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“Depart Earth”

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER   
 

King Anu issues evacuation decree as catastrophic globalwide flood looms

As the merciless Ice Age tightened its grip and mankind continued to reel from starvation and famine, a flint-hearted Enlil, the Bible’s primary Jehovah/Yahweh, simply looked the other way in a gloating fashion.

 

The kindly Enki approached and implored him: “Let us the Earthlings pond- and canal-building teach, let them from the seas fish and sustenance obtain!” Enlil outrightly rejected the plea. In fact, he underlined to the pantheon that under no circumstances should any of the Anunnaki bigwigs have anything to do with ameliorating the plight of mankind. “This by decree I forbid!  Let the Earthlings by hunger and pestilence perish!” Enki in particular was told he would be closely watched in case he deviated from upholding this declaration.     


Mankind was in a bind. The Anakim, the giant offspring of the Nephilim and their human spouses, had now proliferated and like mankind they too were on their own. They resorted to plundering the little food that mankind had to spare by way of bluster. They would lay siege to a particular human settlement and extort foodstuffs from them on pain of death. As such, mankind came to dub them “locusts”. Locusts, as you may be aware, can swarm a whole field in their billions and eat up all the vegetation in it till only bare ground remains.

 

Then came crunch time, when mankind could not spare a crumb for the Anakim. The Anakim now resorted to feeding on humans themselves, a propensity humans replicated by desperate necessity when they too began to feed on each other. It is this cannibalistic bent that gave “giants” the reputation of man-eaters in legends and folk stories that survive to this day.


By this time, Noah, who was not aware Enki was his real father, was a grown man. He had inherited Enki’s most distinguishing trait – boundless compassion.  As a priest, Noah lived a life of privilege but his heart bled for ordinary mankind. It reached a stage where he could no longer stand the misery that he was seeing all around him and so moved from Shuruppak, where he was based, to Eridu, Enki’s cult city.

 

There, he set up abode in a cottage behind Enki’s Temple, as royal Anunnaki homes were called.  Every day, Noah “wept, bringing oblations in the morning and at night giving attention to dreams”, in the hope that through this medium Enki might convey instructions to him which would serve to allay the hardships mankind was facing. Noah relentlessly bid Enki to try and prevail over his step brother Enlil to exercise mercy on the suffering and dying masses.


Initially, Enki, who was yoked to Enlil’s no-reach-out-and-touch decree, remained dismissively silent. In fact, he began to absent himself from his home, sailing in the marshlands throughout the day as Noah’s tears gave him a lump in the throat. But Noah was not giving up: noting that Enki now had become a scarce commodity, he built a makeshift cabin right on the banks of the river so that the moment Enki came ashore, whether this be at dusk or midnight, he would run to him, throw himself at his feet, and petition him to get Enlil to relax his hand vis-a-vis the fate of mankind.    

ENKI DEFIES ENLIL

Unable to stand the pestering of Noah anymore, Enki finally hearkened. He called Noah, along with some of his advisors, into his inner sanctums and dubbing his eyes with a handkerchief explained to him how of the pantheon he had gallantly opposed Enlil but in vain. Then after sitting in silence for a long while, he announced that that he was going to defy Enlil anyway.

 

He there and then radioed his trusted lieutenants across the globe and made known  to them that as the official “God of the Sea” – Oanness in Greek – he  was giving the green light for mankind to fish from the seas. All the aerial and maritime patrols that had been in place to ensure mankind did not come near the sea were to be suspended forthwith.   In addition, mankind was to be provided with corn from strategic reserves which continued to sustain the Anunnaki.


The stampede was of apocalyptic proportions. It was like the opening up of the sluice gates. The swoop on the bodies of brine was such that some people died in the very frenzy. The pro-Enki Anunnaki joined in the fray too: using sophisticated, mechanised fishing equipment, they came up with huge hauls just to help mankind. 

 

Obviously, such frantic mass activity could not escape Enlil for long. When he got wind of it, he was furious. He there and then summoned Enki to Nippur and before the whole ruling assembly tore into him for his treachery, for being in breach of the surveillance and containment plans. “Just what’s wrong with you Enki?” he snorted. “Why can’t you listen to me for a change? I know you are older than me but I’m senior in rank, mandated to discharge my due functions by King Anu. It’s time you came to terms with that inalienable truth Enki.”


