Joined: 17 July 2006
Joined: 17 July 2006
THE UNEXPECTED SOLUTION
"So the problem is to find what it is that has upset Mother Parvati so much" summarized Chandra Dev.
"But that should not be a problem at all for you Mahadev" commented Nagaraja. "After all, you can read anyone's mind. Why don't you just peep into Mother Parvati's mind to know what exactly she wants."
"Excellent idea, Nagaraja" said Chandra Dev, thumping his colleague on his back.
"You really think so?" questioned Shiva, his eyes lighting up.
"Indeed Lord. Our thoughts were never hidden from you."
Shiva closed his eyes and went into meditation. Chandra dev and Nagaraja looked on expectantly. Shiva's face seemed to brighten up for a few moments but soon became crestfallen Shiva opened his eyes.
"Well, Lord? Were you able to read Mother Parvati's mind?"queried Chandra Dev
"Yes, yes Lord- What did you see?" questioned Nagaraja, excitedly
Shiva replied "Nothing...much. I only saw myself in her mind"
Chandra Dev and Nagaraja looked at each other delightedly. "That means, Lord, Mother only wants you. Your problem is solved."
"Then why is she annoyed with me?" asked Shiva, still puzzled
"Because you don't want her the way she wants you to want her" explained Chandra Dev.
"Eh...? What was it? Could you repeat ?"
Chandra Dev and Nagaraja began to speak slowly as if explaining to a child.
"Mother Parvati is angry with you because..." Nagaraja began
"You don't want her..."
"The way she wants you..."
"To want her" finished Chandra Dev
Shiva still looked bewildered.
Chandra Dev sighed. "My Lord, you need to express your love to Mother Parvati. Please go and cajole her. Tell her how much you love her."
Reluctantly Shiva got up and began walking away.
"Do you think Mahadev call pull it off? asked Nagaraja in a whisper to Chandra Dev
"Not a chance. He is sure to make a mess. Let's follow discreetly"
Shiva reached the banks of the Manasarovar where Parvati was sitting, throwing pebbles into the lake.
Shiva cleared his throat to let her know he was there. Parvati's only acknowledgement was to look stubbornly away.
"Parvati...I know you are angry with me. And I think I know the reason" Shiva said with confidence
Parvati turned to him expectantly.
Shiva began "Parvati...I have not wanted you the way you want me to want ...No no...wait... You want me to want you but I have not wanted...Wait...not that..." Mahadev's voice trailed away as he racked his memory furiously to recollect what Chandra and Nagaraja had said.
Parvati responded by turning her face away and throwing a stone into the lake with more force than necessary.
"Psst..psst..." Shiva heard a familiar hissing sound. Looking down he saw Nagaraja slithering near his feet in his serpent form. Shiva lowered his hand and the snake crawled up to his shoulder.
The snake whispered into his ears " Forget all that. Tell her I love you'."
Shiva cleared his throat again and began "Er...Parvati...Nagaraja would like me to tell you that... he loves me"
Parvati gave him a look of total incredulity.
"No...no" winced Nagaraja "Say.. you love her"
"Oh" comprehension dawned on Shiva's face. He began once again "Er...Parvati...Nagaraja tells me I should tell you that I love you."
Chandra Dev slapped his hand on his forehead. He knew his master was called Bhole-nath, but was he really so naive?
Seeing Parvati getting furious, Chandra Dev and Nagaraja decided that it would be prudent to remove Shiva from the scene. They grabbed an arm on either side and began leading him away.
Shiva was too worried to protest. Back at Kailash, Chandra and Nagaraja seated Shiva on his seat while they stood in front of him.
"My Lord... you were certainly remarkable" commented Nagaraja sarcastically.
"Don't rub it in Nagaraja" replied Shiva quietly
Nagaraja shook his head in disbelief. "My Lord...the words of love which come naturally to every man, on seeing his wife, didn't even occur to you? We had to prompt you? "
Shiva buried his head in his hands.
All three were silent
"My lord" began Chandra Dev in his soft voice, "it's not your fault. Ever since Kamadeva was burnt by you, feelings of love and desire have evaporated. You may not have noticed, but the world has not been the same since. The plaintive call of the cuckoo is not heard, the peacock does not unfurl his feathers and dance for his peahen anymore and young men and women pass by each other without as much as a glance."
"My lord, Kamadeva's presence would spread a magical enchantment. Under his influence, despair would turn into hope, past would give way to future, ugliness would transform into beauty.
The feelings of love, passion and desire are essential for existence. "Without them", concluded Chandra dev "the bliss in marriage, the joy of union, is lost."
"As you have, no doubt, discovered by now" remarked Nagaraja icily.
Shiva's face became inscrutable. Chandra Dev trembled, wondering whether he had overstepped his limits. "Forgive me Lord...if I have..."
Shiva held up his hand, "you are right Chandra Dev." Shiva closed his eyes. Nagaraja and Chandra Dev watched with bated breaths. They realized Shiva was summoning someone.
Joined: 17 July 2006
THE RE- AWAKENING OF LOVE
It was Rati, Kamadeva's wife. Dressed in widow's weeds and looking haggard and careworn, she was holding a bundle close to her heart.
She looked around listlessly and did not care to bow to Shiva.
Shiva looked at her kindly and said "Rati, what Kamadeva did to me was wrong'."
Rati looked at him defiantly.
Shiva continued "'.but what I did to Kamadeva was worse. As a yogi, I thought I had conquered every human emotion, but now I realize there was still one failing in me. I fell prey to the most dangerous emotion- anger"
"However, now I am prepared to make amends. Lay the bundle that you are carrying before me"
Looking hopeful, Rati opened the bundle and laid it before Shiva. It contained ashes- collected by a grief stricken Rati when Kamadeva was burnt down by Shambhu.
Shiva closed his eyes and murmured something under his breath A vapour like substance began to emerge out of the bundle and took the form of a man.
"Rati" said Shiva, pointing to the translucent figure, "Kamadev has been brought back to life. Though he will not have a physical body, you will be able to sense and feel his presence. From today, he will also be known as Atanu and Anang."
Addressing the reborn Kamadev, Shiva said " Kamadev- I have not given you a corporeal body so that you remember that Love is not mere physical lust. Now, as an invisible being, you can work on the mental and emotional aspect of Love. Hence, you will also be known as Manoj."
Turning to Rati who was looking bewildered at the ghost image beside her, he said "Don't despair Rati. In the Dwapara Yuga, when Sri Vishnu will incarnate on earth as Krishna, Kamadeva will be born as his son and you will be his wife. Kamadeva will return to his original form then."
"Kamadeva and Rati- go and weave your magic once again in the world. I have realized that the world needs passion and ardor as much as it does renunciation and restraint. Go forth and make the world, the beautiful place it once was."
With gratitude and happiness in their hearts, Kamadeva and Rati left the place.
Shiva also got up and began walking away. Nagaraja returned to his serpentine form and prepared to coil himself around his master's shoulders.
Shiva looked surprised. "Er'Nagaraja- why don't you take a break? Your wives may be missing you. And you too Chandra Dev'.Rohini and the rest will be wondering where I have vanished you." Shiva gave an awkward laugh.
Nagaraja and Chandra Dev looked at each other and smiled knowingly.
Chandra Dev replied, "We understand Lord. Kamadeva has started his work. You won't be needing us anymore."
Both of them bowed to their master and began to walk away. Just before vanishing, Nagaraja nudged Chandra Dev to look behind. They smiled as they saw Shiva materializing a bunch of pink lotuses and walking purposefully towards Manasarovar.
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