Lessons from a sapling

Kirti opened the door. Joy Uncle’s voice boomed, “Who is it?”

‘It is me’, she said.

‘Ahh Kittu, come here’, he said.

By here she knew that he meant his terrace garden. She found hm tending to a tiny sapling.

Joy knew that something was wrong otherwise Kittu would not have come to him in the morning hours of a working day. ‘Looking good’, he said, although he could make out that she had not slept well the previous  night. Her eyes looked strained and there were dark circles.

‘No, I am not, Uncle’, she said. Joy did not ask anything. Kirti was his dearest friend Anil’s daughter. Their children had grown up together and since Anil’s death he had been the guiding force for Ajay’s children and even done Kirti’s  kanyadaan.

Kirti had always been an independent child. Strong and outspoken, her only follies were that she expected everyone to agree to her viewpoints, also she was a bit stubborn.

And he knew that if today she had come to him, it meant that there were tensions at home, tensions with Ajay her husband.

‘We had a terrible argument yesterday, she began, ‘He has changed a lot Uncle. I mean he does not help at home at all. Leave that, I can manage on my own or else keep a full-time help. But he does not even spend time with our kid. I mean Akshay needs to spend time with his father. And to top it all he bosses around the whole time’.

Joy was silent. Ajay was basically a good chap but then his ego ran a bit on the high side too. Well whose ego didn’t nowadays. Maybe after experiencing Kirti’s bossiness all these days, he had decided to give her back in her own way.  But yes he should spend time with Akshay. ‘For that I will have to speak to Ajay’, he thought.

”Uncle’, Kirti said, ‘WHAT are you doing?’, she said, irritated on not getting a reply.

‘Do you see this sapling Kirti’, Joy said, ‘it is so small and yet it can withstand a strong wind. Why you know?’, and without bothering to wait for a reply, he continued, ‘ Because it bends with the wind rather than fight it’.

Kirti knew that Joy was answering her in his non obtrusive style. Yes Ajay was aggressive when she was commanding. Sometimes when she was really tired, she would not have to ask but he would come to help her without her asking him. ‘But what if there is a real strong wind or a storm’. ‘Then, this gardener will just move the sapling inside the house’, joy smiled and answered.

Kirti smiled back, it meant that if the situation worsened Uncle would always be at her side. That was reassuring.

‘Thanks Joy Uncle’, she said

‘Aww thats alright. Hasn’t Krishna said in the Bhagvad Gita :

tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya
upadeksyanti te jnanam jnaninas tattva-darsinah

(Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.)

‘So does that mean that you are my spirital master?’, she asked.

Joy rose to his feet and stood at his 6 feet 3 inches glory. Putting his hands on his hips he said, ‘Ain’t I?’

And they both burst out laughing.


Image courtesy  google images

Shloka translation courtesy asitis.com

22 thoughts on “Lessons from a sapling

  1. bhagavad gita is like one way traffic.one need not follow everything said in it.gita says that one has to learn from self-realised,vedas contradict gita by saying “it takes 81million years for a soul to become self-realised”.a disciple can’t percieve things as self-realised so whatever he/she learns from spiritual master are illusions till he/she becomes self-learned.

    bottom line is ,be self-learned and don’t live in others thoughts or ideologies.the concept spirituality came into existence only when people who had lived life with flaws knowingly and when they were searching for peace of mind.spirituality is defined as theories that give peace of mind to corrupt and ignorant minds.well,these are facts,you may believe or not.self-learned aka self-realised always live with self-introspection so they don’t need god or religion or spirituality.

    • Well I can just say, to each his own.
      And no Gita is not a one way traffic. It gives guidelines, the freedom to choose is yours.
      Vedas look contradictory until you reach the Vedanta. And then you will realise that both Bhagvad Gita and Vedas convey the same
      But to fully understand that you have to take the help of a Guru who will help you in understanding.
      Yes, you can self realise but it is not easy and you may easily lose your way.

      • well,that was funny.i have a simple explanation.when we were kids,our teachers makes us write simple things like “telling lies is bad habit”,”we should not crave for others belongings”,”we should not be selfish”.these are repeatedly written on our slates and in moral science class in primary school.did ya ever follow all these morals from childhood?most of them never follow,but after growing up,they speak vedanta,philosophy,spirituality.

        am not arguing but the fact is, if you have led life that is naturally human,one’s wisdom is beyond gita,upanishads ,vedas and any other scripture and holybook in this world.am saying this coz am self-realised at the age of 16.

      • Are you 16? Well that explains it…
        But I am glad that u found me funny, I hope I could make you smile 😀
        BTW this is just a story why get hyper about it. And this blog contains my reflections, my perspectives, the reader may or may not agree.

  2. am 24,not 16.i din’t write comments for this particular blog post.i wrote comments for you after going through your blog.i have this hyper instinct from childhood whenever i find something is not right.anyone can write conventional comments with praises,but only real people can tell certain things on face to make comment genuine.since its your blog,you can delete my comments if you find am rude and disgusting.i have one last question even if you don’t like.WHY ONE HAS TO CLASSIFY/CATEGORISE THEMSELVES AS RELIGIOUS,SPIRITUAL AND ATHEIST/THEIST IF YOU ARE REALLY WISE AND TRUE?

    well,i never followed or lived according to scriptures.i wrote all these comments coz i have seen spirituality business misguiding people all these years.i don’t have any intention to hurt your ego or your blog readers.

    • You can follow whichever path you like to follow. I follow one which gives me happiness and no one can shake my beliefs. And no I donot want to answer you not because I cannot but because I don’t want to.

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