Enki’s terse response was that if Enlil were in his shoes, he would be just as empathetic: it was he, Enki, who created mankind and it was therefore natural to feel for them. Enlil angrily retorted that what Enki had created were second-rate beings who were so dumb and unruly that he, Enlil, was made to spend sleepless nights just to ram sanity into them and bring them in line.

 

“You cannot pride yourself on fashioning such imbecilic beings,” Enlil charged. “You ought to be ashamed of yourself Enki. Look at how your Lulu’s  have multiplied and filled every inch of the globe, all  because the only think they could ever be good at is having sex. You created beings, Enki, whose brains reside not in their skulls but in their groins.”    


Enlil once again restated his earlier decree: mankind, the Nephilim, and the Anakim were to be left to their own devices. Their fate was extermination arising from hunger and disease. If any one single “god” so much as extended a charitable hand to them, he would incur the full wrath of he Enlil.  

NIBIRU THREAT HAS ANU ORDER ANUNNAKI EVACUATION

This time around, Enki steeled himself and stoically bore the suffering of his own creation for a much longer time. Whilst deep down he was aching and seething and Noah was relentless in badgering him to take the desperately needed remedial action, he remained aloof for fear of ruffling Enlil’s feathers. Everything has a limit though and in the seventh shar after the onset of the Ice Age, Enki once again buckled.


Mankind was “starving and disintegrating”. They were “like ghosts of the dead”. Enki just could not bear the sight of these wraith-like human figures. At the time, mankind was now worshipping the Anunnaki gods formally, in the manner we do today. Wherever they were, they would congregate once in a while and air intercessions and supplications to the Anunnaki, particularly Enlil, Enki, Ninmah and Marduk although the Enkites as a rule abhorred the rite of worship. Humans were doing this out of sheer desperation in the hope that their “gods” might hear them and do something to put an end to their woes.  


Enki assembled all the Enkites and loyal elders at his mansion at Eridu and pronounced these instructions: "Make a loud noise in the land. Send out heralds to command all the people: ‘Do not revere your gods, do not pray to your goddesses.  There is to be total disobedience!” In other words, Enki decided to force the abolition of religion so that mankind should not remain in a docile, long-suffering state but actualise the inert power in him and become more militant. What this amounted to was an instigation to rise up against Enlil and his fellow Enlilites, who had introduced religion in the time of Seth’s son Enosh.  


Enlil of course knew who was behind the whole humdrum and wasted no time in summoning the ever intractable Enki before the Assembly of the Gods. For much of the meeting, Enki and Enlil exchanged caustic words, Enki in defence of his actions and Enlil spewing venom at him for his intransigence.


Meanwhile, Nibiru was in its way back to the Solar System ecliptic in its 3600-year orbital journey around the Sun and its preliminary effects were already being felt. Using seismological instruments, Ninurta had already detected “quakes and jitters” in the Earth’s crust. Perhaps the most chilling of developments was a report submitted to the Assembly of the Gods by Enki’s second-born son Nergal and his wife Ereshkigal, who were based at Cape Agulhas, the astronomical, climate and Earth-monitoring station in South Africa.

 

They had just returned from the Antarctica and had found that the Antarctic Ice Sheet was slipping and was already at its most precarious angle in relation to the sea. What that meant was that the gravitational tug of a nearing Nibiru was certain to dislodge it into the sea, causing an apocalyptic globalwide flood.


Shortly after receiving the Antarctic Report, Enlil filed his own to King Anu on Nibiru thus: “The next time Nibiru the Sun shall be nearing, Earth to Nibiru's net force (gravity) exposed shall be, Lahmu (Mars) in its circuits on the Sun's other side shall a station take. From the net force of Nibiru Earth in the heavens protection shall not have, Kishar (Jupiter) and its host agitated shall be, Lahamu (Venus) shall also shake and wobble.

 

In Earth's great Below (southern hemisphere), the snow-ice of the Whiteland (Antarctica) its footing is losing; the next time Nibiru the closest to Earth shall approach, the snow-ice off the Whiteland's surface shall come a-sliding. A watery calamity it shall cause: by a huge wave, a Deluge, the Earth will be overwhelmed”!


After studying the report and following consultations with his advisors, King Anu made the decision that both Earth and Mars were to be evacuated and all the Anunnaki were to return to Nibiru. The gold mines in Africa and the smelting and refining facilities at Badtibira were to be shut down. All the Earth-based Anunnaki were to abandon their postings and converge at Sippa, the space station.

