SMALL BUT REAL HELP – STORY
A Story sent by Meera Mukundan:
One day Lord Krishna & Arjuna were taking their usual walk, when they came across an old Brahmin begging, taking pity on his condition, Arjuna gave him a bag of gold coins.
The man was overjoyed. On his way to home, he was robbed by a thief in the forest. He cursed his fate and the next day set off to beg again.
Arjuna & Lord Krishna saw him again & got to know his story. Arjuna once again took pity and gave him a large diamond.
The man took it home and kept it in an old pot which had been unused for many years in order to keep it safe and went to sleep.
The next morning before he could wake up, his wife went to fetch water from the river & on her way back, she slipped and her pot broke. She immediately remembered the pot at home which lay unused and brought it to fill it with water. Just as she dipped the pot in to the river the diamond escaped the pot and went in to the river.
When she returned home the Brahmin was desperately searching the house for the pot & when he saw it in his wife’s hands, he got to know what had happened. Dejected with what had happened, he once again left to go begging.
Once again Arjuna and Lord Krishna saw him and when Arjuna heard of the unfortunate incident that had happened, he told Lord Krishna ,
” I don’t think this man is destined to be blessed at all, I don’t think I can help him anymore”.
Lord Krishna then gave the man two pennies and the man took them and walked away.
Arjuna then asked Krishna,” My Lord, if gold coins and diamond could not change his condition, what good can two pennies do to him?”.
Lord Krishna smiled and replied, “let us see”.
As the man walked home he was cursing his fate when he saw a fish that had just been caught by a fisherman and was struggling for its life, he took pity on it and thought to himself, ” *these two pennies cannot fetch me food anyway, let me at least save the life of this creature” and he purchased the fish and was about to throw it in the river when he saw that the breathlessness of the fish was caused due to some large obstruction in its mouth and when removed it , it was the very diamond he had lost in the river. He was overjoyed and started shouting “Look what I found! Look what I found”.
At this very time the thief that had robbed him in the forest was passing by and heard his shouts, he recognized the man and thought that man too recognized him and was thus shouting. Fearing that the Brahmin may take him to be executed, he rushed to him and begged for his forgiveness and returned all the gold coins he had stolen from him. The Brahmin was happy and walked away joyfully with all his wealth.
He went straight to Arjuna to narrate the turn of events and thanked him for all his help and went away.
Arjuna then asked Lord Krishna,
“My Lord, how is it that my gold and diamond could not help him but your meager two pennies did?.
Krishna replied,” when he had the gold and diamonds he was only thinking of himself and his needs, but when he had the two pennies he put the needs of another creature before his and so I took care of his needs.
The truth is O Arjuna when you think of the pain and needs of others and work to help them, you are doing God’s work and hence God Himself takes care of you”.