INSPIRATIONAL

Wonderful story….with POWERFUL lesson
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A woman baked pancake for members of her family and
an extra one for a hungry passerby. She kept the extra
pancake on the window sill, for whosoever would take it
away. Every day, a hunchback came and took away the
pancake. Instead of expressing gratitude, he muttered
the following words as he went his way: “The evil you
do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to
you!” This went on, day after day. Every day, the
hunchback came, picked up the pancake and uttered the
words:
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“The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do,
comes back to you!” The woman felt irritated. “Not a
word of gratitude,” she said to herself… “Everyday this
hunchback utters this jingle! What does he mean?” One
day, exasperated, she decided to do away with him. “I
shall get rid of this hunchback,” she said. And what did
she do? She added poison to the pancake she prepared
for him!
.
As she was about to keep it on the window sill, her
hands trembled. “What is this I am doing?” she said.
Immediately, she threw the pancake into the fire,
prepared another one and kept it on the window sill. As
usual, the hunchback came, picked up the pancake and
muttered the words: “The evil you do, remains with you:
The good you do, comes back to you!”
.
The hunchback proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware
of the war raging in the mind of the woman. Every day,
as the woman placed the pancake on the window sill,
she offered a prayer for her son who had gone to a
distant place to seek his fortune. For many months, she
had no news of him.. She prayed for his safe return.
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That evening, there was a knock on the door. As she
opened it, she was surprised to find her son standing in
the doorway. He had grown thin and lean. His garments
were tattered and torn. He was hungry, starved and
weak. As he saw his mother, he said, “Mom, it’s a
miracle I’m here. While I was but a mile away, I was so
famished that I collapsed. I would have died, but just
then an old hunchback passed by. I begged of him for a
morsel of food, and he was kind enough to give me a
whole pancake. As he gave it to me, he said, “This is
what I eat everyday: today, I shall give it to you, for
your need is greater than mine!”
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” As the mother heard those words, her face turned
pale. She leaned against the door for support. She
remembered the poisoned chapatti that she had made
that morning. Had she not burnt it in the fire, it would
have been eaten by her own son, and he would have
lost his life!
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It was then that she realized the significance of the
words: “The evil you do remains with you: The good you
do, comes back to you!” Do good and Don’t ever stop
doing good, even if it is not appreciated at that time. For more of such stories,please do visit
http://www.theimagemakersworld.wordpress.com

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