The man’s transient, mortal existence constantly faces dangers or challenges in unpredictable manner. The man is constantly driven to make choices and the man often acts as if he is in control of his life and external circumstances that tend to modify the course of his life. Human existence could be viewed as a game of chess. Depending upon the nature of the opponent, human existence faces challenges from several directions which may not be anticipated, and the human player may or may not be able to escape from the danger posed to his existence.
I am asking readers to examine the concept of Fate, Destiny, Predestination, Vidhi, Daivam, and Niyati shared by people all over the world apart from Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Hindus. The Controller or the Agency that operates Fate or Destiny could be different from God. At least in Indian tradition, epic poems of Valmiki Ramayana refer to Vidhi, Daivam, and Niyati as Knower/Power foreordaining of all that will happen. Most Hindus worship Lord Rama and glorify Him as Absolute Reality or Ultimate Truth. And yet, Prince Rama’s Life Journey proceeds as if all His actions were Predestined or foreordained.
I prefer to share ideas from Bible as it is easy to quote the relevant scripture.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898 – 1963), Oxford and Cambridge Scholar, novelist, writer of stories for children, and Literary Critic, in his Autobiographical Sketch titled ‘Surprised by Joy’ has visualized his existence as that of a ‘Divine Pursuit’. It is not man who searches and eventually finds God. It is rather God who pursues the man throughout his life’s moves. God is the one who searches for man and not vice versa. God goes about seeking the souls that are His. If man wanders off, God goes to man in order to reconcile him. God’s searching for man is serious and is not ostensible. If life could be described as Man vs God Chess Game; God skillfully places the man in a position which gives no option of escape and finally God captures man. C.S. Lewis has entitled the penultimate chapter of his Autobiography as “Checkmate”. Lewis describes God as the Divine Chess player who gradually maneuvers him into an impossible position. “All over the board my pieces were in the most disadvantageous positions. Soon I could no longer cherish even the illusion that the initiative lay with me. My Adversary began to make His final moves.” When God is the Divine Chess player, getting ‘Checkmated’ is only a moment of great Joy. The man who is defeated, the man who is pursued, and the man who is out maneuvered, is saved by the ‘Uplifting Power’ of Mercy, Grace, and Compassion of the Divine Chess player.
I describe the challenge of human existence to the game of playing Chess. The Agency or Power called Fate knows your mind, knows your response to any given situation in life. It alters, modifies, or even creates external circumstances of life in such a way that man is forced to act in conformity with Divine Will, and the notion of ‘Free Will’ is mere illusion.
I ask my readers to carefully verify the problems of existence, the challenges faced by millions of people in their daily lives. In medical practice, doctors routinely encounter problems of human pain and suffering that cannot be easily explained. No man exists in world depending exclusively upon his mental and physical work. Man needs ‘Redemption’ or ‘The Redeemer’ just to spend the few days of his mortal existence.
What is Existence?
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Professor of Anatomy and Physiology, later, Dean, Harvard School of Medicine ( 1847- 53) states, “To live is to function and that is all there is in living.” I ask my readers to read Human Physiology and Human Anatomy to grasp the meaning of his words.
For all living things exist as Individuals with Individuality, the purpose of existence needs definition on individualistic basis. However, it must be noted that bodies do not comprise the ‘Whole of Existence’. For that reason, we have to ask, 1.What is it existing?, 2. Who is it existing?, 3. Where is it existing?, 4. When is it existing?, and 5. Why is it existing?
I describe reality of man in terms of ‘Matter’, an indispensable factor in the constitution of physical thing. Matter is associated with the idea of quantity, the basic magnitudes such as Mass, Space, and Time. That which is or has Matter in it necessarily occupies Space. While Time and Space are thought of as ‘immaterial’ dimensions, existence of material things is always influenced by Time and Space. For example, the era of Dinosaurs is entirely different from present time. Planet Earth is not the same as it existed in times before. In fact, Earth is never present at the same location in Space at any given two instants while man may experience changing Seasons in consistent manner.
It is not easy or practical to define individualistic purpose in life as life is always influenced by cosmic events such as ‘BOLIDE’ collision which in the past wiped out the entire, thriving population of Dinosaurs.
Before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A., I lived in Doom Dooma, Assam, India during the presidency of Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. Its destiny that gave the presidency to Gerald Ford who studied in Ann Arbor, Michigan decades before my arrival in Ann Arbor. I made no choice of my own and my moves were entirely caused by external circumstances on which I had no control.
For I lived in Doom Dooma, I understand the meaning of Doom, Destiny, Fate, Judgment, and Punishment that shapes the purpose in life.
I maintain lifetime affiliation to military organization known in India as Special Frontier Force-Establishment No.22-Vikas Regiment. For reasons of this affiliation, my individualistic purpose is that of Doom Dooma Doomsayer. I am announcing that Earth again faces the danger of collision with a large stone or Bolide which shapes the earthly experience of Doom, Catastrophe, Apocalypse, Disaster, or Cataclysm that causes the sudden downfall of an evil power code-named Babylon in Chapter 18, the Book of Revelation.
The site of asteroid or bolide impact is expected to be near Shanghai Nanhui Port, China.