Showing posts with label Strange Encounters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Strange Encounters. Show all posts

11.10.12

I Think I Hear My Mother Calling...

...and, Boy! Does He Sound Mad!

A dog comes when he is called, but a cat takes a message and will get back to you later.--Mary Bly


{PS: Things could not have gone any worse for me up until 6 months ago, then they absolutely plummeted and now I have to put up with more angst inducing weirdness and take it on the chin?
--nuh-uh!
I hear these guys mumbling "beautiful" and "who is she" and some say "she's my mom" and some say "she's my wife". 

And sometimes to actually hear my name called!--one guy in particular seems to have lost his wife and is searching high and low for her--the bus, the train, any restaurant I happen to randomly pop into--so much stress to have to hear about it and hold down a meal or catch the next bus while all this is going on...
(I am not 'the wife' in the biblical sense, since I see him go home to his real wife, he just flies in for the day, does some work and goes back home to her; I am a 'working girl', the worst kind ever, the type that actually does not get paid for a job well done! ergo~GOD, and the need for One!)

Still my second rate life; where most girls get to age to perfection and 'beautiful' to them means 'timeless', for me that kind of remarkable beauty translates to 'dateless'--or am I mis.hearing 'beautiful' for 'pitiful'?
Besides, there's no shortage of beauty in the world, just a lack of clean public restrooms and frequent LA Metro buses that run on time.
What's more, as I read this entry to edit it, I am watching this really pretty young woman (a classic beauty, like Venus) outside a coffee shop shedding a stream of tears and it just reinforces what I have known all along, Beauty is not an Armor impervious to being pierced by Sorrow. 

And do You mean I don't get to kick back and play "Can You Tag (Finger) Malcolm"  (the adult version of "Where's Waldo") forever hereafter--I thought I was on some level of the death plane (heaven, hell, earth2,3, 4...); or tell jokes to myself once I get home (i.e., haunt the house; a step up for me-- that type of behavior was limited to the kitchen in real life)?

I know this is not any kind of love story, the last thing I would be looking for, assuming I do get to the threshold of heaven, would be a 'husband', so that begs the question, 'Have we caught the culprit(s), yet?' I  soo need a vacation! (and at this rate the interest alone you all owe me for backpay must be astronomical--so the sooner we settle this the better).

Great (10/18/2012/..so that's how it is Dad, 'hello' n 'good-bye' n 'you ditch, too?!' it's not like I can't hear You telling bro # 2 and bro #3 'it's your sister'!! If You all insist on this routine, then make it so I don't have to hear yous guys.}

On The Subject of Name Calling
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), brain activation patterns were examined in response to hearing one’s own first name in contrast to hearing the names of others. There are several regions in the left hemisphere that show greater activation to one’s own name, including middle frontal cortex, middle and superior temporal cortex, and cuneus. 
These findings provide evidence that hearing one’s own name has unique brain functioning activation specific to one’s own name in relation to the names of others. 
(Hi, Norman--You wouldn't be Swedish, by any chance?)
On Hearing Your Name Called 
& Putting The Conspiracy Theories To Rest

There are several instances of reputable people (of the non-psychotic variety) hearing voices and responding to them prior to the historical development of electronic PsyOps type weapons (microwave, brain enhancement (ie. air freshener), etc.) development.

In recent history, there is such an instance described by Mother Teresa which led Her to what became Her life's mission in India.

She, being a faithful person, did not question the Voice as anything other than being patently genuine and the Voice of some Agency of God, (God, an Angel, my Mom in her kitchen?), and did not run around trying to locate the source like the rest of us would by first typing in some keywords into our favorite online search engine.

And prior to the advent of such emergent technology, there is evidence that this sort of thing has been going on for quite some time, and Say What!--no modern technology required?

A Smattering of Selected Case Studies In The Bible


Isaiah 43:1
And now, thus said Jehovah, Thy Creator, O Jacob, and thy Fashioner, O Israel, Be not afraid, for I have redeemed thee, I have called on thy name -- thou art Mine.


Isaiah 45:3
I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, Who summons you by name.

Yet, with the advent of technology (the Internet) and information from questionable sources (like bloggers and Fox News) for unverified reasons (disinformation and to hang on to their money) it becomes necessary to figure out what may or may not be a viable call from a legitimate caller (Holy God and Company).

How to Suss Out Whether It's A Higher Power 
or 
Steve at the US Army Signal Corps Doing the (Name) Calling...


1. God is Responsive to the caller and can help


Surah 2 The Calf
 وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ 

أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ 
فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُواْ لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُواْ بِي
 لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ  (2:186 

2:186 And if My Servants Ask You (the Prophet, pbuh) about Me (God), Truly, I Am Near; I Respond to the call of the caller, whenever they call. So, have them answer (respond) to Me and Follow Me, that they may be guided aright.


2. The Caller Calls you by your Name or Gives you a name of some significance (non-derogatory). 
(Figure on a planet of xxx billion people, what are the odds? What makes you so famous to attract Steve's attention?)

  • Examples of those hearing the call are called by name and sometimes even Named by the Caller:

Surah 3 The Family Al.3'mran
فَنَادَتْهُ الْمَلآئِكَةُ وَهُوَ قَائِمٌ يُصَلِّي فِي الْمِحْرَابِ
 أَنَّ اللّهَ يُبَشِّرُكَ بِيَحْيَـى مُصَدِّقًا بِكَلِمَةٍ مِّنَ اللّهِ وَسَيِّدًا
 وَحَصُورًا وَنَبِيًّا مِّنَ الصَّالِحِينَ  (3:39  


3:39 So the Angel Called (Zachariah) while He was praying in the Sanctuary, "Indeed, God Blesses you with Yahya ("He Lives"==John, the first time the name John/Yahya had been proferred on anyone). He (John) will Affirm His (God's) Words Truthfully; And He (John) will be outstanding among men, and chaste, and a Prophet among the Righteous.


