How two fishes transformed in ‘lord Ganesha!'
What would be your reaction if I tell you that every living or non living things in this world have a soul? Even rock, wood, air or water has a soul in its own form. You can realize it if you will try to evaluate it in a way other then traditional one. Further,nothing in this world can be destroyed, as in every condition it remains here in different form. It may transfer in to the different mode but will never be vanished completely. Similar thing is told in ‘Bhagavat Geeta' by lord Krishna. Do you ever think how is it possible? Understanding this is as difficult as understanding God's existence or a complex theory of philosophy.But at the same time it is as simple as walking on the grass. If you use your brain routinely, calculate every thing by applying all possible laws of science,than obviously it will look complicated. But if you can put your ‘mini Einstein' brain at the rest for a while and try to read the laws of nature spread before you, written by unknown hands, you will certainly understand it. For sating an example I will tell you the story about ‘how two fishes were transformed in to lord Ganesha.'
I have a small aquarium in my house and am a fan of fishes in vegetarian way. I love to observe them swimming leisurely or chasing each other in aquarium. My aquarium has some different verities of fishes. Last month I noticed that two of them grew very big compare to the size of my aquarium. One was ‘Albino shark' and another ‘Golden kooie'. They became so fat and strong by eating all the pallets I fed them thrice a day, keeping other smaller fishes almost starved. At night while chasing each other they hit the glass of aquarium with their tails which makes horrible noise and disturbs my sleep. I feared that some day they will break the glass tank. So I decided to get rid of those two even though I liked them too much.
I asked my fish provider to take them back in exchange of smaller ones, and he agreed. One Sunday morning I put both of them into plastic bag filled with water and went to fish shop. Fish shop owner,being a religious Christian went to the church for Sunday mass and shop was closed. I was not ready to put them back in the aquarium as it is very tedious job to remove them from tank and putting in to plastic bag. Further I didn't want to heart them considering the fact that if you make fishes panicked, they become ill and may die. So as a second option I decided to free them in the water canal made for irrigation purpose little far from my house. I went there and asked for security person's permission to throw them in to the canal from the bridge. Security person,being a ‘God fearing' Hindu was hesitating for fish may die due to trauma caused by falling from height. He feared that he would be punished by lord for his sin. He asked me to go downstairs with him up to the water level and free them there. So I went downstairs with him with plastic bag in my hand. Fishes looked calm in the bag,confused by what was going on. We reached and he carefully put two fishes in to the water. They swam calmly on the surface for some time, judging the place and depth,then vanished below the water shrubs. I was happy that I had provided a proper and natural environment to them as my aquarium was very small for their sizes.
As I was leaving after thanking security man, I saw a carved idol of 'Lord Ganesha' at the bridge side, near the security cabin. I inquired with the security man and he told me that some person tried to throw it in the water from the bridge and he stopped that person for doing so, as it is restricted by law to throw such things in canal. That person went away abandoning the idol on the bridge. I went closer and had a look. It was a great carving on a gray marble stone.It was damaged from some places but most parts were intact. I suddenly understood the reason behind abandoning the idol. In Hindu religion there is a belief that it is not good to have a broken idol of god in house or a temple. No body worships broken idol. Particular Idol was damaged some how,so that unknown person left it there. That was very beautifully carved ‘panchamukhi [five faces] Ganesha' I had ever seen. Seeing my interest,security man offered me to take it with me if I wish. I liked the idol but was little bit confused.I thought for a while and then my mind answered me that ‘any thing in this world can never be destroyed or vanished' is the message of Geeta. So why should I bother for some missing parts of idol? I can not abandon the idol of God who created this world on the road just because it is minutely damaged at some places. So I choose a ride for 'Ganeshji' on my Suzuki. Security man put it on the petrol tank of bike very carefully. I reached home balancing 'Ganeshji' on the petrol tank, driving slowly in second gear. Chowkidar of my apartment helped me to unload it from the bike. He escorted ganeshji to my house on the third floor while gasping and breathing heavily. He was wondering how I carried this heavy idol on my bike's petrol tank without any support.
I cleaned the idol under the running water tap, dried it and put it on weighing scale.To my surprised It weighted 24 kg. I placed it next to to the aquarium in my drawing room.
I felt tired and rested on the sofa, just opposite the aquarium. Remaining small fishes were swimming at ease as they have now more space to live. Glass tank looked little vacant as two big tenants had left for the bigger place.But that was a sad scene. I felt a pang in my heart and suddenly I realized that how I missed that two,big,fat fishes.
Thoughtfully,I noticed the changes in my drawing room from sofa.
It was the same, familiar,comfortable,cozy drawing room of my house as before,saved two fishes were missing from aquarium,and next to it was 'Ganeshji' in form of 24 kg marble stone, smiling at me. Soon it became clear to my awakening mind that 'two fishes I freed in the water canal were transformed in to lord Ganesha' as far as my drawing room is concerned. Like my child hood transformed in to the youth and my genes transformed in to my beautiful daughter. Like my father's body transformed in to the ashes and some day I too will be transformed in to something more useful to the world,that dear God would decide. I smiled at Ganesha. That was the smile of thanks for bestowing wisdom upon me.
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