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The Circle of Good Deed

 

Once upon a time Shree Krishna and Arjun went for a short stroll around the city. They saw a poor looking priest begging. Arjun felt pity for him and gave him a bag of 100 gold coins. The priest became very happy and thanked Arjun. He left for his home. On the way, he saw another person who needed help. The priest could have spared a coin or two to help that person. However, he chose to ignore him. But on his way  home, a thief robbed him of his bag of coins and ran away.

The priest became dejected and went back to beg. Next day  when Arjun saw the same priest begging he was surprised that after getting a bag full of coins which could have lasted him a lifetime, the priest was still begging! He called the priest and asked him the reason for this. The priest told him about the whole incident and Arjun again felt pity for him. So, this time he gave him a diamond.

The priest was very happy and left for home and he again saw someone who needed help but he chose to ignore . Upon reaching home, he safely put the diamond in an empty pot of water with a plan to cash it out later and live a wealthy life. His wife was not at home. He was very tired so he decided to take a nap. In between, his wife came home and picked up that empty pot of water, walked towards the river close by to fill up the water. She had not noticed the diamond in the pot. Upon arriving at the river, she put the whole pot into the running river water to fill it up. She filled up the pot but the diamond was gone with the water flow!

When the priest woke up, he went to have a look at the pot and asked his wife about the diamond. She told him that she had not noticed it and it must have been lost in the river. The priest couldn’t believe his bad luck and again started begging. Again Arjun and Shree Krishna saw him begging and Arjun inquired about it. Arjun felt bad and started thinking if this priest will ever have a happy life.

Shree Krishna who is an incarnation of God Almighty smiled. Shree Krishna gave that priest one coin which was not even enough for buying a lunch or dinner for one person. Arjun asked Shree Krishna, “Lord, I gave him gold coins and a diamond, which could have given him a wealthy life, yet it didn’t help him. How will just one coin help this poor guy?” Shree Krishna smiled and told Arjun to follow that priest and find out.

On the way, the priest was thinking that with the one coin Shree Krishna gave him, he could not even buy a lunch for one person. Why had he given so little? He saw a fisherman who was getting a fish out of his net. The fish was struggling. The priest felt pity for the fish. He thought “this one coin won’t solve my problem, why not save that fish”. So the priest paid the fisherman and took the fish. He put the fish in his small pot of water which he always carried with him.

The fish  struggling in that small pot of water ended up throwing out a diamond from it’s mouth! The priest screamed with joy, “I got it, I got it”. At that same point, the thief who had robbed the priest’s bag of 100 gold coins, was passing that way. He thought that the priest recognized him and that he would get punished. He got nervous and ran to the priest. He apologized to the priest and returned his bag full of 100 gold coins. The priest couldn’t believe what just happened.

Arjun saw all this and said, “Oh Lord, Now I understand your play”.

                                Moral: When you have enough to help others, don’t let that chance go. Your good deeds will always be repaid to you.

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