we reached there at lunch time. Never-the-less, we thought of exploring their food facilities and visited their nearby canteen. We had a sandwich and a bun-omelet each. Then returned to the “GATE office” and dropped our application and then he went to his home, and I went to my aunt’s place which was very nearby. So, finally after all the wandering, we come to the main part. After they had finished their lunch and other work, my aunt and cousins and me sat together in the living room. The conversation began with the sms jokes in the newspaper(the little column that comes these days). Then my aunt went on to another curious article that showed a man who could hold a live electric wire and yet not get affect by its power. Then she turned to me and asked… well, let me put it out as a conversation
‘What to say about these things? I know its possible, but how do you explain it?’
mind you, this happens in Kannada and i am just translating. My aunt is very philosophical and intelligent and questions before accepting anything and being a Arts major, she argues awesomely! 😀
‘Yes, its just that there will be resistance in his skin that is more than others’, I said distractedly
‘More? You mean there is some in us too?’ she pressed on
‘Yes, thats why you wont get the shock when you hold a battery between your fingers’ I said, smiling
‘Hmm. But how can he only have more resistance?’
‘Well, maybe his skin is drier than ours without any of the oils and moisture content’ I said. Thats the best I could come up with. Then again, there may be many other physiological reasons behind that!
‘Hmm… maybe. But what do you say about this person near Shimoga?(A city in Karnataka that happens to be very close to her birth place) Stones fall out of her eyes daily. She sits with he head like this (And she tilted her head sideways and bent a bit down) and the stones falls out of her eyes. Daily!”
‘I have no idea how that could happen!’ I said showing no interest in it what so ever
‘She also says that it hurts when the stone comes out and it does everyday!’ she said. ‘Also, there is this women in a village in Andhra who looks like a rag picker and lives on the street. She has no home, no bed, nothing. But she is known to have precognitive powers. People visit her with their problems and she has her own strange way to solve it. When ever people go to visit her, they just sit there, they dont approach her. She will only call them. Her appraoch is arrogant though; she say “Oye! you! come here” and when the person comes, she hands them a pot and tells “Go and fetch some water”. When they do that, she pours that water for them to drink. Then without them telling her anything, she predicts what they are here for and gives them relevant answers
‘Like this once, two brothers who were fighting over a property for many years in the court, they came to her. After the water was brought, she addressed one of the brother who had carried the pot. “You! You will win the case. Now go home!” Thats all! They went back and the brother won the case. He was so happy that he came back to thank this women. But when he did say thanks, she said “What thanks? Go home!! You will be dead in a few days!” And he indeed died a few days later’ she finished. ‘Even the politicians go to her these days!’ she added
‘Well, everyone goes to the oracle these days’ I chuckled. Unabased, she continued
‘No no, there is one more near Chikbalapura. He is a barber by profession, but only on few days he enters the temple and the gets the ability to foresee everything. Two people had been to meet him from Bangalore. When they arrived there, they were surprised to know that they were being expected. Apparantly, the seer had told the others that, “two people would come from Banglore, lead them straight to me. Prepare some snacks as they will be tired due to travelling”. And of course, he already knew what they were here for and they got their probelm solved. While they were returing, he warned them about a snake that would cross their path at a particular point, and indeed the snake was there to greet them!’ she said satisfyingly as she had finally seen that I was interested in this conversation.
As a rule, i go by scientific explanation and my aunt too tries to see it that way, yet she is a believer and hence doesnt try too hard to find explanation to all these “anomalies” if you like. She also talking about a ring encrusted with precious stones that had a scratch on it. Hence, it brought about eradication of wealth and happiness where ever it went. Finally it was rested in a Temple near Mysore. She recollected a lot of stories that day. So, when I got back home, I had a lot to think about. Again, this is connected to my previous post if you had read about how humans are robots. You see, these things, or powers are just a variations in hardware or software of the humans and nothing else. What if science doesnt have an explanation yet. It will have someting later! So, what I want to say is that, Clairvoyance maynot be supernatural in every sence. Maybe, its possible to develop it. And indeed, many parapsychologists have suggested the same. The yogis and sadhus of ancient India were known to predict the future. And it is possible to develop you ESP(Extra Sensory Perception) by the means of Yoga and meditation. There by, being able to predict the future or atleast the near future. Having effects like ‘Deja Vu’ that are voluntary.
More over, if you know about the Chinese Martial Art, Kung Fu, you may have seen the spectacular performances they give. Break a pile of bricks, take a blow from a steel rod on their head or stomach and instead of their skull getting shattered, the steel rod gets broken! A discovery video featured this art and they showed how these masters concentrated their energies to those body parts that were about to be get hit, thus reinforcing them with trememdous resistance. The thermal imaging showed the concentration of power in those specific areas as well. Now, the man with ability to with stant electric shock may also have been, subconsciously, using the same technique!
There are a lot of things that we need to consider supernatural. The people who can create paintings that can amaze the whole world. People who can compose music that will impress millions, people who can use the language such a way that it would leave people sepll bound. There are supernaturals everywhere around the world be it administration, academics, half the scientists, entertainment, sports, arts, cooking, etc. Point is, its not exactly supernatural. They have this “add-on” that will allow them to use one of the brain’s many amazing capabilities. But, not everyone comes with these add-ons. These add-ons may be a software add-on or some modification in the hardware. So, this would make normal people like me and some of you being termed ‘natural’, others as ‘supernatural’. Even in the differently abled, there are these distinctions!
Yet another way to look at this is the “bad guy’s” way. The people with these abilities are the normal people. Those with superior genes. And the rest of us are just manufacturing defects!
But, we can also say that we are the normal people and these supernatural people are the new, improved genetic vaiants. They will keep us from becoming extinct. Ironically, I care more about humans becoming extinct as a species and not about the present situation!!! Even though both seems equally pointless! Yet another irony 😛
In the end, whether I am natural, supernatural, better mutation or anything else. What does it matter to ME? Depressingly nothing!!
*Shakes his head*