Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar Served His Servant

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was a compassionate and a generous man. He had a mellifluous behavior even towards the people who belonged to the lowest societal stratum. There was a servant in Vidyasagar's house who used to do all the household chores. Vidyasagar always showed him affection and treated him like his family members. One day, when Vidyasagar was descending the stairs of his house, he saw his servant sleeping on the staircase with a letter in his hand. Vidyasagar slowly took out the letter from his hand and read it and came to know about the bad news.

Vidyasagar saw that the servant had a streak of tears on his face, perhaps he sobbed himself to sleep. Seeing his servant in this condition the feeling of sympathy evoked in Vidyasagar's heart. He went inside the room and brought a hand fan and started fanning his servant so that he could sleep comfortably. At the same time, one of Vidyasagar's friend came there and seeing such a situation said astoundingly, "You are too much! How can you be engaged in the service of a servant whose salary is hardly seven-eight bucks?" Vidyasagar said, "My father also used to earn seven-eight bucks in a month. I remember one day while my father was returning home he felt unconscious and fell on the road, and a passerby helped him with water. In my servant, I can see the image of my late father."

Moral: Purity of heart is not only reflected through sweet words but also through the conduct. An affectionate behavior towards one and all underscores generosity and dignity. Therefore, we must be kind and generous towards everyone.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Little Girl Was Rewarded For Her Contentment

Once upon a time, a vast area of Baghdad, capital of Iraq, faced famine. People were dying of hunger and starvation birds and animals were also famishing. In such a shattering situation, one day a rich man of that area showing mercifulness and compassion declared to give one chapati to all the small children of that area. Next day, in the morning all the children assembled in the garden. That rich man himself began distributing the chapatis amongst the children. The chapatis were all of different size some were big whereas, some were small in size. All the children were jostling their way through the crowd in order to grab the biggest chapati except for one little girl who stood quietly in a corner. Eventually she came forward and took the last chapati which was the smallest in size. Accepting the chapati with delight she went home.

Next day, the chapatis were again distributed. Second day also the girl received the smallest chapati, but she accepted it, with great joy. On returning home, when she took a bite from the chapati she found a piece of gold in it. Her mother asked her to return the piece of gold to the rich man. She immediately ran to the rich man and said, "I found this piece of gold in my chapati it must have fallen in the flour. I have come to return this." The rich man said, "My child, keep this. This is the reward of your contentment." The little girl replied with innocence, "My contentment got paid off when I did not have to face the jostling of the crowd." Been happy with the girl's honesty and contentedness the rich man made her his goddaughter and fixed a monthly salary for the girl's mother.

Moral: It can be said with reference to life that instead of showing unnecessary hastiness in all the matters we must keep a sense of satisfaction. Contenement always brings in better result then hastiness.

Monday, April 11, 2011

King Cyrus Earned Immense Wealth By Giving Charity

Once upon a time, Cyrus, the king of Persia captivated Croesus, the king of Lydia. Cyrus was an upright, benevolent king. Seeing king Cyrus's endowment traits one day Croesus said to him, "If you will keep donating your treasure like this, then you will become penniless very soon." Croesus was also well-heeled, but he did not believe in charity. Therefore, he floated the same opinion to Cyrus. Cyrus questioned him, "From the time I sat on the throne until today if I had not given anything to anyone, can you guess how much assets I should possess?" Croesus said, "Immeasurable wealth."

Cyrus then said, "I will make an announcement amongst my subjects that I need a great amount of wealth for a very big project and then you see the result." People happily conducted in accordance with king's command, and as a result, there laid a pile of gold in front of the palace. Croesus said in surprise, "I had estimated less wealth than this." Then Cyrus said, "If I would not have used my wealth for donations and in public's interest, then my people would have hated me, but I did not do this and donated wholeheartedly. Therefore, my people love me a lot." Cyrus's answer opened Croesus's eyes.

Moral: Charity always increases your wealth because this generosity multiplies the blessings which flow from the soul of the needy people thousand times.