I left home for Gurdwara at 8 PM. It was Friday and sewa was about to start. I had already got late and was in hurry. As I was about to get inside my car I saw Arjun, sitting with a dull face at the steps just outside his house. He is 13 years old.
“Hey Arjun, what happened. Aise chehra utaar ke kyon baithe ho?”
He said nothing. As I started walking towards him, I saw the Rs. 500 note in his hand. I reached upto him. He didn’t move an inch. I took the note from his hand.
“Arre ye to nakli hai. Tumhe kaha se mila ye?”
He started crying. “Nana ji de gaye the. Bole apni manpasand cheez khareed lena. Mai lene gaya to dukaan wala bola ye to nakli hai. Ye to kisi kaam ka hi nahi”
I smiled a bit. I have heard these words about myself by my family too often: “Tum kisi ke kaam ke nahi ho.”
“Chalo aao…tumhe Gurudware le chalta hu. Shayad tumhe achha lage.”
He reluctantly sat in my car and in 15 minutes we reached the Gurudwara. Sewa had just begun. Sangat was standing in a queue. The water was to be taken from the Sarowar in buckets for washing the Gurudwara. As we were looking for buckets, Arjun threw one away that was having a hole in it. He exclaimed:
“What this bucket is worth for? Its having hole and cannot carry water.”
As the sewa was going on one person came and took the same bucket. He filled it with water from sarovar and started taking it to the place where water was required for cleaning. Although water started leaking from the hole there was still some water left in it till the time that person reached. I said:
“Dekh Arjun. Nobody is worthless here. Even that broken bucket has a value when put in service of almighty. It is not only washing that place. It is washing the entire area. Apne ko Guru ke hawale kar do.. ye wo jagah hai jaha wo cheeze bhi kaam mei aa jati jo duniya ke liye bekaar hoti…jaise wo balti aur main.”
Arjun smiled back. He was much relieved now. When the sewa was over, Arjun went towards the Golak and slipped the fake Rs. 500 note in it. Not sure how, but he surely believed in the service of almighty this note will also get its worth.
Sarabjeet loves driving, diving and dreaming. He can make most terrible jokes sound funny….and vice versa! Tallest among us in height, spirit and enthusiasm, he assures there is not single dull moment when we are around him. A child at heart, a seeker at soul and a believer at attaining goals, he can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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