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The Tie and the Handkerchief -A Short Play
Quote From a Seer
“Humility is not a matter of touching the feet of somebody, no. It is something that has to be shared with the rest of the world. It is the God-life within us. The higher we go, the greater is our promise to the Supreme in mankind. The more light we receive by virtue of our humility, the more we have to offer to mankind.”-Sri Chinmoy.
Tie and Handkerchief
Act 1, Scene 1
(Sick at home)
Shaynani crawls out of bed desperately. He feels really rough as he reaches for his handkerchief in the side pocket of his shower-proof jacket, and sneezes loudly. He has awoken with a very bad cold, but somehow he has to get to work. He feels better for sneezing; goes to the mirror and checks out himself. Then he performs his morning ablutions, starts getting dressed and reaches for his brand new and vibrant blue tie.
Shaynani is totally in love with his new tie. Blue is his favourite colour and somehow he always feels better whenever he wears a blue tie. Today he feels far from being himself, and the smartness and vibrancy of this cute addition to his attire, cheers him no end. Once more he sneezes, coughs into the handkerchief, and places it back into his side pocket. He is just about ready to head out of the house.
Act 1, Scene 2.
(Private conversation between the tie and the handkerchief)
Tie: “O handkerchief! I’m so much greater than you are! Look at me! Can you see how smart I look? My master loves me, for I’m his most favourite tie!”
Handkerchief: “O tie! What can I say? You’re great, no doubt. But I am good. For me greatness is no match for goodness. I soothe my master’s aches; gets rid of the toxins from within his nostrils...
Tie: “So what? It is I that gives him value; it is because of me that he is usually praised and admired.”
Handkerchief: “So true, o tie. You are in the public eye, while I try to be meek and hide in my master’s pocket. Still, I’m always ready to comfort him when he is tearful, or weepy from unrequited love.”
Act 2, Scene 1:
(They both see a sudden burst of effulgent Light as God walks into the room. He is dressed in long flowing robes, wears a crown on his head and waves a magical Sceptre before them, smilingly. Startled, the handkerchief bows before God humbly and pays his respect.)
Tie: My Lord, so glad that you’re here. Now tell me, who is greater between us two. I am usually the envy of my master’s friends, and a deserving catalyst for the praise he gets among both men and women. His handkerchief is also hiding. Dirty, smelly and pretty crinkled too, he never ventures out and is not seen, unless by my master’s consent.
God: “O tie, the handkerchief is greater. He is greater because he is not only humble but also good. Being hidden in his case is an advantage, as it allows him the freedom to practice his humility unseen. Being in the public eye is a disadvantage, as it makes you boastful and full of pride. Humility is a virtue, and one should be as humble as a blade of grass.
A tree, when it is laden, bows down and offers its fruits to mankind; the sun shines on the rich and poor alike without comparison and mother earth, even while being trampled upon, continues to yield and produce wealth even in all her suffering.”
Tie bows and prostrates at God’s feet.
Tie: “So sorry, my Lord. Now I know. Humility brings forward our positive qualities; humility allows us to become one with others; humility allows us to serve God in aspiring mankind.”
God: “You have re-discovered this perennial truth. I’m so proud of you.”
“When we become really humble, we offer more of our capacity, divinity and reality. Only by becoming humble can we become what we truly are. We become of greater use, of greater help to mankind.”- Sri Chinmoy.
Tie to handkerchief: “Please accept my humble apology. I now see that humility is Oneness. Oneness with you; oneness with others so as to give joy to God; to the Universe at large. Forgive me.” (To God) “Glory be!”
Act 2, Scene 2.
(God smiles, blesses them all, and then ascends into heaven. He is greeted by Buddha, Rama, Krishna and others. They smile, and then all merge into a dazzling Light. The voice of Silence sings; proclaiming yet again, the victory of the Supreme).
O Piercing Ray
“O piercing ray!
Do pierce this body of clay.
O illuming light!
Do illumine this life of night.”- Sri Chinmoy.
_Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 18th May, 2017.
~ Awakening The Inner Light ~
An Adaptation from one of my Guruji Sri Chinmoy's plays.