God Particle::By:Arindam Nath
“Meghuda are you sleeping?” I couldn’t resist from putting this rather inquisitive question to my senior colleague Meghnad Ganguli. We were sharing a pool car in a Saturday morning on way to our office. It’s an unusual nap for a bureaucrat who is very fit even after crossing middle age. Meghuda is a nice articulate person only at times, he turns a bit moody. For last few days I have noticed him to pick up this peculiar habit of dozing while travelling in car, both during forward and backward journey.
My question didn’t hurt him as he grinned and said, “No, it’s not a siesta. Actually am carrying out an experiment, you can call it ‘improving one’s sixth sense’. You know when a person suffers loss of any of his senses his other senses become hyperactive. While availing this pool car, by closing my eyes I am trying to improve my sense of vision. Perhaps, you have noticed that occasionally I open my eyes. This is just to judge the perfectness of my anticipation about the place we are crossing. At beginning, often I falter in my venture. Truly speaking, tuning of speed between mind and vehicle is essential for this trait. Our mind picks up speed in accordance with our urgency in daily work. Now, I can claim that I have attained quite perfection. You can judge me.” His open challenge put me slightly off guard, “No! No! Meghuda, but tell me how did this peculiar idea come in your mind? I know your passion towards our epics. Has it any bearing to the epic? Or, it’s completely a different ball game!”
Casting a glance at his own wrist watch he said with a smile, “Good guess! But, it will take time to narrate. Better, you come to my residence tomorrow. I shall tell you some of my fresh findings on the epic Mahabharata.”
“It’s a holiday, with pleasure Meghuda I shall be at your place in the morning. Long time I have tasted the recipe of Boudi,” I said, as we were entering our office.
Purba Boudi and Meghuda are made for each other. I have seen many noble ladies in my life, but I must admit Purba Boudi is exceptional amongst all of them. The green jackfruit pakora which Boudi had served during breakfast was marvelous. I shall narrate the story in first person in the voice of Meghuda as I was too fascinated to react during our interaction which lasted a shade less than three hours and in between he taught me some arithmetic. Its excerpts shall go like this, “Have read Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel the Namesake? Its protagonist is Gogol is a namesake of Nikolai Gogol. The name was kept by his father Ashoke Ganguli who was fond of Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. Similarly, my name Meghnad is actually the namesake of Meghnad, the eldest son of Ravana in the epic Ramayana. My father has a fascination towards the Meghnad Badh Kabya written by Michael Madhusudan Dutt. Unlike Gogol of the Namesake, I too love the character Meghnad. In the Namesake Gogol didn’t like his name. In fact he changed his name officially to Nikhil when he joined college. On the contrary, I am fond of the heroics of Meghnad and I believe that he knew black magic which he used for vanishing himself and going beyond the cloud to befool his foes. It’s surprising how he had managed to hit his target from beyond the dark cloud.
My icon Meghnad had certainly practiced shooting arrow blindfold to achieve this perfection. So, I also entered into the venture. When I told this to your Boudi I got unexpected support. Purba said, ‘I have also practiced this tricks many a time. In fact, you can locate an object, like say Emergency Light inside a room during sudden load shedding more easily by closing your eyes’.
Homo sapiens can see far better than cats in darkness after the initial hurdles are crossed. Our epics are in true sense science fictions. The Pushpaka Vimana of Ravana in the Ramayana is actually the inspiration for invention of aircrafts by the modern day scientists. The birth of Dronacharya in the epic Mahabharata in an earthen pot perhaps gave rise to test-tube baby. Again, the birth of Sayabati in a fish’s womb gives rise to the concept of surrogate mother. The author Krishna Daipayan Vaasa of the epic Mahabharata was a great mathematician. He had great knowledge on the numerical and in particular he had keen interest towards prime numbers. Do you know prime numbers? It’s an integer, or whole number, that has only two factors— one and itself.
Fascination of Vyasa towards the prime numbers is reflected throughout the epic. Thus, you will find Dhiratarastra and Pandu are 2 brothers; Yudhistira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakul and Sahadeva are together 5 Pandavas; Pandu had 2 wives Kunti and Madri; Dhiratarastra got his children through 2 ladies Gandhari and Vaishyu; counting Yuyutsu, the Kaurav’s had 101 brothers, even Gandhari had hundred 101 children of her own together with her daughter Dushala; Santanu had 2 wives Ganga and Satyabati; Bhishma had 2 brothers Vichitravirya and Chitrangada; Amba, Ambika and Ambalika are 3 sisters; Subhadra had 2 brothers Balaram and Krishna; Draupadi had 5 sons Prativindya,Sutosma,Srutakirti, Satanika and Srutakarma; Kunti and Nandalal are 2 children of Kuntibhoj; the total exile period spent by the Pandavas including the one year incognito is 13; the Kauravs had 11 akshauhini and the Pandavas had 7 akshauhini soldiers during Kurukshetra battle; a total 29 states participated in the battle; 59 states abstained from battle; together with one hundred Kaurav brothers, twenty three kings from states like Ambasta, Avanti, Anga, Ahichetra, Ashmak, Balhik, Bidharbha, Bideha, Batsya, Bhoja, Kekoy, Komboj, Kaushal, Khudrak, Kalinga, Kukkur, Madra, Mahishmati, Gandhar, Hastinapura, Pragjyotishpur, Trigarta and chiefs Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Salya and eleven akshauhini soldiers the total infantries in Kaurav side comes to 1202977; again together with five Pandav brothers and six kings from states like Panchal, Paschim Magadha, Kashi, Karush, Dhristaketu, Morya and with seven akshauhini soldiers the total infantries in Kaurav side comes to 765461, and so on. Mind it, all these are prime numbers.
