In India, we have just celebrated the ‘Joy of Giving’ week. This initiative has slowly taken off in the past few years. Giving and kindness go together. I would go as far as to say that unless there is kindness in your heart you cannot give from your heart!
There is a story that a holy man with his disciples went knocking at the doors of the village for his daily meal. One day, he was late and at the door of a lady who would regularly give him rice cakes, he stood and knocked repeatedly. After some time a little girl opened the door. Her hand was holding some mud pies that she had been making in play. The holy man asked for alms.
“My mother is having her bath”, she said.
“Can you give me something?” asked the holy man.
“I have only these mud pies” she replied showing the ones’ in her hand.
“ I will gladly accept this” said the holy man and taking the mud pies he blessed the child.
On the way back to their camp, one disciple asked peevishly, “Swamiji, why did you accept that mud pie from the girl. We cannot eat it!”
The holy man smiled and said, “Yes, but she will learn the lesson of kindness, sharing and giving. This habit will stay with her for the rest of her life”.
I have a strong feeling that life is a circle. Any act of kindness, intentional or random, will come back to you. It may not come straight from the person to whom you gave. It will most probably come from another link in a chain of taking and giving.
Rohit is the initiating vital link in this chain of LBC.
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