So the other day I was strolling in the neighborhood with the thought that it is time I share my almost-enlightened self with others. It is unfair to keep this knowledge all to myself. While I was still mulling over “how to”, I ran into Jason and Amy, my neighbors.
“Manas! All well? Look deep in thought. Heard you are big in all these meditation and spiritual stuff”
“Hey guys, yes just a bit here and there. Interested to hear more?”
And just like that I got my first disciple couple. The Universe is always bringing the searchers to the searched.
As I walked home, I was already running the sequence of my almost-enlightened talk with Jay and Amy. Compassion-Empathy-Kindness or Empathy-Kindness-Compassion. How about Caring? Should that be fitted before Empathy or after? And what about Keeping Calm – is that an entrée or dessert?
Neerja looked at my almost-enlightened face and asked –
“You look very happy today”
“Yes, Jay and Amy are coming over this evening”
“I am going to share some secrets of enlightenment with them”
Before I could finish, Neerja was on the floor. Rolling back and forth with tears streaming off her face. For a moment I thought she was in great pain. Then I realized (as only an almost-realized person would) that she was laughing. Hysterically.
She didn’t say much, just kept repeating – “you?…you?…” and kept laughing.
I remembered the famous lines which I would have said myself but let someone else say before me – “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”. With that I kept my Father Teresa smile on my face and helped her into the chair.
She pinched my cheeks and said – “now that’s a performance I can’t miss”
So Jay and Amy had a wonderful evening with us. I could see that their eyes teared up repeatedly as I talked and they kept wiping their eyes and noses. I don’t think that had anything to do with a slightly spicy paalak-paneer.
As they were leaving, Jay stopped and asked – “I have heard a lot about the water from Ganges and how it cures many things. Is that true?”
“It’s true. You can try it yourself. I have some consecrated Ganges water if you want”
Neerja looked puzzled – “we have it?”
I replied confidently – “we do”
After our guests had left, Neerja turned around and asked –
“Where did that Ganges water come from?”
“The kitchen tap”
“You gave them tap water?”
“Isn’t it the same water everywhere, just like God”. (another almost-enlightened discovery)
“and how did you consecrate it?”
“I read a mantra”
“होठों पे सच्चाई रहती है, जहाँ दिल में सफ़ाई रहती है
हम उस देश के वासी हैं, जिस देश में गंगा बहती है”
Post Script: I have a feeling that this may be the last session of its kind at my home. Not accepting any more bookings, please wait for your turn.