Once upon a time, a poor farmer used to live in the outskirts of a city of Punjab. Gurcharan had two daughters – Karina and Sunita. He loved them very much. Working tirelessly on farms day and night, he earned his livelihood. He also started saving money for their marriage. By the time they were ready for marriage he feared the money he saved would not be sufficient for the marriage of both of his daughters. Anyway, he began searching for suitable grooms. In few months his elder daughter Karina was married. Groom was a gentleman. When Gurcharan offered dowry money, the groom refused. He replied, “It is enough Sir that I have robbed you of your daughter. I don’t God’s curse for taking poor man’s money also. I assure you that I will take care of your beloved daughter as my own soul. I will always be obliged to you for trusting me with your most precious procession.” Gurcharan was very happy. Finally Karina his eldest daughter had been married in a good family. He was now worried about his youngest daughter.
He would pray to God to relieve him of his last burden.
Sunita did not want to marry. From her childhood, she had a desire to be in a temple as a devadasi. When Gurcharan heard her wish, he was angry. Initially, he tried to show his anger but he could not continue further as Sunita was adamant. She threatened Gurcharan that she would commit suicide if he married her off. Gurcharan prayed to God to help his daughter return to senses. Months passed but she refused to give up. One day he finally succumbed to his daughter’s wishes. He took her to the temple on the nearby mountain and told the pundit about his daughter’s wish to be a devadasi in his temple. The pundit was a greedy man. Though he wore a dress of a monk, his heart was as corrupt as corrupt could be. He straight away asked for money. He told the farmer that it was God who had desired to have her daughter serve in his house. Therefore Gurcharan must offer some thanksgiving offering to the temple with a heart of gratitude. He also began explaining that the temple management takes care of many devadasis, their food, and their needs all their life. It is, therefore, the responsibility of families to give a donation to the temple management to take care of Sunita and other devadasis. Further, he reasoned with Gurcharan that if he had married her, wouldn’t he have given dowry? Why then was he hesitant to donate money to god? Gurcharan could not argue. He gave all his savings to the temple. The pundit was angry looking at the small amount that Gurcharan could afford as his lifetime saving. Nevertheless, he accepted Sunita and the 500 grams of gold and sacks of grain that came with Sunita. Sunita was given the title of “Servant of God“. The temple pundit told her that if she Serves in the temple till the end, she will be awarded the highest position in heaven. He also warned her that if she quits midway, she will be suffering the torment of hell.
Six months later both his daughters returned to their home for vacation. Karina had brought a lot of gifts for her parents. She was very happy. She asked her parents to join her in town with her husband. She promised she and her husband will take care of them. But Gurcharan refused. With teary eyes he replied, I don’t want to be a burden to you and your husband. I still have strength left in me. I can survive. Please do not worry about me and your mummy. By this time Sunita had also come home. She came for a few days. She demanded money from her parents. She told Gurucharan that she wants to have a good name in the eyes of the temple management. If she would bring donations from her home then they would let her live a comfortable life. Temple management would also give her high profile work in temple services if she regularly fed them with ladoos made up of pure ghee. When Karina rebuked her for demanding money from poor parents, Sunita was displeased. She began to emotionally blackmail her family that they have no care about her. She had come for a few days and they had not left any effort to afflict her. She began telling them how all the devadasi would return with ample money. Finally, Gurcharan secretly gave some money to Sunita and made her return to the temple. Karina’s husband also arrived in a few days to take her back. Soon she too returned.
Few months later Gurcharan and his wife died. Karina came to serve them. However, Sunita was busy serving the priests in the temple.
Dedicated to all parents who are weeping for sacrificing their daughters to the greedy temple of TPM. We are getting a taste of the times when Samuel joined the temple ministry.
Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.1 Sam 2:22
God’s Law in the Old Testament says that if an unmarried daughter takes Vow, that Vow can be negated by the Father of that woman. Therefore, I consider that those women who disobey their parents to join the Temples of TPM are in violation of their Father and Mother. They have publicly dishonoured their parents. They deserve the curse of Dishonouring the parents.
3 “When a young woman still living in her father’s household makes a vow to the Lord or obligates herself by a pledge 4 and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all her vows and every pledge by which she obligated herself will stand. 5 But if her father forbids her when he hears about it, none of her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand; the Lord will release her because her father has forbidden her.Numbers 30:3-5
Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving youExo 20:12
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”Eph 6:1-3
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