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A Joke for all……brown cat dies, Hinduism/Srivaishnavam survives!
by TRS Iyengar
Once there was a Guru who taught prayer and methods from Vedic scriptures to a number of Students. The students were very obedient and never went against the Guru’s wishes.
Every evening, the students would assemble in a Hall where the Guru would teach them the prayer versus and slokhas for them to learn. On one such evening, while the prayer class was on, a brown kitten entered the hall. The Guru immediately gave asylum to the kitten and since then the kitten started living in the Ashram.
One fine evening, when the prayer class was about to start, the kitten started playing and thus diverted the students’ attention. So the Guru thought of putting an end to this menace and he told a disciple student to tie the kitten to a pillar in the prayer hall, for which he handed a red silk ribbon which was used to tie the Vedic scripts and manuals. Also, the Guru instructed the student to tie the brown cat to the pillar in the prayer hall, every evening before start of the prayer and to free it only after the prayer class was over. This he thought, would stop the cat from playing around while the prayer class was on.
This practice was continued everyday for a long time, prior to start of the prayer a student used to tie the brown cat in the pillar. One day, the cat died, and the worried students, went in search for another brown cat and found one to tie in the prayer hall. The Guru was unaware of this and kept on teaching the students.
After a few years, the Guru too passed away. Then a new person took over as Guru of the Ashram and he too allowed the students to tie the brown cat to the pillar of the prayer hall, without knowing the reason, nor did he check with anybody about this practice.
Days passed on, many students had come and gone as also many Gurus changed. However, the practice of tying a brown cat in the prayer hall continued, no one knowing the reason nor did anyone bother to check.
After a few generations, a gentleman came forward to write the history of the Ashram in details and wrote everything in praise of the Ashram. The concluding note read:
“The evening prayer of this Ashram is a very typical one, IT IS A MUST to tie a brown cat in the prayer hall, with a Red color Ribbon before the start of daily evening prayer.”
This story has NO direct or indirect link to today’s Srivaishnavam sampradayam and/or Hinduism. If any one feels so, it is not my fault because that is it! About 35 years ago, my father told me this story (oh, then it was a black cat!) in such a way in Tamil & still I am with a fresh memory about this one.
(P.S.: The story involved a black kitten. I, however, have changed the color to brown, and showing you, the picture of a yellow one…tell me how you feel about it!)
If this goes left to right or left, it is a bad omen!
So, showing you only it’s shadow!!
(But Why is it considered a bad omen when a cat crosses our path when we go out? Cat is an animal, which has only negative energy. When a cat crosses, whether to your left or rigtht, it leaves behind the negative energy in its path. So, when we cross this path, we are affected by the negative energy and will not succeed in our venture.)
Mr. Mandyam Srinivasan has sent in the following Joke, though similar in moral but different story that makes one to laugh a while, when you think about most of the rituals carried only on blind faith and without knowing its meaning or reasons:
In a Family there was a cat and all the family members use to love it. During shrardda day( Pithru Pooja known in Tamil as Devasam), before the start of the function …. first thing dad used to do … bring a large Makri from the store room( A basket made out of some bamboo canes and fiber – know in Tamil as Moongil Koodai). Makri is used to carry any item such as vegetable/fruits etc )and then cover the cat in a corner of the hall with this Makri, This restricted the cat’s movements around the house.
After the function is over the basket known as makri is removed to free the cat.
This was observed by the children and they never questioned and thought that is how we should follow the procedure during shradda. After some years the children grew up and dad and mom died and also the cat. The children used to perform Shradda for his DAD or Mom… The children used to make sure to borrow a CAT from their neighbor house and confine it in a MAKRI before they used to start the function shrardda.
The moral we get from the above story is to teach your kids good morals and values in life…. we as parents have to “Behave Correctly”. Since children will observe and watch their parents. They learn and follow the parents traits in their adult life also.
Born on Makara Uthiradam star, native of Mukkur and brought up in Ladavaram village near Arcot and now well settled in Mumbai for over five decades. Presently, at 70, trying to run this website without any commercial expectations or profit motive, just for the sake of our future generations to understand about Sanatana Dharma & Srivaishnavam sampradayam.Within my limited knowledge that I put it here, what I learnt from the world.