Once upon a time there lived a hard-working karṣhaka in a small grāmam. He had 1 acre of land. Since he was hard-working, without having to depend on others he always managed to get sufficient food for his family. There was no scarcity for anything in their house, because they were satisfied with what they had. But kālam does not remain the same always. Its lakṣhaṇam is gamanam. Ups and downs are un-avoidable. Vaividhyam will be there only because of these ups and downs. Caitanyam will be there only because of this vaividhyam. And caitanyam is the greatest boon for a human, without which there will be no difference between him and a stone. As the years passed by, the monsoons started decreasing and finally there were no rains. Common farmer’s life became miserable as they were 3 years, 7 years of durbhikṣha.
The poor karṣhaka’s state was no different. All sides were filled with gāḍhāndhakāram. There was no hope. But still our karṣhaka’s life style did not change. As usual, he used to wake up before the Sun, eat whatever was able and leave for his work at the farm, carrying the plough on his shoulder. He used to try and do whatever he could, though he knows there is no use. One day, while the farmer was doing his dina-carya, Pārvatī Parameśvara saw the poor hard-working karṣhaka. Surprised seeing the karṣhaka, Parameśvara asked “why are you ploughing the field, when you know there is no water?”, coming in the guise of a Pathika. The karṣhaka replied “Ayya! Looks like you are new to our village. This is my everyday dina-carya. If I stop doing it and neglect my Vṛtti, which gave me food all this while, I will not be able to do it once rains come. That is why I do not want to loose my habit of hard-working”. Annapūrṇādevi had heart-full ānandam. (O Mother! is it not for your kaṭākṣham that of all of us strive our entire lives?) Parameśvara also said “Only if I give varṣhas (of śubhas) will my name of Śiva be true, so let Me too not change my svabhāvam and give you rains. This karṣhaka is a dhanya jīvi”. And Lord Śiva blessed their village with good rains.
Morals in the story:
- Whether or not the kālam is good for us, we must never forget doing hard-work.
- Discipline is the greatest character of a human. With it, one can achieve any difficult goal.