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People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him-Inspirational series

08/26/2010

As usual my work schedule is delaying the posts on the blog. I recently read a very inspiring personal account of a traveller who had visited Pushkar (the only shrine for Lord Brahma in India ) and it deeply reminded me of the central message of all our scriptures ” The service of humanity is the service of God “. Swami Vivekananda said it best

““Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.”

Two Rupee Miracle

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/spirituality/soul-curry/Soul-Curry-The-two-rupee-miracle/articleshow/4747553.cms

Some years ago, on the last leg of the Rajasthan tour, we were headed towards Pushkar, the only city in India with a Brahma temple.

As we neared the desolate, sandy landscape made way for people dressed in a riot of colours. We reached the Brahma temple, where a serpentine queue awaited the darshan . While some from our group of friends went looking for a ‘quick’ way to get entry, others tried to use the opportunity for a cup of tea, a cigarette or paan . Like other temple cities, we were chased by beggars for alms on every street.

As my friend and I lit a cigarette standing at a nearby paan shop, a grey-haired, spectacled and wrinkled old beggar woman approached us with her walking stick for alms of one rupee to help her buy lunch. We looked at her in distaste and refused to oblige. At that moment, a friend called to ask us to hurry up for darshan . We crushed the cigarette with our shoes, I took my son in my arms and asking my wife to follow, left for the temple gates. I could overhear the woman say that, “these young men will burn more than a rupee for their bad habit, but will never give a rupee to a hungry person.” I left the place nonchalantly. However, during the darshan , her remarks resounded in my ears. I began wondering if there was some truth to what she had said.

On our return, I found the old woman standing near a shop. I beckoned to her and she came promptly. I asked her who would give her lunch for a rupee. She replied, “At an alms house. It’s virtually free, but they have stipulated this token amount for each meal. We have to deposit the amount before lunch.” I gave my son two rupees to give it to her. Before accepting the money, she promptly took my son’s hand in her own and embraced him in her emaciated arms with love and affection, ran her fingers through his hair and prayed to the Almighty for his prosperity. Tears of happiness rolled down her cheeks. I had never witnessed such heartfelt blessings and could never have believed that two rupees could reflect such unbounded joy in a person’s eyes.

About an hour later, as we were returning to the hotel after lunch, we found the old woman having her lunch sitting on a stone under the shade of a tree. A little girl in a dirty, torn dress sat beside her, who she was also feeding. I went up to her and asked, “Amma, who is that girl?” She replied, “Sir, this poor girl is new in the city and yet to learn how to beg a rupee from the tourists. She couldn’t arrange a rupee today. So, I have brought lunch for her out of the money you gave for dinner. Don’t worry, God will arrange for my dinner.”

I was astonished at her generosity and could not utter a single word. It was a true lesson. The woman who was not sure whether she would be able to arrange a rupee for her dinner did not hesitate to feed a hungry girl. Her remarks were correct and the proof of how the cost of two cigarettes could feed two hungry people was before me.

For the last time, I tossed the half-burnt cigarette and crushed it under my shoes. I got the strength to quit the habit at that moment. No ‘statutory warning’ on the cigarette packet could teach me the lesson that the beggar woman did that day.

Prince Siddhartha helping the swan-Later Siddhartha becomes Gautama Buddha the prince of kindness

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