When Kindness Opportunities Visits
--by Rajni, posted May 16, 2023
A week ago, I was returning home by rikshaw after buying some clothes and chappals for needy people. We address them as Daridra Narayan. A Daridra Narayana boy was selling pens for Rupees 10 came to me. I knew that I can get these pens for about four Rupees. However I bought two pens that I did not need but to gift them to someone else.
Daridra Narayana or Daridranarayana or Daridra Narayan is an axiom enunciated by the late-19th century Indian sage Swami Vivekananda, espousing that service to the poor is equivalent in importance and piety to service to God. Though the term was coined by Vivekananda, it was popularized by Mahatma Gandhi.-from internet
It is good that he is not begging. In the past, I have bought key chains 5 times or more, coloring books may be 5 or more times, maps, pens 3 times or more and masks from Daridra Narayana boys or girls to support them. I even pay them some extra money as if offering to God. I get smiles in return from them. They are doing their business confidently.
I am grateful to Sri Sathya Sai Baba for giving me these unusual opportunities to serve and guiding and helping me make them happen.