The other day there was a shocking news of a 23 year old qualified engineer committing suicide in Bengaluru for the simple reason that a crow had sat on him twice and this did not augur well for him . This is a glaring example of superstition embedded in our psyche that no amount of education and enlightenment can get us out of it. What worse could have happened to the guy ! This escapist attitude is really unfortunate . One can be sorry for the hapless parents who would have pinned hopes on the guy. There are many other superstitions and false beliefs like a cat crossing your path will definitely spoil your chances of success at something for which you are venturing out . A young man once missed a very important interview , as he kept waiting for another person to come and cross the road as a cat had crossed his path.
But sometimes you have strong reasons to harbor such beliefs. Decades back an otherwise very nice lady in the neighbourhood proved unlucky for me many a time , as coming across her on an important day in the morning would spell doom. Fortunately once she was not around during the time I was to appear for an interview . The fact in itself boosted my confidence and I appeared for the interview and by chance and luck got the job .
There was also a belief in old times that if the shadow of a flying bird called Huma fell on a person , he was sure to become a king, whatever his antecedents and whoever his ancestors might be.
I was born with the planet rahu in lagna and my grandfather would wax eloquent that one day I would become a celebrity or a big man . I became what I did but certainly not a celebrity.
Shakes peare always blamed ‘ the stars above us ‘ that guide our destiny and contrary to this there is a famous couplet :
Muqaddar ki khabar kya de ga sitara
Din-raat gardish mein khud hai bichara.