Have you experienced that?

You would be going about your day’s work, sometimes absentmindedly worrying about everything that’s left to do, or about some problem that has been haggling at you for long.

Perhaps, and often it happens this way, you may not be thinking of these at all.

You were simply immersed in the moment, doing what you wanted, thinking of nothing else. Or maybe an innocent question popped up, that might have answered every question you ever had.

And then, somehow, you saw or read or heard something that did precisely that.

It’s so magical, and it fills me with so much wonder when that happens. Just a moment in a multitude of moments – yet it held a beautiful rapture that showed everything in a different light.

Maybe there was a greater intelligence – a wiser being dwelling inside me who drew all that to me so I would see them. Maybe they just happened to be by random chance, and had nothing to do with me – it’s rather selfish to assume that the world revolves around me, after all.

But whatever they were, I was glad for them.

Sometimes they made me feel less alone, and more a child, hence happier.

There was a time when I took ‘crazy’ as an insult, a hurtful word that was often hurled at me. I didn’t know then that some of the wisest and bravest people in history were branded mad by people who just couldn’t understand them. While they were called mad for reasons entirely different to mine, it still arose from the society being unable to grasp their level of understanding of the machinations of the world.

For instance, ‘Naranath Branthan’ (The madman of Naranam) is an interesting character in Malayalam folklore. He often behaved oddly, causing the locals to label him mad. He had a very interesting pastime, which was to roll rocks up a hillock and then roll it back down the slope. He would laugh and cheer as it sped down the very slope that he brought it up over. He would later explain that he sought to show the vicious circle of life – the ups and downs, how people tried so hard to lift their souls but ended up throwing it to the rocks on a whim.

Lord Siva is another character from Indian mythology who could fit perfectly into the category ‘mad’ but somehow he isn’t described as such. He is the ascetic who wanders through the graves, companion to dark beasts and dead spirits. But he is revered as the ‘Adiyogi’ in yogic tradition, for his supreme control of his emotions and his austerity.

One could quote so many examples – Darwin, Copernicus, Leonardo da Vinci – brilliant people who were sadly misunderstood, who were branded heretics or simply mocked by those too blind to behold their complex minds.

I’m grateful. I would not have learned so much about people or the world in general, if I had not heard that taunt.

It doesn’t hurt me any more either.

For I found something that truly resonated with me.

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11 thoughts on “You’ve got mail

  1. OMG. I relate to the whole greater intelligence thing so much. It’s happened a few times to me too.
    There was a time when even I took crazy as an insult but not anymore. I love it when people call me crazy because that’s exactly who I am and I love being this way.
    Wow I want to know more about the ‘Naranath Branthan’ story dude. I’m so interested!! :O

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed this post. So let me try, I LOVED IT. (Btw, am I allowed to take your name when I comment because I don’t know if you’re trying to be anonymous).
    I can relate to this post so much and it’s written so well! I missed doing this! :’)

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    1. Hey!
      So glad to hear that it’s happened to you. Of course it doesn’t come as a surprise now – we share so much in common. πŸ˜€
      And kudos to being crazy. ❀
      I looked for an English pdf version of the book but was unable to find it, sadly. The whole story is fascinating, it's a popular folk tale in Kerala that has so many inherent meanings. This blog has briefly summed up the story.

      http://keralamythology.blogspot.com/2014/01/parayi-petta-panthirukulam-story-of.html

      The original tale talks of Vararuchi and his wife, who gave birth to the 12 children. And then goes on to talk of each of the children. I do hope you get to read it some day!
      I do admit I like the air of anonymity I have on the blog, but I don't really mind if you call me by name. πŸ™‚ Whichever you're comfortable with.
      So glad you could relate, and so glad you came back. πŸ™‚ You always manage to make everything sound so beautiful and unique!

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      1. It’s so sweet of you to actually look for the PDF. Why do Kerala things always have to be so awesome?! I love payassam the most xD
        I’ll go check that blog out. πŸ˜€ thank you so much
        The story really does seem very interesting.
        Nah, if you like the anonymity, let’s keep it. I’m going to call you Quill, if you’re okay with it!
        Your blog got me back :3 So thank you!!

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      2. I’m so happy you have such a wonderful opinion of Kerala. πŸ˜€ If you don’t mind telling, where are you from?
        I do hope I get to give you the copy of the stories, it’s quite an experience on its own. πŸ™‚ And yes you can call me Quill. Anything, really. Haha. πŸ˜€
        I’d love to believe my blog brought you back, but then again coming here would be so much more boring without your lively presence here. So, thank YOU. ❀

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      3. I do! My best friends are from Kerala. :’)
        Quill, let’s do this chat over some other form of chat? If you’re okay with it, I mean! Otherwise it’s alright πŸ™‚
        Your blog did bring me back. So love it! XD
        Trust me, I feel the same way. When there’s a blogger who is constantly reading your posts and giving you feedback the whole fun of blogging increases! πŸ˜€

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      4. Wow, that’s great! πŸ™‚
        And I truly don’t mind, I’d love to get to know you further! I’m not too active on social media platforms but fair enough, haha. I just have a Facebook and Hangouts. Do let me know which one’s good with you.
        I love going through your blog, because it gives me things to ponder over and simply enjoy. And of course, it’s good to receive genuine appreciation too. πŸ™‚

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      5. That makes me so happy :””)
        Hangouts it is! xD Sorry but I choose the most aincient things for bloggers because I like to know as little about them as possible before I understand them by myself. You know? Like you have some preconceived notions about someone based on a lot of real life factors that usually aren’t even correct!
        I don’t think I can give you enough reasons to love your blog because they’re just that good :’)
        Keep writing, okay? πŸ™‚
        I’ll be expecting the hangouts thing πŸ˜€

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