The title of this literary project, “The Maharajagar”, is a self-coined portmanteau through combining parts of the Hindu words; mahaan (great), hare (green) and ajagar (dragon). The main purpose of this novel is to entertain the reader with a historical fantasy: a spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy and absolute power, set against the canvas of North America, Europe and Asia during World War 1 and the ensuing great depression.
Under this introduction you’ll find a short resume of the progress of this enterprise as well as a nonfiction essay that resulted from the research endeavors to create this series.
The Beginning: A Multicultural Tale of Transformation (The Maharajagar Book 1)
On June 16, 1914, journalist Alec Bannon and his young wife Millie Bloom, a photographer, meet at the Museum of Natural Science of New York an Inuit called Piugaattoq (also known as Minik Wallace) who’s father’s bones are on display over there. Minik hires the services of a Chinese tong and a Voodoo priest to assist him for revengefully replacing his father’s remains by those of the museum director’s deceased father. The Bannon’s, freshly accredited at New York, make a reportage about it and soon afterwards they’re entangled into a web of intrigues that surrounds the power struggle for the leadership of the Chinese Tongs that also has far reaching geo-political consequences, involves multi-million dollar transactions between multinational colonial trading companies, weapon trafficking, a mysterious organization of immortals and some (not always nice) supernatural creatures.
This book is the first volume of a series of five books that is called The Maharajagar. It can be read as a standalone and is available on this link.
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- Publication Date: September 28, 2019
The Assembly Hall: To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation (Maharajagar Book 2)
The Book of the Assembly Hall is the pivotal one of the five major books of the Maharajagar. The Book of the Beginning has laid the groundwork for the epic; the backgrounds of the protagonists and antagonists, their power struggles and claims, the assassination attempts, the safe deliverance of the protagonists and subsequent self-imposed exile; their reappearance at Saskisiw’s bridegroom choice; their consequent marriage and finally the acquisition of their own field of influence by the partition of the sphere of influence of the Hip Sing through the wise guidance of Prince Lu. One could have closed the Book of the Beginning and never expect a sequel to it.
The Assembly Hall begins with the establishment of Wen and the other members of the Qi’tet as prosperous Canadian entrepreneurs. Soon they started to expand their influence beyond their assigned territory. Big parts of the essential actions of this book take place in an assembly Hall; places used to hold council and entertainment.
There are two halls involved; the one at the Magical Palace on Cockburn Island and the one at the Hip Sing Headquarters in New York. It is the Hall at Cockburn Island that becomes a bone of contention, it is in the New York Hall where it all ends.
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- Publisher: BOSTOEN COPELAND & DAY; 2 edition (October 7, 2019)
- Publication Date: October 7, 2019
The Forest: Thoughtful exploration and mental expansion are synergistic forces. (The Maharajagar Book 3)
Since the story-line of this book is grafted upon the structure of the Mahabharata, it seemed appropriate to stick to the title of the corresponding section in the original tale; The Forest.
In the Mahabharata, the forest was a place for those exiled or expelled of society. The third book of the Maharajagar describes the twelve years in exile of the protagonists and the focus lies upon the character building that the main personages experience during this period.
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- Publication Date: March 29, 2020
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GENERAL THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MAHARAJAGAR.
This series uses metaphors, symbols, ambiguities, and overtones which gradually link themselves together so as to form a network of connections binding the whole work. This system of connections gives the tale a wide, more universal significance as it becomes a modern microcosm presented from a fictive metaphysical perspective. This system can be described as the “mythic method”: a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and give significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history.
As such, this derivative of the Mahabharata contains several textual, biographical, temporal, and topographical discrepancies during its adaption to a contemporary novel, as do the names and some facts derived from the lives of real people in a variety of often unexpected ways to recreate the life-stories of its protagonists. I made an effort to connect this novel with the work of more contemporary writers as James Joyce (Ulysses), Thomas Mann (Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family), Tayeb Salihel (Season of Migration to the North), Honoré de Balzac (Father Goriot), H. P. Lovecraft (The Dreamland Cycle), … and many other literary icons while taking some artistic liberties with their creations.
