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Hindu Stories

Time: Performing each of these stories will take 15 to 25 minutes

For young children Rudi will sing songs and play his guitar as part of the perfomance, and will invite the children to partake as actors playing the story.

The Gini and the Pole

An old weaver obtains a Gini (a spirit like the one emerging from Aladin's lamp) and puts it to work. When he can't keep the Gini busy, the latter becomes destructive. But the weaver, just in time, finds the way to stop the Gini. By ordering him to climb up and down a long pole until he is needed for some job, the Gini's destructive tendencies are curbed.

The essence of this story explaines how mala-japa, which is the practice of repeating a mantra while using a Hindu rosary, helps to subdue the destructive tendencies of Ego and Mind, while harnessing the creative powers they represent.

The Gini and the Pole - by Harish Johari - long version

 

The White Elephant

On a moonlit night Shankar, the royal gardener, sees a white elephant in the garden, and recognizing it as the vehicle of Indra, the Lord of Heaven, grabs it's tail as it flies back to heaven. Before returning he pics a heavenly flower for his wife, to bring proof that he had been there. And in spite of her solemn promise not to reveal her huband's secret, half the village crowded the garden on the next full moon, demanding to join the journey. Unable to refuse their request Shankar held on to the tail, while his wife clasped his leggs and her cousin grabbed her leggs. This went on and as Indra's elephant flew up, he carried along a long strand of villagers through the skies.

Because of the curiosity and impatience of one of the villagers, and the irritation and anger of Shankar, the whole cue fell back to earth and such a beautiful white elephant was never seen again in this world.

 

Dumb Boy and the Scoundrels

Sent on an errand by his mother, a boy walked along the road to the village with his donkey behind him. As he cheerfully sang while holding the rope that was tied around the donkey's neck, he was spotted by two scoundrels hiding in the bush. They silently sneeked up behind the boy and while one untied the donkey and fixed the rope around his own neck, the other led the donkey away. Once his friend and the donkey were out of sight, the scoundrel suddenly stopped and told the starteled boy that the curse which had changed him into a donkey must have been lifted by his mothers remorse. He had beaten his mother after drinking alcohol, but was determined to never let it happen again.

The boy accepting the scoundrels story, went home and told his old mother, who silently shook her head. The next day she gave the boy her last money to go and buy a new donkey to work the fields. As he entered the donkey market, he recognised his donkey standing there for sale. He walked up to the donkey and whispered in his large ear: "You have been drinking again and beating up your mother?!......I will never buy you again".

 

Rudi's Hindu repertoir contains many of the stories told by Harish Johari, some of which are printed in his books "The Monkeys and the Mango Tree" and "The Birth of The Ganga".


 
 
 

 

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