The right eyebrow had peaked to its maximum arch possible. This only meant that his continued thinking on some response has reached its maximum iteration without any satisfying response being thought of. I had to intervene to prevent the possible self-destruction of his brain due to this failed computation. “So, what’s bothering you?” A rhetorical question just to test the waters and shake him out of his thought reverie. The reply was both laughable and intriguing.
“Do you think it’s unfaithful to put a Rs10 note into the donation box? I really think putting a $5 bill is a little too much, which is almost Rs250 and I have never put that much into a temples donation box” A temple bell rang right at the moment he finished speaking which he considered to be a divine intervention which in its own way showed its acceptance of his judgment. With a smile on his face, he stuffed in that 10 rupees note and double checked if it had gone in completely, prayed again and we left the temple premise.
The questions that I should have had asked were why are you carrying around a Rs10 note? Why not a dollar or two instead? Why do we always have to convert to our local currency? Instead, I filled my pockets with the fruits being given out as offerings because apples a kg cost $6 and that would Rs300/kg.
Life of an immigrant is funny indeed and funnier of those who travel as a student.
Let’s move our focus onto something very common, a belief system that we usually follow. The way of acceptance, it could be, like in this case ringing of a random bell in the temple and thinking our wishes would come true, or light flicks on while you were saying something, and you be like I told you what I am saying is true, or the sound lizard makes which is widely accepted as a truth tester in every household in India. The moments of Divine Intervention.
At the heart of every justification that anyone provides there is a need for acceptance. Like strength in numbers, we believe in something to be true when it is widely accepted. While you are at it making your own decisions or giving out your opinions, we subconsciously seek these intuitive truth meters. Does that mean we are insecure when we are speaking our minds? Or is it just that we are the byproducts of a long line of a superstitious belief system which was deeply rooted in the Indian way of life.
The closing argument would be Is it wrong to have such a belief system? Absolutely not! If there a few little things in your life which make you feel confident or a few moments of divine interventions which bring in a sense of clarity, then why not believe in it. Superstition or not, let it not cloud your common sense and reorient your moral compass. So, keep believing in those tings, trings or tooktooks.
Divine intervention or not, we are more intuitive and gut-feeling fueled social animals indeed.