Enlil agrees to step down as Earth’s Chief Executive in deference to Marduk
As a dumbstruck Endubasar stared in awe at the unveiled scribal instruments for his use, the disembodied voice of the great god thundered again. “Endubasar, son of Eridu city, my faithful servant. I am your lord Enki. I have summoned you to write down my words, for I am much distraught by what has befallen Mankind by the Great Calamity. It is my wish to record the true course of the events, to let gods and men alike know that my hands are clean.
Not since the Great Deluge had such a calamity befallen the Earth and the gods and the Earthlings. But the Great Deluge was destined to happen, not so the Great Calamity. This one, seven years ago, need not have happened. It could have been prevented, and I, Enki, did all I could to prevent it; alas, I failed.” Enki simply didn’t want to tell a story: he sought absolution too. He didn’t want future human generations to attribute the subjection of Sodom and Gomorrah to a one-sided atomic onslaught to him in the slightest, an evil that was totally uncalled-for.
Listening raptly to the Anunnaki’s brainiest, kindest, and warmest god, Endubasar could hear him choke back tears. Endubasar wept too in solidarity with his highly esteemed Lord. “And was it fate or was it destiny?” the great god asked a rhetorical question. The Anunnaki distinguished between destiny – the unalterable will of what they called “The Creator of All”, that is, First Source – and fate – the permissive will of the Creator of All which allowed creation to intervene and alter or influence the course of events.
“In the future shall it be judged, for at the end of days, a Day of Judgment there shall be. On that day, the Earth shall quake and the rivers shall change course, and there shall be darkness at noon and a fire in the heavens in the night, the day of the returning celestial god will it be. And who shall survive and who would perish, who shall be rewarded and who will be punished, gods and men alike, on that day shall it be discovered. For what shall come to pass by what had passed shall be determined; and what was destined shall in a cycle be repeated, and what was fated and only by the heart's will occurring for good or ill shall for judgment come.”
Enki looked forward to the day when King Anu would come to Earth not for a routine visit but to dispense justice to the likes of Elli, Ninurta, and Nergal. At the time, Enki thought the Anunnaki would remain on Earth through thick and thin and that one day they would be judged by “Our-Father-Who-Art-In-Heaven” as Anu was otherwise referred to.
ENKI INSRUCTS ENDUBASAR
Next, Enki specified the duration of his dictation and the numerology behind it. “For forty days and forty nights, shall I speak and you will write. Forty shall be the count of the days and the nights of your task here, for forty is my sacred number among the gods … I will tell the true account of the Beginnings and of the Prior Times and of the Olden Times, for in the past the future lies hidden.”
The Anunnaki defined the “Beginnings” as the rearranging of the Solar System by a primordial Nibiru, then an interloper planet, in what they dubbed the “Celestial Battle”, in the process of which Earth was cleaved off the parent planet Tiamat (which lay between Jupiter and Mars) to become the new planet Gaea; the “Prior Times” as the events which transpired on Nibiru and the Sirian-Orion star systems before they came to Earth; and the “Olden Times” as the phase of their saga here on Earth from the landing 450, 000 years ago to the Deluge of Noah’s day 13,000 years ago. Enki wanted to give context to all these happenings for the sake of posterity.
The great god added that throughout the duration of his dictation, Endubasar’s only sustenance would be what he provided him for consumption once and for all. “For forty days and forty nights, you shall neither eat nor drink. Only this, once, of bread and water you shall partake, and it shall sustain you for the duration of your task.” This, of course, was Ormus in both its liquid and solid form: only Ormus, we have long learnt, is capable of keeping the body metabolism going on for days on end without eating conventional food.
The god paused yet again, and the moment he did this, another part of the exquisite, cosy chamber began to shed a dull glow. A table upon which was set a cup and a plate emerged as if out of thin air. Endubasar noted that there was what looked liked bread on the plate and what looked like water in the cup. He immediately rose to his feet, trudged in the direction of the place setting, and took his seat at table. At this very juncture, the great god again spoke. “Endubasar, eat the bread and drink the water, and be sustained for forty days and forty nights.”
Endubasar did as he was instructed. Enki then directed him to relocate to the scribal table. “The glowing there intensified,” Endubasar writes. “I could see neither door nor aperture where I was, yet the glowing was as strong as the midday sun.”Clearly, Endubasar was a stranger to what sounds like fluorescent lighting. Enki asked him, “Endubasar, what do you see?” He replied thus: “I see stone tablets, and their hue is blue as pure as the sky.
And I see a stylus as I have never seen before, its stem unlike any reed and its tip shaped like an eagle's talon.” What Endubasar is talking about here are electronic tablet computers (called phablets) which can be written upon using a digital pen and which have become a commonplace classroom feature in Western citadels of higher learning. Indeed, when Endubasar touched the tablets, “the surface thereof felt like a smooth skin, soft to the touch”.
