Sages of the New Covenant
Now Chennai city is progressive and attending a cocktail party is no longer a taboo in most of the families; but the Madras (old name for Chennai) of 1990 was different. . Liberalization of the Indian economy in 1991 ushered Cultural Shock in Madras. The multinational companies, which made their entry into India, brought their culture, along their business. By 1995 particularly in IT based companies, late night parties became the order of their week-ends. In 1999 the people of Madras for the first time witnessed New Year’s parties with International Disco-Jockeys (DJ) and world famous Item dancers even at Three Star Hotels; leave alone the extravaganza in Five Star Hotels. Though teetotalers could pick-up a mocktail, for very many people from conservative families, attending a cocktail party is nothing short of a nightmare and such people couch themselves watching the fun on the television.
Proactive leaders do not stand and stare when they sense a ‘Social Concern’. One such person is Prof. Anto Vincent, the former Vice President of FORD India. He wanted to organize a liquor free party packed with fun, on the eve of New Year – 2000 and he beckoned my friend Er Joe Basker and me for a discussion at his residence during the first week of January 1999. During the meeting it was decided to rope-in more volunteers and meet during the Pongal (Harvest Festival of the people of Tamil Nadu) holidays with some volunteers for the project. Alas! We failed to attract more volunteers and after realizing the mammoth of job involved in the project, we decided to drop the project.
Despite scrapping the project, there was an Inner Voice urging me to do something for the New Year celebration of 2000. Hence, whenever I paid visit to Netcafe India, a world-class surfing centre run by friend Mr Mohammed Yunus, I used to search for the various events that were planned as Millennium Celebration. During one such endeavor, one message in one of the WebPages that was very much sticking to me was: “New Zealand The First Nation To See the First Light Of The New Millennium”. An instant Intuition flashed in my mind: "It cannot be New Zealand; but India".
I started doing some calculations based on the knowledge I had gained in geography and astronomy (During my childhood days I wanted become an astronaut; hence I used to read lot of books on astronomy during my high school days.) Based on simple calculation of the time zones itself, one could negate New Zealand, and conclude that it would be in India.
I am not an astrophysicist to claim my hypothesis. So I had written to various organizations to get a confirmation for my claim. One such organization was Royal Greenwich Observatory. I was expecting a reply from the National Remote Sensing Laboratory; but it was frustrating they didn’t even acknowledge my email. It was a great joy when I received an email from Dr Robin Catchpole (currently an Astronomer at Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge) of Royal Greenwich Observatory Research Council. He had confirmed the following:
According to the International Meridian Conference, the universal day begins when it is 'mean’ midnight at the cross hairs of the Airy transit circle in the Old Royal Observatory at Greenwich. So the start of the new millennium is at 00:00 on 1 January 2000, measured in Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). This would have to be regarded as the astronomical definition of the instant of the New Year.
When it is midnight on December 31 in Greenwich, where is the Sun actually rising at that moment? The answer is: the real sunrise of the new millennium will shine down on Katchal Island (of the Nicobar group), India almost 300 km south of the Andaman Islands on the eastern side of the Bay of Bengal (Indian Ocean).
The following map would give the location of Katchall Island to those who are not familiar with Nicobar Islands of India.
I worked on the intuition and it helped me to unearth the truth. Otherwise this important event of the current millennium would have gone unnoticed by the society.
Job of Abrahamic time during his “Divine Discovery” was asking the following question:
“Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart?" - Job 36:36
What he meant through the question was the following:
“ …. it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9-11
When you get an intuition, don't just brush it aside. It could be the voice of God!
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