Tulsi was a young girl popular in school, neighborhood,
everywhere. She was an only child to her parents and was raised
with lot of love and affection. Her parents tried their best to
fulfill all her wishes by getting the best of everything for her.
Tulsi also loved her parents very much.
Tulsi's birthday was approaching. Her parents decided to gift
her a video game since Tulsi had been longing for one since a long
time. Her joy knew no bounds when she received the gift. She
thanked her parents and considered herself to be the luckiest to
have them as her parents.
As she started playing the game, she became more and more
addicted to it. As soon as she came back from school, Tulsi would
fling her bag, socks, bottle etc in one corner of the room and
immediately sit down to play with her new video game. This had now
become a routine for her. And, eventually this also started
affecting her studies. Her mum was aghast to see her test scores as
she had performed very badly. Tulsi's mother disconnected her video
game and packed it off in a box and warned Tulsi that, she'll get
it back only after her exams now. Tulsi felt extremely infuriated
with her mum.
Tulsi threw a tantrum - she stomped off to her room and flung
her schoolbooks across the room. In doing so, she knocked over the
photo frame on her bedside table. The frame broke and her favorite
picture of the family was damaged. She locked herself up in her
room and refused to eat dinner with her parents. Instead, she made
a note of all the times that her mum had not allowed her to do as
she pleased and disliked her mum for all those times.
The next morning, Tulsi woke up earlier than usual, because she
was hungry. Her eyes were swollen because she had been crying all
night. She was grumpy and still angry with her mum. She was
thinking, "Mum didn't let me play my game yesterday. How can I be
nice to her this morning? I must show her that I am still hurt!"
She decided to leave for school without having breakfast and
without saying goodbye to her mum. She quickly got ready and
As she got closer to the bus stop, Tulsi was surprised to see her
mum waiting there with a smile on her face. Her mum was carrying
Tulsi's school bag and lunch box, both of which Tulsi had forgotten
at home. Mum gave Tulsi a big hug, but Tulsi did not hug her back.
Her mum patted Tulsi on the head and left saying, "Have a nice day
at school, dear".
On her way to school, Tulsi wondered
why her mum had not scolded her for forgetting the school bag at
home, or even for her behavior since last night. She could not
concentrate on her classes as she kept thinking about her mum's
reaction that morning. At lunchtime, Tulsi found a note in her
lunch box. It said, "No matter what happens, I will always love
you! Love mum." Tulsi had sneaked out of the house to let her mum
know that she was still angry with her, but her mum had a smile on
her face and acted like everything was ok. This made Tulsi think
about what love really is. Had her love for her mum disappeared? Is
true love temporary?
She felt she needed to apologize to her mum, but did not know
how. She thought about the broken photo frame and the books thrown
all across the floor. She also recalled that she had not hugged her
mum back at the bus stop in the morning.
When she got home, Tulsi first went to her room to freshen up
before going to speak to her mum. She found that her mum had
replaced the broken photo frame with a new one. She also found the
latest edition of Akram Express on the topic Pure Love lying on her
In the magazine, Dadaji had explained
that "Pure love is unconditional and that it does not increase or
decrease." Tulsi realized that her mum loved her unconditionally.
Tulsi did Pratikraman, saying, "Oh God inside my mum, please
forgive me for my behavior with mum. Please give me the strength to
not repeat this mistake again." She got the courage to apologize to
her mum and gave her a big hug, saying, "I love you, mum!".