Surah 19 Maryam (Mary)

يَا زَكَرِيَّا
 إِنَّا نُبَشِّرُكَ بِغُلَامٍ اسْمُهُ يَحْيَى
 لَمْ نَجْعَل لَّهُ مِن قَبْلُ سَمِيًّا (19:7    

19:7 (The Angel called,) "O, Zachariah! We, indeed, bring You tidings of a son (young soul, ghulm) whose Name is Yahya (John the Baptist); We have never given this name to anyone before Him."


Surah 20 Ta.Ha
فَلَمَّا أَتَاهَا نُودِي يَا مُوسَى (20:11 

20:11 Once He (Moses) neared it (the fire in the desert), He was Called, "O, Moses!"

Surah 37 Those Ranged (by Rank, Echelons, Arrayed)
وَنَادَيْنَاهُ أَنْ يَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ  (37:104 

37:104 And We Called Him, "That You Are Ibrahim!"



Surah 79 Al.Nazi3at

إِذْ نَادَاهُ رَبُّهُ بِالْوَادِ الْمُقَدَّسِ
 طُوًى (79:16 

79:16 When His Sustainer Called Him In the twice-hallowed ValleyTuwa. 

(Alternatively, 'If  His Sustainer Calls him (his servant) in the holy wadi (a glen, a narrow dry river bed), "Tuwa!"~ 'Double!' or 'Fold' or 'Double Back!'; var. phonetically 'It's You!'?)

3. Those hearing the call are God's Servants (Moses, Elijah, Isma3yliya, the Faithful, Believers), and the Muslims are called first.

Surah 30 Romans
وَمَا أَنتَ بِهَادِي الْعُمْيِ عَن ضَلَالَتِهِمْ
 إِن تُسْمِعُ إِلَّا مَن يُؤْمِنُ بِآيَاتِنَا
 فَهُم مُّسْلِمُونَ (30:53

30:53 And You (the Prophet, pbuh) cannot guide the blind out of their darkness; 
only such as believe in  Our Signs can hear, for they are Muslims (Submit to God's Will).

4. The Mechanism to Call and/or hear the Caller is Primordial, it should require no man-made (synthesized) technology, since it is stipulated that God has already spoken to not only Adam and the Prophets, but some of Adam's offspring before the Last Day.

Surah 7 The Heights (Al.a3raf)

وَإِذْ أَخَذَ رَبُّكَ مِن بَنِي آدَمَ
 مِن ظُهُورِهِمْ ذُرِّيَّتَهُمْ
وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ
قَالُواْ بَلَى شَهِدْنَا
 أَن تَقُولُواْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّا كُنَّا عَنْ هَذَا غَافِلِينَ  (7:172  

7:172 And, indeed, God Takes from B'nai Adam (Adam's Offspring), 
and from the seed of their issue,  
and We Swore them (had them bear witness) by their own Souls, "Am I Your Sustainer?" 
They said, "It is True, we swear that indeed." 
So that on the Day of Judgment (Resurrection) you (Adam's issue) cannot claim  (say that) you were unaware (that being the case).

5. A Description That Such a Natural Mechanism Does Exist 
(that's why it's wrong to tamper with people and make them think otherwise)
  • Yet, there is a barrier that cannot be breached, except for special circumstances (like Death/Wrongful Death/Premature Death/Martyrdom/etc.) or by special agencies (like Angels).  
  • The concept limbo tries to explain such a mechanism; in the Arabic it is referred to as barzalch or the veil.
  • It would seem, and it must be taught, that Heaven and Earth coexist both spatially and temporally.
    • And that they are co-mingled, but we are unaware of that being the case when we are born as infants and have a conventional life on Earth... (Don't panic! It's not the first time I played matchmaker!! Something I choose to do to fill this time with since You.Know.He.Who doesn't want me to 'run with the pack,' heh, heh--snark.)

Surah 35 Fatir (The Originator, Creates Something from Nothing)



يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ 
اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ  
 هَلْ مِنْ خَالِقٍ غَيْرُ اللَّهِ 
يَرْزُقُكُم مِّنَ السَّمَاء وَالْأَرْضِ 
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ فَأَنَّى تُؤْفَكُونَ (35:3  

(35:3) O, People (Nas, All of Creation)!
Remember God's Provisions (Bounty) He Graces you with.
Who is it that can Create it, other than God, Providing you from (both) Heaven and Earth. 
There is no God other than He. 
How is it you turn from this Truth?


  • The understanding is that while God provides us with benefits from heaven as well as earth, the boon of God's Grace does not trickle down to those considered to be in hell (ie., a low moral level of existence).
Surah 7 Al.A3raf (The Heights)

وَنَادَى أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ
 أَنْ أَفِيضُواْ عَلَيْنَا مِنَ الْمَاء أَوْ مِمَّا رَزَقَكُمُ اللّهُ 
قَالُواْ إِنَّ اللّهَ حَرَّمَهُمَا عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ (7:50  

 7:50 And the denizens of the fire (Hell) call to the denizens of the garden (Heaven, Eden), "Please pour over us of that water or whatever God Provides (Blesses) you with, but they say, "Indeed, God Forbids These to the Unfaithful (Nonbelievers, Deniers).


 Surah 7 Al.A3raf (The Heights)

وَبَيْنَهُمَا حِجَابٌ

 وَعَلَى الأَعْرَافِ رِجَالٌ يَعْرِفُونَ كُلاًّ بِسِيمَاهُمْ

وَنَادَوْاْ أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ أَن سَلاَمٌ عَلَيْكُمْ

لَمْ يَدْخُلُوهَا وَهُمْ يَطْمَعُونَ   (7:46 

7:46 And Between (them) is a Veil (Barrier  حِجَابٌ),

and on the Heights (Al.A3raf) are Men who know everyone by their marks (their names  بِسِيمَاهُمْ
and they call the denizens of Heaven, "Truly, Peace Be Upon You!" 
They have not yet entered it, and they long to.

