The Halley's comet is the most famous of all periodic comets. Although in every century many long-period comets appear brighter and more spectacular, Halley is the only short-period comet that is clearly visible to the naked eye, and thus has become a sort of legend on the earth. The description of the comet, the way it goes around the sun, it's lighted tail etc. are all available- splashed liberally in the world wide web. But as a phenomenon, the comet's arrival has such diverse responses that it would be a good idea to check out the two extremes and let our imagination fill up the in-between states.
Ignorance is bliss
Let us consider the three friends Tom, Dick and Harry. They have always lived a carefree life and are happy-go-lucky about everything.
"So how is this Highly...hHaily.. comet something grander than sweet Potato?" asks Tom as he chomps on happily at the sweet potato dish specially prepared by Harry.
"Well.....it comes only once in 76 years!"
"So.....I mean...What do you want me to do?"
"See it tonight."
"Ok. What do I get if I see it tonight?", butts in Dick
"Well, nothing physical as far as I know...."
"See we know nothing of this metaphysical or psycho-scientific stuff you talk about.......So cut the crap and get to the point."
"It is an experience of a lifetime. It must be felt to be understood."
"Huh....you guys are crazy..........Keep awake the whole night for some crazy stuff!"
And so as the comet passed over the earthly skies in 1986, Tom, Dick and Harry slept, blissfully ignorant, under their London home roof.
"Oh! How stupid it must be if you have to keep awake at night for things floating in the skies. There are things that float in the skies every night. Bah! Its high time we humans prioritize."
A 'researcher's' world...
Let us now race across to another corner of the earth. At the Raman Research laboratory, there was a lot of excitement and anticipation. The night was a historic one- June 24, 2061. The first of such nights since the summer of 1986 when the Halley's comet had made its last appearance closest to the earth. (And at that time, it had been disappointing for most of the scientists because it was never seen clearly!).
It would be the culmination of a rather long wait. For some of the scientists, the goal of their lives was approaching and their entire focus was on the ethereal night sky. The joyful anticipation was surging and it was seen in the preparations being made for the event.
"This is something that a human being can see only once in a lifetime......."
"You know Mark Twain? He was born with the arrival of Halley's comet in 1835, and his greatest wish was to make his final bow also with the comet. Coincidentally, the day following the comet's subsequent perihelion on April 21st 1910, Twain breathed his last."
"Such men are chosen................Well I don't know about my final bow, but I feel that I sure will pass out even if I glimpse Halley tonight."
The comet arrived and then, went away. I wish I could write also about what the comet felt as it approached the earth and moved past it. But a comet's feelings are beyond the realms of mortal thoughts!! However, while in the Tom, Dick and Harry world there was hardly a flutter; for some scientists and researchers at the Raman Institute, there was nothing else left in the world that they wanted to achieve. They felt fulfilled and peace radiated from their beings.
That is an event that happens once in 76 years. Now think of an event that happens once in 7,600 years. Then what about an event that occurs once in 76,000 years?
THEN WHAT TO SAY OF THE DESCENT OF AN AVATAR?
The advent may be a periodic phenomena, but it becomes sort of legendary when clearly visible to the naked eye. Like a comet, the phenomenon of the Advent too has such diverse responses that it becomes impossible to even think of putting them down on paper. Once again, it would be a good idea to check out the two extremes and let our imagination fill up the in-between states!!! More importantly, where in the spectrum do we figure? Do we end up as any Tom, Dick or Harry?
" What do I get by simply seeing Him?"
"Well nothing physical..."
"Cut the crap and get to the point."
"It is something to be experienced.Just stay and see. Don't miss an opportunity to see whenever you get one. "
"Huh you guys are crazy. I know nothing of this metaphysical or psycho scientific stuff you talk about...Waste so much time and money for a sight when He is supposed to be everywhere.
Or do we end up at least as a research scholar in the greatest SEARCH of life?
"This is something that we can see only once in a lifetimes as a human......."
"Saints and sages have waited for His arrival. They have prolonged their lives and suffering only to see Him in human form."
"I don't know about them. But when I see Him, I may pass out in joy."
The 'Comet' has come and passed! We may be happy and blissful. But is that bliss born out of ignorance or wisdom????
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Aruna Gillkum on February 14, 2013:
May Swami in the form of Iccha Shakti, Jnana Shaki and Kriya Shaki make you write many more of these articles. These are true medicines for our souls.
anju dhingra on February 14, 2013:
Oh...just beautiful.... He is truly residing in our hearts now & not limited to the Yajur Mandir. Thanks brother for the awesome articles. You are truly Swami,s chosen son. JAI SAI RAM
Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on September 03, 2012:
Thank you GrandmaPearl. Forgive me for having missed your loving comment! I do believe that everyday is indeed an extra-ordinary one.
Anitha Sreekumar on May 25, 2012:
To find the thread connection between anything what you see around with unique Avathaarhood of our Dear Lord is beyond comments. Very well written!Aravind!Sairam!
Kalpana on May 24, 2012:
Your article brought back the beautiful memories and experiences we had when we studied in the Institute..Swami is always with all of us..
Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on January 03, 2012:
You have such an insightful way of looking at things. You truly inspire me to look beyond the every day to find the extraordinary. Wonderful Hub. Voted Up and Beautiful.
Sreenidhi on December 25, 2011:
left speechless after reading this......it feels like Swami had got into your fingers before you actually typed them.....really inspiring....thank you and jaisairam anna :)
Elenin from So Cal on December 11, 2011:
This is too funny. I had not studied the origins of the word ‘avatar’ before and was unaware of this word’s importance in Hinduism. Check out my profile page to get the joke.
This Comet has ‘passed’ but it is not gone. Nothing disappears, it merely changes form. The seeds of its existence remain. Or has Mark Twain might have said “Vibuti”.
I am happy to have introduced you to The Three Stooges. Larry, Moe And Curly give great insight into American humor, although how one raised to be nonviolent would receive their comedy, I can only imagine.
Himanshu on December 10, 2011:
Out of Box....Awesome
Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on December 10, 2011:
@ Elenin - When I was reading up on comets, I came across instances where people had so much reverence for it. At the same time, I felt that till that day, a comet meant nothing more than a 2 marks question for me in an examination! And that inspired the thought that reverence is dependent on the perspective......
I was introduced to Moe, Curly and Larry through you, a few minutes ago. Had I known before, I would have used them maybe! ;)
Thanks for the vote...
Elenin from So Cal on December 10, 2011:
“Your ingenuity in connecting the comet to the Avatar is baffling. Your inspiration astonishes me.”
Yeah, where did you get that idea anyway? Enjoyed the Hub even though Your Tom ,Dick and Harry reminded me more of Larry , Moe and Curly. Voted up and Interesting.
Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on December 09, 2011:
@ Saisarannaga - Sairam sir! It is all HIS inspiration alone. I am just an instrument penning down sincerely all that He puts into me. Thank you so much for your loving admiration.
saisarannaga from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India. on December 09, 2011:
Your ingenuity in connecting the comet to the Avatar is baffling.Your inspiration astonish me. Sairam.
nitant on December 09, 2011:
hema b on December 09, 2011:
beautifully brought out.... so true....let ours be of wisdom