Enki then said, “These are the tablets upon which you shall inscribe my words. By my wish they have been cut of the finest lapis lazuli, each with two smooth faces provided. And the stylus you see is a god's handiwork, its handle made of electrum and its tip of divine crystal. It shall firmly fit in your hand and what you shall engrave with it shall be as easy as marking upon wet clay. In two columns you shall inscribe the front face, in two columns you shall inscribe the back of each stone tablet. Do not deviate from my words and utterances!”
ENKI DICTATES BOOK TO ENDUBASAR
After another brief interval, Enki finally set about dictating the text to Endubasar. “And then the great god Enki began to speak, and I began to write down his words, exactly as he had spoken them. At times his voice was strong, at times almost a whisper. At times there was joy or pride in his voice, at times pain or agony. And as one tablet was inscribed on all its faces, I took another to continue.”
The dictation was non-stop. Enki was in such a hurry to record his words that bar the inevitable calls of nature, he did not adjourn for purposes of sleep or simply rest. Both he and Endubasar had partaken of Ormus, which kept them going without getting bored, fatigued, or otherwise mentally side-tracked. As per Enki’s initial brief, the whole session lasted 40 days and nights.
“And when the final words were spoken,” Endubasar writes, “the great god paused and I could hear a great sigh. And he said: Endubasar my servant, for forty days and forty nights you have faithfully recorded my words. Your task here is completed. Now, take hold of another tablet, and on it you shall write your own attestation, and at the end thereof as a witness mark it with your seal, and take the tablet and put it together with the other tablets in the divine chest.
For at a designated time, chosen ones shall come hither and they shall find the chest and the tablets, and they shall learn all that I have dictated to you; and that true account of the Beginnings and the Prior Times and the Olden Times and the Great Calamity shall henceforth be known as The Words of the Lord Enki. And it shall be a Book of Witnessing of the Past, and a Book of Foretelling the Future, for the future in the past lies and the first things shall also be the last things.”
The highly esteemed scribe did likewise after a pause by Enki. “I took the tablets, and put them one by one in their correct order in the chest. And the chest was made of acacia wood and it was inlaid with gold on the outside. And the voice of my Lord said: Now close the chest's cover and fasten its lock. And I did as directed.”
Next, Enki pronounced blessings on Endubasar, projected a scenario of the future, and commissioned him to some noble task. “And as for you, Endubasar,” he said, “ with a great god you have spoken, and though you have not seen me, in my presence you have been. Therefore, you are blessed, and my spokesman to the people you shall be. You shall admonish them to be righteous, for in that lies a good and long life. And you shall comfort them, for in seventy years the cities will be rebuilt and the crops shall sprout again.
There will be peace but there will also be wars. New nations will become mighty, kingdoms shall rise and fall. The olden gods shall step aside and new gods shall decree the fates. But at the end of days, destiny shall prevail, and of that future it is foretold in my words about the past. Of all that, Endubasar, to the people you shall tell.” But Endubasar still was in a dilemma. Bowing down on the golden carpet, he asked: “But my Lord, how will I know what to say?”
The great god replied straightaway, in words evocative of some eschatological biblical passages. “The signs will be in the heavens, and the words to utter shall come to you in dreams and in visions. And after you, there will be other chosen prophets. And in the end there will be a New Earth and a New Heaven, and for prophets there will be no more need.”
Suddenly, lights went out and in the ensuing total tranquility, Endubasar passed out just out of a sense of trepidation. “There was silence, and the auras were extinguished, and the spirit left me.” When he came back to his senses, he found himself in the woods of Eridu, the same place he had been fetched 40 days before, alive and kicking but without the tablets.
The electronic tablets have never been found. But thanks to the power of Ormus, Endubasar was able to recall every word Enki had dictated to him and re-write them on clay tablets. Sadly, the original clay tablets have not been found either: only scattered copies of the text thereon. Luckily, the great Sumerologist Zechariah Sitchin was able to retrieve about 800 copies of parts of the full text and reproduced them in a book he titled The Lost Book of Enki: Memoirs of an Extraterrestrial God.
Enki’s commissioning of Endubasar to document his recollections recalls to mind what Yahweh (Ishkur-Adad, Jehovah-Enlil’s third-born son) said to the prophet Isaiah in the 7th century BC: “Now come, write it on a sealed tablet. As a book engrave it: let it be a witnessing until the last day, a testimony for all time” – ISAIAH 30:8
“BABYLON’S SURVIVAL GOOD OMEN FOR MARDUK”
Endubasar’s encounter with Enki took place in the year 2017 BC , exactly 7 years after the nuclear abomination of 2024 BC. So let us return to what immediately transpired after the Evil Wind, Nergal’s nuclear cloud, had ebbed completely some time in 2024 BC according to the chroniclings of Endubasar. About a month after the ravages of the Evil Wind, Enki invited his step-brother and arch-rival Enlil to Eridu. The two got into a flying saucer and conducted an aerial survey of the whole of Sumer-Akkad.
