The words “Magic” and “Miracle” are sometimes interchangeably used, in a subtle manner. However, magic means the power of influencing events by using mysterious / supernatural forces, whereas miracle means a welcome event which is not explicable by scientific laws and hence, be attributed to the divinity. Couple of differences emerge – while the former could be good or evil, the latter is always a positive outcome (ofcourse, depends on perspectives) and the former is man-made, while the latter is attributed to God. Also, the word magic can be used both as a noun and verb, while the other one cannot be, which also gives a perspective that magic is doable by human, while the latter is not. Even though there are clear differences between magic and miracle, in certain circumstances, I was confused whether I was witnessing a magic or a miracle. I have just captured some memories which sent me into deep thoughts.
I was coming back to my home in a cab with my parents and we were waiting in a signal. There was an old woman, who was asking for alms to me. I refused to pay her, even attention, as I felt it was usual in traffic signals, and was waiting for the signal to turn green. I felt a touch of a paper on my hand and turned to check what it was. It was the driver. He handed me a ten rupee note to give it to the old woman. I was confused; whether to appreciate his generosity, as he would’ve come across a lot of them but still gave her ten rupees or to pity myself. With these thoughts, the entire journey was over. When we got down, the phone indicated a charge of INR 85 and I handed over a hundred rupees note to the driver. He checked his purse and few other places where he felt he would have kept money, to give me the balance. There was no money; not even a penny. Disappointed, he got down the cab to change the note which I gave and give me the balance. I convinced him to retain the balance. I was astonished by two aspects – the driver, without even checking if he has money, offered to help the old woman and he did not expect pity or appreciation from me to retain the balance as I witnessed him being generous.
Again in the same traffic signal, but on the opposite side, I was rushing to office, as it was already late. I was standing behind the stop line, as there were vehicles even beyond it. When the timer went below 20 seconds, people started to horn and go beyond the stop line. I was astonished to see their readiness and impatience. I moved my vehicle so that others could pass. Suddenly, the horns started to sound very high. A guy, waiting in his bike 10 feet away from me, refused to go beyond the line, even though there was space in front of him. It looked as if he was also on his way to office. To add, he kept his bike in such a way that he blocked people from going ahead. There was voices from the people behind asking him to move. He did not move a step. Immediately, when the signal turned green, he took off. As I was thinking about this, I got caught in the next signal – again the same guy stood behind the stop line and didn’t move a step. I saw him sometime later in that week in another traffic signal. Many people take rules for granted; very few follow it, but keep it with themselves. Only people like this guy takes efforts to teach the herd.
That was the time when the rain poured as if there was no storage space in sky. Houses, roads, shops and the whole infrastructure was desecrated. On an evening, when the street was pliable, we saw a volunteer family offering food packets, as a car was driven next to them to carry the food. They were so soft spoken and offered food very pleasantly. As we had food, we did not collect anything from the volunteers, but just conveyed our happiness to see their support. That moment, we saw a middle aged man with stiff face standing right outside our house. He told the volunteers in a very straight tone, not to offer food if food was available and also restricted the generosity of the volunteers. It was very odd. We felt that he was interfering with the volunteers, as they carried out the service. When the car reached the end of the street, we were not able to see the stiff faced man. He was on the corner of the street near the car. Out of curiosity, I went to see what this man was upto. When I reached the corner, I saw another car with similar arrangement coming out of the other street towards us. The man was instructing the volunteers about the next streets and also checking on the supplies. I understood that he was the one who arranged for everything. As the two cars moved in different directions, there was another car with volunteers on its way to him. Being self-less at this era is a rare sight; that too not claiming credit for one’s own act and being focused on charity is rarest of rare sights.
It was an early morning pick-up and the cab was late. Once the cab arrived, I got into seat next to the driver and checked with him about the delay. He gave me some vague answers and started the drive. After 15 minutes, as I normally do, checked with him on the rentals and what he takes home. He gave me a rough estimate and did not give any clear numbers. He added that he was not very sure because he was the owner of the cab and he operates a fleet of 15 cars. I was slightly taken aback on hearing it. He received a call in which he gave permission to advance cash to one of his drivers. He continued to explain how the cab industry works – investments, returns and driver management. I felt that I was talking to a guy who knows what he does. He said that the delay was owing to his driver not turning up for duty. So for not letting down the customer requirement, he himself picked me up. He also added that the driver informed he was not feeling well; but he knew that he was going to attend a function in his relatives place. Still, when he had asked money for treatment, he had asked the cashier to give him some money. I was shocked to hear what he said. He added, at the end of the day, what mattered was whether the people around you were happy – family, drivers, customers. I just looked at him. He asked whether he said something wrong. I think he summarized and simplified a very complex philosophy.
All the above deeds were of worldly human beings. Hence, by literal meaning, all these were magic created by super human attributes such as extreme love and affection, care and understanding, discipline and obedience, content and selflessness. After all thoughts, I felt these people display magic in their everyday living and hence, they are the finest examples of the miracles that was caused by divinity. I think I have witnessed a lot many of them. I would like to stay confused.
P.S. for the sake of readability, some acts are altered and in some places perspectives are modified.
Be simple!! Be good!!