Vina dainyena Jeevanam;
Dehi me Krupaya Sambho
Raksha Raksha Maheshwara.”
Of the many slokas that my father recited as part of his daily routine, I noted that he had a distinct difficulty reciting this one. He would invariably slow down his pace, and his voice almost always would choke and it would take a couple of minutes for him to regain his composure. Being the little curious 8 year old girl that I was, I worked up enough courage to ask him why this sloka had this particular effect on him. He answered with a smile that I would understand it only when I get older.
Now I am 63 years of age, and I can honestly say that I am beginning to understand the profound meaning of this sloka. I truly am lucky to have had a father who inculcated into me such profound philosophies at a very tender age and encouraged me to understand its deep interpretations. What more can a mere mortal wish for than to lead an unorphaned life protected throughout by the Lord Almighty and conclude it with a peaceful death?