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Oh My God! Episode 6

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    OH MY GOD!
    A Series By Varalotti Rengasamy

    Episode 6



    Yamini had just recovered from her viral fever. She had started to work but felt very tired every now and then. On that Friday evening she started working on her new book.

    It was 9 30 in the night. Soon Yamini felt quite exhausted and retired for the day. Though she was tired she could not sleep because of a numb pain in her body.

    Arvind was still working in his office. Yamini was tossing and turning in her bed. Around eleven she abandoned all her attempts to get some sleep. Arvind had not yet come.

    ‘He has been working for the past six hours without a break. Why’s he killing himself with so much work?’

    She went to his office room. He was not there. She looked for him in the kitchen, in the drawing room and in other places. He was not to be seen.

    Yamini was worried. Finally she went out to the terrace. Arvind was sitting there all alone looking at the sky.

    The place was dark but for the bright moon light. Full moon day was after all just two days away.

    Yamini silently went behind him and placed her hand on his right shoulder. Arvind was startled. He looked up at her.

    There were tears in his eyes which were glistening in the moonlight.

    “Oh My God! What happened, dear? Why are you sitting all by yourself and crying? Anybody hurt you? Are you all right?”

    She checked his body temperature by placing her hand on his forehead. Arvind gripped her hand and kissed it.

    “Who made you cry?”

    “Who else can, except KG?”

    “Great. That means you have uncovered another great story of your father.”

    “No, Yamini. This is not a story. This is a part of his diary. A journal of what happened.”

    “I don’t feel like sleeping Arvind. Can you please tell me about what made you cry?”

    Yamini sat on the floor by Arvind’s feet.

    “Hey silly, come on get up. Why are you sitting on the floor?”

    “Many times I have heard you say ‘He learnt at the feet of a great master.’ Now I want to do that just once.”

    “Get up, I say. The place is very cold. You are not yet fully well. Don’t sit on the floor. Come, let’s go in. We’ll sit in our room.”

    “On one condition. You will sit on a high chair and I will sit by your feet.”

    “Oh come on, Yamini..”

    “Please Arvind, this one time… please…”

    “Agreed, provided you sit on a woolen blanket.”

    “You’re cho chweet.”

    They went into their bedroom. The girls were not yet allowed to come near their mother for fear of infection.

    Arvind spread a thick woolen blanket on the floor. He tried to sit on the floor by stealth. But Yamini caught him red-handed.

    “No, boss. You can’t do that. A deal is a deal. Sit on the bed. I’ll sit down.”

    Arvind had to obey the orders. Yamini sat near his feet and placed her chin on his knee. Arvind placed his hand on her head and gently stroked her hair.

    “I’m ready, Gurudeva.”
     
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    “It’s amazing to see that KG was a Counselor of sorts. One of his colleagues, by name Loganathan retired as Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals). Now Loganathan was KG’s close friend and was as fiercely honest as KG.

    “Loganathan always kept himself busy. He worked for more than ten hours a day. And then one fine morning he retired from service. There was a large farewell party for Loganathan which my father also attended.

    “At that time my father had three more years of service left.

    That was a life-defining moment for Loganathan in many respects. Throughout his active life he was confined to his work. He never read anything that was not connected to his work. He had never been to a temple and was not interested in wearing any religious symbols.

    Now he had to manage his time. And he also wanted to make “some kind of peace with God.

    My father has faithfully recorded the conversation he had with Loganathan on that day and the events that followed. “
     
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    After the farewell party Loganathan did not go home but went with KG to an exclusive restaurant for dinner.

    As soon as the friends were left alone Loganathan poured out his mind.

    “KG, I am not exactly an atheist. I believe in God and all that stuff. But I have never been to a temple. I don’t get any sense of devotion in the crowded temples of these days. I get more of distraction than devotion.

    “I am not interested in reading the vast religious literature. The Chief Commissioner gifted me a copy of Bhagavad-Gita. I made one or two attempts to read it. But could not go beyond the first three pages.

    “I am now using it as a sleeping pill. When I can’t sleep in the night I take out that book and start reading. In a few minutes I fall asleep.”

    KG laughed.

    “I appreciate your candour, Logu. Many people get sleepy on seeing that book. But very few people have the courage to admit that.

    “Bhagavad-Gita is one of the greatest books ever written. But you need to acquire a taste for that. Even that might take a few life-times.”

    “KG you will have to tell me what I should do to get God’s grace.”

    “Nothing.”

    “What did you say?”

    “I said, “Nothing”, Logu. Because you already have God’s Grace in abundance. You have been an honest, sincere and a conscientious officer and a true friend for me and many other people. You have been leading a clean life. Your son has become an IFS Officer. Your daughter is married to a rich software engineer. You and your wife do not have health problems. Do you think all these things could happen without His Grace?”

    “Oh, you are coming in that route? Fine. Let me put it this way. All my life I have been receiving God’s love in plenty. My heart is full of gratitude. Now KG, please tell me a way to express it. To bring it out. To tell that fellow sitting above, that I love him, but in my own way. To make it clear to him that he can do whatever he wants with my life.”

