There was a little village, named Ganeshpur. People of Ganeshpur loved Lord Ganesha. People were busy in a big Ganpati festival. Villagers were busy in cleaning and decorating the village and women were busy in cooking sweets. Meanwhile a little boy entered the village with little rice in one hand and and a spoonful of rice on other hand His clothes were torn and face was dirty.
He walked through the village shouting ‘Here I come with a spoonful of milk and a fistful of rice. cook me kheer and Ganesha will give you prize. But the people were too busy to pay him any attention. Then the boy reached the hut of a poor,old women. she lived alone, and was sick but still decided to help the little boy. She said I can make kheer but I have nothing to cook. The little boy said don’t worry amma borrow a big pot from your neighbour.
The old lady thought the little boy was being silly but did what he wanted. She put the fistful of rice and a spoonful of milk into the pot, added some sugar and put it on fire. The little boy said amma, the kheer will take some time to cook. I will go and have a bath. when I will come back we can eat together. The boy ran away and the old women fell asleep.
Suddenly she woke up by delicious smell. She got up and look inside. She was shocked to see that the pot was brimming over with creamy white kheer. This site made her mouth water and irresistible to wait for the little boy. Finally, she decided to eat, first she too a little bit and offered to Ganesha and then took large portion for herself. In one gulp she finished, then she took another then another yet the pot remained full. when the little boy came, he asked for the kheer.
Quietly the old women put the bowl in front of him. The boy asked and where is your bowl amma. Red faced, the old women confessed, that I ate without waiting for you. The little boy said, don’t worry amma I have eaten the kheer too. But when you have just came. The boy said, don’t you remember amma before eating you have offered some to Ganesha. Well I am the same Ganesha said the boy changing into true form.
The old women fell crying at Ganesha feet. Ganesha picked her and said you are very kind to me now make a wish. The old women was very intelligent. She asked Ganesha to give me health, give me wealth, surrounded me with lots of daughters and sons. Let me live long enough to see my great great grand sons. Ganesha granted her the wish. The old women was very happy and she thanked Ganesha for making her wish come true.
De-briefing of this Story
This story may or may not be true. But the lesson about the importance of helping others, cannot be considered as a fiction. World is a mirror – it gives back what we give it. You do not have to be Billionaire to help others, you can start helping others in whatever small way possible.
This Story can be used to share the importance of
1- Helping others
2- Caring for others
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