Story To Reflect Upon 85GENEROSITYMahatma Gandhi went from city to city, village to villagecollecting funds for the Charkha Sangh. During one of histours he addressed a meeting in Orissa. After his speech apoor old woman got up. She was bent with age, her hair wasgrey and her clothes were in tatters. The volunteers tried tostop her, but she fought her way to the place where Gandhijiwas sitting. "I must see him," she insisted and going up toGandhiji touched his feet. Then from the folds of her sarishe brought out a copper coin and placed it at his feet.Gandhiji picked up the copper coin and put it awaycarefully. The Charkha Sangh funds were under the chargeof Jamnalal Bajaj. He asked Gandhiji for the coin butGandhiji refused. "I keep cheques worth thousands ofrupees for the Charkha Sangh," Jamnalal Bajaj saidlaughingly "yet you wont trust me with a copper coin.""This copper coin is worth much more than thosethousands," Gandhiji said. "If a man has several lakhs andhe gives away a thousand or two, it doesnt mean much. Butthis coin was perhaps all that the poor woman possessed.She gave me all she had. That was very generous of her.What a great sacrifice she made. That is why I value thiscopper coin more than a crore of rupees."Reflection* In a materialistic and self-centred society today,giving with sincere generosity, is a rare virtue indeed.* The world would be a happier place if more reach outto the poor and needy.
Story To Reflect Upon 86Alexander FlemingHis name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day,while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard a cry for helpcoming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screamingand struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from whatcould have been a slowand terrifying death.The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsmans sparsesurroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out andintroduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved."I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my sons life.""No, I cant accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied,waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmers own son came to thedoor of the family hovel."Is that your son?" the nobleman asked. "Yes," the farmer repliedproudly."Ill make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education.If the lad is anything like his father, hell grow to a man you can beproud of."And that he did. In time, Farmer Flemings son graduated from St.Marys Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to becomeknown throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, thediscoverer of Penicillin.Years afterward, the noblemans son was stricken with pneumonia.What saved him? Penicillin.The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill.His sons name? Sir Winston Churchill.Reflection* An act of kindness and compassion would have its positiveeffects in the course of time.* ‘Good Begets good and bad begets bad’. That’s moralcausation.* Someone once said what goes around comes around.