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Pure Love

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 sneaked out.

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 study table.

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!".