There is a cobbler who sits across the street in front of an office building. Every day, Krishna sees that there is a stray dog that comes and sits with him as soon as he arrives at the place and he feeds him biscuits and milk. The cobbler goes about his work while the dog sits there and gives him company. Krishna felt as if there is a connection between them and that unknown to everyone; they are having a conversation without a word being said.
There is also food that he brings for the birds too, which he keeps at different places on the street pavement where he sits for his work. Many people stop by and ask him for directions and he always guides them with a smile, even if he does not get any business with them.
If he sees a homeless person going by, he offers them water and food that he has brought for himself and engages in conversations with them. One can see and feel the peace the conversations bring to them. Krishna felt called to go and meet him. He smiled at Krishna and asked him if he would like to have tea? Pleasantly surprised, he said, “Sure, let’s have some tea” and they both had a lovely time.
Afterwards, Krishna seeing the strange attitude of the cobbler said to himself, “Here is a man who would be struggling to barely make Rs.100 a day, out of which he would spending around Rs.12 to Rs.15 on the food that he brings for the dog and the birds, and the two cups of tea would cost him another Rs.14/-. He hardly must be taking anything home. His heart is so rich, he smiles radiantly and his calm, effortless, abundant state of being is so infectious that he makes so many people smile and laugh.”
Krishna then tells the cobbler “that he is observing him almost everyday and his little acts of kindness makes him humbled and fascinated” The cobbler very politely in a humble voice says to Krishna “Oh! the dog and the birds are just one of us. They too are God’s Own Creation.” Then he further says, “I am not serving, it is He who is making it happen via this person. It would be egoistic to say that I am doing it.”
Krishna folded his hands and bowed to him and requested him to accept some money saying, “It is not I who is giving you this money, it is He who is sending it to you via myself. Kindly accept it.” We both laugh and he graces Krishna by accepting it. As Krishna was leaving the cobbler said, “Ask from Him, but then do not just accumulate it, give it away to others with happiness and gratitude, and do it silently.
Krishna was humbled and had no words to say. The cobbler, who apparently mends shoes, mended his Soul too. Let’s be Kind to anyone we meet in our lives.