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Do a good act a day

Do one good act a day. These words are inscribed at the front wall of the gate of the cremation ground at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi. Obviously, these are addressed to the mourners, particularly those who never have been kind, generous and helpful. Rajendra Bist writes.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2012 23:29 IST
Rajendra Bist

Do one good act a day. These words are inscribed at the front wall of the gate of the cremation ground at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi. Obviously, these are addressed to the mourners, particularly those who never have been kind, generous and helpful.

It would certainly glorify our lives if we follow these words. At times, we are confronted with odds which do not allow us to have our way, yet we can always listen to what our inner voice tells us and ponder over the message.

For quiet sometime now, I have made it a habit to sit alone in a lonely corner and think over the messages which come straight from the soul. One such message is ‘do good and forget, without expecting anything in return.

In these times, when there is cut-throat competition everywhere, it is difficult to follow such dictates of the conscience; but it must be averred that without any sacrifice, nothing significant can be achieved.

God has not provided many different solutions for the multitudinous problems of mankind. Instead, He offers us one all-sufficient solution which is His answer to every problem. We may come from many different backgrounds, each of us burdened with our own special needs; but to receive God's solution, we must all make our way to the same place: the cross of Jesus.

We have to have a pure conscience. H L Menchen, a US journalist has rightly said, "Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking". As the saying goes, character is what we are in the dark. Even if we presume that no one is watching, we are supposed to tread the right grounds.

In the mad rush for acquisition of worldly possessions, we forget the ultimate end and choose to proceed as our desires dictate. Realisation should dawn on us before it is too late so that we are in a position to do good things in life before we bid adieu!