A woman baked chapatti (roti) for members of her family and an extra one for a hungry passerby. She kept the extra chapatti on the window sill, for whosoever would take it away. Every day, a hunchback came and took away the chapatti. Instead of expressing gratitude, he muttered the following words as he went his way: "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" This went on, day after day. Every day, the hunchback came, picked up the chapatti and uttered the words: "The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" The woman felt irritated. "Not a word of gratitude," she said to herself... 

"Everyday this hunchback utters this jingle! What does he mean?" One day, exasperated, she decided to do away with him. "I shall get rid of this hunchback," she said. And what did she do? She added poison to the chapatti she prepared for him! As she was about to keep it on the window sill, her hands trembled. "What is this I am doing?" she said. Immediately, she threw the chapatti into the fire, prepared another one and kept it on the window sill. As usual, the hunchback came, picked up the chapatti and muttered the words: "The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" The hunchback proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware of the war raging in the mind of the woman. 

Every day, as the woman placed the chapatti on the window sill, she offered a prayer for her son who had gone to a distant place to seek his fortune. For many months, she had no news of him.. She prayed for his safe return. That evening, there was a knock on the door. As she opened it, she was surprised to find her son standing in the doorway. He had grown thin and lean. His garments were tattered and torn. He was hungry, starved and weak. As he saw his mother, he said, "Mom, it's a miracle I'm here. While I was but a mile away, I was so famished that I collapsed. I would have died, but just then an old hunchback passed by. I begged of him for a morsel of food, and he was kind enough to give me a whole chapatti. As he gave it to me, he said, "This is what I eat everyday: today, I shall give it to you, for your need is greater than mine!" " As the mother heard those words, her face turned pale. 

She leaned against the door for support. She remembered the poisoned chapatti that she had made that morning. Had she not burnt it in the fire, it would have been eaten by her own son, and he would have lost his life! It was then that she realized the significance of the words:
"The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" 
Do good and Don't ever stop doing good, even if it is not appreciated at that time. 

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  1. thanks for such a wondrful message and richly bless you

  2. True...dear friend,
    Will you kindly impart this essence to your friends and kins,tell them to desist from committing crime against all beings be it human or animals.
    What ever teaches to commit crime for what ever reason should be defied and defeated.
    The cries to behead all those who do not follow a set of rules or a way of life espoused by some one should be challenged and defeated because it leads to sin.
    CHANGE.... See only the all divine in all beings and be blissful.
    This story is the old ad-age of "You reap only what you sow"
    Is it not so true,you only get what you give by way of thought,words and deeds etc.
    If you show violence you will be met with violence,if with hate you will be met with hate,if with love you will be met with love,so is it not better to be compassionate and loving devoid of hate.
    Above all these different state of being one should aspire to rise above,where all these differences just vanishes and you are free of this duality.Where you become you and nothing more.
    If only one can make an effort to become that which is sustaing one,the pure energy and nothing more,one will see the world from a different perspective.
    All violence,agitation,misled by misconceived ideas and the like will just vanish and will be free from the clutches of this mundane life.

    Thanks brother for rekindling the good in me.


  3. Thanks Junaid for this excellent story !

  4. Great story of chapathi this needs to be shared with many people

    Nirmala prasad

  5. Atiqullah MohammedApril 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Good lesson,thanks,
    Sent from Huawei Mobile

  6. 'Life is merely a projection of your feelings. See something good in every unpleasant situation you encounter as it may be a reminder for you to readjust your way of thinking and uplift your life. The world is a musical orchestra where all sort of people, kind, cruel, jealous, sadist, saintly, robbers, or agnostics play their emotional instruments to compose different tunes that add flavour to life or otherwise life becomes monotonous and boring. Adjusting feelings to a balanced state of mind and enjoying the wonders of the Creator, is what we should endeavour rather than succumbing to uncalled negativity. Always remember that you are not alone having problems. 90% of the world is facing problems may it be physical, financial, social, or psychological. ' Regards. HS

  7. Absolutely right Harbant. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    Adjusting our feelings requires us to be adaptable to almost all kind of circumstances, situations and observations. People who are flexible are the happy people.