There was darkness, complete darkness at the beginning.
And then the creator said-let there be light.
Light that erases all darkness-darkness of ignorance, darkness of superstition, darkness of death………
Human intellect is a lifelong quest towards the eternal truth, towards light, towards divinity. In this endeavor human mind is often ignited with flashes of lights-they are meant to last for a few milliseconds…..then they are lost into darkness of oblivion. Flashes of lights of ideas-that makes human mind so special-so different from the other species around the world. These ideas are often like scribbles-may be of little importance when presented in isolation-but together a bunch of ideas can spin the world around.
When the first dawn of civilization arrived on the blue planet- human mind was so different from that of today. It was full of fear-full of anxiety. The human species was more intelligent compared to other species no doubt- but that intelligence was overshadowed with fear of Mother Nature. It was ignorance all around- when there was lightening- human mind imagined goddess earth is angry and asking for sacrifices. When there was storm- human mind envisaged god of wind sends the apocalypse for them. And then the process of evolution started to reveal its wonders. With logical reasoning and rational thinking, men started the quest of truth.
Ideas and Disclosure by Thiruman Archunam is a tribute to the process of thinking-a process that makes the man the rational animal. From the title of the book it is evident that the book consists of two parts-ideas and disclosures. Ideas are consequences of a rational thought process. Some matter intrigues human mind-then a series of observations, inference and conclusion completes the thought process- a sphere is drawn as a result of brainstorming-and there is an idea. But do not think I have stolen the process of Archimedes to arrive at his eureka moment. It is the process of generating ideas-ideas that have changed the world- may that come from the brain of Newton or Einstein or Voltaire! On the other hand disclosures are simple thoughts that cross the mind without much deliberation- it is simple realization without a prolonged thought process composed around it.
But often the line of difference between ideas and disclosure are so thin that at first glance you may not be able to recognize what is what. If the ornate works inside Sistine chapel is the consequence of ideas then the simple realistic work of Ruben is the consequence of disclosure. I know that the line of distinction is still not clear. In the book the ideas and disclosures have been presented in a random manner-often an idea is preceded by a disclosure or vice versa. All types of combinations and permutations have been tried by the writer in presenting his thought. But one disclosure is clear-it is a unique genre. It is the first book of the trilogy set of the Ideas Trilogy. In the word of the writer, the book is
‘this book deals with intimate, ageless and fundamental subjects like God, reason, institution, time, nature, design ,love, accident, faith, fate. It also deals with numerous day to day issues such as good, bad, man, woman, lies, power, democracy, etc. in general the word idea is a conception or conceptions that happens in the mind, as the result of one’s thought process.’
Most of the statements are consequences of deep thought process. When elaborated, there is scope to create an epic out of most of the statements. Take this one—‘fear of nature lead to the creation of the society. Hatred among men leads to culture. Envy among women lead to virtue.’ He has started his journey here from the first dawn of civilization-when men were at the state of primitive communism-afraid of most of the natural forces, afraid of the savage animals, afraid of the destructive forces of nature. Experience taught species Homo sapiens the proverb-untied we stand, divided we fall. And so begun the joyous journey of human society- man become the rationally social animal. And how the first art form has been created? How the first song was composed? How the first writing was scripted? Human life always likes to stand in solitude from the rest of the flock. It is the urge of looking different that drives man to the limit of the passion of creating the art forms-the culture-the civilization! All honorable men are driven by passion-driven by emotion-driven by greed-all negative qualities that have created al that is good for the mankind. And there is a third part of the disclosure of the writer-envy among women lead to virtue.’ Well-I am not going to deliberate on this sensitive issue-because the old proverb says about the nature of woman-‘ deba na jananti, kuto manuasa’( even gods can not predict how can human?)
The idea of god from the viewpoint of Thiruman is really interesting. He has traced back the creation of god from the viewpoint of human history-the fear of unknown, the fear of extinction. Man created god from the point of survival and later spiritual shapes and ideas are molded to give religion a perfect shape. Religious ideas are realization of man himself-holy literatures like the Old Testament, Quran, bible; Vedas are all manifestation of this realization.
He has presented the idea of two gods- the first is the natural force that created the human being –the only one so called intelligent species on earth. It is the god about which we do not have any idea. The second god is the god that has been created by men-has been modified to suit their needs. One god is natural but mystic. another god is artificial but known.
However there is ample scope of controversy from the standpoint of some of his ideas, like this one-‘art is useless mind’s useful creation. My argument lies with the phrase- useless mind. If you think Leonardo Da Vinci is an example of useless mind-then I beg to differ. To me art is a form of expression of joy that flows spontaneously from the very heart of man. In no way it is an idle brain devil’s workshop type conception.
Life is like a flowing river-every moment gives birth to new ideas. Some of the ideas are washed away by the realization of new truths- some old ideas make way for the new. As in life-in thinking world there is nothing called absolute? You can call it a snapshot of ideas-snapshots of thoughts that offers glimpses of writer’s mind.