The unusual story of a peculiar ‘Baba’ (Part-III)(Continued from Part-II)
My life changed forever. I started taking bath in the Ganges everyday. I started fasting on every Thursday. I started thinking of Devi-Mata. As I don't know any 'stotra', any 'mantra', I only do the 'pranam'. I don't ask for anything from Her. What can I ask for myself?
The day of retirement came. Earlier I used to love my office. I immensely liked the environment of this 'Abgari' department which many feel nauseating. But, later I became emotionless. My colleagues, on the day of my retirement, handed me two huge packets. One of the packets contained a huge amount of money. Another packet, rather a box, contained bottles of liquor. I distributed the money to some poor people waiting outside the temple which I now visit after the 'Ganga-snan' everyday. I kept the liquor bottles in the cellar. Tried these exquisite liquors, but could not get any taste. I have lost interest in liquor. What has happened to me?
Then another peculiar thing happened in one morning. I long stopped carrying my revolver during my morning bath in the Ganges. On that dawn, I started walking. Then suddenly, I heard a sound. Two people jumped from a tree. Immediately I found that those two men with covered face were carrying fire-arms and daggers. I was starting to run, suddenly I heard a voice. The voice was known to me. The Sanyasi was saying: "Move forward. Don't run. Don't try to find out what is happening behind you." I followed his advice. I heard the grumble of two dogs and bitter cry of two men. I didn't look back.
While returning after taking the bath, I found that two known goondas of the town were killed by two unknown big dogs on that road. Later, I found that two of my sworn enemies (whom I had harassed in various ways during my service period) tried to finish me off on that morning. But the professional murderers whom they had sent, themselves got killed by two ferocious but unseen dogs.
Since then, the local people have started floating rumours about my miraculous power. These idiots have started saying that I have reached a very high level of the spiritual path. I am being protected by two ferocious dogs, and many other similar things. How can I explain to them? I have no power. I can't do any miracle. I can't even control my own action. They say Mother Goddess is looking after me. But, why me? Who am I? I don't know even a single 'stotra'; I don't know even a simple 'mantra'. There are so many great people who are doing 'sadhana' for the 'kripa' of Mother. All-powerful Mother doesn't shower her 'kripa' on those people, why has she kept her hand over this sinner's head? Why? Why? Why?
The unusual, unwilling 'Baba' continued to cry loudly. The visitor got up slowly, came out of the room and closed the door silently behind him.