Story of the blind man
Gopal was blind since his birth. He had never seen the colors of world. He never got opportunity to see the blue sky, the red rose, the green paddy field, the child's smile, he could see nothing. He grew up without having the vision, but he was used to it. As he came from poor family, no one from his family had time to sit with him and describe to him how the world looks like. How it is like to have eyes.
But one day Gopal was severely sick and had to be hospitalised. Doctors had given up the hope on God.
There was one more patient in that hospital who was sharing the ward with Gopal. His name was Ram. Ram was feeling pity about Gopal's condition that in spite of the fact that Gopal was so sick, no one from his family had time for him.
After many days Gopal's condition was stable but not improving. But by then Gopal and Ram had become good friends. They used to talk for hours together. Ram used to take Gopal near the window and describe to him how beautiful is the world when they look outside the window. How bright and shiny is the sun every morning, how soothing looks the moon at night, how colorful the flower are, the beautiful sight of the food we used to eat and everything. Ram was Gopals eyes.
But now Gopal had become so curious to see the world and everything that is there in the world . Ram was constantly telling Gopalthat everything that is happening is Gods wish and that if God want he will be given the eye sight. Ram's words were only ray of hope to Gopal.
But destiny has its own plans. Rams dies. Gopal gets very sad with this tragedy. But before Gopal could come out of his loss of his dear friend, one day he realizes that he is able to see. Yes! Gopal had got back his eye sight now to see the world...there is no limit to his happiness.. He immediately runs near the window to catch the beautiful sight of whatever Ram had described to him. But to his utter disappointment, outside the window stands the tall wall of the neighbours building and one is hardly able to see the scenery.
Gopal is not able to understand what is wrong. Whether the building is constructed after Ram's death or Ram had lied to him.
He calls for the nurse of the hospital and ask her about the building and tells her whatever Ram was telling her. The nurse tell Gopal that the building has been there for decades and that Ram also had lost his eye sight because of some serious disease. Ram is now dumb folded and is not able to understand what had happened.
Gopal after some time feels deeply indepted to his friend. Ram was also blind but still wanted to make others happy rather than cribing about his disability. He did his best to give Gopal a ray of hope and made him realize how beautiful is the world around. The realization that world is beautiful made Gopal forget of all the sorrows in his life. Ram had given Gopal a beautiful life to live.
Most of the times in our lives we only think about ourselves and if we are unhappy we feel that the bad happens only with us.
Open your eyes and look around. You are so lmuch more privileged then so many other people on this planet. And feel grateful for whatever you have . Ram gave his best to make his less privileged friend feel good. We can also some way or the other offer some of our service to the people less privileged than you.
Here is the quote by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the service.
“The more service you do, the more merit you acquire in life. The more merit comes, the more peaceful and serene you become from within.”
To do service for the less privileged people we need not leave our job or just drop our responsibilities. But we can always do some random act of kindness every day and bring smile on some one's face. And I'll tell you seeing other person happy because of you will make you feel so delighted.