They noted that it was largely desolate: the people had moved out of the region in their droves to other parts of the world. But of particular note was their observation that of the major Sumerian centres, which included Ur, Uruk, Nippur, Lagash, Larsa, Badtibira, Eridu, and Babylon, Babylon was the territory least affected by the Evil Wind as evidenced by its still teeming and healthy population. “Babili (Babylon), where Marduk supremacy declared, by the Evil Wind was spared,” writes Endubasar. “All the lands south of Babili, the Evil Wind devoured, the heart of the Second Region (Egypt) it also touched.”
Enki called Enlil’s attention to this rather unusual occurrence, which he regarded as a deliberate wish by God, First Source. “When in the aftermath of the Great Calamity Enlil and Enki to survey the havoc met, Enki to Enlil the sparing of Babili as a divine omen considered.” To Enki, this was a clear-cut signal by God Almighty that time had come for Marduk to become Earth’s Chief Executive. “That Marduk to supremacy has been destined, by the sparing of Babili, is confirmed, so did Enki to Enlil say.”
The survival of Babylon was not necessarily the result of divine intervention: Babylon simply happened to be at the edge the northernmost extent of the Evil Wind. Yet Enlil agreed with Enki’s take on the matter – that Babylon had remained practically unscathed owing to divine intervention. “The will of the Creator of All it must have been,” Enlil concurred with Enki without much ado. In order to buttress this acknowledgement, Enlil proceeded to disclose to Enki what Galzu had said to him in a dream-vision – that Marduk was indeed destined to become the new Enlil at the onset of the Age of Aries.
Upon hearing this, Enki was enraged. He asked Enlil why, if he was aware of Marduk’s inevitable destiny, he kept throwing spanners in his way. Sounding almost tearful, Enlil replied that he did so because he was not sure of the bonafides of Galzu. “Was he truly the Creator of All's emissary, was he my hallucination? Therefore to keep to myself the words of Galzu I decided. Let whatever has to happen, happen, so to myself said.” But despite being revolted at what Enlil had told him, a tender-hearted Enki did not explode. “To his brother's words Enki listened, his head up and down he nodded,” Endubasar underscores.
ENKI AND ENLIL CLOSE CHAPTER
Enki’s flying saucer touched down back on the Eridu apron and the two great gods both alighted. As Enlil headed toward his own sky vehicle, Enki intercepted him. “Look hither Brother,” he said, almost tugging Enlil at his sleeve. “The First Region (Sumer) is desolate. The Second Region (Egypt) is in confusion. The Third Region (Indus Valley) is wounded.
The Place of the Celestial Chariots (the spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula) is no more: that is what has happened! If that was the will of the Creator of All, that is what of our Mission to Earth remained! By the ambitions of Marduk was the seed sown, what the crop resulted is for him to reap!” In other words, Enki was saying whatever had happened was preordained, that the mission of Enlil and Enki vis-à-vis the Earth was over, and that it was time now for the two to withdraw from centre stage and allow the younger generation, headed by Marduk, to conduct the planet’s affairs.
Once again, Enlil did not equivocate in his response: uncharacteristically humbled, he expressly affirmed the triumph of Marduk. “Let the rank of fifty, by me for Ninurta intended, to Marduk instead be given,” he said with a catch in his voice. “Let Marduk over the desolation in the Regions (all four, which constituted Earth’s hub) his supremacy declare!” Marduk had become the new Enlil, which went with the conferment of the hierarchical rank of 50, which was only second to Anu, “Our Father Who Art in Heaven”.
For a moment, there was silence as Enki shed tears of glee. Then Enlil reiterated his affirmation to Enki. “As for me and Ninurta, we will in his (Marduk) way no longer stand. To the Lands Beyond the Oceans (the Americas) we will depart. What we had come for, the mission to obtain for Nibiru gold, we will complete!” Enlil, so reports Endubasar, was saying this with “dejection in his words”.
Speaking with a mild tone, Enki wondered aloud to Enlil if he was nonetheless not contrite over the nuking of Canaan. “Would different matters have been were the Weapons of Terror (nuclear weapons) unused?” With a rasp in his voice, Enlil replied that it was no use crying over spilt milk as with the benefit of hindsight, the Great Calamity would not have arisen had the Anunnaki effected certain courses of action. “Should we have the words of Galzu to Nibiru not return heeded? Should Earth Mission been stopped when the Anunnaki mutinied? I what I did did, you what you did did. The past undone cannot become.”
As Enlil made for his flying saucer, Enki stopped him in his tracks and extended his arms to him. “Let us lock arms as brothers, as comrades who together challenges on an alien planet confronted,” he said. Enlil did likewise. “Grasping his brother's arm, he hugged him as well.” As they unwrapped, Enki posed this nostalgic question to his step brother. “Shall we meet again, on Earth or on Nibiru?” Enlil’s response was a cheeky one.
“Was Galzu right that we die if we to Nibiru go?” Without waiting for Enki’s response, he turned and trudged toward his flying saucer. Enki felt on overwhelming sense of desolation as he watched his step brother depart. “Alone was Enki left,” concluded Endubasar. “Only by the thoughts of his heart was he accompanied.”
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.
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”
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.”
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.
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.
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.