    “Logu, you are a real devotee. Hats off to you.”

    “I don’t want your certificate, KG. I want you to show me the way forward.”

     
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    When KG closed his eyes he was in communion with God.

    ‘My Lord! Logu’s love for you is rare and unique. Please make me say something so that he never slips away from this state of pure love.’

    When there is a selfless prayer God abandons all other work and rushes to the spot to do something about it. The next moment God was there in the restaurant of that three star hotel. And it was God who made KG utter those words.

    “Logu, there was one Azhwar called Nammazhwar. His love for God is something which could not be replicated. I will tell you just one and a half lines of his beautiful song. Just keep chanting it all your waking hours.”

    “But KG, I am not for any kind of blind chanting, memorizing some lines by rote and then repeating them like a parrot. And I don’t want to do that to my beloved, the One who is sitting above all of us.”

    “No need to memorize it, Logu. In fact I challenge that once you hear those lines and know their meaning, it will be impossible for you to forget them.”

    “Really?”

    “Yes. And you need not have to chant it mechanically. Every time you say that let your mind soak in its meaning.”

    “That’s great, KG. I can’t wait to hear those lines.”

    “Before that a small prelude. Logu, we have seen a lot of so called religious people. They get up early in the morning. They do not eat anything. They have their bath, apply the right religious symbols and then escape into their elaborately decorated pooja room.

    “They are confined to that 10 by 10 room for about two hours. And then come out of it. Have you by any chance seen the expression in their faces when they come out of their pooja rooms?

    You will find that they feel relieved and happy coming out of the pooja room. You wont have words to describe the sense of relief so obvious on their faces. They think that they have completed their duty to God for the day. And can do whatever they want for the rest of the day. They appear to me like school boys who want to run home as soon as the closing bell rings. Once the poojas for the day are over they will eat, relax, sleep or start looking at the TV soaps.”

    Loganathan was laughing.

    “You are right, KG. I have seen that expression in my wife’s face. Till her morning poojas are over she will be very tense.


    “You can talk to her only after 9 when she is done with her morning routine. She will then have her breakfast and switch on the TV to watch some idiotic serials.”

    “Now, Logu, please do not mistake me. I am not belittling your wife. But that’s the way most people relate to God.”

    “Tell me one thing, KG. What has that to do with the one and a half lines you are supposed to tell me?”
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    “Wait. I am not done yet. This Nammazhwar, oh, blessed for ever be his name, is different. For him God is not some VVIP with whom you have an early morning appointment, somebody whom you should think during those appointed hours and then forget all about Him.

    “For him the food he eats, the water he drinks and whatever pleasures he enjoys everything is his Kannan.”

    Logu was suddenly silent.

    “[FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]உண்ணும் சோறு பருகும் நீர் தின்னும் வெற்றிலையும் எல்லாம்[/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]கண்ணன்.”[/FONT]

    Logu was staring at KG. KG was not yet finished.

    “He says whatever I eat, whatever I drink and whatever I enjoy – everything is my Lord. Whatever makes me live, whatever makes me grow and whatever makes me happy, is Kannan.

    “He chooses three typically representative objects. One sustains him, that is, food. He says [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]சோறு that is rice. Water is the nourishment to the body that makes it grow. If the water level in the body goes down the body shrinks. [/FONT]

    “At the extreme, water-loss results in dehydration and death. Fluids in the body are responsible for its growth. And water is typically representative of them.

    “Betel leaf that is [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]வெற்றிலை symbolizes all activities of enjoyment. It’s an object of pleasure. Our scriptures classify all human activities into three “tharakam”, “poshakam” and “bhogyam” – sustenance, growth and enjoyment. And to the Azhwar everything is his Kannan.[/FONT]

    “Whatever you do, whatever you think let these lines run in the background of your mind. These one and a half lines so beautifully capture the essence of all the religions. These lines constitute the entire spirituality; the rest is mere commentary.”

    “For the sake of poetic metre the Azhwar has placed the word Kannan only once at the end of the three vital activities. When you chant you can repeat Kannan’s name four times like,

    “[FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]உண்ணும் சோறு கண்ணன்[/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]பருகும் நீர் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]தின்னும் வெற்றிலையும் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]எல்லாம் கண்ணன்[/FONT]


     
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    KG repeated the lines two more times.

    “[FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]உண்ணும் சோறு கண்ணன்[/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]பருகும் நீர் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]தின்னும் வெற்றிலையும் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]எல்லாம் கண்ணன்[/FONT]

    “[FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]உண்ணும் சோறு கண்ணன்[/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]பருகும் நீர் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]தின்னும் வெற்றிலையும் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]எல்லாம் கண்ணன்[/FONT]

    “Please understand one thing, Logu. I am not guaranteeing you that if you chant these lines you’ll have a trouble-free, peaceful, healthy, prosperous retired life. If your goal is something like that I’ll take back all my words.

