“The one who does not make a mistake is God. The one who makes mistakes and realises the mistake, is human God” meant the shop keeper Kewalbhai, when he said in Hindi “Jo bhool nahin karta wah Bhagawan hai. Jo Bhool karke maan leta hai bhagwan jaisa insaan hai”.
I was with my best friend Kishore Bhatia and his wife Neelu in Rishikesh on 27 March 2015, a place I love to visit for a peaceful and pollution free break. We observed that the shop owners in the area around Geeta Bhavan lacked courtesy.
In one of the shops, Kishore asked for a blue shirt. He did not like the shade that was shown to him and Neelu requested if she could see some other colours. This supposedly was reason enough for the shopkeeper to be upset.
He argued that he did not show other colours because he was asked for blue. He spoke in a manner that made it seem like Kishore had committed a crime by asking for a colour of his liking. He then went on to practically throw a few shirts before Neelu whereas he could have politely shown the other shades. I did not like the shop keeper’s attitude. I got into an argument with the shop keeper for his behavior, making me lose my peace of mind.
That evening, as we calmed down like the surface of the river in front of us, we analysed the incident. We realised that though the shopkeeper’s attitude was not right, we weren’t right either. By getting into an argument for someone else’s mistake and improper attitude, I created an adverse impact on me.
Next day, I went to the shop-keeper and said “I feel bad that I had an argument with you yesterday. Let us not discuss who was at fault. Let us forget that incident as I have realised that the arguments could have been easily avoided.”
He got up from his chair as if an electric shock passed through his chair. He held my hand and apologized for his attitude the previous day.
“Jo bhool nahin karta wah Bhagawan hai. Jo Bhool karke maan leta hai bhagwan jaisa insaan hai” said the shop keeper Kewalbhai. (The one who does not commit mistakes is God. The one who does a mistake and realises it, is a human God). He started praising me as he held my hands firmly for quite a few minutes.
He further said, “You are a good human being. I want to give you something”. I was relieved and happy. I wondered whether he would extend a gift from his shop! Instead, he gave me a gift of his sincerity. He gave me a printed card and said “if you ever have a problem with your teeth, touch the problematic tooth with your finger and chant the mantra written on the card just once. You will be relieved immediately. He similarly gave tips for other problems.
He asked me to join my palms together so that he could read my hands. Two corresponding lines, one one each palm, formed a curve like a half moon. Next, he checked the levels two prominent lines on my two little fingers.
The levels didn’t match; there was a difference of about 1 to 2mm. The shop keeper said, “ just now, you have an upset stomach. You don’t have proper appetite either.” Sure enough, he was right. I had a mild stomach ache.
He took out a black cotton thread, chanted a mantra mentally and tied five knots. He looked at my face and added another two. This time when I held my palms next to each other, all three lines matched perfectly. The difference had gone! Suddenly my stomach ache disappeared too and I felt normal.
I wondered why I argued with such a helpful and talented gentleman. Had I controlled myself for a minute, I would not have harmed my peace of mind.
This incident taught me once again: “I have a particular attitude towards life, others have their own. If I understand this, I can protect my peace of mind.”