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Pay-back is a must

I recently came across a narration by one Venkatesh: “My parents were to leave for their native place after a long stay with us. In spite of being asked to book the tickets by train, I got them air tickets since they had never travelled by air. My parents got excited by the idea of travelling by air. As they were about to go in for the security check-in, my father walked up to me with tears in his eyes and thanked me. A K Bhargava writes.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2011 23:37 IST

I recently came across a narration by one Venkatesh: “My parents were to leave for their native place after a long stay with us. In spite of being asked to book the tickets by train, I got them air tickets since they had never travelled by air. My parents got excited by the idea of travelling by air. As they were about to go in for the security check-in, my father walked up to me with tears in his eyes and thanked me.

He became very emotional and it was not as if I had done something great but the fact that this meant a great deal to him and he thanked me again and again. Later, thinking over the entire incident, I looked back at my life as a child, how many dreams our parents have made come true for us.

We had always taken his favours to us as granted. Did we ever say thanks for all that they have done for us?”

The same is true in our daily lives. It is very rarely that we express our gratitude to not only others who have helped us but also to the Almighty who has provided us with all that we have got. Do we realise that even before we were born, all things that we needed were ready for us. We were looked after by society till we finished our studies and started earning.

Do we then think of paying back to the society that we got from it? We normally work in return of some monetary benefit without realising that we must work in return of what we have already got. We shall still get our reward, but that we shall accept with gratitude as also it will improve our quality of work since our aim will not be the fruit of our action. And that is exactly what Lord Krishna tells us.

How many times do we thank the Lord for providing us with much more than we asked for or we deserved? The mantra is that one should remember and thank the Lord throughout the day.