Apple Anecdote Poem by Indira Renganathan

Apple Anecdote

Rating: 5.0

A staunch devotee needn't at all give
Her oblations to her deity
For her pure devotion itself is a great
Oblation to her deity

Yet she thinks it's a token of her pure devotion
That she should give a hearty oblation
She washes and checks some ripe apples one by one
For their purity that not at all any is rotten

In deep contemplation she mutters her prayers
And does her pooja ending with the oblation
Pooja a gift of God she takes one apple
Cut to eat to feel blessed for her further welfare

But not all times are lucky.This time a big letdown
Some brown spots discourage her as a bad omen
Feeling cursed instead of being blessed happily
She bursts out into tears sobbing terribly

Watching this her husband cajoles and consoles her
'Look, it's just an enzymatic process exposed to oxygen
Always day and night go friendly only, likewise
This prasad is also divine that you should not despise

Brown spots inside an apple are not a reason for concern. Ethylene and exposure to oxygen may cause fruits to go brown. The apple is safe to eat as long as there are no signs of mold. However, it's best to avoid fruits with bruises, skin breaks and other signs of damage, as they are prone to mold.(taken from the internet)

It is the practice followed by all Religions to make an offering to God. Edible offerings are what man would love to eat like the appam and aravana for Lord Ayyappan at Sabarimala or the Palppayasam at Amalappuzha and Guruvayur.

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Part 2. Good care is taken in their preparation, still there have been occasions when stale Prasadam was distributed to the devotees. Whether Prasadam or not, stale food is a health-hazard.

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Part 3. Speaking about the other Prasadams. Sandalwood paste is the most common one, used to smear on the body, esp forehead. In olden days the paste was presented fresh by rubbing a piece of sandalwood on a grinding stone with water,

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Part 4. Now ready made sandalwood paste or Kalabham is used. Such changes happen.

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LeeAnn Azzopardi 30 November 2022


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Bharati Nayak 01 December 2022

The poem finely expresses the sentiments of a devotional woman. A beautiful poem, thanks for sharing.

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Nabakishore Dash 01 December 2022

Your first stanza is, according to me, is liked best by me Mam.What we can offer to God, every thing is His only.

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 30 November 2022

Dear Indira Ma'm, Loved your poem. Trust all is fine with you. Top score + to my favourite

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 30 November 2022

An offering with a pure heart is always accepted by God, even if the fruit is damaged or scarred.

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 30 November 2022

An interesting and engrossing tale of a devotee who wants to offer the best to her God!

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