Bhagavad Gita

One day Krishna and 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 and went
home. On his way he was robbed by a thief in the forest. He cursed his
fate and the next day set off to beg again.

Arjuna and Krishna saw again and when Arjuna got to know of his story,
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 and 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 and 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 home to go begging.

Once again Arjuna and Krishna saw him and when Arjuna heard of the
unfortunate incident that had happened, he told Krishna,” I don’t
think this man is destined to be blessed at all, I don’t think I can
help him anymore”. 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?”. 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 the
Brahmins shouts, he recognized the Brahmin and thought that the
Brahmin 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 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

Let us practice to serve others physically, financially and mentally
particularly the needy ones!