By AMRIK SINGH KANDA : A devotee had been praying in the temple for over ten years. God Almighty was surprised and concerned. Seeing the hard penance of the devotee, God thought of appearing before him. ‘This devotee is worshiping me in this kaliyuga (dark age). I must let him have a glimpse of mine.’ God was still deliberating, when a car stopped before the temple door. A tall robust person came out of the car. He was very well suited booted. He had ear rings, gold chains around his neck and glittering rings adorned his fingers. He was accompanied by three or four semi-nude beauties. He said to the devotee sitting in the temple,’Yes devotee, what do you want?’The devotee felt very happy. He thought he had attained God. ‘God has been pleased with me to ask me what I want. I should not miss this opportunity.’ He said at once “I want to be rich, very rich.”The devotee placed before him his demand. God was observing all this. He wanted to see what was happening. ‘I wonder if this
devotee can recognize me.’ The man took him in his car. God also followed them. He drove him to a very big bungalow. “This bungalow is yours from today” He gave him money, gold, diamonds, two beauties and a car and went away. The devotee was very happy. God appeared before him after some time in his dream that night
and said to him, “What have you got caught into, my devotee? Why have you given up your meditation and strayed into this evil? That is why I had not met you so easily. You have failed my test.’
“But who are you?’ said the devotee.
“O mad one, I am God. The other one is satan. Don’t get caught in his web. Pay your attention to your prayers and worship. There is nothing in this ostentation. Don’t do all this. You will be held accountable for your deeds. Recite God’s Name.’The devotee’s dream was broken. He took a quick bath and
dressed for sitting in prayers. The dining table before him was laden with fruits-dry and fresh- juice and many other things and wines of many kinds.
The robust man appeared before him again. He said,
‘Have your breakfast. I thought why not I should have breakfast
with my devotee.’
‘Let me do my prayers first.’
‘There is no need to do any prayers. Why do you pray? Just to ask for fulfilling our desires. Do as I say. You will get everything.’ The devotee agreed. He was very happy after taking the
breakfast. He had never had such a dainty fare throughout his life.
‘What more do you want, devotee? I have arranged for a grand bungalow and the servants, etc.’ ‘I have a question to ask you.’ ‘Just go on.’
‘I have heard a lot about you but last night God Almighty told
me that you are satan. How come? I want to see your powers with
my own eyes.’ ‘Oh that God of dreamland! Ha, Ha. If He is God, why doesn’t
he meet you straightway? These are only tales about God. There is no God at all. Look at this photograph.’ ‘This is the photo of the Prime Minister.’
‘They are all my devotees. From leaders to actors; from ministers to their bodyguards.’
‘But God had said that I would be made accountable for my deeds.’
‘You are mad. Why are you caught in this philosophy of accountability for your deeds? I have told you to do as I say. If He is God, why does he not show any miracle? Do not care for any one except me. Don’t heed anyone. Now go and kill that woman going over there. Then I will show you my power. ‘ ‘Why?’
‘You should not say why. ‘Why’ is the cause of conflict. Don’t say so and do as I say. I can bring the sky down to earth. I can show you heaven on earth. I can pull down the moon and stars to earth and take you for a round thereof. I can make a shower of diamonds and pearls. I can do anything at any time. Make haste, that woman is going away. Shoot her. I’ll make sure that no one questions you.’ ‘But she is pregnant…..’
The woman had gone far ahead. The devotee followed her. God was observing all this. God stopped the devotee.
“What are you going to do, man? Don’t commit this sin. Your devotion would go waste. The satan is leading you up the garden path. Don’t commit this sin.’
‘Get out of my way. He has not shown me the garden path but given me everything that I want. Get away, I have to kill that woman’
‘Misguided by satan people are already killing them in the womb. Being a devotee, you should not be misled by …..’
‘Hold your tongue. He is the king of the world. Get out of my way, you …..ba….. or I’ll shoot you also. ‘
He pushed God aside and advanced towards the woman.
‘You will repent. Don’t be enticed by satan. You won’t be able to get free. It is a bog. I am God, I am Bhagwan, I am Allah, I am Ram, I am Rahim.’
God was saying all this.
‘Can you make a shower of diamonds and pearls?’
‘O mad man, I have buried diamonds, pearls, gold, all under the
bosom of the earth.’
‘Get away you braggart. Bring the sky down to earth. Create
heaven in the wilds.’
‘All this is the doing of satan. You have been misled by him.
How much have you changed in two days, mad man? Where has your devotion gone? ‘
‘You have no miracle to show. And I believe in miracles. Don’t waste my time.’
‘Bad time has come for you when you are going to kill that pregnant woman. Do you know the little girl in her belly would also die with her?’ ‘Get away…’ He turned the living woman into a corpse with his
bullet. The devotee became more hard hearted on seeing blood.
‘Has anything happened to you? This God, etc., seem good in stories only. It is my rule which is supreme today. You have to do as I say. I will make you rich and richer day by day. This is new type of creation that I am engaged in. You wanted to be rich and you have been made rich. From now on you can gamble, drink, fulfill your carnal desires with beauties, indulge in murder and mayhem, by day or by night, all the twenty four hours and you will make me happy thereby. No one can touch you in my domain.’ Said the satan.
‘But….’ ‘But me no buts. I have enrolled you as a member of my society.
‘Member…..?’ said the devotee in surprise. ‘Yes. Now you have to enroll three more members. You will
have to do no work throughout your life. The rest will be done by me. OK. Bye.”
The devotee stood in the midst of semi-nude beauties. The satan had set out in search of another devotee.