After lunch Ammachi and I went to sit on the veranda and wait for Appa.
“Do you think Appa is ok?” I asked Ammachi
“I don’t know”.
“I am scared Ammachi.”
“What will I do if anything happens to Appa?”
“Nina, there is one lesson you must learn in your life”, and she sang for me
Whatever happend is for the good
Whatever didn’t happen is also for the good
Whatever will happen is also for the good.
“You can’t change the destiny, though many will tell you that destiny is in your hand. If your father has to die today, he will. You can’t change it.”
“But I don’t want Appa to die”
“You can’t do anything about that Nina.”
“But I can pray”
“Ofcourse you can”
I said a silent prayer to Parumala Thirumeni( jacobite saint) and to mother mary to keep my father safe.
“Nina, Do you know who is Vararuchi?”
I shook my head and said “No”
“Vararuchi was Naranathu branthan’s father.”
“Was he mad too?” I asked her
“No, He wasn’t mad. He was one of the nine wise men of King Vikramadityan’s court(300AD) along with Kalidasan. He was very intelligent. He could even understand the language of birds and animals. One day while he was resting under a tree in the forest, he overheard two birds speaking to each other and telling
‘Oh! here lies the great scholor and brahmin, who is fated to marry a low caste woman.’
“The birds then discribed where exactly the low caste woman is born and the time of birth. Vararuchi went back to the King Vikramaditya and told him,
‘A low caste baby girl is born at this time in this place. You have to get rid off her or she will bring misfortune to your kingdom.’
“The king knows Vararuchi is the most learned man in his kingdom. He didn’t want a low caste baby girl to bring misfortune to his kingdom.He immediately send his soldiers to the girl’s house with the order to kill the baby”
“How can they kill an innocent child Ammachi?”
“Well, even in the bible, they have killed babies. remember the story of moses?” She asked me.
I nodded my head and said “yes”. I know the story of Moses and how he was send down the river in a basket.
“The soldiers didn’t want to murder the child, so they decided to hit her head with a stick, so she will be knocked out, placed her in a boat carved out of banana tree stem and placed a cloth torch as a guiding light and placed her in the river”
“What happend to the baby”.
“Well, if it is your fate to marry a learned brahmin, you will marry”.
“Many years later, Vararuchi was visiting a new place and he went to an illam(brahmin’s house). There was a beautiful and intelligent woman there and Vararuchi fell in love with her and asked if she would marry him. They were married. After the marriage, Vararuchi noticed a scar on the girl’s head and he asked her ‘How did you get this?’
“The girl replied,’I was hit on the head by the king’s soldiers and send down the river, my mother(adoptive) was bathing in the river and saw me floating down the river in a boat carved out of banana tree stem, and she adopted me and raised me’.
“So the learned brahmin couldn’t change his destiny, so do you think you can?”
note: the girl answered on the behalf of her adoptive father many of Varuruchi’s twisted questions and that is how Vararuchi was convinced she is intelligent.. does any of you know what were the questions and the answers?