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The Awakening

Updated on July 3, 2016

The golden years of college had seen it all, right from the beauty of waking up when peoples’ half day routine was over, to stretching out when half the world was dead asleep. There was not a need to go to the temples as there was nothing to be asked for, no seeking, and no desire - almost in a free state. It was these years of carefree living that an atheist like me first felt God’s presence. Winters were around the corner and so the need to fetch winter clothes from back home was cozy enough to let go the laziness of those golden times. A few days at home and the journey backwards started with a halt at the notorious city of Saharanpur for the want of a change of train. The heavy luggage including the quilt and the woolens had to be retired at the platform in waiting for the next train to arrive. Just then arose in me the urge of smoking an India Kings cigarette which offered a new high during those years. The urge became so overpowering that my steps lead me out of the railway station leaving the loads of luggage to the custody of some people from my hometown that I had never known. A few minutes with the cigarette and I was walking back towards the platform when a state of awe struck me as the luggage had disappeared. A few rounds of inquiries in the train parked on the same platform left me with no hope of ever getting the luggage back. A last effort of filing the FIR at the railway police station also proved to be in vain as I was offered cautionary counsels rather than words of reassurance.


The Awakening
The Awakening

A few minutes of contemplation and I was left with no choice but to move forward to the city of my belonging, the beautiful city of Chandigarh which was home to my college. The transit train from Saharanpur to Ambala introduced me to a person who advised me to go to a Sage’s temple to wish for the return of my lost goods. On his strong counsel and because of my dreary state I was lead to this great Sage’s temple. After seeking the blessings of the great Sage and earnestly wishing for my loss to be recovered I boarded the bus to Chandigarh.


Looking at life differently: Swami Sukhabodhananda

The days to follow were not difficult as I was on the mercy of my generous room mate who ensured that the basic amenities such as food, clothing and money were easily met. Only a few days had passed when I received a post card from a college in the state of Rajasthan. My happiness knew no bounds as the message revealed that the lost luggage was found. The college authorities were so conscious that they sent 3 post cards – one addressed to me and the others to the hostel warden and the principal of my college. On the very next day, I started on a without ticket travel to the city of Sri Ganganagar along with a close friend of mine.

Upon reaching the college and inquiring about the luggage we learnt from the authorities that the luggage traveled along with the luggage of a batch of students who were out to picnic. On probing further we were told that as a standard practice the count of luggage in the bogey that was fully occupied by the students was checked at every station halt including Saharanpur but my luggage was not spotted until all the luggage’s were finally unloaded at the final destination. This appeared mysterious to the college authorities as they sent out the post cards based on the address mentioned in my bank account pass book kept in one of my hand bags.

To this day when I reflect on what happened then, it gives me a strong feeling and a belief that someone somewhere is always working towards the fulfilment of our needs – and that someone somewhere is no one but God constantly guiding us.

© 2016 Tarun Chhauda

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      Tarun Chhauda 14 months ago from Roorkee, India

      Thanks Surabhi. This story is close to my heart too as its based on a true incident. I wrote it when I was down and out and exasperated once again with the job industry. The sad phase actually became the inspiration for me to write it down and it helped bequeath me from the grief that occurred. I shall make it more scenic soon.

      Thanks again.

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      Surabhi Kaura 14 months ago

      I felt so much at home reading your article, Tarun. What an experience! I always find that there is some Divine power that is always taking care of us. Why don’t you add some pictures on the hubs? It would go in consonance with the article, and would make it even more interesting to read. Continue this spirit!

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      Norine Williams 14 months ago

      Man: You are so "loving," so "kind," yet you continue to forget what GOD has commanded: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3)! You CANNOT continue in Hinduism "Adding" others to GOD'S GLORY! GOD SAID HE WOULD NOT "SHARE" HIS GLORY! Isaiah 42:8 says "I AM the LORD: that is MY NAME: and MY GLORY WILL I NOT GIVE ANOTHER, neither my praise to GRAVEN IMAGES!"

      Don't you fear the LORD? If not, you certainly are not "Christian!" You do not "follow in HIS Footsteps!" Both Proverbs 9:10 and Psalms 111:10 says {paraphrasing} "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom!"

      What does that make you IF you don't fear the LORD? Do you think you can bypass what HE'S SAID to "satisfy" what you think or what you desire?

