Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Lesson

I got his in email and just loved it, so sharing it...I wish there were more professors like the one here .....

A Lesson
 
 
A young man, a student in one of the universities, was one day taking a walk with a professor, who was commonly called the students' friend for his kindness to those who waited on his instructions.
 
As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which were supposed to belong to a poor man who was working in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day's work . . .
 
Student turned to the professor, saying: "Let us play the man a trick:
 

we will hide his shoes, and hide ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them ..."
 
"My young friend," answered the professor, "We should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor . . . But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of this poor man.
 
Put a coin in each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how this affects him." Visit: The student did so and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes . . .
 
While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes, but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin. Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance.
 
He gazed upon the coin, turned it around and looked at it again and again.
 
He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin . . .
 
His feelings overcame him . . . he fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving in which he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom this timely bounty, from some unknown hand, would save from perishing . . .
 
The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears.
 
"Now," said the professor, are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?"
 
The youth replied, "You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. .. I feel now the truth of these words, which I never understood before: "It's more blessed to give than to receive."
 
If you want happiness....For a lifetime - help someone . . .

 

14 comments:

SG said...

I love this.

anilkurup said...

Full of feel , the ending!

A S said...

Hi

Nice read! making fun of a helpless being is the worst one can do..as the saying from Bible goes

'An orphan's curse drags to hell'

:)

Siddharth Kaul said...

good one...

true isnt it ... humour is always at the expense of another's misery.. always...

I know this was not the message in this post, but this was there in it and i loved to see written what i believed in for so long...

thanks.

Amrita said...

very good one!

zephyr said...

There are so many ways to sensitise our youth, and boy, do they need the lessons to see for themselves how great it feels to help than tease! Loved this post, Renu. Thanks for sharing.

Renu said...

SG; Thanks:)

Anil Kurup: yes:)

AS:I truely dislike teasing helpless animals or under privileged children etc..

Siddhartha Kaul; Its so nice to see you here after a very long time:)..I know marriage makes one busy:).wish you happiness always..

Amrita: Thanks:)

Zephyr:Thanks Zephyr!..We need all those old lessons today more than ever..

sm said...

excellent
fully agreed

Jeevan said...

How true! Thanks for teaching us as well :)

Dilip said...

Beautiful post. Giving is an echo you get back much more :)
Cheers!

Renu said...

Jeevan: my Pleasure:)

Dilip: yes:)

Usha Menon said...

Very touching!1 It gives joy not only to the receiver but also to the giver.

Dilip said...

Oh what a beautiful lesson.Must make it a point to remember this in all that we do!

Thank you very much Renu!

Ruminating Optimist said...

Wonderful story! Touching indeed. However, not many people around who will think the way the Professor thinks. People will first think about their own happiness, and only then will even think about others, least of all the happiness of others.