WHAT KIND OF BLISS IS OURS?
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.
"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."
"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."
Do we end up as any Tom, Dick or Harry?
“What do I get by simply seeing Him?"
"Well nothing physical..."
"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 lifetime 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."