 

King Anu was to dispatch a fleet of “celestial chariots” (shuttlecraft) to transport the Anunnaki to the Mothership and onward to Nibiru. Of course all this would not happen overnight: it would take several years for preparations to be made, which in Anunnaki time amounted to mere weeks.

GALZU’S STAY-THE-COURSE MESSAGE

During these hectic days, a most interesting virtuoso of a being touched down at the spaceport at Sippar unannounced. Spaceport commander Utu-Shamash promptly got in touch with Enlil so that he meets him as Earth’s Chief Executive. The gray-haired being, who looked Anunnaki in every respect and sounded like a sage, introduced himself as Galzu, meaning “Great Soul”. He said he was coming from Nibiru as King Anu’s “emissary plenipotentiary” and had a special message to deliver. He asked that Enki and Ninmah also be present to hear the message.


Galzu raised suspicions in the mind of Enlil as Enlil had not received advanced notice from King Anu as to Galzu’s mission. Naturally, Enlil demanded that he shows his bonafides. Galzu produced a sealed and encrypted digital message and handed it to Enlil. Having opened and examined the message tablet, the IT experts at Nippur found that it indeed was consistent with other such tablets they had received from King Anu before: it was authentic and its coding was aboveboard. There was no need to request a confirmation from King Anu.  The message from King Anu in part said, “For King and Council Galzu speaks, his words are my command”.


Enlil then sent for Enki and Ninmah, who were prompt in their arrival. The first thing Galzu noted about Ninmah was how old she looked when she and him had, so he said,  gone to school together on Nibiru at some stage. “Do you remember me Ninmah?” Galzu asked. “We’re of the same age and were classmates.” On her part, Ninmah could not remotely remember the man, who thanks to the slowed biological clocks on Nibiru looked young enough to be her son.


Galzu said he had been sent to Earth to deliver final instructions about the Anunnaki evacuation from Earth ahead of the now near-at-hand Deluge that was certain to arise from the Antarctic Ice Sheet’s precipitate slippage into the Antarctic Sea.   It was not in the interests of the three to return to Nibiru as they simply would be returning to their death. Galzu said when Dumuzi came to Nibiru with Adapa and stayed there for one shar, his body chemistry was closely studied and it was found that if he stayed longer, he would die way much earlier than he could if he stayed on Earth. This was because having lived on Earth for all his life, his biological processes were now attuned to Earth’s circadian rhythms and were not amenable to Nibiru’s.


Galzu went on to say all the Anunnaki who had returned to Nibiru after their tour of duty had died after living for only a few shars. “Those who on Earth the longest stayed by the returning harshly were afflicted: their bodies to Nibiru's cycles were accustomed no longer, their sleep was disturbed, their eyesight was failing, the net force of Nibiru weighted their walk,” Galzu said. “Their minds were also affected, as sons were older than the parents they had left! Death, my comrades, to the returnees quickly came; of that I am here a warning to give!”

ENLIL OUTRAGED AT CONFINEMENT TO EARTH

 In a nutshell, Galzu’s message was that Enki, Enlil and Ninmah were to spend their entire lives on  Earth, where they stood a better chance of living longer than they would on Nibiru: they would return to  Nibiru only when staring death in the face so that the last rites were read on the planet of their origin. As such, they should ride out the Deluge and begin life on a new slate once the waters had receded. But the rest of the Anunnaki could return to Nibiru if they so chose.


“Now this is the secret command from Nibiru,” Galzu proceeded. “The three of you on Earth will remain; only to die to Nibiru you will return! In celestial chariots, the Earth encircling, the calamity you shall outwait; to each of the other Anunnaki, a choice to leave or the calamity outwait must be given. The Igigi who Earthlings espoused must between departure and spouses choose: no Earthling, Marduk's Sarpanit included, to Nibiru to journey is allowed! For all who stay and what happens see, in celestial chariots they safety must seek! As for all the others, to depart for Nibiru forthwith they ready must be.”


Enlil was furious as the implications were profound. If he was now confined to Earth, it meant he would no longer inherit the Sirian-Orion throne and he would have to continue contending with Marduk for supremacy on Earth. He ranted to Galzu that he regretted having come to this planet, which Enki and the Lulu’s he created had turned into a cesspit. He didn’t know that as a master, he would become the slave to slaves (Earthlings) and that he would end up being imprisoned on this backward planet.