{Sign 7:46 is made all the more interesting in that the Men (rijln  رِجَالٌ) calling from this transitional state (limbo, barzalch, al.a3raf)  through the barrier (veil حِجَابٌ) are aware of they're being in such a state and there is text to support the fact that these men desire to transcend it to a better state (Heaven) and moreover that they have an assurance of it, but for whatever reason they have to be in this suspended intermediate state (arrested development?) for a term. (I can't think of any other reason for this other than to get to watch everyone else rediscover electricity!) 

The fact that the text expressly states that they are Men, explains why my presence here is unexpected, unwanted,  not welcome, and...Surprise!


The implication is that these are good men, based on the reputation of those known to have been inducted into such a service in the past--I give Yous Guys, Solomon, and no, He was not happy to see me hear/here, either!


38 Suad ص
(38:32 فَقَالَ إِنِّي أَحْبَبْتُ حُبَّ الْخَيْرِ عَن ذِكْرِ رَبِّي
 حَتَّى تَوَارَتْ بِالْحِجَابِ

(38:32) And (Solomon) He said, "Truly do I love the love of good, in remembrance of my Sustainer,"- even as (He was) hidden behind the veil...}

Surah 36 Ya.Seen 
وَجَعَلْنَا مِن بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ سَدًّا
 وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ سَدًّا
 فَأَغْشَيْنَاهُمْ فَهُمْ لاَ يُبْصِرُونَ (36:9   

36:9 And We Closed Off (Sddna) what is between their hands (their present, what they are currently doing) and of what is behind them (what they had done in the past) Closed Off (Sddna), And (in this manner) We Veiled them while they were Unaware.

(Surah 36:9 is metaphorically speaking of giving closure to something, or finality to whatever it was they were doing or had done in the past while they were taken into this Veiled existence, unawares. (One recent example is how I was not supposed to notice how my morning prayer was interrupted right after the first rack3a last Sunday Oct. 20, 2012 (but that's why I get confused about the date/time)). Read Sedna legends of the Native Americans, and the Recent sighting of Sedna in Orbit, and the Phoenix Lights Incidence of 1997, and note the word Sedna is a homophone for  the Arabic word meaning 'closure' or 'pay-back'.)

6. The qualities of those hearing the call and why they know themselves to be legitimate:
(Look, I am not posing as any of them, I am merely interpreting the text based on my understanding of it as of 2012 CE and the prism of my personal life experience).
  • Only certain humans while alive can fathom it (truly understand it and clearly distinguish a call coming through the veiled existence (be it coming over/through the heavenly, earthly or hell levels). The two cases being Prophets and Enlightened Ones (like the Dalai Lama)...a marginal third case, the contemporary 'Men In Black'.
    • Only the Living can hear 

Surah 35 Fatir (The Originator)

وَمَا يَسْتَوِي الْأَحْيَاء وَلَا الْأَمْوَاتُ 
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُسْمِعُ مَن يَشَاء 
وَمَا أَنتَ بِمُسْمِعٍ مَّن فِي الْقُبُورِ (35:22       
(35:22) They are not equal (the same), the Dead and the Living. 
Indeed, God Makes to Hear (Listen) whomever He Wills
and You (the Prophet, the Messenger) cannot make to hear those who are in their graves.


    • And those who can hear, must be open or receptive to the Message:
Surah 27 Naml (Ants)

إِنَّكَ لَا تُسْمِعُ الْمَوْتَى وَلَا تُسْمِعُ الصُّمَّ الدُّعَاء إِذَا وَلَّوْا مُدْبِرِينَ (27:80  

27:80 Truly, You (the Prophet, the Caller) cannot make the dead hear nor make the deaf to listen 
(the deaf being those refusing to hear the message, not merely unable to hear with their ears) 
to the call while they are fleeing from You
(lit, have their backs turned to you, oppose you, 
var. while they are 'being played'~orchestrated/contrived)

  • Only those with the faculty of discernment are valid callers:
 Surah 7 Al.A3raf (The Heights)


وَنَادَى أَصْحَابُ الأَعْرَافِ
 رِجَالاً يَعْرِفُونَهُمْ بِسِيمَاهُمْ 
قَالُواْ 
مَا أَغْنَى عَنكُمْ جَمْعُكُمْ وَمَا كُنتُمْ تَسْتَكْبِرُونَ   ( 7:48

7:48 And the inhabitants of al.a3raf call ( الأَعْرَافِ , rt   عْ رَ فِ    literally, 'knowing'--those possessed with the faculty of discernment/understanding/knowing).
Men who know them (those being called) by their names (marks).
Saying, 
"Of what benefit to you is all you have amassed, or your arrogance?"
    • And, again, there is no mistaking Who is Calling and Via what Agents (Agency).
 Surah 14 Ibrahim (Abraham)

قَالَتْ رُسُلُهُمْ أَفِي اللّهِ شَكٌّ فَاطِرِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ

 يَدْعُوكُمْ لِيَغْفِرَ لَكُم مِّن ذُنُوبِكُمْ وَيُؤَخِّرَكُمْ إِلَى أَجَلٍ مُّسَـمًّى
 قَالُواْ إِنْ أَنتُمْ إِلاَّ بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُنَا
 تُرِيدُونَ أَن تَصُدُّونَا عَمَّا كَانَ يَعْبُدُ آبَآؤُنَا
 فَأْتُونَا بِسُلْطَانٍ مُّبِينٍ   (14:10  

(14:10) Their Messenger said to them (his people), 
"Do you doubt that God, the Originator of Heaven and Earth, Is Calling you to forgive you (shield you) from your sins (wrongs) and to grant you a reprieve (delay/defer) for a named (determined) term (period of time). 
They say, "Indeed, you are merely a man like us who wants us to repulse that which our forefathers worshipped (held dear), so show us a Clear Authority (your valid authorization to do so)."

