Random Acts of Kindness

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.

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“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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About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest is acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays.
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7 Responses to Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Delirious says:

    I love this story you shared! I think for some people, giving and sharing comes naturally. For others, it is a habit that must be carefully nurtured.

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  2. padmum says:

    Delirious–I find that children nowadays have to be told repeatedly and taught by parents about sharing. With so much bounty in the kids lives–in our circles at least–sharing does not come naturally. The giving of a present say on a birthday is based on expectations of ‘return’ presents given at parties!! Even adults look forward to this, don’t they?

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  3. deepschirps says:

    we get what we give……wonderfully said it mam in the closing note,life is a circle, it gives back what we have given !

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  4. Grannymar says:

    Sorry for taking so long to comment, I was on ‘holiday’ from blogging for a week.
    I like the sharing message, it was how we were brought up. That early training stays with you for life.

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  5. padmum says:

    Hope you kicked up your heels and jawed away in Dublin!!

    Yes!! The idea of sharing was taught at home and school–never overtly–more through example.

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  6. blackwatertown says:

    Good story. He’s lucky that the little girl didn’t wait to watch him eat it.

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