Hindu Parable (Author Unknown) 362 words, 11K views, 16 comments
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On Apr 20, 2021Neela Gupta wrote :
Sharing a personal story of an old age couple who used to live on roadside near my house. They had a make believe hut with a plastic sheet overhead.
when once it rained too heavily, my friend and me bought a loaf of bread and some snacks for the couple as we knew that they won't be able to light the fire as firewood may have been wet.
When rain slowed down and we reached there, old man was not there. The woman was sitting in an only dry corner in that hut. My friend asked, Where is Dada( grandfather)? The woman said ," he has gone for begging in nearby area." We left the food there with her.
Around dusk, my friend thought of just checking on them again.
When she reached there, the old man was sitting and the woman was cooking Chapati with little flaur on one odd dry firewood she had found from below the pile. A dog was standing beside her.
My friend asked in surprise, " why are you cooking now? Shouldn't you save that for tomorrow and right now eat what we have given you. That way both your today and tomorrow are taken care of in case it rains more in the night."
The old woman smiled and said," we can eat bread but my this little child eats only wheat chapati. He doesn't eat bread. Your Dada (grandfather) had gone to beg for him only." Saying this she she pat the dog lovingly.
My friend was speechless. She later narrated this to me. We were wondering whether this was poverty or richness of the soul?
We felt they were living in true abundance.
On Apr 23, 2021David Doane wrote :
I appreciate the story. Thank you for sharing it. I think the old couple enjoyed richness of the soul and were living in true abundance.