{And I been hearing it and I beg to differ, I never made any representation of my being God, since a middle aged old lady with asthma and shin splints and a spotty period, is none such...interpretive dance (barzalch) as provided.}

7. To Determine the Validity of the Caller (Who Is Calling) and why the Call:

Surah 19 Maryam (Mary)
فَنَادَاهَا مِن تَحْتِهَا
 أَلَّا تَحْزَنِي
 قَدْ جَعَلَ رَبُّكِ تَحْتَكِ سَرِيًّا (19:24   
(19:24) Then He (The Angel) called Her (Maryam, Jesus's Mother) from beneath (the palm tree), 
"Do not grieve (dispair), 
Your Sustainer Has Made a Rivulet run beneath you (under your feet)."

    • Those compelled to call on God are given relief (He both Calls and Hears His Servant's Calls):

Surah 27 Naml (Ants)
أَمَّن يُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ 
وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوءَ 
وَيَجْعَلُكُمْ خُلَفَاء الْأَرْضِ 
أَإِلَهٌ مَّعَ اللَّهِ 
قَلِيلًا مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ (27:62  


(27:62)  Or (Who Is It) Answers (Responds) to the Call of the one compelled (coerced, forced) to call on Him;
And Uncovers (Reveals) Misdeeds (var. Rids them of evil, ills, maladies that beset them);
And Made you viceroys upon the Earth?
Is there a god other than The One True God (Allah)?
How little you consider (remember)!"
    • The Caller (In this case, God) Clearly Identifies Himself to Moses, whom He calls by name:
Surah 28 Qasas (Stories)

فَلَمَّا أَتَاهَا
 نُودِي مِن شَاطِئِ الْوَادِي الْأَيْمَنِ
 فِي الْبُقْعَةِ الْمُبَارَكَةِ مِنَ الشَّجَرَةِ
 أَن يَا مُوسَى
 إِنِّي أَنَا اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ (28:30 

(28:30)  As He (Moses) neared it (the fire in the desert),
He Was Called, from the Right Bank of the Wadi (dry river bed)
In the Hallowed Valley from the Tree,
"Truly,  Moses,  I Am God--The Sustainer (Lord) of the Worlds."

Surah 28 Qasas (Stories)
وَمَا كُنتَ بِجَانِبِ الطُّورِ 
إِذْ نَادَيْنَا
 وَلَكِن رَّحْمَةً مِّن رَّبِّكَ 
لِتُنذِرَ قَوْمًا مَّا أَتَاهُم مِّن نَّذِيرٍ مِّن قَبْلِكَ 
لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ (28:46  

(28:46)  And You (Muhammed pbuh) were not present on the side of The Tur (Mount Sinai)
When We Called (Moses)
Yet it is a Mercy from Your Sustainer
That You Warn A Community (People) Not Given a Warner Before,
So That They May Bethink Themselves (Use Their Reason).

    • One reason for the renewed call is for clarity/illucidation, to benefit the living (like technological advancement) and to allow it to be broadcast among those who never heard it before, again, meant to be of some benefit to them. 
    • It is never the case that it is a New Message, it can be text as Torah, Testament (Injeel) or Quran or some other Holy Scripture, the Message Originates from One Source, so no surprise here.
Surah 36 Ya.Seen

وَمَا عَلَّمْنَاهُ الشِّعْرَ
 وَمَا يَنبَغِي لَهُ 
إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكْرٌ
 وَقُرْآنٌ مُّبِينٌ (36:69   
nor does He (the Messenger) excel in it (it is not proper/meet for Him) .... 
Truly, it serves as a Reminder
and An Evidentiary Recitation 
(meant to Clarify various things, in Science, Law, Civility, Medicine, etc.)


لِيُنذِرَ مَن كَانَ حَيًّا
 وَيَحِقَّ الْقَوْلُ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ (36:70  

36:70 To Warn those who are Living 
and to Renew (Verify) the Message (the Call) to the Unfaithful 
(Non Believers--those not having heard the Message before).

    • To inform the one being called of God's Forgiveness (or Displeasure, serve to check someone's behavior):

Surah 2 Al.Baqara (COW, Calf, Heifer)

فَتَلَقَّى آدَمُ مِن رَّبِّهِ كَلِمَاتٍ 
فَتَابَ عَلَيْهِ 
إِنَّهُ هُوَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ (2:37 

(2:37) And Adam Received Words from His Sustainer (Lord)
That He Forgave Him (God Relented toward Adam);

    • If the reason for the Call is not immediately obvious, it only means that it may have come a little too early (or in one isolated case, I think the information got destroyed in transit).

Surah 10 Yunus (Jonah)

وَيَقُولُونَ لَوْلاَ أُنزِلَ عَلَيْهِ آيَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِ 
فَقُلْ إِنَّمَا الْغَيْبُ لِلّهِ 
فَانْتَظِرُواْ إِنِّي مَعَكُم مِّنَ الْمُنتَظِرِينَ (10:20

(10:20) And they say, "Why has there not been sent a (grand/spectacular) Omen from His Lord?" 
Say, "Only God Knows the Unseen (Or, basically, 'Here it is, you all just don't get it!); so, be patient (wait for it), I, too, anticipate it (I'll wait right along with you)."

8. There are Proper Times to Hear/Respond to the Valid Call and/or Caller.
  • Valid Callers know the Propriety/Protocol when calling; they Do Not call if someone is in their 'private' apartments 49:4. 
Surah 49 Hujurat

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُنَادُونَكَ مِن وَرَاء الْحُجُرَاتِ 
أَكْثَرُهُمْ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ (49:4    
49:4 Indeed, those calling You from behind the Hujurat (Your private apartments),
most of them are childish (ill-behaved, not sensible, unreasonable).


9. The Consequences of Making a Pretense of either Being a Legitimate Caller (either God or a Prophet) or posing as having heard a valid call, or falsifying the validity to a Sanctified Message, just may be worse than death.


