“OKA CHINNA KATHA”
One Little Story.
“Oka Chinna Katha”—when
Bhagavan intercepts the speeding current of His Discourse
with these three Telugu words, meaning, “One little
story” all ears are alert, all hearts are a-quiver.
For, the story that follows is a flash that illumines, a shower
that cools, a joke that tickles, a “tablet” that
alleviates, a peep into epic grandeur or pompous absurdity,
a poetic parenthesis, an exhilarating prick, a lilt that enlightens,
a sugar-coated pill of profundity, a disarming repartee, a
volley of raillery on religious rigmarole! It may be a tonic
tale of the past or the report of a contemporary comedy. It
may be a thrust on theological disputation or a dear little
dig at some egoistic dignitary.
The Chinna Katha, if
only we ponder over its relevance, is an effective instrument
in Bhagavan’s educational process. When He is discoursing,
these parables and stories, ever on the wing, hover in flocks
in the firmament of His Love.