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I and I (standard:non fiction, 496 words)
Author: JuggernautAdded: Mar 23 2013Views/Reads: 1252/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
There is a common thread between Iphone, Ipod, I and I and Whom Am I. Read it.
 



I and I 

Subba Rao 

“The prefix ‘I' in iphone or iPod or ipad  may have roots in “I 

and I,' the  Rastafarian mantra and “I” thought of  Ramana Maharshi, 

the 19th century Hindu sage whose self inquiry “Who am I,” turns mind 

inwards to keep unnecessary thought out,” Juggernaut concluded his 

thesis and looked at Dan for his response. 

“It sounds farfetched to say the least that the thought that 

went into using the letter ‘I” in iphone or ipod came from the 

Rastafarian belief of “I and I,' and ‘I” inquiry of Hindu mystic Ramana 

Maharshi,” Dan looked unconvinced. 

“I and I Jah Rastafari,” is the mantra or a chant for 

Rastafarians like Jai Sita Ram (praise Lord Rama and Sita) for Hindus 

or Hallelujah (praise God) for Christians or Insha'Allah (God Willing) 

for Muslims,” if one were to use a prefix of say “Jai,” or “Insha,” 

or “Hallelujah,” for a product name it is obvious that these words 

weren't the invention of the product developers, these words were  in 

existence for thousands of years, so as the expression “I and I', 

and “Who am I,” these words were in use for over hundred years, 

therefore my contention was that the idea of using the prefix ‘I' in 

iphone came from thought of “I and I”, and “Who am I.” Juggernaut was 

firm in his opinion. 

Rastafarianism was originated in Jamaica not long ago; it is 

not an ancient religion like Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam or 

Judaism. Rastafarianism is not a cult but regarded as a way of life or 

some kind of belief. The people that follow Rastafarian belief are 

known as Rastafarians or Rastas in short.  The world renowned Reggae 

singer Bob Marley is a Rastafarian. 

Rastafarians believe that Haile Selassie, the last Emperor of 

Ethiopia was reincarnation of God (like Lord Rama for Hindus). “I and 

I,” one of the central elements of Rastafarian belief resonates with 

the “whom am I,” the common phrase of Hindu mystic Ramana Maharshi of 

Arunachal Hill in South India. 

There are many similarities between true Rastafarians 

and Hindu Sadhu. A Sadhu renounces material world in pursuit of God 

through Hindu faith is generally characterized by vegetarianism and 

dreadlocks. Similarly, true Rastafarians also denounce material world 

and follow vegetarianism and grow hair into dreadlocks. The austerity 

and saint like life style among true Rastafarians and their mantra “I 

and I,' to reiterate the importance of self introspection to become a 

better person is similar to the Ramana Maharishi's philosophy of self 

questioning “whom am I?” to reach inside one's soul. 

“I and I, and who am I,' old mantra to become ‘iphone 

and ipad,' new mantra for the users of the devices is a blessing in 

disguise. When using iphone or ipad, if one were ask ‘who am I,' or I 

and I,' the self inquiry could lead to something good, irrespective of 

your evolutionary theory on Iphone,” agreed Dan looking at Juggernaut 

using an Iphone. 


   


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