Gold Bowl

In ancient times, in India, lived a very powerful and rich King.

He was equally pious and charitable.

His daily routine was to take bath in a river flowing near his palace

 

before outbreak of first rays of Sun.

 

His subjects knew of his this ritual and they also knew that the first 

 

person who approaches him at that hour gets his wish ful-filled.

One fine morning, the King was as usual taking his bath in the river.

He was using a gold bowl to pour water over his head and body.

As the King was walking out of the river on finish of his bath,

a poor old brahmin (Hindu priest) slowly walked towards him taking 

support of a walking stick, holding his other hand up in a gesture of  blessing to King.

King being very pious offered his obescience to the Brahmin and asked

him for his purpose of visit.

Brahimn replied : “Oh Master of this kingdom, I have a daughter to be

married off and have no money for that. I have come with great hopes of your help.”

King who was holding the gold bowl in his hand instantly offered it to him

 

 

in charity and invited him to palace if he wanted more.

 

The Brahmin satisfied, walked away.

 

A Minister who was present on river bank observed this and most respectfully

 

said : “My Lordship, in our Hindu philosophy, we perform all good and holy

 

tasks with right hand, but I observed that you gave away the gold bowl with

 

your left hand. Surely, the God will not recognise this as your charity.”

 

The King smiled .. and replied .. “Minister, when the brahmin approached me 

 

with his request, I was holding the bowl in my left hand. Had I passed it to 

 

my right hand, it is possible that during that fraction of moment I may have

 

changed my mind. Charity does not require second thought. It must be 

 

instantaneous on the very first thought of doing it. Besides, while doing

 

charity one should not think of its’ returns..!”

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