Wow, when did you learn to make such delicacies, said my husband looking at the “bakshanams” placed before the Goddess in wonder.
We seem to have birthday bashes and celebrations of all kinds these days. I think we should celebrate Goddess Saraswathis’s Birthday with religious fervour and offer all things dear to Her as “neivedyam” to seek Her blessings and fulfilment of our wishes, I said.
That means it is quid pro quo with Gods/Goddesses also. Why do you do something expecting a return, accused my husband.
Well, it is after all human nature to expect something in return for what you do, don’t you think so? We can’t be altruistic, can we, I said.
What you say may apply to people, certainly not to God, said my husband.
Well, its embarrassing to seek favours from people, but you CAN remind God about your wishes as many times as you want without anyone knowing about them, can’t you, I reasoned.
Do you mean to say God doesn’t know what we want? It’s silly of you to think that He doesn’t, said he.
Even God will not give you something without asking, don’t you know that, I said.
Okay. I see your point. Tell me how long did it take you to prepare all these “bakshanams”? As far as I know, you had never been good at making such delicacies, he said still not able to believe his eyes.
You are right. I didn’t want the Goddess to share ‘your’ opinion about my culinary prowess especially when alternatives are available, I said.
What has this world come to! You resort of Readymade Neivedhyam! Are you also expecting the Gods to hand over a package of readymade blessings? Where does religious fervour come in, I wonder, he quipped.
n.meera raghavendra rao