And a little more

I am reading The Seven Commandments of Bhagvad Gita by J P Vaswani. The third commandment is ‘ Thou shalt do your duty and a little more.’

As I was reading this so many people came to mind. I remembered all those students who had agreed happily to be scribes to my son during his exams. Some had exams the next day but they did not hesitate to do that ‘little more’. That makes them so special.

I remembered those people in Pushkar and Sofia who came forward to help us when they did not really have to. I cannot even remember their faces. With time we may not remember all that we saw in those places, but we will always remember those people who did that ‘little more’.

Many days ago, we were sitting in the Temple square enjoying the quiet and serenity. An elderly couple were going by with their luggage. They asked a young man for some directions. He not only gave that but went along and showed them the way. He went out of his way to help them, that ‘little more’. It is such small, everyday happenings, seemingly insignificant, that remain a precious part of our lives.

J P Vaswani says, ‘ The opposite of love is not hatred, the opposite of love is apathy- indifference to the needs of those around you.’

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(This photo is of the Temple square in our town. The temple to Lord Krishna is more than 800 years old.)

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

6 comments

  1. Small moments of thoughtfulness can mean so much to people. I agree, we can all improve our own corner of the world by ‘giving a little more’.

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  2. It is so appreciated when someone goes out of their way to be helpful. Sadly, so many are caught up in their own little world.

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