“We shall be judged by our deeds and actions”
December 18, 20196 Minutes

We’re always taught to treat people the way we want to be treated. But how many times do we really follow it? We are so busy in our lives, stuck in our own personal problems, competing against others, that we often forget to be kind to others.. 

Guru Nanak believed that kindness and goodness reciprocate in the same manner. We shall harvest what we plant.

He said,

“We shall be judged by our deeds and actions”

Once there were two friends who heard of Guru Nanak and decided to attend his sermons. They would together visit him each day. While one of them became a devout believer, the other skipped the lectures and instead went to spend time with a woman. This went on for days. One evening while they were on their way, the devout stepped on a thorn and hurt himself. He started to bleed and cried in agony. The other, however, found a gold coin. He rejoiced looking at the coin and used it to celebrate with his lady friend. The man who got hurt went to Guru Nanak and complained that even though he was virtuous he received pain while his friend, who was indulging in immoral activities received a gold coin.

Why did this happen?

Guru Nanak explained that his friend was set to receive a jar full of them and he was destined to die by getting impaled on a stake. However, due to his friend’s wrongdoings, his share got reduced to just one coin. On the other hand, due to his good deeds, his share also got reduced to just a cut from a thorn.

The same applies to us every day. Sometimes we are unaware of the words we utter and the actions we take. And when we receive the fruits of our deeds, we wonder why it wasn’t as per our expectations or why it exceeded. Take, for example, a recent piece of news where a woman unknowingly dropped her engagement ring in a homeless man’s cup. The man, however, didn’t sell it. Instead, he kept it with himself and when, the next day, the woman arrived he returned it to her. Seeing the condition of the homeless man, the woman set up a crowdfunding page and successfully raised way more than what she had aimed for.

The result?

The homeless man was able to make a down payment on a house, buy a car, and was reunited with his family after 16 years! His deed was good and his rewards were beyond his expectations!

People reciprocate the gratitude they have received in different ways. Once we retain faith in kindness, we often come across the natural instinct of passing it on to more people. Instead of returning a favor to the original benefactor, we pass it to a third party (unknowingly or knowingly). 

A concept popularly known as ‘Pay It Forward’. This concept is widely used for microfinancing, where a provision is made for customers with financial troubles mainly due to poverty. One such popular institution that follows this concept is – ‘Akhuwat’ in Pakistan, the World’s largest Islamic Microfinance Organization that envisions to create a financially stable society built on the principle of compassion and equity. In order to reduce poverty, they are not only focusing on the financial resources, but also helping people with health and education to make them self-reliant.

Kindness is a universal language. What we give to the universe is what we receive at the end. Let’s go by Guru Nanak’s words and do good today, to receive good tomorrow.