It was a scorching hot day, and I was returning from work. On my way, very often, I meet a wandering sadhu. We had become friends. That day I met him and asked, “Have you cooked anything today?” He said with a smile, dal and potato. Then I asked him with a smile, “Should I come to the shelter for lunch?” He honestly said, “I have no rice to cook.” I gave him some money and bade him goodbye.
I was very happy about helping him and moved ahead. Just a few hundred metres ahead I saw an old lady walking. Instantly I felt I must help her and at the same time, I was doubtful whether I should stop and help her or not. I stopped crossing a few yards ahead of her. Waiting and looking at her. When she came close, I asked, “Grandma, where are coming from and where are you headed? Do you like to take tiffin? Do you have money?’
She responded saying she was on her way back from visiting her daughter’s house and was on her way to Amtali(a place which is more 10 km away). She wanted a cup of tea but had only five rupees.
It made me cry inside hearing her. I could see she has been travelling a long way. Instantly, from my backpack, I out sufficient money for her tiffin and autorickshaw fare and offered it to her. Without anything hesitation, she took it. I felt good for helping her. But while gently driving home, lots of questions were crawling in my mind. Why didn’t I take her to a tiffin house? Why didn’t I stop an autorickshaw for her? Will she take tiffin and the vehicle? Was it a sudden test for me????
It is important to be kind and ignore the chatter of the mind.
~ Adhir Mohan Dey