“Walk on it!” I told him. “Now jump on it like the children do!” He did and the loose pavers underneath came away and I nearly lost a mali. We picked him and set him on his feet, “What do we do sir?” he asked a crestfallen look in his eyes, as he eyed me, and his makeshift work warily. “Call the mason,” I said, “and tell him we want a firm foundation!” As I write this piece I can hear the sound of the mason mixing cement and shoring up the slab with bricks and cement.
How easy it was for us to be satisfied with just putting an irregular slab on the gutter with nothing firm underneath. I dread to think of what could have happened had the portly gentleman who loves sitting at the same spot every evening, suddenly finding himself down in the sludge below. Not only would it have broken a few of his bones but would have created even more damage to the repaired structure. Likewise, how easy it is for us to be satisfied without a firm foundation. Loose, flimsy, shaky foundations can be seen in everything we do. I have seen people being counseled by someone who has done a three day course in counseling; no foundation! I have seen people with no knowledge of the holy scriptures waxing eloquent on religion, and fooling their listeners.
Even as I ask you to check your own foundations, to see whether they have been built strong and firm, I also ask you to check those of so called leaders: Does the old man going on a yatra against corruption really have a foundation that talks against his own incorruptibility? Or are his religious views imbalanced and one sided? Check foundations, that’s the only way you won’t be carried into the mucky slush below..!