Faith and Disbelief

As I was driving home from a party recently I noticed that the Kohinoor on my ring was missing. I use the word Kohinoor very loosely here. For us non- royals any diamond upward thirty cents qualifies for the title. In any case, the loss was enough to give me an arrhythmia if not an heart attack. My friend, who was with me, nearly had one out of compassion.

5D90DCD4-C910-49CB-8EF9-5CE6273B995EFighting the mounting panic, I tried to think logically. I inferred that the stone must have fallen in the car else I would have noticed it earlier. It was getting dark when we reached home and systematically searched the car, but in vain. I felt it was impossible to find the diamond at the venue of the party. The banquet hall was not the only place I had been to. I had used the toilet, took the lift, walked through the foyer and out to the car lot. The stone could have fallen anywhere. Heartbroken, I tried to be philosophical about my loss. I did what I could, using the Karma theory, I blamed it on some past sin.

Two hours later my friend’s husband called and said that we shouldn’t give up without looking for the missing gem at the venue. I tried to reason with him, telling him that it was impossible to find a tiny diamond in such a vast area, it would have been easier had I lost the entire ring. He disagreed saying that anyone would have picked up the ring. But since no one knew the value of a loose stone, it would be lying where it fell. We just had to go back and get it. Using the probability index, he theorised that the chances of finding it were maximum where I had spent most time which was sitting at a table in the front.

I was reluctant, but he was persistent so I finally gave in. On the way, he tried harnessing positive vibes by recounting miraculous lost and found stories. While I dutifully nodded to his tales, the sceptic me kept thinking that finding mine was impossible. As we entered the hotel premises he prophesied, that since he had sought God’s blessings, we would not return empty handed.

The hall had been swept. The tables and chairs stacked in the centre. We first inspected the place I had been sitting and then spread out. Within two minutes my friend announced her first find, which turned out to be a crystal, but she kept finding things. Her husband had meanwhile got hold of the sweeper and was making him go through the garbage. He too had eyes only for sparkly objects and kept finding crystals, zircon and fake pearls. I looked around half heartedly, thinking of all the nooks and crannies where the diamond could have landed. All I could see was rips in the carpet, holes in the upholstery, cracks in the plaster and accumulated grime. Not surprisingly, I found nothing. I wondered aloud how anyone could spot a tiny stone in all the filth. That is when my friend called out, holding up a brilliantly luminous sparkler in her palm. As unbelievable as it sounds she had found it. Minutes earlier I had combed the same area with my cynical, non believing gaze and had found nothing.

On the way back apart from gratitude for my friends, fate and the forces above, I was filled with awe. In a small way I had witnessed the power of faith. My friend could see it because she believed that she could. I didn’t because I thought I couldn’t. Have been wondering since. Could this be a turning point in my life, that profound moment that converts me from a doubting sceptic to a believer in miracles ? Faith can move mountains…of that, I am still not sure, but it certainly helps find stones!

( published in the Hindustan Times on 6/7/2018)

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11 thoughts on “Faith and Disbelief

  1. Dr Shalini Singh says:

    Very well written Manju.Undoubtedly it’s faith that keeps us going through thick and thin

    1. Manju Gupta says:

      Thanks Shalu….yes faith is important…and family and friends who help reaffirm faith in faith!

  2. Anjali Bansal says:

    Faith is what keeps us moving, it wasyour faith what kept you moving up hill with two sticks not a while ago when you actually moved the mountain.
    I believe you have faith where it really matters and you have friends who keep your faith.

    1. Manju Gupta says:

      Wow Anjali….so amazingly perceptive…beautifully worded and oh so profound…totally bowled over.

  3. Mitra Saxena says:

    Hats off to your friends …who not only had faith ,they showed grit and determination to not give up.
    With such open declarations of summoning God …I guess He too listens and ensures that faith in Him is not challenged …
    Allow me to add my two pence…Halaal ki kamaai thi. ..waapas aani thi…
    Really very sweet incident

    1. Manju Gupta says:

      Once again we agree on everything…..
      yes hats off to them…in fact I think that their gesture was so completely selfless….that God had to take time off from whatever He was doing…and help us find the stone…Bhagwan ko bhi unki izzat rakhni padi.
      Years ago someone had told me this ‘ Haq ki kamai’ theory…and I do believe in it …more or less…but this happened in such a convoluted unbelievable way….the way they were convincing me to go with them to look for it…and I was well…reluctant is a mild word

  4. Anju Singh says:

    “No one knows the value of loose stone”….’Faith moves the mountain or not …..but certainly helps find stones…”….the awesome statements of amazing expressions….
    Thanks for encouraging Faith theory

    1. Manju Gupta says:

      Trust you to see more meaning in my words…than I see myself…thanks Anju. Your input is invaluable as always

  5. dr ritu agrawal says:

    can’t help sharing a recent story of faith–my mother was at delhi airport on way to allahabad when she was told that her check in luggage was excess of 15 kg !realising that she was not in a position to re organise things a girl offered to help her-the took out few clothes from her suitcase and shoved them into her handbag.A week later she said that a few of her clothes and a saree was missing.we concluded that they had got lost in the transit.she appeared quite upset but i pacified her saying that it was on old saree even though it was one of her favourite ones.In the evening she said that she was pretty sure that her clothes had gone missing at delhi airport itself but asked me to call up at allahabad airport in case there was any”lost property”As u said ,I (unwillingly)rang up and requested them to check out fr the same!To my utmost surprise i got a call the ver next morning that her articles were with the authorities and that i could collect them after showing them the copy of the ticket–surely a story of faith Above alll

    1. Manju Gupta says:

      More than faith….isn’t this story about the rare occasions that our system works! The only logical explanation is that her clothes were dutifully sent to Allahabad airport because that was where she was heading……hard to believe but there is no where else her clothes could have come out of her suitcase…except at the time it was stuffed into her carry on in Delhi

  6. Kavita Aneja says:

    I do not know if faith moves mountains or help find stones…but as I could bring my Zoe ( dog) back to life from full blown quadriplegia twice in two consecutive years, I am sure faith can cure as well….
    It was only faith that got me struggling the second time all over again….

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