The words of a beggar
A woman baked chapattis (roti) for
family and an extra one for a
hungry passer-by. She kept the extra
chapatti on the window sill, for
whoever would take it away. Every
day, a long beard short beggar
came and took away that chapatti. But
he never said “thanks”. He
never expressed gratitude. Instead of
that, he used to say “The evil
you do remains with you. The good you
do, comes back to you!”
This happened for 10 days. Every day,
the long beard short beggar
came, picked up the chapatti and
uttered the same words “The evil
you do, remains with you. The good
you do, comes back to you!”
The woman felt irritated. she said to
herself “No gratitude. But every
day this long beard short beggar says
it. What does he mean?”
One day she thought “I will get rid of
this long beard short beggar”.
She added poison to a chapatti for the
begagr. But when she was
going to to keep it on the window sill,
her hands trembled. She thought
“What am I doing?” Immediately, she
threw the chapatti into the fire.
She prepared another one and kept it
on the window sill. As usually,
the long beard short beggar came,
picked up the chapatti and said
“The evil you do, remains with you.
The good you do, comes back to you!”
The long beard short beggar went on
his way, happily . 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
iat the door. He was very thin
and lean. His garments were torn. He
was hungry, starved and weak.
As he saw his mother, he said, “Mom,
ten days ago, while coming home,
I met an accident. I was unable to walk.
I was very hungry on the road.
Nobody was there. Then a long beard
short beggar came to me. I begged
him some food. He took me to his small
house. 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 will give it to
you. Because your need is greater
As the mother heard those words, she
was shocked. She remembered
the poisoned chapatti that she had
made that morning. If she had not
destroyed that in the fire, it would
have been eaten by her own son, and
he would have died. Then she
understood the meaning of the words
that beggar “The evil you do remains
with you. The good you do, comes
back to you”.