Samosas with God

"I had lunch with God."

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April 2019 ~ Everyday a little boy heard and watched and listened to his mother pray. He developed this entire desire to meet this God, who his mother said, could be found everywhere, but the son would have to wait a long time to meet him.

Patience is a virtue rarely seen in people, and impossible in children. One morning the boy declared, that he could wait no longer and he wanted to meet God now. If mother could not show him God, he would just go out and find God all by himself the next day.

The mother knew this search would result in a very long fruitless day. The poor child would certainly be disappointed.

In the morning the mother packed for the impatient boy some samosas (dumplings) and a bottle of water and then saw him off at the door with trepidation and a big hug. The little boy trotted off looking back and continuously waving bye to his mother before he passed out of sight.

Living in a remote area, the mother knew her son would be safe and knowing quite well that he would not go very far and therefore let him go alone. When he had travelled a couple of kilometres, the boy came upon an old woman at the edge of a lake. She was gently swinging her legs as she sat at the edge of an outcropping rock, just looking at the ducks in the water.

The boy sat down near her and opened his sling bag. He was about to take drink from his water bottle when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry. So he offered her a samosa which she gratefully accepted, and smiled at him.

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She radiated an appealing warmth which was even more engaging whenever she gave that glorious smile. After a while he felt compelled to offer her another samosa, just to see that smile again.

Smile she did, filling the little boy's heart with joy and delight. There they sat there together all afternoon enjoying the beauty and tranquility of their surroundings without exchanging a word., There they sat just eating and smiling. It was just so wonderful.

As twilight approached, the boy realised how tired he was and he got up to leave. Before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman, and gave her a hug. She gave him another big smile. Then he scooted off home.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face.

She asked him, " What did you do today that made you so happy?"

He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? She's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home.

Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, "Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?"

She replied! "God and I shared some samosas near the lake. You know, he's much younger than I expected."

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All of us get to share samosas with God in many ways, only most of us fail to realise it. Challenges and problems are always there, but beauty, love compassion and friendship are also present in abundance everywhere. We often see the blemish but not the beauty of the moon.

God is not a goal but an experience. God is like the Sun that shines upon us all, giving us sustenance, and fills our lives with wonder.

At any moment, a gesture, a smile, an expression, a view, a taste, a sound or touch can transport us to experience God. We only have to be sincere, open and willing for the Divine to enter us.

*** Blog Post: Sharing Samosas with God

Gurvinder Singh

Gurvinder Singh is an engineer by education, Industrialist by professional experience. I have travelled and  conducted business both India and abroad (34 countries). 

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