“Marvelous! But how do you keep all these in your finger tips?” I said.
This time Megudha smiled like a champion and said, “It’s actually my pastime. I have a trick for memorizing these names. You can also learn from me.”
“Not today”, I said, “Does not we have enough mathematics today?”
“Okey!”, said Megudha, “By the way I have carried out yet another research. It’s on God’s particle. We know Higgs field is omnipresent at the worlds, the one visual and the one beyond our vision. In the epic Mahabharata, once when Kunti was a young girl, Rishi Durvasa was very pleased with her service. He taught her mantra of invoking a God to manifest himself and give her a son equal to him in glory. It’s actually a process of sharing the God’s particle.
It all came to my mind from a monthly farewell function organized in our office about a year back. Perhaps, you were also present. Recollect, on that day, two of our colleagues Nakul Saha and Sahadev Barman had retired from service on superannuation. They were from different families, but their date of birth, date of joining, posts, rewards earned were identical. They received identical service benefit after putting on same length of service. From that day onwards, I felt an urge to keep a note about the manners of persons who are namesake of the mighty Pandavas. I have kept the ambit of my research even outside my official circle. In fact, I have included the people with the matching trait from my here.
So far I have succeeded in tracking seventy-four cases. As expected, the middle Pandav with his ten names Arjun, Phalgun, Jishnu,
Keeriti, Shwetvaahan, Vibhatsu,Vijaya , Partha , Savyashachee and Dhananjaya has accounted for forty-three of them. Nakul and Sahadev are accounted for seven and five cases respectively in my list. So far, I have come across four Yudhistira and two Bheemas by pseudo name. However, I have not encountered any person with name like Shwetvaahan or Vibhatsu. You know, Arjuna has few more names like Gandeevi, Kapidhawaja, Brihannala and Gudakesha. These are uncommon and so I deliberately avoided this. In fact, Arjuna has another name ‘Krishna’ which his father Pandu had named him out his admiration of Krishna. I have left out this. It’s namesake of Sri Krishna. The other Pandavas too have outdated names like Brikodar, Kanka, Ballava, Granthika and Tantipala.
I must admit I have a mixed feeling so far. None amongst the six Arjunas in my list has stainless quality like Arjun tree. They are all mediocre. One is a hard-core criminal and a murderer. I know three Phalguns; they all have strong addiction towards wine. One has the quality of Brihannala. He has excelled in the field of music. I don’t know if he has the adulation of an Urvashi like the one of at Indra’s palace who was strongly attracted to Arjuna. She actually cursed Arjuna to become a eunuch. One Phalguna in my list is famous for preparing country made liquor. His product can even catch fire.
I know two Jishnus. They are tall and handsome. Contrary to the Jishnu’s habit of Arjuna in the epic none is an angry man. They are popular for their mild behaviour. So far, I have come across three Keeriti, all teachers by profession, but without any crown on the head from which this name has derived.
The eleven Vijayas with whom I am familiar are from different fields of life like physician, police, teacher, driver, businessman and casual worker. Seldom have they been found winner. But, all of them are winner in one field, their wives are very beautiful.
Arjun’s name Partha has derived from his mother’s name Pritha. It’s the household name in Tripura. Thus, Partha accounts for nineteen cases in my list. Except for some infatuation towards other ladies they are leading decent lives. By and large they are hard working and keen towards their profession. I have seen some of them to even excel in their vocations, particularly in the field of engineering and arts. I told their number is big and so I keep them in a mixed bag.
There are seven Dhananjaya in my list comprising five government servants and two businessmen. They have decent earnings. Except for one, none can be termed as rich. I have come across five persons with name Savyasachee. All of them are highly qualified but have failed to attain the highest ladder for reasons not known to me. Getting a person who can shoot with both hands with equal perfection is perhaps, a utopian idea. However, Savyashachees have edge over the other Arjunas in terms of namesake.
All four Yudhistiras have a common feature. They are bulky and the eldest son in the family. Two of them are popular for their taste for food as they have imitated the qualities of their younger brother Brikodar. At least one of them has interest towards gambling. One has a younger brother Partha. But, none has emulated the qualities of Dharmaraj.
As I already mentioned the two Bheems are in their pseudo name. They are Brikodar as well and have not done any injustice towards their names. Seven persons with name Nakul and five with Sahadev in my list have characters by far matching with their counterparts in the epic. They have amiable personalities and at least two of them have shined in the field of politics. They are good manager.”
“Its great research, Meghuda”, I said with joy, “But you are silent about Karna!”
He was expecting this question, as he said, “Karna is actually another Kaunteya. He has other names like Vasusena, Radheya, Angaraj, Vrisha, Arkatanaya, etc. I do come across some persons with name Karna, but deliberately does not keep their account. Karna is a myth. Any honest person, especially from downtrodden family gets his fighting spirit from the Karna in the epic. Karna is actually the true carrier of the God particle. It’s no wonder that the birth of Karna had been associated with the Sun, the essence of our life. Life is the manifestation of the play of Light and Darkness.”
About the Author:Arindam Nath is one of the most popular writers of Tripura. He is an IPS Officer. He is presently serving in Tripura as Assistant Inspector General of Police. He wrote both in English and Bengali.His first book is Tarmuj Pagla O Anyanya Galpa (Bengali, published by BOOK WORLD). His second book is Bridging Souls A Journey From Mahabharata To Bharata, in English published by Peacock Books, New Delhi (Atlantic Publisher & Distributors). He regularly contributes short stories, plays and essays in newspapers and journals. 'I Adore' is his second English book. This is a collection of short-stories. You can write to Arindam Nath at email@example.com
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