This Maharajagar expresses in a popular way what is latent in contemporary culture by weaving three metatheses through its narrative.
1. The idea of synchronicity, first postulated by Carl Jung, is no longer new, but this series wants to revive interest in it by stating that coincidences are happening more often, to a greater number of people, and that they are somehow linked to our evolution as a species.
2. The ’longer now’, describes an enlargement of the circle of our thinking beyond our life, our job, our country, to appreciate humanity across the ages. We see the evolution of humankind almost as the story of a single person. The book exposes how in the last thousand years we have moved from a world centered on religion to one based on our own achievements and discoveries. The philosophical security we felt in the Middle Ages was replaced by a drive for secular material security, but now this is being questioned. The attachment to ‘scarcity consciousness’ is being eclipsed by the realization that we must now pursue that which has most meaning for us. The past few hundred years have set the stage for a new era of ‘mystery appreciation’ – whatever we find amazing, and nothing less, will determine how we spend our time.
3. The third metathesis states ‘The All is a projection of informational modulated energy waves by a cosmically horizon on the time-space continuum.’
These themes relate directly to the concerns of our time: the preoccupation with relationships and their fragile balance; environmental awareness; and, as we have left the 20th century and all that history behind, grows the desire to see the human experiment in its entirety. In this respect, The Maharajagar is compelling the reader to reflect upon its broader theme: the further evolution of the human species.
The All is an Egg: A Synthetic Theory of the Universe, Humankind and Religion
An egg has a hen’s way to produce another egg. This essay has no intention of reducing all the facets of human knowledge to a metaphor of one very common item. Instead the egg is used as a focus because of its apparent simplicity, to elaborate from thereon towards the more complicated issue of offering a new synthesis for the fragmented human knowledge and skills.Such framework can by definition not be reductionist in its concept since it has to offer an umbrella where all aspects of our understanding of the universe, humankind and religion can be assembled. The logarithmic growth of our knowledge has stimulated people to specialize in one particular field, thus causing a further growth of knowledge and compartmentalization. The current system encourages people to know everything about one thing and almost nothing about the rest. The so called ivory tower mentality among scientists is one manifestation of this attitude or, on a more mundane level, the refusal of a cameraman on a film set to replace the empty batteries of his camera because that job has to be done by an electrician. Both examples indicate the power of a socially induced conditioning against knowing or doing something that lies beyond one’s very narrowly defined field of competence.Such an emphasis on specialization leaves people at loss once they have to function outside the carefully carved borders of the domain of their acquired skills. It also leaves them with a sense of bewilderment, since almost no one seems to bother anymore about offering a metaphysical frame that allows them to “think the world together”. The scientist goes every Sunday with his family to a church where the pastor preaches gruntingly creationism and life after dead. For the rest of the week both of them live in their own bubble, ignoring the dichotomy between their knowledge and spirituality.This essay, far from being of an encyclopedic nature, goes back to the foundations of the three main facets of human abstract thinking: science, art and religion. Evolutions and new insights have emerged in all three of them. This essay wants to bring forward the core aspects that link them together and emphasize that those are stronger than the bifurcation points where they seem to clash. Let’s not forget that Einstein has spent half of his life to contest the quantum theory because it apparently clashed with some theorems of his Relativity Theory. It took scientists almost a century to come up with a Grand Unifying Theory that reconciled both. It is my personal hope that this essay could lay out the basics for a new synthesis from where a new paradigm could take hold; a contemporary Philosopher’s Egg.In alchemy the egg stands for the chaos apprehended by the artifex, the prima materia containing the captive world-soul. Out of the egg — symbolized by the round cooking vessel — will rise the eagle or phoenix, the liberated soul, which is ultimately identical with the Anthropos who was imprisoned in the embrace of Physis.
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