Surah 11 Hud

وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنِ افْتَرَى عَلَى اللّهِ كَذِبًا 
أُوْلَـئِكَ يُعْرَضُونَ عَلَى رَبِّهِمْ وَيَقُولُ الأَشْهَادُ هَـؤُلاء
الَّذِينَ كَذَبُواْ عَلَى رَبِّهِمْ
أَلاَ لَعْنَةُ اللّهِ عَلَى الظَّالِمِينَ (11:18   
(11:18) And who can be more in the dark/oppressive (lost) than those who invent a lie about God; and when they are brought before their Lord and the Witnesses say, "These are they who lied about God, and such oppressors incur God's Condemnation."


Surah 6 Cattle (Al.An3am)
وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنِ افْتَرَى عَلَى اللّهِ كَذِبًا
 أَوْ قَالَ أُوْحِيَ إِلَيَّ 
وَلَمْ يُوحَ إِلَيْهِ شَيْءٌ 
وَمَن قَالَ سَأُنزِلُ مِثْلَ مَا أَنَزلَ اللّهُ 
وَلَوْ تَرَى إِذِ الظَّالِمُونَ فِي غَمَرَاتِ الْمَوْتِ 
وَالْمَلآئِكَةُ بَاسِطُواْ أَيْدِيهِمْ 
أَخْرِجُواْ أَنفُسَكُمُ الْيَوْمَ تُجْزَوْنَ عَذَابَ الْهُونِ بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَقُولُونَ عَلَى اللّهِ غَيْرَ الْحَقِّ 
وَكُنتُمْ عَنْ آيَاتِهِ تَسْتَكْبِرُونَ (6:93

(6:93) Who can be more lost/in the dark/oppressive than someone who ascribes to God a lie,
 or claims, "This has been Revealed to me (from on High)," 
and nothing has been revealed to them.
To whomever says this, Say, "Perpetuate (Reveal) anything the like of what God Reveals!"
And if You can only see these lost (souls) during the throws of death,
when the Angels shackle their hands/restrain them by their hands
(Saying), "Out with your souls (this may be an idiom for 'they will make them confess)! Today you will earn (what you merit), severe punishment (chastisement) for that which you were ascribing to God without sanction,
and were derisive of His Signs (Messages)!"


Surah 40 Ghaffir

الَّذِينَ كَذَّبُوا بِالْكِتَابِ 
وَبِمَا أَرْسَلْنَا بِهِ رُسُلَنَا 
فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ (40:70

(40:70) Those who belie Our Book (falsify the Quran, or disbelieve Sacred Scripture) and that which We Send with Our Messenger...they shall soon Know It (to be the Evident Truth and despair for not having learned during life, read in context 40:68-40:72).
  • Just so there is no misunderstanding as to what it is we consider The God around here & clearly it is not some guy or gal in a coma!
Surah 14 Ibrahim (Abraham)

أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ اللّهَ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ بِالْحقِّ 
إِن يَشَأْ يُذْهِبْكُمْ وَيَأْتِ بِخَلْقٍ جَدِيدٍ (14:19)

14:19 Can you not see that God Created the Heavens and the Earth in Truth (with an Inner Truth); indeed, If He Wills He Can Replace you (Trades you in) to Bring About A New Creation.

وَمَا ذَلِكَ عَلَى اللَّهِ بِعَزِيزٍ (14:20  

(14:20) And this is not any difficulty for God.

  • Satan calls, too--can't help anyone and cannot harm the faithful (those who believe the Truth), and in general, doesn't have any real information to share (like the code to my Swiss bank account or the address to my new house next door to Yours (Nice is nice).

Surah 114 An,Nas (People, Communities, Creation)
مِن شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ (114:4  
(114:4) (I seek refuge in God) From the Evil of the Whisperer who subdues 
(with what he is heard to whisper~a psychotronic weapon of a sort? 
don't know my name? 
thinks I'm pretty?
sneaks up on me in the restroom to demonstrate the cloaking device I gave him;
my kids knew better and stopped doing that the minute they could bus themselves.
--Okay, to be fair, it was the kitchen and He did thank me for the cloak.)

Surah 14 Ibrahim (Abraham)

وَقَالَ الشَّيْطَانُ لَمَّا قُضِيَ الأَمْرُ 

إِنَّ اللّهَ وَعَدَكُمْ وَعْدَ الْحَقِّ 
وَوَعَدتُّكُمْ فَأَخْلَفْتُكُمْ 
وَمَا كَانَ لِيَ عَلَيْكُم مِّن سُلْطَانٍ 
إِلاَّ أَن دَعَوْتُكُمْ فَاسْتَجَبْتُمْ لِي 
فَلاَ تَلُومُونِي وَلُومُواْ أَنفُسَكُم 
مَّا أَنَاْ بِمُصْرِخِكُمْ وَمَا أَنتُمْ بِمُصْرِخِيَّ 
إِنِّي كَفَرْتُ بِمَآ أَشْرَكْتُمُونِ مِن قَبْلُ 
إِنَّ الظَّالِمِينَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ (14:22

(14:22) And Satan says, once the order is carried out (God Decides-- the matter is decided/order is executed), "Truly, God Promised you a Truthful promise, and I promised you and deceived you (var. to oppose you, supplant you, fell back on my promise to you);  and I had no power over you except that I called you and you answered/responded to me. So, do not blame me, but blame yourselves (your own selves/souls). I didn't cry out to you and it's not for you to cry out to me
I do not believe in (reject) whatever you associate with me from before (that you espouse to me previously that I have any share in God's Dominion).
Indeed, the (real) oppressors have earned a severe punishment (to be tortured)."
(On a personal note, I do not condone torture).

Surah 11 Hud

فَإِن لَّمْ يَسْتَجِيبُواْ لَكُمْ 
فَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّمَا أُنزِلِ بِعِلْمِ اللّهِ 
وَأَن لاَّ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ 
فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ (11:14

(11:14) And when (your false gods) fail to respond to you (cannot answer you), then know that this (Quran) is Revealed to you with God's Sanction (Knowledge); and that, Truly,  there is no other deity except for Him. 
So, when will you submit (to Him)?


