Two incidents within a time frame of two months in two different places is what has got me to write this blog entry. Both of them have involved playing with religious sentiments. While one of these incidents has involved my father directly, the other has taken place in the apartment complex I stay in, though I do not know the woman directly. This blog is my way of exposing how cheating can take place in the most unexpected ways. Awareness is the only way to fight such people.
The first incident happened in my home town where we own a house. Our tenant had nnintroduced a man who claimed to be a Sai Baba devotee.Our family had been a Shirdi Sai Baba devotee for years now.So, when the so called Baba came on a Thursday clad in Saffron robes, my dad could not refuse him an entry into the house. He then “stated” a few things about dad’s past, “answered” a few doubts that were in Dad’s mind and made a few “future predictions”, most of which were true. I still wonder how he got some of those facts right. My thinking is he must have done a little asking around and some more were common sense. I will never know for sure. After all this discussion, he gave Dad a small coin that had Sai Baba’s image on it and asked for 5000 bucks straight away. My dad somehow came to his senses, refused to give the money saying that he would give the money when the rest of the”predictions” would come true and sent him away after giving a customary 116 bucks after the man claimed they were doing some pujas and feeding hungry people. Later we came to know that even the tenant had to shell out a lesser amount as they were financially week and could not afford much. We have never seen the man again since that incident.
Today, the day I am writing this post, happens to be Kartheeka Pournami, an auspicious day for Hindus where we fast and make offerings to God.A lady who claimed to be an unmarried woman came to our house. She said she was doing “special pujas” on this day in order to be able to get married soon. She said she was collecting funds from all the houses near the temple to perform the pujas. We gave her a nominal amount, unable to refuse as it was an auspicious day, and sent her away. What we came to know later on shocked me and made me thank my stars for being lucky enough. Apparently, the lady had cheated another woman who was staying alone of 20,000 bucks. She claimed to get rid of the woman and the house of any evil eye. She asked the woman to tie all the money she had in her possession into a bag, did some rituals with the bag,asked her to open the bag in the evening and disappeared. Later on it was found that the lady had made off with all the money in the bag. This might be a one – off incident and the woman who lost her money might have acted naive but it goes to show that anything might happen. People have their own way of playing mind-games with our sentiments.
The best way to deal with the is being aware. Being aware is being armed. Alertness at all times, educating people around us and being constantly careful is the only way of dealing with these people.
DISCLAIMER: This blog entry is purely meant to spread awareness and not hurt any sentiments. It is a story of my personal experiences, what I have seen. If you are commenting on this article, please make sure your comments do not hurt anybody’s feelings or sentiments