Man Proposes God Disposes
Amu was very upset. Her beloved son Victor had lost his mind! “It was that cursed lottery! How I wish Vic had not accepted that free ticket from Sen Dada. How am I going to manage the house all by myself now?” Her heart sank. Then she decided that the only way to make her son well was to get rid of the prize money. In her eyes her son’s life and sanity was priceless.
Sen Dada was fuming. For the umpteenth time he kicked himself for giving away the lucky ticket. Then he decided that as Vicky had lost his mind, he could con Amu into splitting the fifty lakhs saying it was supposed to be equal shares as a shoe polish did not cost twenty rupees. Once he had brainwashed himself that he was justified in duping Amu, he hastily bought a box of (sweet ricotta cheese balls) “rosgullas” for the family and quickly left for Victor’s house.
Amu hurriedly pulled out the offending fifty lakhs from under the bed and tied them up in red tablecloth which she had newly sewed from cloth remnants. The money was wrapped in old newspaper and was now a snug square package in red. After a quick bath, she left for Kalibari(temple) leaving Victor in the care of the younger brothers.
Sen Dada reached the house and with a great flourish gifted the sweets to the boys. Then he asked about Amu’s whereabouts. Upon finding out that she had left for the Kalibari, he ran out after her. He needed to catch her before she entered the temple. The chase was on.
It was morning “puja” (prayer) time and the temple was full. Amu quietly waited in line patiently pleading all the time to the Goddess to take the money and return her son’s sanity. She reached the priest and bowed low to receive blessing. The crowd suddenly surged and Amu tripped and fell inside the inner sanctorum and the red packet fell at the feet of the Goddess. Amu straightened up and quietly left chanting Goddess mantras. The package lay unnoticed as it was inadvertently pushed behind the deity by the priest whilst performing rituals.
The local doctor had given a sedative to calm Victor and he was lying in deep sleep. Yogi and Jay the younger brothers had secured jobs in different banks as trainees and their lot had already changed for the better. Their hard work had paid off.
The sun was shining brightly and Victor got up and stretched. Suddenly he looked at the clock and jumped up shouting Amu!
He was behaving normally and was hurrying with morning ablutions and chores so that he could open his shop on time. Amu was delighted! Goddess Kali had heeded her prayers and given back her old son.
Next morning the priest did the abhishekham (bath) of the Goddess with his usual fanfare and rituals. Lots of water mixed with Gangajal (sacred river Ganges water) and milk etc. were poured over the deity and then the Goddess was anointed with red sindoor(color) and sandal paste and dressed in gold jewelry and silk sari. The Goddess was ready for morning “darshan” viewing.
The red bundle of money got a thorough soaking and the money became useless pulp.
Man proposes God disposes