  • Why my confusion about this sad state of affairs...41:44 why in the Arabic language--(See Not Much of a Poker Face):
    • While I can no longer feign being clueless, the fact remains that I really don't understand how an unfortunate 'industrial accident' evolved into this much clarity, but initially, the writing did help take my mind off the monstrous headache. 
    • But, I now think the grievous suffering that caused was the coercive force that made this come about, and that's why I still think it was never intended for me to publish this--but I never got to say good-bye to my kids and was hoping somehow Word would get back to them.
    • All that and Arabic is not my primary spoken language.
    • And, I am not a Man--Hu-man, Wom(b)-man, but not a guy.

Surah 41 Fussilat

وَلَوْ جَعَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا أَعْجَمِيًّا 
لَّقَالُوا لَوْلَا فُصِّلَتْ آيَاتُهُ أَأَعْجَمِيٌّ وَعَرَبِيٌّ 
قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاء 
وَالَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ فِي آذَانِهِمْ وَقْرٌ 
وَهُوَ عَلَيْهِمْ عَمًى 
أُوْلَئِكَ يُنَادَوْنَ مِن مَّكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ (41:44  

(41:44) Had We Made (Brought) the Quran in a foreign language (Farsi, African, alien language); 
they would say, "Why have the Signs been imparted in a foreign (alien) language, and He (the Prophet) is an Arab?
Say, "It (the Quran/Recitation) is for the Believers (serves) as a Guidance and a Source of Health (Well-being).
As for those who do not believe, there is a deafness in their ears;
and to them it's obscure (they are blind to it)."
It's like calling them from a far away place (remote place--like the Planet Seddna!).

18.6.11

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The problem, Dear, is that You think I don't see You.


It may seem like I am whining and pining for my Late Father, especially now that Father’s Day has come and gone (how dolorous), but what You may not realize is that my Father is not as Late as everyone has been led to believe.

It seems like only yesterday, well, okay, it was the Summer of 2010, when my Father (my Dad) popped into my place of business and pretended to be duly impressed with how little I‘ve managed to accomplish during my, at best, inconsequential stay on Earth.

He sauntered into the shop, looked around for nothing in particular and said, “Nice place you have here. I’d like to find a place just like this to live.”

Thinking he was admiring the interior design, I offered to do the same for him should he settle on a place.

“No,” He says, “I meant I like this one. Would you know how much they’re asking?”

“Well, Gee, I wasn’t aware that they were gonna sell it right out from under me!” I think to myself, but what I say is, “We are leasing the area upstairs if you’re interested, but for work since this is a commercial space; I don’t think you can actually live here.”

He looks to his right, and clearly says aloud, “I Know she’s my daughter.”

At which point I think to myself, O, Gee, this must be my Dad, given his propensity to speak into the air where no one else is visibly standing around listening; there is no mistaking that genetic defect!”
I give him a careful once over, and think, “He does look familiar, but nothing like the fella I kissed goodbye as he lay cold and blue-tinged in his coffin back in ’94.”
Yet, His keen insight makes me think, “Well, I guess there’s no fooling You, Dad, given how I stacked on the pounds, and the swelling in my face and extremities turned me into a nicer smelling, non-drooling, version of Jabba-the-Hutt--I still couldn't fool you, could I?”

I actually became very self-conscious about my physical appearance at that point and tried to make imperceptible minor adjustments to my clothing to make sure, at the very least, that I was presentable; not because I was trying to impress him, but because I was disappointed for myself and didn't want it to be so obvious.

He kept chatting away about this and that and I tried to keep up with the conversation, all the while thinking, “Okay, while I’m not really sure how or why You’re here, and because what’s Yours is Mine anyway, say and do whatever You will, but please not another math problem out of You!” (About the only place I was ever allowed to make a mistake)
And, when He decided the conversation wound down to a satisfactory conclusion, He said his good-byes and promised to be back again.

“Hmmm, where have I heard promises like that before?” I wonder.

Since that last surprise inspection tour, I make more of an effort to look presentable throughout the day whenever I’m out and about. The kids don't mind my looking frumpled every so often, as long as I keep breathing, but if Dad catches me looking out of sorts, that usually spells disaster

My Late Father's name, (Gramps or GDad, to You) is Abraham, and he spelled it true to his heritage, Ibrahim, (roughly translated Free-Them or Their Freedom)--quite the activist in his youth, and the story often told in Sunday School is about Abraham Smashing the Idols, which often brings this type of imagery to mind:

21 Al-Anbiya (The Prophets)وَتَاللَّهِ لَأَكِيدَنَّ أَصْنَامَكُم بَعْدَ أَن تُوَلُّوا مُدْبِرِينَ 21:57
21:57 (Abraham said) "And, By God! I will Certainly/Surely/Ablate? your idols/fixations/images/copies/icons/Signs while your backs are turned (while you are unaware)!"


You can quote me on that, Sign 21:57, since I am afterall my father's daughter. If the conexion is not immediately obvious, the breakdown follows:
The word for idols is أَصْنَامَ which includes all the associated meanings: icons/statues/false gods/signs, etc. ;and Abe, in his own honest way, says he'll "make certain/sure" (لَأَكِيدَ, 'la-akeeda' ) of them while the pagans are not watching.
On the face of it this sounds like a safe bet to have them entrusted to Abe's care, because that's the part the idolators want to believe; that Abe feels the same way about the false gods (idols) they love and will 'take care' of them accordingly.

It is in the very next Sign 21:58 that we, the reader, see what Abe meant by 'take care' or 'make certain' of the idols/images/signs/icons/statues/false gods (which he apparently was not too fond of). Sign 21:58 starts off by stating that he 'ablated them' فَجَعَلَهُمْ جُذَاذًا ('faja3alahum jathethen'); the root for jathethen is 'jthe' جُذَ (the letters j + the). The linguistic manuever speaks to Abe's honesty as well as his eloquence, since that little (2-letter) word includes all of the meanings tabulated below (and then some):



Given how Abe took care of the things he found so irksome, including everything from defacing the statues, to whitewashing, to pouring acid on them, and whatever he saw fit to do to work this thing out of his system, must have called for a great deal of effort on his part; physical force, stress, intellect---he must have called on all of his resources to accomplish this task in the few hours he thought no one else was looking.

