- Jajer Phggs - Archaeologist
- I have been a successful and accomplished archaeologist for the last ten years. Recently, my team and I have spent the last three months exploring and excavating the land that Siddhartha, the Buddha, walked across as he tried to find enlightenment. We were hired by National Geographic to find artifacts related to the life of Siddhartha and the people that drastically affected his life. On October 18, 2010 we will present these findings to the Executive Board of the National Geographic Society in the hopes that we will convince them to fund a further field study to document and catalog all of the artifacts.
Chaitra 17 554 BCE Guruvar
My son is gone. I tried following him, but I could not find him. As I walked among those in the city, I remembered my past life. My nights with Kamala and my riches as a merchant. Vasudeva told me that perhaps my son does not want to be found. I now know that I was not a good father. I thought that perhaps he would have learned on his own, but Vasudeva pointed out that that was probably why he ran away. It is a horrible feeling to know that you are the reason your child has left. I only wish Kamala was here, maybe she could help me understand our son. I have decided to listen to the river. It is the only thing that I know will not betray me. I tried today. The river laughed at me, but also made me realize something important. I feel so empty without my son, just knowing that he is out there on his own. The river made me realize that just as I feel like this, my own father probably felt the same way. The man who taught me experienced the same thing I am currently going through. As I listened to the river, I also saw every person that I have ever seen. My father, myself, and my son. Kamala, Govinda and others. I heard myself growing from a child to the man I am now. What surprised me the most was that this time, everything seemed different. Everything seemed somehow connected. It all suddenly came together, everything combined to make the Om. Vasudeva was with me and encouraged me to listen better. I tried, very hard I tried. And I finally understood, I finally found what I was searching for. I no longer feel empty, my Self has merged into unity. I am no longer fighting my destiny. I finally understand the unity of all things. Vasudeva smiled as he saw this on my face. It turns out that he was a follower of the Buddha. I say "was" because he no longer knows where he is in life. He has left to the forest. I am glad to see him leave, for he told me that he is returning to the unity of all things. I feel so relieved. I feel free.
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