Nanu Maa : Alipta And Aatmiya
Posted by Kishan Laddha on Nov 22, 2017
Nanu Maa, an elderly women whose generosity reaches far and wide since years experienced by many known and unknown brothers and sisters.
Recently, she fell sick and learning about her poor health, Jayesh bhai rushed to her with few of us to ensure her well beings and needs. Witnessing the interaction, I felt it to be a sheer exchange of blessings.
She was bed ridden for few days and even after that she ensured all the visitors receive water and are seated properly. She shared how she was inspired few years back with her limited resources she offered food to two children and how universe responded to her with abundance by receiving a pension she was expected from government but had forgotten. Ever since that incident she eats only after feeding children. Many of us know how generously she offered her home to Jayeshbhai, Virenbhai and Anar ben so that after her demise it will be used for children in need in the slums of Ramapeer nu Tekro. Even currently, its been used as an Anganwadi (pre-primary school) center.
Having a heart to heart conversation with her, Jayesh bhai asked her if she has any wish or desire unfulfilled , if someone can assist her in completing any of such desire ? She responded, I believe I received all that I could and have no desire left at all.
However, she expressed one of her wish, she asked Jayesh bhai with loving authority - "you will have to come for my final cremation. I want you to perform it." Jayesh bhai shared don't you think your relatives shall perform the final rights, her response was negative, she firmly expressed no, I want you to perform it and I have asked my relatives to facilitate so when the time would come.
On that Jayesh bhai told her, what if I am away for few days in a different town and unable to come for the final rights, She wasn't ready to listen to any excuse, I felt she knew in her heart that Jayeshbhai will be there with her in her final journey yet she wanted an affirmation. Sensing it, Jayesh bhai asked in lighter note "what if I am unable to come, would your ghost come haunting for me ?" listening to that Nanu maa said firmly - "no that would not happen. Why would I come as a ghost ? There is nothing that I want from the world and that I know you would be there with me in my final journey if not physically, in your spirit. "
To us it was an experience of witnessing Nanaumaa practicing detachment (ALIPTATA) about the world yet pious affinity (AATMIYATA) for the loving ones.