Aa soon as I sat down to meditate, I heard a beggar calling out on the street. I tried to ignore him as it’s quite normal for this to happen in the morning around my place. However, when I paid close attention to his cries, I realised he asked for something specific – shoes. I discontinued the meditation and rushed to the shoe rack. As I couldn’t find any spare shoes, I decided to give my husband’s shoes which he wore to work.
With the shoes in my hand, I called out to that old man, “Baba!”
Meanwhile, a kind neighbour had already given him a pair of slippers to wear. He saw the shoes in my hands and said he couldn’t take them as they of leather; he needed cloth shoes as he was travelling to Tirupathi (a famous place of pilgrimage). I immediately gave him enough money to purchase the shoes he needed, and he promised me that would use the money to buy them. He profusely blessed my family and me.
I realised that beggars might have specific requirements, and not all of them need money.
The joy of fulfilling someone’s need is amazing.