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Rendez-Vous à Samarkande

December 10th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Arabian NightsThe first time I heard the story, Rendez-Vous à Samarkande, it was more than 25 years ago in a very condensed French version.  I was intrigued by it because I have always believed that we have a moment to be born into this Life and a moment to die, and whether people want to believe in free-will or fate, I think certain things that happen in our lives are destined to happen.  How we react or respond to those situations is where free will comes in.

I wrote a screenplay a few years ago and I wanted to incorporate the story of Samarkande into it, so of course I took liberties in the telling of this story, but what follows is my version of the tale, (but not the screenplay version either).

(There was a young slave who was given to the son of a wealthy Sultan.  Both children grew up together and became as close as brothers.) 

One morning the Slave is walking through the crowded stalls at the marketplace, when he feels someone staring at him.  He turns and sees Death looking at him.  Death stares at him and the Slave is so frightened, he leaves at once and rushes back to the palace. 

The Slave finds the Prince and says, “I was in the marketplace and Death gave me the strangest look; it chilled me to the bones!  I know he’s coming for me!.”

“Quick!  Take my fastest steed and go to the summer palace at Samarkand!  Stay there until I send for you.  If you leave at once, you’ll make it there before nightfall.  Go!”

The Slave mounts the fastest horse and takes off for Samarkand.

That evening the Prince is sitting in the palace gardens when he hears a rustling sound through the trees.  He turns and sees Death approaching.

“I know all about this morning in the marketplace.” says the Prince.  “If you’re looking for my Slave, you won’t find him here, but tell me, why were you staring at him so oddly?

“He startled me,” Death replies.  “I wasn’t expecting to see him here this morning.  Afterall, I have a rendez-vous with him tonight in Samarkand.

Maya Muses:  Ask the people who were suppose to board any of the planes that crashed on 9/11 or those who were suppose to be at the Twin Towers and for whatever reason, circumstances prevented them from being there.  Those people now have a different perspective on Life and Death. 

People who were not suppose to be at the World Trade Center on 9/11, but ended up there by “chance”….well, perhaps they were meeting their destiny.  Those who were suppose to be there, but for one reason or another were called away….well, again, perhaps it wasn’t there time to go.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mia // Dec 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Yes,there is a time and there is a place for everything in life…I do believe in this…

    As you say,certain things are destined to happen in our lives…but then our free will is there too..

    Right now,I wonder if what I am experiencing is destiny or only a big illusion…
    I do hope I will find out which it is….
    And maybe to find out that it all is/was just an illusion is my destiny?
    But too many “coincidences” which I don’t believe in…are happening right now!
    So now..I will let go and follow my intuition…
    Tell,you more about it later…maybe…

  • 2 Lynn // Dec 10, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    I would love to hear more, but only if you want to tell more! Lol…..interesting!

  • 3 Mia // Dec 17, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I’m more confused than enlightened…

    So,I guess I have let go and be patience…

    It feels like destiny is having a little bit of fun!

    Or am I making the wrong choices?
    Listening to the wrong voice?

    I do believe in destiny and the power of thoughts..
    Guess I don’t believe that my dreams can come true?

    Someone said to me dream BIG!
    (Hmmm,is that not something Oprah said?)

    Anyway…Maybe I think this dream is too big for me?
    But my intuition was right…I just failed to follow it all the way…

    But I’m learning something every time about myself,even if I sometimes do it the hard way…

  • 4 Lynn // Dec 18, 2008 at 7:24 am

    Hmm, not sure. I wouldn’t say you’re listening to the wrong voice, because it proves to be right later on, so it is the right voice. What you’re doing is listening to reason, when right afterwards you tell yourself, don’t pay attention to that voice, it can’t possibly be right. But, it is!

    I’ll write more in an e-mail….

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