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Describe how the saying became significant in your life. 'The evil you do remains with you; the good you do comes back to you.'
 
My mother always had a saying for every occasion. But she especially loved one saying which she constantly used on me whenever I hurt any person or animal. She kept telling me, "The evil you do remains with you; the good you do comes back to you." I scratched my head every time she said it, trying to understand what she meant. But it was only when I was ten that she finally explained the meaning of her favorite 'mantra' and that too, through a story. This is how the story went.

A woman baked chapatti (a type of bread) every morning for the members of her family. She made an extra one for any hungry passer-by who came by and kept it on the windowsill for whoever passing by to take it away. Every day, an old hunchback came and took away the chapatti. But instead of expressing gratitude, he muttered the following words as he went his way. "The evil you do remains with you; the good you do comes back to you." This went on, day after day. Every day, the hunchback came, picked up the chapatti and uttered the same words. No one else came by to take the offering.

The woman felt irritated. "Not a word of thanks," she said to herself. "Every day this hunchback takes my chapatti and utters this jingle! What does he mean?" One day, exasperated and sick of hearing his refrain, she decided to get rid of him. "I shall do away with this hunchback and stop hearing his silly jingle every day," she said to herself. What could she do? She thought for a while and then decided to add poison to the chapatti she prepared for him!

After making the poisoned chapatti, she was about to keep it on the windowsill when her conscience pricked her. Her hands trembled. "What is this I am doing?" she said in horror. "How can I even think of taking away life?" Immediately, she threw the chapatti into the fire, prepared a fresh one and kept it on the windowsill. As usual, the hunchback came, picked up the chapatti and muttered the words, "The evil you do remains with you; the good you do comes back to you." This time, he gave her an enigmatic look as if he could read her thoughts.

The hunchback proceeded on his way blissfully, unaware of the war raging in the mind of the woman. Every day, as the woman placed the chapatti on the windowsill, she would offer a prayer for her eldest son, who had gone to a distant place to seek his fortune. For many months, she had no news of him, so she prayed for his safe return and kept her mind strong in this way.

That evening, there was a knock on the door. She opened it and was surprised to find her son standing in the doorway. He had grown thin and lean. His garments were torn and tattered. He was hungry, starved and weak. When he saw his mother, he said, "Mum, it's a miracle I'm here. While I was but a mile away, I was so famished that I collapsed. I would have died, but for an old hunchback passing by. I begged him for a bit food and he was kind enough to give me a whole chapatti. As he gave it to me, he said that it was what he ate every day but today, he would give it to me as my need was greater than his! It was very kind of him, Mum! It really revived me and gave me the strength to reach here."

When the woman heard these words, her face turned pale and she leaned against the door for support. In horrified shock, she thought of the poisoned chapatti she had made that morning. Had she not burnt it in the fire, it would have been eaten by her own son and he would have lost his life!

It was then that she realised the significance of the words, "The evil you do remains with you; the good you do comes back to you." Do good and don't ever stop doing good, even if it is not appreciated at that time. But one day, you will reap the reward for what you have done. She had fed the old man and he had saved her son with the very food that she had given him.

The story touched me and I too, understood the meaning of her words finally. I decided that I would do good in future in order to be blessed with good fortune.

     
mantra   a word or phrase that is often ​repeated and ​expresses a ​particular ​strong ​belief
     
exasperated   annoyed
     
famished   extremely angry
     
 
 

 

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