Story of a Mother’s Curse !
Then, without any provocation, she started cursing her son and daughter.
“Uday, you have come to see your friend’s father. But my children, those %@#%$, never cared for me. They ditched me here like an ugly decayed old dog…”she was cursing and shouting so loud. And the body of the words she used would create envy in even among parliamentarians in India. I have never ever heard such gutter adjectives that she used to address her son and daughter – horrible! I could imagine her pain, anger, hatred and alienation. I understood that her son is an engineer and daughter is a medical doctor. They have never come to see her. And she is living on her pension.
“Please don’t curse your children, mother…” I said.
“Both of them are living in huge bungalows with children and servants. They spent lot of money on poojas and rituals too….But they can’t spend a minute or a paisa for me “she continued cursing them…
Apparently, she is disillusioned, depressed, frustrated and carrying lot of negative emotions. A tragic situation, indeed. But we need to evaluate facts of our life. Barring the emotional outburst, we fail to see some basic factors that point to bitter truth in life.
“May I ask you a few questions, mother?”
“You have given birth to your children with part of your own body. You have nurtured them well. You have provided them with nutritious food and nourished them…”
“Yes…yes…most of the times, I was starving to feed them…Since my husband was not earning well, we were living on my petty salary then…”
“You took care of their body so now they have a good and healthy body…”
“Yes – but my curse will finish off their health, their body will decay…” she scolded.
“Now, my question is, you took care of the body, but what about their mind? What did you do for their mind? Did you teach them any value based knowledge? Did you teach them your traditions, customs, rituals, culture and its significance? Did you read them our puranas and itihas? Did you tell them about their Dharma?”
“Who had time for that? I was busy to make both ends meet…I was starving, but I wanted to see them as an engineer or doctor…I wanted to see the society respects my children.”
“So, your wishes are fulfilled, then what are you complaining about?”
She looked at me with a blank face.
“You taught your daughter MBBS – she became doctor. You send your son to study BTech and he became engineer. Those are very good positions in your society…You should be happy…
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