      I know GOD wants all of us to be saved and has given us Instructions to accomplish "Eternal Life" but when one goes against HIS WORD, there's nothing for us but "eternal damnation" or the "Lake of Fire!" I really hate to see one who has much compassion in his heart do that!

      I'm crying!

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      Tarun Chhauda 14 months ago from Roorkee, India

      Hi Manatita,

      It is indeed a pleasure having met you here. And thanks for your words of appreciation. I really appreciate all your help and guidance in helping me standout on HP especially at a time when I am having a hard time understanding the mechanics of this site. I shall surely turn to you as and when I get stuck here on HP. Also will polish up the story as suggested to gain quality viewership. Thanks again for your guidance and support.

      Sai Ram!

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      manatita44 14 months ago from london

      A very beautiful story and one that needed to be told. I commend you, my Brother. Yes, our Lord works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.

      Now, perhaps you can shorten your paragraphs and add some pictures. Maybe a traveller on a train; maybe lost luggage and so on. Adding a video and poll will enhance your Hub and increase your Hub score. Come back to me if you need help. Sai Ram!

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      Norine Williams 14 months ago

      You're welcome!

      To GOD Be The Glory!

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      Tarun Chhauda 14 months ago from Roorkee, India

      So true Norine and thanks for that gracious welcome. I myself believe the same way that GOD brought me here at HP to shine up my armour amidst the best in the writing fraternity. It feels like a family here.

      Thanks again for your words and quotes from the bible.

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      Norine Williams 14 months ago

      Tarun:

      I opened the Bible to find the Scripture that says {paraphrasing} "This Gospel will be preached to every nation, then the end shall come" (Matthew 24:14) and It opened to Matthew 26:13 which reads "Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her."

      I COULDN'T BREATHE! I "KNEW" GOD was speaking to me! I began to give praise and thanks for HIM recognizing an "ant" like me; "For I am the least of the apostles" (I Corinthians 15:9)!

      I agree wholeheartedly that GOD guides each of us as HE has guided you to HP to learn TRUTH in HIS WORD!

      Welcome aboard!

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      Rand Zacharias 15 months ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Well said, good knight, well said. Salut!

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      Tarun Chhauda 15 months ago from Roorkee, India

      Thanks indeed Randslam, Your words pump up the Adrenalin in me. Make me feel so good. This piece actually happens to be a true account but I wrote it much later when I was one fine day kicked out of my job. That was the only time it happened with me and I believe it was God's way of showing me that I existed and am here to remain and that is the time when I composed this piece. Infact whenever I was down and out or exasperated with my jobs, God would make me sketch or write or do something creative that would help set me free from the clutches of the people who create and ruins jobs or the so-called jobs industry. I believe it was his way of telling me that I am here for something higher and I must not surrender at any cost.

      I have been here at HP barely for 36 hours or so and can agree with every word of yours when you say that I should have stepped in here earlier. If I was allowed to exaggerate then these last 36 hours have really stirred the creative juices in me and I see this as a fascinating platform. Simply wish I had found this earlier.

      Thanks again for Knighting me Sire! by bestowing the trust in me. Please do try and comment as and when you can so that this Knight of yours takes the pride of taking this responsibility further. On that note lets part to meet again and ignite the creative spark in all of us forever.

      To the Kings & the Warriors in all of us

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      Rand Zacharias 15 months ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      You must be a king of India yourself, good sir knight of Rutland...:)...King Randragon finds you to be an exceptional scribe...and it is most important for a knight to be as educated as possible.

      What a wonderful piece...I find after my theological journey that the universe does look after each of us as we need, or do not need...I lean toward a more Nietschean perspective of "God"...leaning toward a certainty that a circle will remain in tact...it just may be a very large circle that one's life journey has been destined to travail. )

      I love the idea of becoming a "coincidental writer," Tarun. Likely, the best kind of writer...ciao for now. Wish you'd have found HubPages a few years back. ) It's generally nice in here.

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      Tarun Chhauda 15 months ago from Roorkee, India

      Thank you Mae

      Your feedback is highly appreciated and Yes you are right that it is human folly that we get so much engrossed in our lives that we tend to forget the Guy who is driving us.

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      Mae Hanson 15 months ago from Geneva

      Tarun Chhaud, this is a vivid journey that you take the reader on. I also have that experience of the realization that God is ALWAYS there, and always guiding us. I forget that, sometimes, and this served as a great reminder for me, so thank you!