The parable of the Prodigal son may be looked upon as a tale of forgiveness but there can be another approach to the subject. Here, we come across a man and his two sons.

One day, the younger son demands his share of the property from his father so that he could go abroad and live a luxurious life. With much hesitation but keeping his son’s momentary happiness in view the father divides his wealth and lets the son take away his share. The younger son goes abroad and squanders off his wealth among the friends he acquired.

Gradually he is left with nothing. Struggling for survival, he seeks shelter in the house of a man who put him on a job of looking after his pigs. When he encountered hunger, guilt and sorrow, he realized his mistake and thus decided to reconcile with his father. When he returned to his father, he forgave him as he was eagerly waiting for his son to return to him. And thus, his royal life was given back to him.

This feeling of reconciliation only comes when a person feels empty inside. The boy felt so and given his circumstances he could have decided to not to go back to his loving father dwelling on his guilt and embarrassment. Regardless of his father’s reaction he reached out to him. Many of us could have chosen our ego over reconciliation or even contemplated suicide, if we felt dead with guilt. The prodigal son’s elder brother was unwilling to forgive him but with the guidance of his father he too agreed to a reconciliation. Therefore, friends we can follow the example of these two brothers who chose reconciliation over their ego and self.

Next time you feel empty consider what the positive part in your heart says and choose to be productive.

Ruth Samarpita Sarkar