Tribute to Ridu Ram. ( Nirmal M )
Ridu ,The Seer, Psychic , Medium,Astrologer ,a humble , simple gifted ,Mystic man, lived in our neighboring village Kiara in Simla hills.
Ridu was the first person who fueled my curiosity about mysteries of life . My stint with him started in my childhood days when school kids are worried about will they pass or fail the exam and would go to him to find such simple answers.
In the mean time i had heard few of his predictions for one of my relative come true .
One peculiar thing about his predictions was that he would talk in metaphors . Like he told my uncle's younger brother that in a particular age he would loss his right arm ( which meant he will lose his elder brother) .To one person he said, in this month knife will run on your stomach ( peit pe chura chalega ) . He was fearing that some one may attack and Pierce knife in his stomach( where as he had to undergo surgery in his stomach). He had told my this uncle that he would work in seven countries within short span of 6/7 years and there after he will change over his profession and join politics . Sure enough my uncle joined UNO and went to different countries on deputation . Deeper understanding of this prophesy seeped in ,when he died suddenly in 1988 , bringing major change in his life / profession.
For me ,it wasn't that much a surprise that he would describe accurately my physical personality as its obvious for every one to see ,but i would wonder the way he would explain my inner traits .
Few of the predictions he did for me are that I will marry a soldier , from very far of land( Senani / pardesi) . I will live like a renunciate after 38 years of age ( sanyasi sa jivan ) . I will possess articles of beauty and clothing .
It's proof enough that I married an Army officer and that too from very far off and very different culture.
( I did Beautician course in 1989 and have knowledge and always possessed few beauty gadgets and products since then . Sewing / Dress making / making new from old has been my hobby , I have kept fashion maker sewing machine and utilized my time in creating little wonders out of clothes till the time I started giving my time and attention to conscious seeking )
In the year 1985 , before our marriage ,my husband Susnigdho ,had gone to him and tried tricks to mislead him .Ridu asked him ," what do you do? Susnigdho replied , "I am a business man ". Ridu said, you may be a business man but in your hand there are lines of Govt Service ( Raj Roti ki Rekha hai) . Later Susnigdho got convinced and listened to him patiently as he had perfectly described about his parents and siblings to the extent that one miscarriage ,an unborn male child , which no body thinks important part of family history ,was mentioned by him , two sister are alive, he had said . He also noted down on a paper few of the important past and future predictions. Most of it was accepted with an attitude like let's see but one particular prediction was laughed at by us all , he said ,"in the year 1997 you will go over seas" ( 1997 ke antim dino mei samuder par jaoge) .Those days an ordinary young army officer couldn't even imagine going over seas. Most of his predictions started coming true like our marriage in the month of February 86( Magh / Falgun , will have a boy in 88 .I was expecting a baby and we were blessed with a boy in January 88.
Lo and behold , Susnigdho got deployed with IPKF and left for Srilanka in 1997 Sept end ,making this impossible forecast come true. Second child was predicted to be a boy, Rohan was born in 92.
I hardly visited him there after as I started questioning, seeking deeper meaning of life in 1998 as per him I started living a hermit life . ( i had argued with him ,why would i renounce ,if i would marry ? To which his answer was,"you will live in the family but live
like a sanyasi, detached one. " We were living in Thoubal near Imphal Manipur, life was very different,difficult and unpredictable due to insurgency . To my surprise , I had a brief Mystic experience in one Puja Pandal in Kolkatta .
There after we were posted to Mathura ,which revived my Bhakti Yuga. Same time Reiki came as a main guiding and transforming force in my life .I started having my own inner revelations through dreams, visions and deep meditative experiences. In 2006 Nadi astrology had opened up a whole Pandora box of mysteries of my life , I wouldn't say that even half of those predictions have come true but I would agree that at that particular moment my inclination, my desires were in the direction of those predictions . Every thing can not come true as we have free will , many events are healed, released, transformed for better in the course of our life journey .
Last I visited Ridu in 2009 accompanying my father , he didn't say any thing much except predicting my parents age , that my father will live till 99 years of age and my mother will die after one year of his death . I have to agree that at that time i was deeply concerned about my parents ,especially my father who was above 90 by then. This released the fear of suddenly loosing him one fine morning . He died at the age of 97 last year October. Giving me enough opportunity to do my best and accept his passing away positively .
It's worthwhile to mention here that local people did not trust his talent ,though they would go to him for simple problems like sickness ,loss of things and the likes .Rich and famous and ordinary people from far off places would visit him as they might have got some right messages from him .He had no price tag and people would offer him from 5 / 10 Rs to few thousands . His son was also gifted to some extent but he died very young in his forties about ten year back . This incident made local people more suspicious and judgemental of his talents. But his son had made horoscopes of my husband's sister's daughter, everyone was intrigued by the way he had made a diagram of her brain and explained that here is some block in her mind making it unable to work efficiently, sure enough she is mentally retarded .
This year 2016 January he left for heavenly abode , may his soul rest in peace . i hold him in great regard and pay my obeisance to him , for he could channel messages from my Self to me , which at that moment I was incapable to do so by myself , filling me with awe and wonder ,inspiring me to be curious and make me a seeker in my own way.
PS - Do I believe in forecast and readings? Yes to some extent, because it's our higher self trying to peep in to us ,since we don't have program to read / understand/ encode the message , such devices can give us land marks, mile stone may come up in this life journey. No body can give hundred percent predictions because we are living and evolving beings and we have free will and we don't attract / align with that which we don't resonate with. So we don't have to fear negative forecast, it's a warning to create safe way from infinite possibilities lying in our path. We also can not keep waiting for prediction to come true without putting in our human efforts. So for me it's fifty fifty.