Begging A Beggar

Mar 19, 2005

In one swoop, Deepak digs into his pocket and hands over 25 rupees.

Practically no one would look at him, but the Goodfather held him in his arms and learned that this 8-9 year old had polio in his left arm, a truck ran over his right leg, and he lost his parents when he was a toddler. He had no choice but to beg. While speaking with him, Jayeshbhai cut his nails and Jagatbhai ran to his bag to give him one of his own pair of his own clothes. Then, spontaneously, Jayeshbhai asked him, "I don't have any money to get to Nareshwar. Can you give me some money?"

This kid, without hesitation, hands him 25 rupees. It is his "earnings" of two whole days of standing out in the heat, getting rejections one after another, and pleading incessantly for an open heart. He had absolutely nothing else left. Still, he gave it all.

Jayeshbhai made it obvious that he wasn't giving the money back but still, Deepak insisted on donating all he had. Moved by his incredible generosity, Jayeshbhai asks him: "Why are you giving me everything you have?"

Deepak responds, "Because you spoke to me with love."

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