Once a traveler suddenly fell sick and lay unconscious on the road. All the passersby looked at him, but no one came forward to help. Some thought he must be a drunkard, others were just indifferent to him.
At last one passerby, an ordinary person, took pity on him. He came near,felt his pulse and poured some water in his mouth and started tending to him. After sometime, the sick man got back to his senses. He was profusely thankful to the unknown person.
“I want to reward you suitably for your timely help. Please tell me what can I do for you?” said the traveler.
The person replied : “ Thank you very much for providing me an opportunity to serve you and thereby please God. I did not serve you for money or any reward. I did it as a matter of principle with no gains in mind.”
The man pleaded : “ But I will be very happy to give you some return. Why deprive me of that?”
The person said : “ Look at nature. The wonderful trees, the beautiful flowers and the green leaves, the blue sky, the endless ocean..all give so much solace and joy to us but take nothing I return. If you are still keen to pay me back, please offer similar service to anybody in need. I will be amply rewarded by that”
“ Atleast let me know your name, ” pleaded the traveler.
“The Good Samaritan in The Bible had no name.So it doesn’t matter who I am or what I’m called. I’m pleased to have had the chance to be of help and that’s good enough for
This precisely is the Karma Yoga taught in the Holy Bhagavad Gita. In fact, all our religions urge us to do our duties without any attachment to the reward or outcome or expectation of any return. If we do our duty towards humanity then our own future will invariably taken care of.