And now, I am expected to do the very same thing my Father did without breaking a sweat or getting a hair out of place. Calls for some assistance...eh?

The brute force tactics would have involved ablation as it pertains to physical destruction, like sandblasting, abrasion, and filing them down, that don't necessarily have to have a negative outcome since these same processes can be used to polish, scrub, and refine the idols, too, which was his duty to his father, the idol maker, to look after what his father produced as his means of livelihood; the weathering process related to ablation would have taken a bit longer since it would involve wear and tear, erosion, and general attrition due to the ravages of time, and since Abe is not a slave to time, he probably had enough time to see all this get done, too; the utterly destructive connotation to ablation is 'conflagration' which would have been a rather intense fire, but as we know, fire is also a way to purify something, like when smelting metals. So, in reality, since Abe did the brunt of the work in accomplishing this task, there is no need to have to cover the same territory my father did when dealing with false objects that call for my attention.

The more accessible methods to me would be those that involve usage/consumption including expenditure in time, money, effort, ingestion (or in my special case, indigestion, and I've covered that thoroughly), an asynchronous phase in an electromagnetic field (I was able to verify that my EEG slowed in some areas, including the beta and theta bands, and were indeed out of synch with 'normal' (everyone else's)); the leakage aspect (yes, that too) has to do with publishing this blog, which based on my own children not being able to find it, shows that it has some information that gets stymied in an attempt to keep the information from getting out. But the one aspect of living up to my father's name (expectations) is ablatation as it pertains to 'abstraction' in that 'breaking the Signs' it led (at least me, anyway) to develop some new concepts. {If anyone else deigns to claim any part in my turning an abysmally tragic event into this kind of positive, they should reconsider. Since as part of my conversation with my Dad, He actually gave me some sound advise. He said, "You know, there is a way to negotiate with terrorists. You basically say, 'Either I get it All, or you get Nothing!"}.

{It's about an hour after I jotted down that last sentence and then You Know What You Did!
I take it You didn't like what I was wearing?--sheesh!}


And while Abe waited 'til everyone else's backs were turned to have at it, my personal take on the familial duty was to do it while they were watching (right under their noses)--thinking, well, if the job description called for diplomacy, Ms. Shirley Temple or Audrey Hepburn would have been the more suitable candidates, or at the very least, a better poker player.

Figuring that chances are the messenger never makes it out alive, what have I to lose if I was already handed my own death sentence ?(I still wish it didn't have to hurt so much). So, the conclusion was that going out with a little flourish would intrigue the kids (seeing the affect the 'love story' angle had on them, the levity from this counter approach seemed a tad more apropos).









26.5.11

Given My Druthers











I'd ruther not go out for coffee.

It was the Spring, or maybe Summer, of '84 when some Random Guy steals up behind me one afternoon as I was walking around in my neighborhood in the vicinity of ASU, and as he pulls up along side me asks if I was going to see the recently completed replica of 'The Dome of the Rock' Mosque. Like any woman dealing with a Random Guy, I try to Ignore him. But he persists and says he is on his way to see it, he is visiting from out of town, having recently arrived from somewhere in Europe doing something for someone using some new computer/software/ I Didn't care what--I didn't know him and had no reason to.





I had heard about the new building and while I was curious to swing by and have a look, it was not on my agenda to go see it that day. He grabs me by the elbow in a non-threatening, but forward manner, and keeps walking and talking about how he just has to see it on this particular day and I am just the person to take him inside since he doesn't want to do anything wrong or offend anybody having never been inside a Mosque before.




I tell him frankly, I am not qualified to be any kind of tourguide to first time visitors to a Mosque--why he accosted me of all people walking around for that particular task is incomprehensible to me since I was pretty sure I had left my 'Pick Me for Your Mosque Tourguide Because I am Muslim' plackard at home.




But in no time, we find ourselves at the entrance to the Mosque and the Random Guy turns to me and says, "Well, since we're already here, let's go in."




Which starts me thinking, 'I'm on the rag; I don't know if people are at prayer and if we can just barge in if the doors are closed; I don't have a scarf, I don't know Random Guy's name.'




My hesitation doesn't seem to faze him and he says, "I think we should take off our shoes before we go in." And before I even have a chance to look down, he's already out of his shoes.




"I think you can just go in. You don't need an escort," I say as a last ditch effort to ditch the Random Guy, but he insists that he wouldn't know what to do once he's inside. I guess the idea of just taking a look around at a new building is not in his lexicon. So, not wanting to deter anyone from going inside a Mosque, I reluctantly take off my shoes, the while thinking, 'This blows if they don't have something I can use to cover my hair once inside.'




It was completely empty of people when we stepped in, and it was remarkably lovely and new; true 'architecture of the veil' since we couldn't have anticipated how beautiful it was inside based on the deceptively understated exterior. We climbed up the winding stairs to see what the second floor was like and spent a few minutes just looking around and enjoying the coolness, due in no small part to the intricately carved jaalis in the outer walls acting like a natural and welcome ventilation system to hedge against the Arizona heat; the arabesques, the round dome, the Persian rugs layered on the floor, and the natural light. We didn't say one word to each other, so busy were we taking in the novelty of the space.




Then I was jarred back to reality when I heard a low and gruff voice from somewhere, 'Sister, what are you doing here?'




A short, young man came up to us from a back office somewhere, his stern look and pursed lips made it all too clear he was not pleased to see us there.




"I thought I'd come in to see the Mosque."




"Why is your hair not covered and who is this stranger you're with?"




I think the look on my face pretty much said it, but I never actually came out with it, "Duh--some Random Guy, didn't look too strange to me and wanted to see the Mosque, and I was not intending to pray!"




At which point, I felt Random Guy's hand reach for my elbow again and say in a hushed voice, "I think we've seen enough. I think we should go."




The unwelcoming host was joined by his side-kick, just as short and surley, as two white birds flew in to perch in the jaalis, and he said, "Who are you two, and where are your shoes?"




