The Indian Wheel

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The Indian Wheel , Chapter 5

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Script excerpt for chapter 5

Interview with Cedili
Question: What do you expect for your future ? / What do you wish yourself for your future ?
CEDILI: I'd like to earn enough money for a house of my own.
Question: How will you manage that ?
CEDILI:  Go to work regularly, to earn well.
Question: What sort of work, how do you want to earn well ?
CEDILI: I want to own a tea-shop.
Question: Is that all that you wish for yourself for the future... 
Say something
CEDILI Not exactly, but if I find work I'll take it. It doesn't matter what sort of work.

Question: What's the nicest thing (about) your life - are there particulary happy moments ?
CEDILI:  No there is no such thing.
Sometimes I go to the cinema.
If it's nice I tell my friends the story.

That's the Indian hero: strong and invincible. He can bend iron as if it was wax. But he would never, ever use his strength against his master. He is a servant. That is his destiny. That is his destiny, his fate, his karma, his role and he stays loyal to it until death.

If Cedili had learnt that from his cinema heroes - he wouldn’t have run away. He would have stayed faithful to his role. But he made a mess of it. He hasn’t understood how wrong it is to rebel.
That is the principal primal law that even Gods dare not break. Accept your karma and play your role.

Once, there was a big temple in southern India where many Gods lived. The devout people from the neighbourhood came there daily, bearing gifts. They were mostly simple people, peasants and more than anything else they asked the Gods for a good harvest.

But there came a time when the rain didn’t come. So the devout and pious brought more offerings, better offerings and begged the Gods for rain.
The Gods paid them no heed and the harvest dried out.
So the peasants took stones and sealed the doors and windows, closing the tiniest gaps so not even a mouse could come to the Gods anymore.
No one visited those Gods any longer who had failed so badly. And the temple crumbled and decayed.

Everyone must play the role they are ascribed. And the role of the Gods is to make sure everything works properly. That's the reason they've created branch offices all over the country – these are places to come for applications and supplications, reports and reclamations, audiences and advice, of every sort.

This is where the lines of power come together – where decisions are taken on who is like the grit in the cogs and who plays his role right. And decisions are taken on rewards and punishment.

Continue with chapter 6