Time flies fast. People get sick, get older and die. Nations, societies and empires fall apart and disappear. Ruins remain behind the cities; palaces of authorities turn into ashes. But not only the ruthless time, yet the man himself using new technologies and art contribute to the destruction of the old; replacing it with new creations.
Regardless that the signs of a historical existence might vanish and disappear, there is one mission of a humankind that still transforms and changes the world- this mission is self-preservation.
If a person erases the old for a purpose of moving forward, why does he try then to save, preserve, and retrieve, what is getting destroyed by time? What is the purpose for rescuing the natural and cultural heritage: preserving the animal world, restoring antique monuments, building libraries and museums to reserve the traces of materialistic and spiritual culture? The energy of preserving, collecting, and restoring humanity opposes the energy of transforming the world.
Prior to building libraries, constructing museums and engaging one’s selves in the mission of rescuing the endangered animal species; humans felt the need to create some book which would record the names and actions of people. It was named the Book of Life.
The Book of Life is being mentioned right in the beginning of the Old Testament, when the Lord tells Moses that he will “erase” from the book of life “those of the peoples” who created a golden calf.
The Book of Life is being mentioned as well at the very last pages of the Bible, where in the gospels of the Apostle Paul and in the Revelations of John it says that the name of a person is being inscribed in the Book: “…and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books … And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
The Prophet Mohammed intuitively felt the significance of the book of life as well when saying: “We know what the earth diminishes of them; with Us is a book recording”. Time reives, yet the book saves and stores.
If one looks at a picture above the reference goes to a gift received by the great modernizer of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir Mohamad; it resembles some kind of a book in which the names of people are being inscribed. What does this refer to? Possibly, if talking in a modern way, it refers to a database that contains the names of people, as well as their personal facts of life, deeds, achievements, and samples of arts and crafts.
“To redeem what is past, and to transform every “It was” into “Thus would I have it!” as formulated by Friedrich Nietzsche in the objective of collecting information about people in his work “Thus Spoke Zarathustra.”
What does “redeem” imply to? Not only preventing the death of those who it threatens, and this way ensuring their continuation of the former existence. To save would mean to preserve, and keep someone from obliteration in order to reveal it to a mankind in its true form one day. What saves truly is being preserved, retained, and returned to its true core.
Gradually, the task of gathering information about people began to “descend from heaven to earth,” that is, to move into a practical plane. This is how it was described by the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard in “A Panegyric Upon Abraham”. For instance, this passage is worth reading it up to the end: “…but as God created man and woman, so too He fashioned the hero and the poet or orator. The poet cannot do what that other does, he can only admire, love and rejoice in the hero. Yet he too is happy, and not less so, for the hero is as it were his better nature, with which he is in love…”
That is why no great person goes into oblivion, and if this happens, if a cloud of misunderstanding covers up the image of the hero for a long time, but after all, his favorite one and the admirer will sooner or later appear and get attached to the hero stronger, when the oblivion lasts longer.
True! No great person will be forgotten, but each person is great in their own way; and each is corresponding to the greatness of what was loved by him. He who loved himself became great on his own. He who loved other people became great by his devotion, but he who loved God would be exalted above all.
Each will be remembered, but each will be exalted according to their aspiration. One becomes great awaiting for the possibilities, the other one by awaiting for the eternity. But he who desires the impossible, becomes the highest. Everyone will live in memory, but the greatness of each corresponds to the greatness of what or who he has fought with. He who fights with the world becomes great with the victory — his own victory over the world; he who struggles with himself becomes even greater — with the victory over himself. The one who fights with God gets above all”.
The great teachers of humanity who were able to hear the voice of being themselves only touched upon this objective slightly. Thomas Edison was thinking about the practical tool for achieving immortality: “…if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected by our personality, as it survives in the next life, such an instrument, when made available, ought to record something.”
If we should be able to create a device that could be managed by our personality during the transition to the next life … then such a device should record something…” Worth mentioning, this was said prior to the invention of the first computer- the machine that is able to accumulate, save and analyze data.
The question remains: what should be recorded then?
Something that could be issued, saved and transferred to future generations. A certain “instruction” for the soul, a “photo robot” of the personality, formed from a multitude of separate signs and features, deeds and statements, acts and creations.
This is how we decided to create the Book of Life, which would be telling about all of the humanity. And would be written by all of the mankind. Not as much of a company, but more of a public platform which would allow each person to get immortality, yet only digital for now.
It comes to mind that about 30 years ago, a French philosopher Jean Baudrillard noted: “…in social space immortality becomes democratic and passes from being the privilege of a few to being everyone’s virtual right.”
We called the platform Prabook.
While choosing the name of the project, we want this name to reflect its matter. Also, we hope that the project will develop in a way that it would work with its name fully.
Giving a name interferes directly with one’s awareness of how the named object should be comprehended by the world. It is the name that introduces the object (or a person) to the world for the first time, while supporting it there, relating it with the others and preserving it throughout the path of its existence (or its history).
The preposition “Pra” originates from the ancient Indo-European languages. Particularly, the Indian Vedas paid a precise attention to the process of name choosing. The act of naming involved the “highest concentration,” rejected the magic spell, hoax and witchcraft being associated with it. The Vedic “name” is never visible. It is the reality itself, the essence of the being; it follows this nature and “sings together with it”.
Sanskrit, the linguistic ancestor of the Indo-European languages, uses “Pra” in a meaning of great, main, primary. It is being used as a special, so to say divine preposition for any object. In this context, Prabook could be conceived as the Book of Life, where the names and actions of people are being recorded.
The preposition “Pra” also means “the beginning”, “the rise”; yet at the same time it could mean “forth forward, to the future”.
In Latin and in English, “Pra” got transformed into the preposition “pre” (for example antediluvian turned into prehistoric). This transformation goes back to the very roots, deep into the history. Similar as the “pro” which means “moving forward” (promotion).
In Russian, the transformation of the preposition “pra” happened to become “пред [pred]” (which is similar to “pre” in English); as in predecessor it would mean “related to the past”; and “про [pro]” meaning “onward movement” (pro’dvizheniye, pro’gulka).
However, in many languages the preposition “Pra” has remained unchanged. In Hindi and Urdu, it means frontwards, upward. In Russian, as well as the other Slavic languages, like Czech, Polish, Serbian, Croatian, this preposition refers to something that goes deep into the history, to the very roots: e.g., pra’babushka, pra’mati, pra’babcia (great-grandmother), pra’rodina (ancestral homeland), pra’roditeli (ancestors).
Same as the preposition “Pra”, the Book of Life addresses both the past and the future. It is the most ancient book, as ancient as the humanity itself and the human deeds; as they started writing it right from the very moment people became aware of themselves as personalities. Also, this book is aimed towards the future, to the end of times, as people will write it as long as the humanity exists.