Saturday, June 29, 2013

A walk on Water

"And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid."

~ Mark 6:45-53, King James Bible.

At the appointed time a murmuring crowd gathered on Nehru Park Island to witness the miracle.  For days the local newspapers had advertised the event: "A Man to Walk on Dal wearing only a Khrav."

 A silence fell on the crowd as a young man carrying a garland of marigold around his neck stepped forward and approached the waters. This was The Walker. "The sheen of his face is unmistakably that of a man with great spiritual powers," said someone in the crowd. It was a perfect day for a miracle.

The Walker poised to take his first step, took a deep breath, unimagined the water, kept his head straight and looked ahead. Across the waters, on the other side, another crowd stood in anticipation, ready to receive him. He exhaled and unimagined the crowd. Looking at the scene unfolding in front of them, even the doubting Thomoses, even as they we getting unimagined, for a second did start wondering, 'What if...'

For The Walker the world faded away. The was no water. It was just him and his Khrav.

The Walker raised his foot and as it was about to hit the surface of water, in confidence, he moved his other foot to meet the water too. To the onlookers it looked like a jump. Just as his first foot was about meet the surface, a thought sprang like a bolt in his mind, he remembered something and his body in response to the thought wanted to undo its previous two actions. To onlookers it looked like a jolt.  The Walker tried to balance himself. But he knew it was too late. He was done. His body craved for land and found water instead. As he fell face first in water, Khravs slipped off his feet and floated away from him and towards shore. A few brave onlookers, once their spell was brokem jumped into water and pulled him out.

In time, the reason for this failed miracle soon became apparent to people. Only a few months ago, The Walker was indeed on way to spiritual greatness under the guidance of his Guru. But then love gods played his tricks. The Walker used to teach music to a young blind girl. In time, the two fell in love. The Guru had advised The Walker to remain celibate. Ignoring the advise, just days before the 'Water Walk in Khrav' event, The Walker had married the blind girl and thus ending any real chance of him making history by walking on water.

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Based on the story of a kin told by an Uncle. The Walker did went on to be acclaimed as a saint. But as the joke in the family goes, that day he did almost drown himself in Dal in front of a big crowd.

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