I think a lot of things can come back to bite you in the ass. Also known as Karma. I like to think that I am a big believer in the concept of Karma. If you are a bad person , bad things will happen to you and vice versa. What then, is the concept of forgiveness and where does that come in? I mean, if you do something wrong to someone, and you are forgiven for that wrong-doing, does karma eventually still come to get you or is karma the forgiving kind as well? And what IF I am good to one person, but bad to another? What then? Does karma favour the good over the bad? Do I face no repercussions whatsoever because I helped an old man cross a road today even though I completely back-stabbed my friend yesterday? (I didn’t actually do that – I never helped any old man across the road).
In all of this, what about me? If someone wrongs me and begs for forgiveness, should I forgive? I think so, yes. The thing is, when you forgive someone for some sort of wrong doing, you feel about a 1000 times better while the person who is guilty probably feels worse because no longer is he going to be punished for what he clearly blames himself for. Which probably means that Karma is coming to get him. Soon. So let the forgiveness flow out of you at every single person who has angered you, wronged you, irritated you in any way. It will make you feel better and isn’t that what life is about?
So coming to forgiveness, I think I can forgive those who wronged me. Can I forgive those who wronged people that I love? Can I forgive the guy who abandoned a hound puppy outside in the rains tied to a street light pole with a chain? Can I forgive the lady who didn’t want to pay for her dog’s treatment even though she drove up in a huge car with a driver? Can I forgive all the people who have collectively wronged all the animals that I love without even knowing them? Because when animals are involved, no more is there any “Put yourself in their shoes” situation. No more can I let it go. And I definitely cannot wait for Karma to come and do the job for me. I mean, he’s busy. I just back stabbed my friend and didn’t help anyone else to make up for it.
So I pacify myself. I tell myself that there are a thousand good people who are working day and night to help animals. NGO’s, agencies, ordinary people- to counter the horror spread by the abusers. I then realise that there are a thousand people working for everything they believe in. And a thousand people abusing that good work as well. Old people are thrown out of their own houses everyday. I mean, Baghban airs on Sony Max almost every other day to remind you of just how little we love our parents. And there are people working to fix that, setting up old age homes and taking them in. We have Lage Raho Munnabhai airing on Star Gold reminding us of that as well. See how it all comes together nicely in a tight little package delivered by Karma? Or so I tell myself. That we are a lot of good people working together endlessly, trying to fix everything that is wrong with the world. A lot of people are like me, they find the way out of the tunnel at the end of a dog’s leash or by following the sound of a cat’s purr. A lot of people earn their keep by feeding the poor, or going to a special needs children’s school (to teach them, obviously). Just yesterday, my friend got a box of kit-kats at work from some Guruji and her first thought was to distribute the chocolates to poor kids. I back stabbed her and took two of the kit-kats for myself. I didn’t really think about poor kids but then again she probably didn’t stop to feed the dog outside Carter Blue with chicken FROM Carter Blue. You see, we all think really differently. And that is okay. We can’t all think about everything because then the issues that this world faces will completely choke us and we’ll probably never be happy again. We all work endlessly. We all contribute to this huge, pulsating energetic mass that is the Universe in our own feeble way. I made one dog happy, she made an entire slum happy. But we both made Karma happy and honestly, we both are just teeny-tiny children trying to survive in quite an angry world. I can now safely backstab someone else tomorrow. I’ll just go feed that dog again and I should be okay. Funny how it works, doesn’t it? Pacifying yourself?
Also, the lady that refused to pay for her dog’s treatment should watch out, right? Because I am not going to forgive her. Karma will get her, right? Do you believe me? Do I believe me?