Saturday, March 22, 2008

Grace turns 100

I and me which was once one, on the long run is no longer one, as I have been able to be a witness and watch from outside the shell. Not that, I have become an anchorite or a victim of MPD (multiple personality disorder). But, I have been indulging too much in aloneness and solitude. When I and me are too involved in a conversation and someone joins the conversation, it continues only when the person who joined substitutes the Me of me. How could it be endured, if it is otherwise? It will only be a cork which prevents the conversation sinking into the depth. Sometimes there are too many depths in these conversations. However, to be a little sociable or atleast agreeable to the society, there is much longing for a friend to make him/her as a substitute. This longing for a friend sometimes turns into a betrayal.

Mark Antrobus, has been a perfect substitute when it comes to company. I think, he is more than a substitute. My I and Me disappears in his company as it becomes a party of his conversation. In his presence, a day disappears into a millisecond and time exists not. Last month, Elango, a friend of Mark called me to tell that Mark is in Chennai for a day and gave the phone number of the hotel where he was staying. The next moment, I was knocking his door. There was no response. Then I dialled the hotel number and the call was transferred to the room. After a few rings, he picked up and immediately opened the door. A beaming smile and a hug of radiance and warmth was enough to take me in. He said, “Shiva, you have just proved the existence of ether. Moments before you called, may be as you were calling, I was just meditating and was feeling that you had entered my room and watching me meditating. And there comes a call and you are here!” The conversation continued on and on and on……

It was time for lunch. When I suggested that we should go out for lunch, he said that he has stopped eating rice, wheat or any form of carbohydrate and offered some oranges he had for lunch. I insisted that we go out for lunch where we can have his kind of food. We went to aiwo, a chain of restaurant that boasts itself as offering the food for life. As regular visitor, I always get some extra care from Napoleon, the waiter who always stares at me if I ask for chilled water, a forbidden as it reduced the metabolism rate. We thoroughly enjoyed the conveyer meal which consisted mainly of pulses, vegetables, soya and all that is health. Perfectly in sync with food combining that Mark propounds. Thanks to my friend Shankar for introducing me to aiwo.

Then we went around the city looking for some coconut buttons and it was funny to see the shop keepers attempting to speak in broken English while Mark speaking to them in fluent tamil. The day just went by and it was time to part.

Mark invited me for Grace’s (his mom) Centenary Birthday celebrations scheduled on the 23rd March 2008 at The Kodai Club. Though I said, I will make it, relocation again is the excuse for not having been in Kodaikanal to pay my respects and be blessed by Grace. I’m sure she will have many more healthy years ahead and continue doing the great things she has always been doing.

Happy Centenary Birthday Wishes Mom!

I know Mark was intending to write something about himself, may be an autobiography for a long time. Now that, the occasion has come. He has just started writing and hosted the website. If you want to know, what is like being the Dionysus Junior, a wandering ascetic hedonist, an autodidact and a polymath, read Mark Antrobus at http://www.dionysusjunior.com/


8 comments:

Dawn....सेहर said...

First of all my heartiest best wishes for the century mom :) I hope the journey was amazing and hope it goes well with lot of good health and happiness along with family around (amen)
About I and me...I think you brought it in this post but it would be everyone's story...as I always go through this conversation :D! What I liked is you put it on the canvas very nicely for us :)
Cheers dear

Jeevan said...

The I and me made this post more special and your company with mark. Shiva it was great to know ur meet with Mark and his thoughts about u just exist within minutes! I wish mother Grace to live longer with healthy and as much happiness. Thanks a lot for sharing with us buddy :) will go and check his site.

vishesh said...

shiva i think there is something in common when you entre someone's meditation...spirits walk and talk...but when they mock it is that they test you...you as a spirit are required to give the pass word...

that i didn't write but me...

Shiva said...

Dawn: Thanks for your wishes. I'll pass it on. I'm sure she'll be gald and grace you too.

Glad to see that my I and Me are not left alone. There is company:)

Shiva said...

Jeevan,

Thanks for your wishes. I will tell her and I'm sure she will bless you too.

As you mentioned, some relationships are special. Never though I'll meet him when I left Kodai in 2001. After 5 years it just happened....

Shiva said...

Vishesh

Now you are putting me into the trouble another profound conversation with me:) Anyways, that's the way to discover.

mystic rose said...

wow. a lot of posts that I have missed. And this is a particularly interesting one. :)

Arun Muthiah said...

Holy God!!! You got one great company.