When we had rise above the clouds, we entered into a city, which had a very jolly atmosphere, where people were all engaged in various kinds of discussions on God and man and world and cause-effect relationships, Karma and rebirth, etc, etc. I sort of felt that most of thosearguments were what my father and I used to have in our night walks. But, while our post-dinner discussions generally were inconclusive, here I found that everywhere conclusive answerscame up. Yet, newer topics were again raised and the discussions went on.
My Friend told me, “
, can you guess what this place is?”
No, I couldn‟t.
“Well, this is the Free
As long as you stick to certain minimum rulesof thought, you are free to think about anything in here. The
y don‟t have any
taboos here. No
topic is anathema here. Would you like to stay here?”
Not a bad place to stay, I felt. The people all had fresh healthy looks on their faces,perhaps an indication of their state of mind. I had almost blurted a
, but I held back my breath and asked him if there were other places he would take me to.No sooner had I asked him this, than we were entering an old impregnable fort built onan island, with heavily armed guards on the ramparts. Inside was a glorious Temple, which Istrongly felt was Grecian. On the steps of the Temple sat an ugly looking old man, surrounded by brilliant youths. There seemed to be some kind of discussion going on amongst them. One of them seemed to be taking down notes. Ah! This was Socrates! And in the Sanctum stood a god, who seemed to be showering his grace on the old man. He was Prometheus.
“You could be one of these youths, you know. What do you say?” Yes, why not? Who wouldn‟t want to be in the hallowed company of Socrates? But…
In the background of the Temple was an incredibly large stadium in which all kinds of sports and games were being played. There was a board on the stadium wall which said
Further beyond I saw majestic kings ruling their kingdoms with uncommon fairness,leading their small but formidable armies to grand military excursions and after conqueringforeign lands, successfully spreading their culture to all the four corners of the world.
There was an expansive campus on one side with a board „Academia‟, inside which all
faculties of learning
science, arts, mathematics, and astronomy
were being researched,taught and learned.
“Upasak, what do you say? Will you stay here or shall we go yonder?”
I was truly flabbergasted with the glory of Ancient Greece to think that somethinggrander
than this could exist. But if there was something beyond this, I must surely see…
No sooner had I felt this in my mind than I found we were zooming through thecorridors of the Parthenon and soon were entering a long empty corridor which gave me the