Once in a village, a rich man built a grand temple at center of village. When temple was ready, many visitors started reaching the temple to worship. Seeing the grandeur of temple, people would praise it for beauty.
With time, temple became popular. People from far and wide started reaching temple to worship and would admire its beauty. Seeing increasing number of devotees, rich man made arrangements for food and lodging for the devotees in temple itself.
Now, rich man needed a person who would look after all the arrangement in temple, so he put up a notice outside temple – Need an administrator.
Seeing notice, many people started coming to that rich man. People knew that if they get job as admin of this temple then the salary will also be good.
But rich man returned every applicant after interview and would say, “I need a qualified person for this work, who can manage temple properly.”
Many people would call him fool or mad but he didn’t pay heed to anyone’s comment and kept on looking for a man to manage temple.
Rich man would sit on roof of his house every morning, watching visitors coming to temple. One day he saw that a very poor man came to temple. That man was wearing torn and dirty clothes.
When that poor man came out of temple, rich man called him and said, “Will you take care of arrangements for this temple.”
Poor man was very surprised to hear rich man and with folded hands he replied, “I am very poor man and i am not even educated. How can i manage such big temple..”
Rich man smiled and said, “I don’t want any learned man to manage this temple. I want to entrust the management of this temple to a qualified person.”
Poor man was confused at rich man’s words and asked, “But why do you consider me worthy person among all devotees?”
Rich man said, “I know you are a worthy person. I know you are a worthy person. On the way to the temple, I had buried a piece of brick for many days. One corner of which had come out from above.
I was seeing for many days that many people used to stumble from that piece of brick and many people even fell after stumbling from that piece of brick but no one thought to remove that piece of brick from there.
You did not stumble from that piece of brick but still you saw it and thought of removing it from there. I saw that you took a shovel from the laborer and dug that piece and leveled the land there.”
Listening to this, poor man said, “I have not done any great work. It is duty of every human being to think about others and remove the obstacles that come in the way. I only did what was my duty.”
Rich man smiled and said, “Only people who know their duty and perform them are qualified people.”
Saying this rich man handed over the responsibility of managing temple to that poor man.
Even if No one is Watching us, we should not Forget our Duty.
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