Expansion is Life

ManSwami Vivekanandaju was studying in class VIII or so when she started coming to our ashram. Her village Dungri is not far from Ranchi Sanatorium. Along with the other girls and boys of her village, Manju would also participate in different functions. She had great admiration for Swami Vivekananda. As she grew up her admiration for Swamiji turned into devotion.

It was during one of those days of the severest spell of winter that I went to her village to explore certain welfare activity. On the way while we were walking through the muddy road I saw little Manju standing outside her home. She was visibly pleased. She requested me to come into her house to which I agreed to fulfil her desire on my return trip. When I went to her house I was as usual flocked with elder people of the village. With great happiness writ large on her face, Manju took me first to a room where on a shelf near the window, the photos of Holy Trio were kept. Flowers had been offered. holytrioweb-2.jpgWhen I made my pranams, it occurred to me that I should humbly place before the photos some pranami. In my pocket I had three notes of hundred rupees. After offering the cash there, I returned after taking the tasty milk-free liquor tea.

A week after, Manju came to my office. I asked her just out of curiosity, whether she had kept the three hundred rupee notes safely. She paused for some moments and appeared to be hesitant in replying to my query. I repeated my query. “Ok Manju, so you are not going to tell me.”

Manju replied still hesitantly, “No Maharaj, I do not know how to explain to you.”

“What does that mean? I saw window open next to the shelf. Did the wind carry the money away?”

“No Maharaj, I have spent the money.”

“Oh! it as nice. You see, Manju, money comes for spending only, nothing to feel embarrassed about. Ok, now tell me, what did you spend it for?”

manju.jpgManju was again keeping silent. It is anybody’s guess that what a 14 year old girl would spend the money for. How many things are there that she could purchase bangles, cosmetics and what not.

“Did you spend it on your dress or any such thing?”

“No Maharaj, I did not spend on anything for myself.”

“Then Manju tell me the truth. I am eager to know it.”

What she told me at that juncture simply stunned me. Imagine a little girl like Manju not spending the money on herself but going out of the way in doing something else.

 “Maharaj, you know my neighbour, how poor they are! I saw the three little kids shivering from cold. I could not bear to see their suffering. So I went to the Tupudana Bazaar and purchased three sweaters of hundred rupees each. When I gave the sweaters to them, you know how happy they were!”

Did not Swami Viekananda say, “They alone live who live for others?” I was amazed at Manju’s expansive heart, the centre of which transcended her small body-mind complex and embraced the socalled unrelated ‘others’.

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  1. Pranams Maharaj

    Manju is a perfect example of “Compassion in Action” by displaying her benevolence and kindness to the little children. By doing good to others we do good to ourselves!! It is so touching to note that how the three hundred rupees was used at the right place, at the right time and to the right persons. She brought warmth and cheer to the little children… So wonderful!!!!

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  2. Revered Swamiji
    Om Namo Narayanaya

    This world is so full of greed and materialistic gain – it is good to know that people like Manju still exist in and amongst us. Such positive behaviour needs to be encouraged in our current society. A perfect example of “right activity”. May she be blessed with divine guidance.

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  3. Revered Swamiji, Om Namo Narayanaya! Pranams at your Lotus feet.

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring message. When we live for others, others live for us. When we live for ourself, nobody is interested in us.

    Love,sunny.

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  4. Respected Maharaj,
    This is indeed such a heart-touching incident which you have recounted here.
    The earth is a place worthy of living because there are still such ‘Manju’s.
    May the number of such ‘Manju’s go on increasing exponentially.
    Ananya Jana
    Guwahati, Assam, India

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    1. ||Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
      Dear Ananya
      Thank you for the sincerity in your tone of appreciation!
      Yes, our country was famous for self-denying persons who were noble-minded.
      Today we do need such individuals who live their lives for “others”.
      May the blessings of Holy Trio be ever there on you is my prayer!
      Swami Vimokshananda

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