Today's Beautiful Gem: A passage from
"Fruit Gathering" by Rabindranath Tagore
"`Who among you will take up the duty of feeding the hungry?'
Lord Buddha asked his followers when famine raged at Shravasti.
Ratnakar, the banker, hung his head and said, `Much more is
needed than all my wealth to feed the hungry.'
Jayasen, the chief of the King's army, said, `I would gladly
give my life's blood, but there is not enough food in my house.'
Dharmapal, who owned broad acres of land, said with a sigh, `The
drought demon has sucked my fields dry. I know not how to pay
Then rose Supriya, the mendicant's daughter. She bowed to all
and meekly said, `I will feed the hungry.'
`How!' they cried in surprise. `How can you fulfil that vow?'
`I am the poorest of you all,' said Supriya, `that is my strength.
I have my coffer and my store at each of your houses.'"
Om Santih! Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao