Taken from 'The Energy of Life' by Vladimir Megre, Book 7, in the "Ringing Cedars of Russia" Series......... <3
Once upon a time there lived an ordinary husband and wife. The wife’s name was Elena, and her husband was Ivan.
Every day the husband would come home from work, sit down in his favorite chair by the television set and begin reading the newspaper. His wife Elena would get supper ready.
As she gave Ivan his supper, she would nag him that he never did anything useful around the place, and was not earning enough money.
Ivan got irritated by his wife’s nagging but instead of giving her some gruff response, he simply thought to himself, “She herself is a slob and she is telling me what to do. When we got married, she was so totally different- she was beautiful, and tender.”
One day when his nagging wife demanded that Ivan take out the garbage, he reluctantly tore himself away from the TV and headed outdoors with the dustbin. Upon returning, he stopped in the doorway and turned to God in his thought, “O, Lord! Just look at how lousy my life has turned out! Do I really have to while away all my remaining years with such a nagging and ugly wife? This isn’t life- it’s sheer torture!”
And then all of a sudden Ivan heard the quiet voice of God: “My son, I could help alleviate your troubles, I could give you a splendid goddess for a wife, but if your neighbors notice a sudden change in your wife, they might become greatly astonished. Let us work this way; I shall change your wife just a little at a time. I shall imbue her with the spirit of a goddess and improve her outward appearance. Only you must remember that if you want to live with a goddess, you have to make your own life worthy of a goddess.” fall wedding dresses
“Thank you, O Lord! Any man would be happy to change his life for the sake of a goddess. But tell me when will you start making changes in my wife?”
“I shall begin a few little changes right away. And minute by minute I shall be changing her for the better.”
Ivan went back into his home, sat down on his chair, picked up the paper and turned the television back on. But he did not feel like reading, or watching any TV. He couldn’t wait to peek and see whether his wife had started changing- even just a little.
He got up, opened the kitchen door and began watching his wife intently. She was standing with her back to him, washing the dishes.
As Elena felt herself being watched, she turned towards the door. Their eyes met. Ivan looked at his wife and thought, “No, I don’t see any changes in her.”
Seeing the unusual attention her husband was paying her and not being able to figure it out, Elena all at once straightened her hair, and a rosy blush came over her cheeks as she asked, “What is it, Ivan? Why are you looking at me so intently?”
The husband could not think of what to say. Embarrassed, he blurted out, “Well, maybe…the dishes…maybe I could help you wash them? I was just thinking about it for some reason.”
“The dishes? You help me?” the wife echoed in surprise, taking off her much-soiled apron. “Well, you see, I have already done them.”
“Wow! She is changing right before my eyes!” Ivan thought, “Look how much prettier she has become all of a sudden!”
And then he started drying the dishes.
The next day after work Ivan couldn’t wait to get home. He couldn’t wait to see how his nagging wife was little by little being transformed into a goddess.
“Hasn’t she got a lot of goddess in her already? But I haven’t changed a little bit myself, as usual. I should buy her some flowers, so I won’t fall flat on my face before a goddess!” he said to himself.
Upon opening the door to her home, Ivan stood entranced in amazement. There before him stood Elena in her party dress, the one he had bought her last year. She was supporting a neat hairdo, complete with a bright ribbon. With some awkwardness he offered the flowers to Elena, not being able to take his eyes off her.
She accepted the flowers and gave a little gasp. She lowered her eyelids and a rosy blush filled her cheeks.
“Oh, what marvelous eyelids goddesses have! What meekness they express! What extraordinary inner beauty and outward looks!”
And Ivan gasped in turn, upon seeing the table set with their fancy china and two candles burning on the table, and the food with its divinely tempting aromas.
He sat down at the table, and Elena his wife sat down opposite him. But then suddenly she jumped up and said, “I’m so sorry, I forgot to turn the TV on for you. But here, I’ve got today’s paper for you.”
“Never mind the TV and I don’t really feel like reading the paper either- they all keep saying the same thing,” Ivan responded with sincerity, “I’d rather you tell me what you’d like to do tomorrow, Saturday.”
Completely overwhelmed, Elena asked in amazement, “What would YOU like to do?”
“Well, I happened to pick up a couple of theatre tickets today. Anyway, tomorrow afternoon, I thought you might like to do a bit of shopping. Since we are going to the theatre, I thought we’d drop into a store first and buy you a dress suitable for the occasion.”
Ivan just caught himself from blurting out his cherished secret: a dress suitable for a goddess. Embarrassed, he looked at her again and gave another gasp. A goddess was indeed sitting at the table before him. Her face was beaming with joy, and her eyes were sparkling. Her restrained smile was just slightly inquisitive.
“Oh Lord, how marvelous goddesses are after all! But if she keeps on getting better day by day, can I become worthy of this goddess? Ivan mused. All of a sudden a thought struck him like lightening, “I’ve got to do it! I’ve got to do it while this goddess is here with me. I’ve got to ask her; plead with her to bear my child. A child which will come from me and this marvelous goddess!
“A penny for your thoughts, Ivan! Could that be excitement I see on your face?” Elena asked her husband.
He sat there excitedly, not sure how to talk about such a precious thing. This was no piece of cake- asking a goddess to bear a child! This was not a gift God had promised him. He didn’t know how to tell her about his wish. Fumbling, he got up from the table and pleaded, blushing, “I don’t know…Do you think….But I…wanted to say…for a long time now….I want to have a child with you, my beautiful goddess!”
Whereupon she, Elena, came over to Ivan, her husband. From love-filled eyes a tear of joy rolled down her rosy cheek. She placed her hand on Ivan’s shoulder, and her breath flared in a warm flush.
“What a night that was! What a morning! And oh, what a day it is! How marvelous it is to live with a goddess!” thought Ivan, as he bundled up his second grandson from an outdoor stroll.
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This story always makes me sit up and take notice of my Pati Parmeshwar.