Galzu listened to him sympathetically.  His response at long last was a philosophical one. Was the Anunnaki mission to Earth a matter of fate, which was avoidable, or destiny, which was unavoidable? “On Nibiru much thinking and soul-searching deep questions were being raised,” he said soothingly. “Should Nibiru to its fate have been left (when need arose to plug the Ozone hole with a canopy of gold particles)? Or was the coming to Earth by the Creator of All (God) conceived and we only unwitting emissaries? Of that, my comrades, the debate will continue!” Enlil cursed under his breath. But was Galzu indeed the genuine article he presented himself as or simply an impostor?

NEXT WEEK: ENKI’S BOAT OF SALVATION

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The Daring Dozen at Bari

8th December 2020
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Seventy-seven years ago, on the evening of December 2, 1943, the Germans launched a surprise air raid on allied shipping in the Italian port of Bari, which was then the key supply centre for the British 8th army’s advance in Italy.

The attack was spearheaded by 105 Junkers JU88 bombers under the overall command of the infamous Air Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen (who had initially achieved international notoriety during the Spanish Civil War for his aerial bombardment of Guernica). In a little over an hour the German aircraft succeeded in sinking 28 transport and cargo ships, while further inflicting massive damage to the harbour’s facilities, resulting in the port being effectively put out of action for two months.

Over two thousand ground personnel were killed during the raid, with the release of a secret supply of mustard gas aboard one of the destroyed ships contributing to the death toll, as well as subsequent military and civilian casualties. The extent of the later is a controversy due to the fact that the American and British governments subsequently covered up the presence of the gas for decades.

At least five Batswana were killed and seven critically wounded during the raid, with one of the wounded being miraculously rescued floating unconscious out to sea with a head wound. He had been given up for dead when he returned to his unit fourteen days later. The fatalities and casualties all occurred when the enemy hit an ammunition ship adjacent to where 24 Batswana members of the African Pioneer Corps (APC) 1979 Smoke Company where posted.

Thereafter, the dozen surviving members of the unit distinguished themselves for their efficiency in putting up and maintaining smokescreens in their sector, which was credited with saving additional shipping. For his personal heroism in rallying his men following the initial explosions Company Corporal Chitu Bakombi was awarded the British Empire Medal, while his superior officer, Lieutenant N.F. Moor was later given an M.B.E.

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A Strong Marriage Bond Needs Two

8th December 2020

Remember: bricks and cement are used to build a house, but mutual love, respect and companionship are used to build a HOME. And amongst His signs is this: He creates for you mates out of your own kind, so that you may find contentment (Sukoon) with them, and He engenders love and tenderness between you; in this behold, there are signs (messages) indeed for people who reflect and think (Quran 30:21).

This verse talks about contentment; this implies companionship, of their being together, sharing together, supporting one another and creating a home of peace. This verse also talks about love between them; this love is both physical and emotional. For love to exist it must be built on the foundation of a mutually supportive relationship guided by respect and tenderness. As the Quran says; ‘they are like garments for you, and you are garments for them (Quran 2:187)’. That means spouses should provide each other with comfort, intimacy and protection just as clothing protects, warms and dignifies the body.

In Islam marriage is considered an ‘ibaadah’, (an act of pleasing Allah) because it is about a commitment made to each other, that is built on mutual love, interdependence, integrity, trust, respect, companionship and harmony towards each other. It is about building of a home on an Islamic foundation in which peace and tranquillity reigns wherein your offspring are raised in an atmosphere conducive to a moral and upright upbringing so that when we all stand before Him (Allah) on that Promised Day, He will be pleased with them all.

Most marriages start out with great hopes and rosy dreams; spouses are truly committed to making their marriages work. However, as the pressures of life mount, many marriages change over time and it is quite common for some of them to run into problems and start to flounder as the reality of living with a spouse that does not meet with one’s pre-conceived ‘expectations’. However, with hard work and dedication, couples can keep their marriages strong and enjoyable. How is it done? What does it take to create a long-lasting, satisfying marriage?

Below are some of the points that have been taken from a marriage guidance article I read recently and adapted for this purposes.

