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Inspirational Story: The Good you do, comes back to you
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A woman used to bake chapatis for members of her family and would make an extra one for a hungry passerby. She would keep the extra chapati on the window sill, for whosoever would take it away. A hunchback would come daily and take away the chapati. Instead of expressing gratitude, he would say: "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!"

This continued for days. Every day, the hunchback would come, pick up the chapati and say the same words: "The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!"

The woman felt irritated. She thought that the hunchback did not speak even a single word of gratitude.

She thought that every day the hunchback utters the same words.But, did not understand what he meant. One day, she decided to get rid of him. She added poison to the chapatti that she had prepared for him. As she was about to keep it on the window sill, her hands shook. She threw the chapati into the fire, prepared another one and kept it on the window sill. The hunchback came like every day, picked up the chapati and muttered the same words: "The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!"

As the woman placed the chapati on the window sill every day, she would offer a prayer for her son who had gone to work in a distant place. For several months, she had had not heard from him. She would always pray for his safe return. That evening, someone knocked her door. As she opened it, she was surprised to see her son standing there. He had grown thin and lean. His clothes were all torn. He was hungry, starved and weak.

As he saw his mother, he told her that it was a miracle that he was standing there. He went on to explain that when he was just a mile away, he was so famished that he collapsed. He would have died, but an old hunchback gave him a whole chapatti to eat. He mentioned that as the hunchback gave him the chapati, he told him that that’s whathe ate everyday. As the woman heard those words, she turned pale.

She fell on her knees as she remembered the poisoned chapati that she had made for the hunchback. Had she not burnt it in the fire, her own son would have eaten it, and he would have lost his life! That was when she realized the significance of the words:

"The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!"

Keep on doing good, even if it is not appreciated at that time.

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