Random Guy, who by now figured out that I can be the Sister and He not the Brother for no other reason than that I am the Brunette and He is the Blonde, was bristling at this point; but he kept his pleasant demeanor as he addressed them both, "It's really very beautiful in here, thank you for your hospitality. Sorry, if I caused any trouble. We're going now."




And with one quick tug at my elbow we flew down the stairs and made sure we closed the door on our way out.




I was never so humiliated in all my life (having not lived that long, yet); to actually get thrown out of a Mosque! That's right, for doing nothing wrong but for being in the company of some Random Blonde Guy who wanted to see it.




I quickly slid into my shoes, and was trying to just as quickly part company. The Arizona heat, the mad dash down the stairs, the mortification all rushed to my face and gave new meaning to the word 'redskin'.





!You WILL put back everyword I just typed and You wiped out or I WILL NOT keep my hands off the Equipment! {for those just joining us, I had completed this tale of hijinx in the Arizona desert, when some random glitch wiped it out as I went to post it, never mind that it was saved a couple times while drafting...}{the following day, realizing, it didn't all magically get restored since I thought maybe it was rbacked}PUT-It-BACK! Erasing my words does not erase the Memory, Tom~!





{still not back?}I will now count to 3--1...2 (Michael--Brother--that thar fine piece of equipment (read Lazer) you've been developing for over a decade should be all pumped up and ready to go, what say You tune it up right about now? (nice block getting my kid to hi-jack my computer yesterday just as I was about to count 2, but it's not like there is a shortage of computers in these here United States)...





It's a good thing I count slow-- gives me time to work out what the problem is; in this case it is that anything/anyone coming across this site thinks any of this is about them--well, there is more to this World then Them. Okay?
See, some people don't give a ratsass about others because they are bitter that they have to consume the least inspired cuisine on Earth with the most restrictions, not because anyone is punishing them but because Jacob was a finicky eater and apparently had some food allergies, to boot, so they don't much care about others who consume tastier food since what can be the worst thing God can do to them besides make them eat Gfilte fish?
Then there is them who feel they sin so beyond redemption that God will wipe out everything and everyone on Earth since others can't be doing any better than they are, especially if they finally see the light and repent and are SAVED because then they will get air-lifted off the face of the Earth before God comes down really hard on them thar sinners. Not stopping to consider God has no reason to ever reproach most Buddists living on the Earth because they seem to do pretty well with just applying the Golden Rule, and they are good for the Earth; on average don't run amok against each other, and seem to do really well in school; so, why should they be wiped out if they don't have the same guilt complex as them 'we-gonna-be-air-lifted-out-of-here-everytime-we-miscall-the-end-of-the-world' ?Then there is the regular garden variety them 'holier-than-thou-'cause-i-can't-read-a-word-of-scripture-but-i-follow-the-fella-with-the-rattiest-beard'; who for the most part just wing it, or shout it, shoot it, or blow it up to make a point about something nobody else much cares about because they're all having trouble making ends meet or taking their accounts off-shore.
So, My Dear Michael, on 3 you will pick your target(s) knowing how I feel about above ground power lines and faulty infrastructure. I would just aim for the nodes and not over think this thing; don't worry if you hit me, because it ain't like I ain't been burned before. It's set up so that even a mis-fire will hit an intended target, and activate. That's a Kammand. 3!




8.5.10

A Day At The Beach

Sometime in 2001





Him: Look at you, waving at that helicopter as if they can see you!




Her: They came out of nowhere--I was just letting them know that I can see them.





Him: To them you look like a drop of rain in an Ocean…do you mind if I ask why you are just sitting in your car, why you don’t step out and walk down to the beach. It’s a beautiful day!





Her: Not feeling well.





Him: Why? You don’t look like there is anything wrong with you.





(Protracted silence)





Him: What exactly is wrong with you?





Her: I had a toxic exposure… I have a headache…they say it’s asthma…it feels more like seizures. (With every packet of information she is forced to relay her agitation grows more evident; she had come here to withdraw and not have to deal with people only to find this random passerby with nothing better to do but engage in conversation).





Him: Oh…I see…where was the explosion?





Her: There was no explosion, just a slow chronic buildup of toxins in a tight building where I work…





Him: Yes, but when was the explosion? There is usually an explosion in these cases (he says pensively).





Her: (slowly shaking her head No).





Him: Where do you work?





Her: Government office.





Him: (Nods knowingly) I see--Government! Do you see that building there? I think that it is a government building (he casually points to a lot across the street)





Her: There is no building there…(the irregular knoll didn’t appear to be large enough for a 2-bedroom home let alone a government building and the strictly residential neighborhood was far too opulent).





Him: Sure there is, don’t you see the drive way; the access road around the back?





Her: Excuse me, I am going to open the car door now and step out. He backs up to allow the door clearance.





Her: (Looks at the spot he had pointed to and Wonders what he is talking about, clearly there was no building standing there) No, there is no building there that I can see.





Him: Well, perhaps when you come back in a few years…my name is John, by the way, what’s yours?





Her: RXXXX





Him: AXXX?










Him: SXXXX.





Her: (Exasperated by now at having to repeat her name 3 times, and wondering how he can know her older sisters’ names) It’s RXXXX.





Him: Oh! RXXXX! (He says while at the same time shifting the expression on his face and his voice to look and sound just like her late father)





Her: It was nice to meet you, John, I think I’ll go down to the beach and catch a prayer.





Him: (He holds out his hand and they shake hands farewell, then he resumes his initial demeanor) Good-bye…for now. (and he winks impishly, so quickly that she doubts seeing him wink).






As John watches her make her way down to the shore and he realizes exactly how she finally got the help she needed, he laughs his head off!












Zits Comic Strip by Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman as it appeared in the June 4, 2010 issue of The Los Angeles Times.












A large building nears final construction on the site in question as of this blog entry date; but somehow I am disinclined to believe the chopper or its occupants had anything to do with my mother.