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A Madman’s Selfless Love

Posted by Saipradeep on November 16, 2008

This is a mail forward that I received from one of my friends. It truly touched my heart and had me thinking for a long time…


Here it is, exactly as it was in the mail…


I live in Indore, in India’s heartland. On our way back from an adjacent town, my friend and I stopped at a highway dhaba. Placing our order, we stretched ourselves out on the cane chairs. A motley group of people occupied other tables. As we glanced around desultorily, a ragged man sauntered in and sat down. He poured himself a glass of water from the steel jug. He drank two whole glasses, but ordered no food, nor did the dhaba boys ask him. When our tea and samosas arrived, he looked at the food, filled his glass again and drank it. We saw no greed in his eyes, but it was an easy guess, that the guy was hungry and had no money.
The dhaba boy told us, ‘Oh! That madman comes in everyday. If he has money, he eats something; otherwise he just drinks a few glasses of water and leaves. My boss said that since water has been given to us by the Lord, we must never stop anyone drinking it at our dhaba.’
This logic really touched me. I asked the boy to serve the man a plate of samosas. When he did so, the man looked at him. The boy pointed to us. The man looked at us but made no acknowledgement. As he picked up the first samosa, a little girl in rags walked up and just stood there. He gave her the samosa, which she wolfed down. He picked up the second one and handed that to her too. She grabbed it and ran away. He pushed away his empty plate, filled up his glass again, drank the water and walked away from the dhaba without a backward glance.

I was just staring at the place he was sitting moments ago and I asked myself if I was ever capable of a gesture like that. The most I could muster was, ‘I HOPE SO’.

If sharing what we have in excess is generosity, then how would we describe what that madman just did?
It is what intellectuals talk about and madmen practice. SELFLESS LOVE!!!
To get joy, we must give it and
to keep joy, we must scatter it.  
                         – John Templeton




3 Responses to “A Madman’s Selfless Love”

  1. Nanda said

    Selflessness is a quality one can never find as these people have disappeared… Just turn to the almighty for solace and help.

  2. saipradeep said

    Sorry for the delayed response Nanda…

    Very true, in this world of uncertainities, there is very little possibility that one can find a person with these qualities, let alone trying to exibit them. But for a better world for tomorrow, we are obligated to carry on this fire.

  3. Evelyn said

    Unconditional Love is one of the best gift of mankind as there is no string attachment. This is great.

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