Now, Naroo was more interested in what happened to that woman at the temple and so Naroo called Sumitra out of the inner room and asked her, "please, tell us what happened to that woman at the temple”? Sumitra, after hearing her father-in-law’s comments, had lost her confidence for that day and told Naroo, “I do not know anything more than that.” Saying this she went inside the room.
Naroo was sitting next to his revered father and Duttaprasad was telling him about what happens to our soul when we die.
Naroo knew that his father is a very knowledgeable personality. Duttprasad had learned many shastras and interesting enough he had also studied those branches of shastras which usually Brahmins avoid learning. That is Shakta ceremonies. Shaktas are different from Brahmins and there teachings were in many ways contrary to the teachings of Brahmanism. Brahmins indulged in matters related with good spirits or to say God while Shakta practitioners indulged in both Gods and mainly matters related to dead people or spirits of dead people. Shakta called their shastras tantra meaning technology. In this tantra main stress is on one important principal, dead spirits are similar to living beings excepting for the absence of body. These spirits of dead people think like living beings and behave like living beings but for not having a body they are always in difficulty. It is this difficulty that is resolved by using the tantra practice and that way a mantrik (wizard) can help pacify them. Quite often these dead spirits can enter the body of some individuals and haunt them this they do to take advantage of the body of the possessed human. This is called in modern science parapsychology paranoia or split personality. Tantriks can treat this better than any modern psychologist but unfortunately true Tantrik is seldom available. Duttprasad was one truly knowledgeable Tantrik. Even though he seldom used his knowledge for the purpose he was well accepted by the Tantriks in that town.
A branch of Brahmins had to perform rite for dead people prior to putting the corpse on a pyre to be consumed by the fire. Duttprasad was teaching those rites to those Brahmins who wanted to specialize in those rituals.
Naroo was not a dump person. he had studied everything under his own father as well as other knowledgeable Brahmins from that town. He asked his father, “how our virtues or vices influence our after death life”? before he could complete his query they heard a tap on the door. Vedprakash got up and opened the door. There was standing a good friend of Duttprasad. This man was a mullah in a mosque in the town and was known for his learning of the Koran. Everybody graciously welcomed him and requested to sit along with them. Duttprasad told him about the difference of opinion between Naroo and him. Importance of correct pronunciation of the hymns while doing the ritual was the age-old issue of difference between the father and the son. Mullah smiled and made himself sit properly and then suggested that on this point he would like to remember an incidence that had occurred in a famous Dargaa (place of mausoleum of a Muslim saint). That was the time when the mullah was doing his apprenticeship under one learned Sufi mullah. He was following that older mullah everywhere he went. In one famous Dargaa called Haji Malang at Kalyan a stranger visited the place and was loitering around the place looking around to find something. Older mullah approached him and offered to help. Holding Koran in his hands he requested that stranger to say some hymns (faatyaa) but that person could not say any. The person was not a Muslim. The mullah insisted that he should utter at least one hymn out of Koran. That person looked to him and uttered some blabber not making any sense at all. The mullah closed the book of Koran and said, “alright, you have said the hymn”, and allowed that person to do his prayers on the Dargaa. Seeing this younger mullah said to Duttprasad, he was annoyed just like Naroo. He asked his senior mullah how he allowed that man to proceed when he had actually uttered blabber that means it was an insult to Koran and Islam. He told the gathering that on that his teacher smiled and said what Duttprasad had been telling Naroo all this years.
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