Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, kita berehat seketika dari politik.
My grandmother came to my house the other day just for a visit. Well, a visit led to a stay. Being a not so-popular grandson all of this while, I’ was anticipating some sarcastic comments to be made by her. Well, she didn’t disappoint me.
In fact,she is sitting right beside me when I’m typing this. She even asked why do I need so many TV’s in my house .
“What a waste of money”, she muttered in Tamil.
She referred my laptop as TV. Well, can’t really blame her.
I was expecting her to be talking about the greatness of other grandsons. She started by saying ;
“Velleiki pogeleyah pa”
(You did not go to work today?”
I was off that day and so I told her.
“Amava. Apeh vithe velleh seye vendithane”
(Really, then maybe you can do some house chores)
So, I told her that I was doing some office work .
And she ended the conversation by saying ;
“TV pakerehrethe than uneke office veleyah.”
(Watching TV is your job eh?)
See, I can’t start out a debate this is not a TV but it’s a laptop but engaging with a technology debate with her is not going to help.
She would cut it short by saying I do not obey the words of elders.
The best thing about having prewar people in your house would be to listen to their stories. It’s sometimes very interesting. My grandmother wasn’t Marilyn Monroe , however she has got quite a lot of war or religious stories to share with.
Indeed exchanging thoughts with this kind of people can be quite challenging. You can never win them. A debate is a total no-no. It’s only a one way conversation. Either you agree with them or you’ would end up being labeled as the useless grandson.
It’s fun sometimes to irritate her. So, she was praying and after that she came down and sat together again. One of my relative is in a deep financial problem. There was my mother telling her about this. After listening to almost 10 minutes of gossip presentation by my mother, she finished it simple.
“ Kadavul than ma kapethenum”
(God help them)
So, I interrupted . I asked my grandmother how on earth is God going to help them. She goes like those who always pray and always obey to the words of God will always be blessed with prosperity and happiness.
My mother agreed to what my grandmother said. Does that mean that we do not have to work and we do not have to do anything but God will help us?
My mother further continued saying that anyone who do not pray would be getting bad and they would not lead a good life.
See, no matter how much you would argue with me, I would say that all this while I hardly go to temples. I managed to get an excellent job, and I’m earning good. I always have fun and I’ve never regretted anything in life. If I did not work, would I be getting all this? I didn’t pray to Him everyday, how come I’m still not stuck with anything bad in life? How come I’m leading a good life? Well, I think I’m. I eat beef. It’s a sin, no? How come I was not punished by God?
Maybe some of you can say that later part in my life I would be suffering. See, if I was suffering, then there must be something wrong with me isn’t it? What is the point of blaming God of putting some curse on you and so on?
If you visit any of the Ayer’s in the temple which personally I’ve experienced so many times, they would go on like telling you things that sometimes you think it’s ridiculous. I was actually ‘scheduled’ by God to runaway at the age of 18. In order for me to avoid this, I must go to temples 9 weeks in a row and perform some special prayers. Does that mean after the 9 th week I do not have to go to temple anymore? I did not do the special prayers anyway and it has been 5 years since that. I’ve not run away yet, not at this time of writing. Perhaps I’ve been rescheduled to a later date. *Grin
My intention is not to challenge any of our religion matters and so on. It’s to differentiate between the logic and the magic.
From all my uncles, mostly are rotten ones. They usually do not have anything for themselves,But whenever they see me, they would go on advising me on how to come up very well in life. While they themselves do not have much to feed their own children, here they are teaching me on how to come up good in my life. Funny, isn’t it?
I’ll have to tell the truth that almost all of them pray very hard. As in they gave them themselves totally to God.
Almost all of this rotten ones give themselves to God and expect God to help them. See, not like I do not trust God and His existence. There should be a balance in life between divine things and well, coming up in life.
I’m a person who trust logic first of all, and magic comes second. My mother said the other day that they would have to donate RM 108 and few coconuts must be broken in order for some curse to be cured. So, I asked her what kind of curse is that?
She just replied , there I was sick at the age of 3 and she prayed that if I’m cured , this would be done. Well, indeed. I would never go against it. If you make a vow, then you’re responsible to fulfill it.
But then, I was sick at the age of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and all the while I eventually get sick.
I’m 23 x RM 108 : RM 2484. More like a medical card. Only the benefits was based on magical happenings.
Curse me all you want. Mock me all your hearts out. But one thing would always remain unchallenged; there is no such thing as surrendering to God and expect Him to help you out.
Help yourself out, help others around you to come up, you would eventually be blessed. In real life.
Trust logic, then magic.