A Joke for all......brown cat dies, Hinduism/Srivaishnavam
Once there was a Guru who taught
prayer and methods from Vedic scriptures to a number of Students. The students were very obedient and never went against the
Every evening, the students would
assemble in a Hall where the Guru would teach them the prayer versus and slokhas for them to learn. On one such evening, while
the prayer class was on, a brown kitten entered the hall. The Guru immediately gave asylum to the kitten and since then the
kitten started living in the Ashram.
One fine evening, when the prayer
class was about to start, the kitten started playing and thus diverted the students' attention. So the Guru thought of putting
an end to this menace and he told a disciple student to tie the kitten to a pillar in the prayer hall, for which he handed
a red silk ribbon which was used to tie the Vedic scripts and manuals. Also, the Guru instructed the student to tie the brown
cat to the pillar in the prayer hall, every evening before start of the prayer and to free it only after the prayer class
was over. This he thought, would stop the cat from playing around while the prayer class was on.
This practice was continued everyday
for a long time, prior to start of the prayer a student used to tie the brown cat in the pillar. One day, the cat died, and
the worried students, went in search for another brown cat and found one to tie in the prayer hall. The Guru was unaware of
this and kept on teaching the students.
After a few years, the Guru too
passed away. Then a new person took over as Guru of the Ashram and he too allowed the students to tie the brown cat to the
pillar of the prayer hall, without knowing the reason, nor did he check with anybody about this practice.
Days passed on, many students had
come and gone as also many Gurus changed. However, the practice of tying a brown cat in the prayer hall continued, no one
knowing the reason nor did anyone bother to check.
After a few generations, a gentleman
came forward to write the history of the Ashram in details and wrote everything in praise of the Ashram. The concluding note
"The evening prayer of this
Ashram is a very typical one, IT IS A MUST to tie a brown cat in the prayer hall, with a Red color Ribbon before the start
of daily evening prayer."
This story has NO direct
or indirect link to today's Srivaishnavam sampradayam and/or Hinduism. If any one feels so, it is not my fault because that
is it! About 35 years ago, my father told me this story (oh, then it was a black cat!) in such a way in Tamil &
still I am with a fresh memory about this one.
(P.S.: The story involved a black
kitten. I, however, have changed the color to brown, and showing you, the picture of a yellow one...tell me how you feel about