My Neighbor's Corn

Naren Kini

listen_btn

Awakin FeatureThere was once a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best corn. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seeds with his neighbors.

“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.

“Why sir,” said the farmer, “Don’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”

So it is with our lives. Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. The quality of response and joy depends on the quality of thoughts and love we share and spread.

And those who choose to be joyful must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

Naren Kini is an entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley, Heartfulness meditator for decades, and loves music, writing and drawing. The artwork above is his own sketch. He will also be a guest on our Awakin Call this Saturday.

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to the notion of sharing your best gifts with those around you? Can you share a personal experience of a time when a gift you shared came back around to you? What helps you stay rooted in the circle of life in your daily decisions?

Add Your Reflection:

14 Previous Reflections:

  • link
    On Oct 8, 2019 Amy wrote:
    Amen!
    God gave me His Best Gift ever ... I, in turn, share Him (Jesus) ... He returns back to me ... More Holy Spirit Power ... More Holy revelations ... More confidence to share Him ... More opportunities to be a witness to Him ... The Gift is passed ... The Gift is received ... In joyful hope The Gift is passed on.❤️
    Again, Amen to Naren’sstory! Very much loved!

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Oct 3, 2019 Rajesh wrote:
    I would offer this addendum to this passage ...

    The next year a neighbor of the farmer won the prize. And the reporter went and interviewed photographed him. After that he went to meet the earlier farmer: "Your strategy to win appears to have backfired. Your neighbor won this year."

    The farmer replied: "Don't you see? When my neighbor wins, I win. It is some of my corn that pollinated the winner's. And next time I will get some of that back. The community always wins, that is the important thing."

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Oct 2, 2019 Raj wrote:
    Hello Naren,

    Thanks for sharing this gentle parable. It reminds meSarvodaya's commitment to the universal uplift of all and its associated aphorism: "As you build the road, the road builds you."

    Again, thank you ... Raj

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Oct 1, 2019 Subhash Garg wrote:
    We become the company we keep...
    We create Happy & Prosperous neighbors, we become Happy and Peaceful.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Oct 1, 2019 Anilkumar Pandit wrote:
    Reflection truly is getting back whatever we transmit. Be it the corn pollens, our image from a mirror, or our thoughts projected to existance. Goodness begets happiness and that's goodness.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Oct 1, 2019 Rajul wrote:
    What goes around, comes around. What we want for ourselves, give others. If you want happiness, give others happiness, boomerang effect, it comes around. As you sow, so shall you reap, law of karma , whatever name we may want to give. There is enough in this world for everyone's need but not enough for our greed. It is ' pay it forward' effect.This notion of sharing best gifts with those around you, needsseeing others as not separate entities but as extension of one's self.I am not sure if sharing best gifts , always theoretically comes back to you. I feel there is joy in just giving and sharing sometimes even if there is no chance of it coming back. I like the line ' the quality of response and joy depends on the quality of our thoughts and love we share and spread.'

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Oct 1, 2019 Lawrence Brown wrote:
    I must say that I got rather emotional reading this article. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Oct 1, 2019 Julie wrote:
    thanks a lot 🌻
    thought-provoking reminder in times when the world is going understand how urgent is rebuild social responsibilities in actions and how effects everything to everyone on Earth

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Sep 30, 2019 Abhinav wrote:
    Beautiful story..The welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Sep 30, 2019 myth wrote:
    kindness to others not only give you relief from your negative thoughts but its also help to prevent darkness aura in our surroundings.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Sep 28, 2019 david doane wrote:
    I like Kini's story -- that doing for others is doing for self. I believe in sharing my best gifts with those around me. What I share with others affects and hopefully benefits them and every one and myself. I also know I have experienced sharing a gift being its own reward and have experienced receiving for myself in the process of giving and sharing with others. For example, I have shared an insight and felt satisfaction in my sharing and in the other benefiting from what I shared, and I have learned and received gratitude in sharing. What helps me stay rooted is knowing that we are one, thoroughly interconnected to a greater and deeper extent than we realize, knowing that what I share and do for anyone affects everyone, and knowing that I don't really own anything and whatever I have really belongs to everyone. It only makes sense that I share and be kind with others, and sometimes I do.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Sep 27, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    I love a beautifulsaying I had read a long time ago> it is in Sanskrit: " Udar charitanmavasudhaivakutumkam." For those whose hearts are filled with generosity, the whole universe becomes their family. Gifts coming from our generous and compassionate heart serves both the giver and the receiver. Once a disciple asked GautamBudhha, " Does my body belong to me?" Buddha responded to his question: " Our body is an integral part of the planet. It is not separate from the planet. What we offer to our body becomes an offering to the planet. If you eat bad food, it has an impact on the planet. Unhealthy food has a negative impact on you and also on the planet. You need to make a wise choice. The planet is in you and you are in the planet." I need to be mindful of what I put in me, my body, mind, and heart and how I act has an impact on others. It is a circle.My wholesome thoughts, emotions and actions create wholesome energy for me and those who are connected w... [View Full Comment] I love a beautifulsaying I had read a long time ago> it is in Sanskrit: " Udar charitanmavasudhaivakutumkam." For those whose hearts are filled with generosity, the whole universe becomes their family. Gifts coming from our generous and compassionate heart serves both the giver and the receiver. Once a disciple asked GautamBudhha, " Does my body belong to me?" Buddha responded to his question: " Our body is an integral part of the planet. It is not separate from the planet. What we offer to our body becomes an offering to the planet. If you eat bad food, it has an impact on the planet. Unhealthy food has a negative impact on you and also on the planet. You need to make a wise choice. The planet is in you and you are in the planet." I need to be mindful of what I put in me, my body, mind, and heart and how I act has an impact on others. It is a circle.My wholesome thoughts, emotions and actions create wholesome energy for me and those who are connected with me.

    Offering my gift from my heart brings a deep sense of joy and gratitude in me and I see the impact of my gift on others receiving my gift. This happens almost everyday. I am a teacher and I am happy and joyful by offering the gift of my teaching to my students. I see a lot of joy and gratitude on my students faces. Sharing and spreading the quality of my thoughtsand love uplifts my spirit and the spirit of others connected with me. I am also a counselor. This morning I helped a teacher going through a lot of emotional pain in her personal life. Spending half an hour with her and helping her how to mindfully process her emotional pain brought a great deal of joy and gratitude in me. I saw her face getting more relaxed and a feeling of hopefulness slowly growing and spreading on her face. Giving and receiving such gifts fills my heart with a deep sense of joy.

    Cultivating skillful means requires daily practice of remaining awake and aware of what's going in my mind to know how to make wise choices. It is an ongoing inner journey of exploring the world of my mind, heart and actions. This practice helps me to stay rooted in the circle of life in my daily decisions. With an ongoing practice, it becomes my second nature or saying differently it becomes my original nature getting rid of the walls obstructing it. It is like by emptying the cup the cup of life gets full.
    Namaste!
    Jagdish P Dave










    [Hide Full Comment]

    1 reply: John | Post Your Reply

Search Awakin Readings

Or search by year or author.

Subscribe to Weekly Email

Every week, we send out a digest with a reading and inspiring stories to our global community of 92,059 people. Subscribe below.

(unsubscribe)

Contact Us

If you'd like to suggest a thought or want to drop us a suggestion, drop us a note.