Characters of Vidyaan in another janma in another time.
“Guruji, Vidya wants to be a genetic scientist. She wants to work in US on the evolution of man. Theory of evolution. Charles Darwin. Have you heard of him?” Gyan asked.
Guruji sat down next to him and smiled, “I know about Darwin, Gyan. But Have you heard of Dashavatar? The ten avatars of Vishnu?”
“No”, Gyan replied.
“Then let me tell you what you and Mr. Darwin don’t know. Listen carefully – ” said guruji.
“The first avatar was the Matsya avatar. It Means the fish. That is because life began in the water. Is that not right?” Gyan began to listen with a little more attention.
“Then came the Kurma Avatar, which means the tortoise, because life moved from the water to the land. The amphibian. So the Tortoise denoted the evolution from sea to land.
Third was the Varaha, the wild boar, which meant the wild animals with not much intellect, you call them the Dinosaurs, correct? ” Vasu nodded wide eyed.
“The fourth avatar was the Narasimha avatar, half man and half animal, the evolution from wild animals to intelligent beings.
Fifth the Waman avatar, the midget or dwarf, who could grow really tall. Do you know why that is? Cause there were two kinds of humans, Homo Erectus and the Homo Sapiens and Homo Sapiens won that battle.” Gyan could see that guruji was in full flow. He was stupefied.
“The Sixth avatar was Parshuram. The man who wielded the axe. The man who was a cave and forest dweller. Angry & not social.
The seventh avatar was Ram. He was the first thinking social being. He laid out the laws of society & the basis of all relationships. Yet, he also underwent hardships in the vanvaas.
The Eighth avatar was Balarama, a true farmer showed value of agriculture in the life. You may say the shift of nomadic life to permanent settlement.
The Ninth avatar was Krishna, the statesman, the politician, the lover who played the game of society and taught how to live and thrive in the social structure.
And finally, my boy, will come Kalki, the man you are working on. The man who will be genetically supreme.”
Gyan looked at guruji speechless. “This is amazing. How did you.. This makes sense!”
“Yes it does Gyan! We Indians knew many amazing things. Minds were our laboratories in which thought experiments were observed with scientific preciseness. Our mythologies are a coded representations of the ultimate truths obtained from these experiments.
Every myth in India makes sense. Indians truly believed in universal brotherhood. So they wanted to pass knowledge & even expertise to each & every brother. So they found this ingenious way of passing it in an interesting story form.”
“You mean to say that our ancestors wantingly created this mess of confusion?” said Gyan.
“I lies dormant, in plain sight till the person with right attitude realises it. A foolproof way of passing the power of knowledge without letting it in the hands of wrongdoers.”
“This could just be a coincidence.”
“Even if you could decode then right to particular numerical values like pi or formulae?”
“That would be ingenious. It must have required many lifetimes. How could such a huge task have been managed?” wondered Gyan.
Guruji watched him in awe & answered, “I must ask you. You were the one who did it.”
I came across this story on WhatsApp as a message. Actual story was a talk between a mother with her son who’s a genetic scientist.
I modified it slightly in the middle to suit my characters.
The end however is genuinely mine.