He came walking to the village from the mountain-top which was a long journey that he made from time to time. He went door to door begging for alms to gtet a little extra help.
The folks of the village were kind and prepared some food and supplies for him. He
was always happy that they did their bit to help him. Life was simple and not very complicated in the village. There was not much of a problem as the entire village shared all their resources.
One fine day, as the sun rose among the mountains and the hermit began his walk towards the village, he heard a lot of noise and celebration. One of the boys from the village had come back. He had been to the fyypooooocity and now wanted to settle back in the village.
The boy whom they were celebrating was the Headmans son. They were celebrating his return. He had returned from the city and the village was celebrating his return. The boy had got a degree and was now going to take take over the reins of the village as his father was the headman. The hermit came to the village and was happy to see the future and life flourishing in the village.
He wanted to come and give a blessing for future prosperity in the village. He moved to the crowd and approached the young man to give him the blessing. As he came towards the young man, the young man saw the hermit and said " Why do you come here, old man? The times are a changing, and science will now cover this land. The old has to make way for the new". Many of the villagers found it offensive . They told the young man that mocking the hermit was like mocking their traditions. But the young man was arrogant and stood his ground.
The hermit saw the arrogance of the boy and knew that the talks of the city and fat headed intellectuals had corrupted the boy's thoughts. The hermit raised his hand with the cross and said " I have come to give you a blessing and so I shall. May you fall in love."
The boy thought nothing about the blessing.
He went about on his normal life as usual. What about love? Love was something he kept falling in and out of. He cleared off the dilemma, and went about his way. He had good intentions but had fallen under the influence of idealists who gave talks but never backed it with action.
So the days passed with the summer, and the rains began to fall. The boy started to work in
the village with his people. While he was working in the fields of his village, he had to go to a forest. As the roads were hilly, he had to go on a horse as travel would be easier.
He galloped with the horse towards the top of the mountain. As he reached there, his eyes fell on a lovely lady who was standing near the trees. As his horse stopped the sun rays fell on her face and made her glow. The boy fell a pain like an arrow that was struck in his chest. Cupid had done his job and sat on the tree watching.
The boy felt the sweet feeling rise all over his chest and spread through every part of his body. But as he turned around to look for her, she was gone.
He went home and rested, but as he slept her thoughts kept coming in his head and he couldn't stop thinking about her. By the time he woke up, love had clawed into his soul.
He went to the mountain again, and he saw her again.He went up and started a conversation with her. From that day onwards, he kept meeting her and they kept going around roaming in the mountains. Life was good and he always wanted to be with her. In hindsight the boy thanked the hermit for making him fall in love.
He was very happy with life. Things were going well and he was doing well in the village. He only thought of her day and night and wanted her only for himself. He thought the world of her and gave all his attention to her. The girl was also very happy with his gestures. He always wooed her and gave her nice gifts. She also liked him, but as she spent time with him, she felt like he seemed to be very dominant . He would not like any people looking at her, and did not want to speak to her friends.
He had become in a manner very possessive, and this was the thing that had started to him very unappealing to her. But what was he to do? He loved her fully in heart and soul , wanted to marry her and start a family. She roamed with him,but had lost her feelings.
She told him about his possessive nature, but he would not change his nature. He felt he needed to protect her from everyone so that they could just be toghether for one another.
He wanted the best for her.
One day as he was going to the mountain top to meet her there was no one. He enquired from the locals and got the shock of his life. His girlfriend had run away and no one knew where she was gone. He searched high and low but was not able to find her.
She had left him, he knew it was because of him but what was he to do ? He just loved her.
He wanted to give her the best. Why did she leave him, to go into the arms of an evil world. She could have been with him, and they could have been so happy.
Now his heart was broken, and he felt the sadness of loss. He felt empty and hollow, and the clouds over his home were grey with the dark night setting in. The pain that he felt in his heart, how was he to relieve the pain. It kept hurting him through and he could not anything to relieve it.
The only relief he got was with her around and she was the only medicine for his sickness. He did his best to distract himself from her and her thoughts. But he could not do so. In desperation, he took to the bottle to lose senses so he would be in a semiconscious state and would not think about her. He started consuming as a daily routine.
Within six months he had tried all kinds of intoxications to get releif, but was unsucessful. He decided one day to go to the lake and end his life.
As he went to the lake and was about to jump in the water, he saw the hermit sitting at the bank. He was fishing for his days catch. The boy approached the hermit in rage. " You gave me a blessing of love. Why did you do this to me!!!
" Hold your horses, son" the Hermit said.
The hermit told him to sit down and stay calm. He offered him a drink to releive him.
The boy reluctantly took the drink,..... but seemed good at the time.
"You were arrogant and indifferent" the hermit said. I saw it in your soul. You had good intentions but no regard for people and traditions. Completely indifferent! But I had to come to give you a Blessing, which i had to.
So I gave you the Blessing of Love. Love that has so men through time. Kings, Monarchs and men of high nobility to paupers and beggars. All of them humiliated under the hands of love. Love destroyed them all. It was your
The boy lunged towards the hermit wrestling him down. The hermit laughed in a mocking tone " What are you doing? You're going to kill me. You're already dead.
After the anger dispersed, the monk got up on the ground and dusted himself.
What is actually a curse for you is a blessing for your people who supported me. The pain that you feel and her memories. They can only go when you keep your attention away from her and in helping people. Better do so or you'll be suffering the pain.
Saying that, the monk got up and walked away shouting " Love conquers all".