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Saturday, July 28, 2007

*Lamp Gives Light, Tree Gives Shade*

The greatness of an individual lies not in what he accumulates but what he
gives. Jesus is great because he suffered on the cross so that we are saved.
Gandhi was great as he fought for freedom and equality. Mother Teresa was
great as she spent her life serving poor, sick and destitute.

You need not be someone of great means to give. A lamp burns its own
existence till the last moment to fight darkness and give light. Tree never
asks anything for itself, but give flowers, fruits and shades to all who
needs it. This kind of sacrifice is only possible for those, whose heart his
filled with love and compassion for others. Their spirit has a passion for
serving and an ability to feel pain of others in their own soul. It requires
a go-give attitude more than a go-get attitude.

Dashrath Manjhi, a poor, illiterate, landless laborer, who lives in a
backward village called Gahlore situated in the sate of Bihar in Eastern
India. What a person like him could give to others?

Dashrath worked on a field near the hill that rose near the village. This
hill stood between his village and civilization with only a treacherous pass
between it. Since most of the cultivable land and shops were on other side
of the hill, the poor villagers had to brave the dangerous pass number of
times in a day. The authorities kept turning a blind eye towards the
problems for decades.

One day, his wife slipped and got injured while crossing the pass on the
hill, while bringing lunch for him. The incident disturbed Dashrath so much
that he decided to do something about it. He sold his goat, to purchase a
chisel, hammer and a rope. And with these simple equipments he set of to dig
a tunnel through the mountain, all by himself. He dug for 22 years to create
a passage that is 360 ft. long, 25 feet high and 16 ft wide, enough for a
vehicle to pass.

People called him mad, but he was a man with a purpose. Today, because of
him the life of his fellow villagers has become easier. He has thrown the
doors open for the development of his village as the passage reduced the
distance between two districts from 50 km to just 8 km. The state government
rewarded his achievement by giving him five acres of land.

But his story does not end here. Unfortunately, his wife did not survive to
witness the miracle her husband has created. She died of an illness without
treatment because of lack of proper medical facilities. So, now he wants to
build a hospital on the land he got as reward. After unsuccessful attempts
to get assistance from the local government in this regard, he decided to
meet the President of India. Since he did not have enough money to buy a
railway ticket he walked on foot a distance of nearly thousand kilometers.
Somebody rightly said that when dreams are big enough facts don't count.

This poor, illiterate gentleman, belonging to the most unprivileged class of
Indian society is a perfect example of success. His go-give attitude, his
compassion, dream, courage, faith in himself, determination and perseverance
raises him to level of greatness.

In our mundane life full of rat race for accumulation of wealth and worldly
pleasure, let us take out some time to give a bit of ourselves. Let us
become a slightly better human being than what we already are. After all the
supreme purpose of our lives is to spread happiness and help others and that
is the greatest gift of all.

God Bless You!!

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