I should have run away

Continued from here

Suresh came by 5 and told,’You can leave now Harish I can manage, go watch a movie with friends.’

‘I am going to meet Guruji’, he said.

‘Too matured for his age’, muttered Suresh under his breath.

When Harish reached Guruji’s place, Guruji was watering his plants. When he saw Harish he was happy and immediately hugged him.

‘You know Harish when I first met you, you were like a wild flower. Tempestuous, angry and rebellious. Then slowly you became receptive, just like this plant. You know this shrub was wild; then I pruned it, gave some manure, watered it and it began flowering.  Looking at you I feel so proud Harish and definitely your parents feel so too.’

Harish was uncomfortable, he didn’t know how to receive compliments. And then he said, ‘All because of you Guruji or else I would be roaming around in some street smoking ganja and what not.’

Guruji looked at him closely and said, ‘the storm is over, is it?’

‘Seems so’, answered Harish and explained the events of the past few days.

‘My good Lord….are you hurt Harish……’

‘I am perfectly fine Guruji, I escaped unharmed’, replied Harish,’ But Guruji, so much anger that you want to hurt someone else without thinking about the consequences?’

‘When we want something very badly, we develop an attachment to it, and eventually when such attachments do not materialise anger generates. It is all very logical. Have you seen a child demanding for candy in a supermarket?’

Harish nodded.

‘First it will look at the candy, then he declares that he wants it, then when he doesn’t see his parents relenting, he will roll on the floor and eventually when still his parents don’t yield, then he will scream to pull everyone’s attention and even then if he is not heard then he will start punching his parents. We never grow up really. Only our desires change and maybe our methodology of acquiring our desires………When there is anger your sense of judgement deserts you’.

Harish was engrossed but then his phone rang. It was Suresh, he took the call.

‘Harish, I know I asked you to take a break but you have to come to the shop now. It is urgent’, and before Harish could say anything the call was disconnected.

Harish took leave from Guruji and rushed.

‘As soon as he reached the shop Suresh started to leave, Harish asked what the matter was and he replied…’Sumati has left home’.

The rest of the evening was spent in a haze, ‘God……. is there any end to our troubles. Just now Anna was becoming serious and now this. If God forbid Anna falls back to his old ways, then what…’ A hundred questions battled in his mind and yet he went on working mechanically.

When he reached home he saw his parents in a sullen mood. Suresh was at his in-law’s place.

‘What happened amma’. he asked.

‘Nothing much actually. As you know Sumati doesn’t do any work at home. The whole day she would be lazing around, playing on her mobile and watching Television. Today Mrs. Shetty had come to visit, I just asked Sumati to bring a glass of water. She just got up and went to her room. Later on I asked her why she didn’t get water and she started screaming that all we thought of was to make her a maidservant just as we had made Suresh our servant. I told her that Suresh had improved and in fact become responsible. She said that, that was our plan to make Suresh busy in the shop so that he would be far from her……Next I saw her packing her bags and leave. I asked her to stop but she didn’t listen. Then I called Suresh. Now he has gone to talk to her, most probably he will stay there. i just hope he doesn’t stay there only from now on…’

‘Don’t talk nonsense, give food to Harish and then let us sleep. Out staying awake will not change anything’, said his father.

Harish lay awake thinking. relationships are so complex difficult to handle, better to run away and stay alone somewhere.

to be continued


We all need a Guruji, in our lives, someone who can guide us and lead us to the right path. It is very important to have an inquisitive mind to ask the right question to the right person. Then only we will find answers to life’s secrets.

tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya
upadeksyanti te jnanam jnaninas tattva-darsinah
TRANSLATION
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. (BG 4.34)

Harish is fortunate to have a Guruji who is always there to answer his questions and to guide him but the thought of running away is always in his mind. Maybe he longs for a Utopian world where there is no rife. He has to understand that there are going to be problems but as long as there are solutions. life is fine.


I am taking part in BAR-A-THON Edition 3
The theme is RUN

 

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18 responses to “I should have run away

  1. This was an unexpected twist. Just when things were looking up for Harish and family, Sumati leaving the house created another chaos. I hope they sort it out and stay together. Waiting for the last post.

  2. Anagha Yatin

    Given a choice between meeting Lord or being with Guru, Sant Kabir has a very clear answer…be with Guru, for he will help you go the right path to meet Lord every time, not just once!
    As for the story, I am now curious and anxious to find out what lies ahead? Life never seems to come to a plateau of routine for Harish, Suresh and family. But thats what is life…

  3. Just when things were looking good for Harish…………… Oh! Well!! That’s life for you. Happiness is just a moment between two dukhas.

  4. KP

    Yet again another problem. Harish is passing through the crucible. He is being tested with trials.
    Problems in life are never ending and not all of them have solutions. That should not deter one from doing his duty.
    The story is being weaved interestingly. Thanks

    • One has to do ones karma no doubt about it.
      Just like precious metals have to undertake lot of purifcation processes, similarly a select few have to undergo hardship . Because it is them who have to lead the society

  5. I liked the part where Guruji explains about our desires and when they are not met the way we start behaving like a child- we want it under any cost. This is true. It just made me reflect upon something I have been badly wanting.

  6. jaya1966

    Each episode of your story brings out a new facet and a shloka from the Gita. I am enjoying it thoroughly.

    Here is my 6th #barathon post

    http://www.jaispoetryblog.com/2018/07/six-minutes-of-fame.html

  7. Pingback: I shall NEVER run away | My Yatra

  8. True, no one has a smooth sailing in life, ever. There are ups and downs always. While we take the ups in our stride, it’s for the downs that we need a guiding light. Thanks for the reminder, Bhagyashree!

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