POSITIVITY
Spouses should have far more positive than negative interactions. If there is too much negativity — criticizing, demanding, name-calling, holding grudges, etc. — the relationship will suffer. However, if there is never any negativity, it probably means that frustrations and grievances are not getting ‘air time’ and unresolved tension is accumulating inside one or both partners waiting to ‘explode’ one day.

“Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames.” (49:11)

We all have our individual faults though we may not see them nor want to admit to them but we will easily identify them in others. The key is balance between the two extremes and being supportive of one another. To foster positivity in a marriage that help make them stable and happy, being affectionate, truly listening to each other, taking joy in each other’s achievements and being playful are just a few examples of positive interactions.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character and the best of you are those who are best to their wives”

UNDERSTANDING

Another characteristic of happy marriages is empathy; understanding your spouses’ perspective by putting oneself in his or her shoes. By showing that understanding and identifying with your spouse is important for relationship satisfaction. Spouses are more likely to feel good about their marriage and if their partner expresses empathy towards them. Husbands and wives are more content in their relationships when they feel that their partners understand their thoughts and feelings.

Successful married couples grow with each other; it simply isn’t wise to put any person in charge of your happiness. You must be happy with yourself before anyone else can be.  You are responsible for your actions, your attitudes and your happiness. Your spouse just enhances those things in your life. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”

COMMITMENT

Successful marriages involve both spouses’ commitment to the relationship. The married couple should learn the art of compromise and this usually takes years. The largest parts of compromise are openness to the other’s point of view and good communication when differences arise.

When two people are truly dedicated to making their marriage work, despite the unavoidable challenges and obstacles that come, they are much more likely to have a relationship that lasts. Husbands and wives who only focus on themselves and their own desires are not as likely to find joy and satisfaction in their relationships.

ACCEPTANCE

Another basic need in a relationship is each partner wants to feel valued and respected. When people feel that their spouses truly accept them for who they are, they are usually more secure and confident in their relationships. Often, there is conflict in marriage because partners cannot accept the individual preferences of their spouses and try to demand change from one another. When one person tries to force change from another, he or she is usually met with resistance.

However, change is much more likely to occur when spouses respect differences and accept each other unconditionally. Basic acceptance is vital to a happy marriage. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “It is the generous (in character) who is good to women, and it is the wicked who insults them.”
“Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.” (Quran 15:85)

COMPASSION, MUTUAL LOVE AND RESPECT

Other important components of successful marriages are love, compassion and respect for each other. The fact is, as time passes and life becomes increasingly complicated, the marriage is often stressed and suffers as a result. A happy and successful marriage is based on equality. When one or the other dominates strongly, intimacy is replaced by fear of displeasing.

It is all too easy for spouses to lose touch with each other and neglect the love and romance that once came so easily. It is vital that husbands and wives continue to cultivate love and respect for each other throughout their lives. If they do, it is highly likely that their relationships will remain happy and satisfying. Move beyond the fantasy and unrealistic expectations and realize that marriage is about making a conscious choice to love and care for your spouse-even when you do not feel like it.

Seldom can one love someone for whom we have no respect. This also means that we have to learn to overlook and forgive the mistakes of one’s partner. In other words write the good about your partner in stone and the bad in dust, so that when the wind comes it blows away the bad and only the good remains.

Paramount of all, marriage must be based on the teachings of the Noble Qur’an and the teachings and guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). To grow spiritually in your marriage requires that you learn to be less selfish and more loving, even during times of conflict. A marriage needs love, support, tolerance, honesty, respect, humility, realistic expectations and a sense of humour to be successful.

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Chronic Joblessness: How to Help Curtail it

30th November 2020
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The past week or two has been a mixed grill of briefs in so far as the national employment picture is concerned. BDC just injected a further P64 million in Kromberg & Schubert, the automotive cable manufacturer and exporter, to help keep it afloat in the face of the COVID-19-engendered global economic apocalypse. The financial lifeline, which follows an earlier P36 million way back in 2017, hopefully guarantees the jobs of 2500, maybe for another year or two.

It was also reported that a bulb manufacturing company, which is two years old and is youth-led, is making waves in Selibe Phikwe. Called Bulb Word, it is the only bulb manufacturing operation in Botswana and employs 60 people. The figure is not insignificant in a town that had 5000 jobs offloaded in one fell swoop when BCL closed shop in 2016 under seemingly contrived circumstances, so that as I write, two or three buyers have submitted bids to acquire and exhume it from its stage-managed grave.

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