“As it dawned on me that I was going to be eaten by the Horma, I started to sing, at first softly then in a midrange tone. I improvised the lyrics so I dont know the exact words I used. But it was a song about Universal Love.
“I amazed myself because even as I listened to my song I marvelled at both my own creativity and the beauty of the song.
“I threw all my genuine love into the song, seeing myself and all else encapsulated by the Universe in Its womb of compassion and understanding.
“The tentacles that gripped me began to slacken and I noticed that the small sound from the two trees had ceased. Gradually the trees stopped swaying as the tentacles finally left me and withdrew.
“I continued singing, shooting love from my heart at all things and genuinely meaning it. I did not immediately leave the entrance of the cave. No, my love was too strong to place emphasis on escaping.
“Then an utterance reached my inner self, ” ‘Go, brother, before they come for you. We’ll tell our kindred elsewhere on this planet to keep their tentacles off you and your kind.
” ‘We, the Horma had never before now recognised anything as sentient who dont exhibit three traits, namely, appreciation of the beauty of sound, the universality of love and the absence of fear.
” ‘You have proved yourself sentient and we have no more right over you.
” ‘As for the Goona, the Insectoids, they enslaved us about one thousand years ago by finding out the secret of our existence. It is called the Sinuga, a large piece of diamond buried in the centre of this planet. That is the source of our power. It’s rays circulate this planet, nourishing us. The seizure of this diamond forced us to become carnivorous for survival. Help us, Commander El Nuk. Let us forge an alliance against the Goona and recover Sinuga the Diamond.
“I continued to sing even as the telepathic utterances imprinted themselves in my heart. Then I moved towards the direction the Goona brought me, still singing deep in love and joy.
“Along the way I saw other trees I had not noticed before, with tentacles raised in salutation, till I reached a large open field brightly lit by lights hanging from poles. In the centre were some of my crew struggling to untie themselves as they noticed their guards, the insectoids slipping into a stupor.
“My crew joined me in the song and before long we had completedly freed ourselves from the Goona without firing a shot.
“Before morning, The Intergalactic Forces had arrived and rounded up the Goona. Sinuga the Diamond was recovered and reburied in the centre of the planet.
“This event taught me the power of love, especially expressed in a song. It was beautiful and touching to see millions of tentacles from the Horma raised in joy as we lifted off from their planet that day.
“That is one experience I’ll never forget, Shoram.”
My father’s story kept on being picturised in my mind that night. The whole thing reminded me of the Cragto and the way I communicated with him. If only people could see the power in constantly keeping love burning in one’s heart…
( My wife and I dressed up to attend a seminar to be held at the Main Hall of the Castle of The Blue Flames. Guest speaker was going to be Sri Rajiv Kapoor from Kerala University. We’ve attended many seminars in which he lectured, but this one was going to be a thriller. He would talk on ‘Cosmolingo and Human Languages.’
As I drove towards the venue I remembered the story El Nuk told Shoram about the power of love.
“I wish Shoram’s father had definite lyrics or could remember fragments of what he improvised. Maybe he sang in Cosmolingo?” I said.
“Most probably and that is why the Horma understood it”, my wife replied.
“Even if the song had been in Topazi or Hanian, the thought behind the song would have been conveyed to the minds of the Horma, anyway”.
“That’s true”, my wife agreed, and before we knew it we had arrived at The Hall.
I parked the car and we both made our way in and chose our seats. We were among the earliest arrivals.
People started trooping in and soon it was a lively place.
Someone sat close to us but we did not pay much attention till we heard him say,
“Good day, Mr and Mrs Mook”.
Sitting right beside us was Corporal Niku!)