Tom Thaves's Frank & Ernest comics (1-29-2014)

What Happens When You Fall Asleep, Descartes?

On November 10, 1619, at the age of 23,
Descartes had three dreams— swept away
by a whirlwind and couldn't reach his college
for refuge, then hurled to the village square

where a maiden hands him a melon— Descartes
analyzed these symbols while dreaming and
realized he should embrace the wisdom melon
than the collegiate knowledge he had amassed.

A thunderclap wakes him in his second dream,
his room filled with scintillating light—
frightened by sparks in the dark, he prays
to God not to give him more nightmares.

In his third dream, Pythagoras appears
showing him a giant old wisdom book
inspiring Descartes to invent analytic
geometry and Cartesian philosophy.

Cogito ergo sum— "I think, therefore I am."—
a cornerstone of Western philosophy
coined by Descartes, one of my mentors,
but Anthony tells me "It's the reverse."—

The rishis say: "I am, therefore I think."
I am the waker, dreamer, and sleeper,
for sleep is more real than the waking state
since sleep is more subtle than the gross.

This world is manifest when we're awake
but is unmanifest when we're in deep sleep.
No need to wait for the end of the universe
as we experience emptiness every night.

How wonderful that Nature teaches us
waking, dreaming, sleeping, are temporal
and the fourth state Turiya is eternal
like water, essence of steam, liquid, & ice.

When Moses asked for God's name— the reply was
"I am THAT I am"— Tat Tvam Asi— "That thou art".
Beethoven reminds us of THAT in his 5th Symphony
with his opening notes— dun-dun-dun-Dun!

            — Peter Y. Chou
                Mountain View, 1-29-2014