    “I see there is so much of love in your heart for our Creator. These lines are the best to express that love. By chanting these lines you will be speaking your love to that fellow sitting above our heads.

    “And that’s far more important than having a peaceful retired life.

    Loganathan’s face had the expression which a five year old would have if he suddenly discovered a new toy in his closet.

    Loganathan was now repeating the lines


    “[FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]உண்ணும் சோறு கண்ணன்[/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]பருகும் நீர் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]தின்னும் வெற்றிலையும் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]எல்லாம் கண்ணன்[/FONT]

    Then he became silent. The bearer had delivered all the food items they had ordered.

    As soon as the bearer went away Logu stood up in his place and then without any warning prostrated at KG’s feet.

    KG was shocked.

    “Logu, what’s this, you are doing? You are like an elder brother to me. You are older than me by three years. Why are you keen on making me a sinner?”

    “I have been waiting all these sixty years to hear something like that. You are my Acharya. Should I not fall at your feet?”
     
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    “The story does not end there, Yamini. And if it ended there it would have just been a routine occurrence.

    “My Dad has given such advice to hundreds of people. Some have followed it; many have not. But what makes Loganathan unique is his devotion, his unsurpassed love for God. “

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    Part 7


    As KG had told Loganathan up front the lines did not grant any immunity from pain.
    Two years later Logu was diagnosed with advanced, incurable prostrate cancer.

    If the disease gave him pain the treatment given to him only multiplied it. His wife could not control herself and was screaming every time she saw her dear husband writhing in pain.

    After a while she quit believing in God and abandoned her morning pooja altogether. She even started cursing God for giving so much pain to such a nice man.

    Ironically the man who got so much of pain from God was melting more and more in love for God.

    Logu’s love for God increased many times. He never screamed in pain. When his pain became unbearable the only thing Logu did was to chant those lines a little louder

    “[FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]உண்ணும் சோறு கண்ணன்[/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]பருகும் நீர் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]தின்னும் வெற்றிலையும் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]எல்லாம் கண்ணன்[/FONT]

    Especially after a very painful treatment process when Logu’s pain was beyond even his capacity to withstand, his eyes were continuously crying while his mouth was shouting those lines.

    The Consultant Oncologist who was overseeing the therapy was a hard core agnostic. He knew the patient psychology very well.

    “Mr.Loganathan, I know what kind of pain you are going through. This is a sealed room. Nobody outside this room can hear your screams.. Go ahead and shout. You can scream, shriek, curse, utter profanity… anything. That would be a good release for you. Don’t control your emotions. Come on.. shout.. Shout I say…”

    Logu was in extreme pain. He could feel the cancerous pain in every cell of his body. For him it was like sleeping on a bed of needles.

    Even without Logu’s knowing his eyes were continuously shedding tears. Logu’s wife, son and daughter were waiting outside the room shedding silent tears of grief and helpless anger.

    The Doctor was repeatedly urging him to shout, curse and scream.

    Logu opened his mouth and shouted those lines with all his might:


    “[FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]உண்ணும் சோறு கண்ணன்[/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]பருகும் நீர் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]தின்னும் வெற்றிலையும் கண்ணன் [/FONT]
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel]எல்லாம் கண்ணன்”[/FONT]

    The Doctor could not understand what was happening. Here was a person in acute pain. And yet the pain could not go even a millimetre beyond his body. The pain could not corrupt his mind or his heart. Logu was continuously sobbing in pain and amidst sobs he spoke nothing but those wonderful one and a half lines.
    [FONT=TSCu_Veeravel] [/FONT]
     
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    There were many days when the pain was quite bearable. Logu would then wear a smile on his face and would be gently repeating the same lines.

    There was never a moment when Logu was free from pain. Nor was there a moment when he did not chant those immortal lines of the immortal Nammazhwar.

    Those lines soaked into his being and soon became an inseparable part of him.

    Had they detected the disease a little earlier the prostrate-removal surgery could have helped Logu to live a few years more. But the detection was late, surgery was ruled out and Logu was given only a few weeks to live.

    During his last days Logu did nothing but chant those lines again and again. His wife and children would be by his side for long hours and talk about everything under the sun, more to relax him and distract him from his pain.

    Logu would be listening to their stories with an indulgent smile all the while repeating the lines of Nammazhwar in the background of his mind.
     
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    Part 9

    That was a Friday. Loganathan told his wife that he wanted to see his friend KG. KG had been visiting the hospital every now and then. He had been there only two days ago. He had planned to go again the following Sunday.

    When Logu’s wife called him to tell about Logu’s request he knew that the day had come.

    KG was by his friend’s side by eleven in the morning. Logu’s family had sensed that his end was near. His wife, son, daughter and all the grand children were there with him. Loganathan saw KG walking in.

    He signalled KG to wait outside for a while. Logu then held his wife’s hands and took leave of her. Then he bade goodbye to his son, daughter and grandchildren. They were standing around his bed with tearful eyes.

    “Now can you all please stay outside for a while? I want to spend sometime with my Acharya, KG. When you go out please ask KG to come in.”
     

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