Arjuna despite his best efforts after having got the choicest of weapons was always agitated and felt bad when people spoke highly of his opponent Karna. The one quality people would talk days and days would be how charitable Karna was. People would swear they can’t stop talking about it.
This often irritated Arjuna so much that one day in the course of conversation asked his dear friend Krishna.
‘Tell me my Krishna, why do people talk of Karna as the best when it comes to charity?’
Krishna could see the fire of doubt raging in his cousin’s mind and decided that he should be shown the truth and so Krishna diverted the topic and told Arjuna to give away a small mountain of gold dust in charity. Arjuna was so happy, this was his chance that he could now equal Karna in his charity.
Arjuna called his staff and told him to announce that Arjuna the warrior would be doing charity and the people are welcome to receive it.
And after the drums man had done his rounds in the city, when he returned there was a serpentine queue in front of Arjuna’s palace and he also saw Arjuna was giving each of the citizens a handful of gold dust. It continued for the first day, then went on to the second day and the third…
Arjuna saw that the gold dust wasn’t going to get over at the rate he was doing charity.
Even after a week of giving it to everyone he knew, Arjuna called Krishna and told him see how much I have given in charity. There was almost 80 percent of the gold dust.
Then Krishna said ‘My dear Arjuna, the work is not over yet and for a change why don’t you come in a costume where people cannot identify you.’
‘Why do you want to do that? Krishna! ‘ asked Arjuna,
‘Just come over I shall show you something.’ and led form the front.
So both of them walked to the periphery of the town and they saw Karna was in some action.
Krishna asked Arjuna to stay back and watch what is happening.
Krishna then went to Karna and told him the same thing ‘Karna you have the chance to give a mountain of gold dust in charity.’
Karna hearing this said’ Oh Krishna, I am so delighted I have this opportunity to do it, so where is the mountain of gold?’
Krishna took him to the other side and showed him the small mountain of gold dust. Karna looked around and then called two laborers working in the field and asked them to come near him.
When they came near he pointed to the mountain of gold dust and told them, ‘Please share this between both of you.’ and walked off.
Arjuna was astonished beyond words and felt shameful, and for once he believed what he has been hearing: Karna was the best of the giver the world ever had.
Moral of the story its the way you look at things and the attitude that make the individual! You can make life simple or complex that’s left to you!
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