How Fate Was Outwitted!

Part 3 – Onwards to learn and back

Guru said: ‘Vidyadhar, You’ve completed your education here and you’ve done very well. I’ve nothing more to teach you. Time has come for you to leave.’

The Guru was hinting at that over the last few months. Vidhyadhar feared for the moment. And this was it. His heart was heavy with emotions.

‘Sir, as important as learning knowledge, should I also not learn its application by staying close to you?’

‘Well said. But you’ve lived here with us all these years. It’s not sterile knowledge that you’ve picked up. You’ve seen us practice and you too have practiced on occasions. There’s more for you to learn. I recommend you go to Kashi and submit yourself to Vakvilasa. He’ll surely take you if you tell him you’ve come from here. He is a very erudite person and I cannot think of anyone more appropriate than him as a Guru to impart Siksha (tutoring) and Diksha (initiation to special manthra’s). But not before spending sometime with your parents.’

He knew the Guru always had his best interests in mind. So there was no question of pursuing a different course.

So Vidhyadhar made it to Kashi and enrolled himself as a sishya of Vakvilasa. There were sishya’s coming from all parts of the country. It was an invigorating learning experience of a different kind on the banks of Ganges.

As a couple of years passed by, Vidhyadhar felt an increasing urge to return home. He sought and obtained Vakvilasa’s permission and journeyed homewards.

He stopped at a town on the way to his village and met one of his old gurukul mates. After mutual updates, he enquired about the gurukul. To his grief, he learnt about the demise of the Guru and the Gurupatni. The gurukul was defunct. With great trepidation he asked about Sunandan, the Guru’s son. It didn’t surprise him that Sunandan could not walk in the footsteps of his father. Scholarship and rigor in practice were not for him. He was surviving on his sole possession, a bullock. He earned a living using the animal as a beast of burden to carry goods to and from the town market for the traders.

He felt he should meet Sunandan before proceeding to the village. He walked up to the market, easily spotted Sunandan with his bullock, being persuaded by a trader to accept a lower trip-fare; when the business was concluded, he went up to him.


2 Responses to How Fate Was Outwitted!

  1. trisha says:

    an extremely intelligent person can bring out the best from the worst- thats how i will explain your story.

    a very intelligent story indeed.


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