The Cobbler Who Also Mends Souls
Posted by Mihir Kaji on Mar 7, 2016
I felt called to go and meet him today. He smiled at me and said his name is Dayaram, and asked me if i would like to have tea?! Pleasantly surprised, i say sure, lets have some tea :) Here is a man who would be struggling to make Rs. 100 a day, out of which he would be spending 12-15 on the stuff he brings for the dog and the birds, and the two cups of tea would cost him Rs. 14. His being is rich, he smiles radiantly, and his calm, effortless, abundant state of being is infectious. I tell him that i have been observing him and what he does, and that i am humbled and fascinated by it. We get talking, and i refer to the dog, and he says "oh he's just one of us - God's own creation". Talk about non-duality! He goes on to say that "I am not serving...it is He who is making it happen via this person. It would be egoistic to say that 'I' am doing it!" I fold my hands and bow to him, and request him to accept some money, saying it is not I who is giving him that money, it is He who is sending it to him via myself :-) We laugh and he graces me by accepting it.
As i am about to leave, he says: "Maango Ussi se, Banto khushi se, Kaho na kissi se" (Ask from Him, but then don't just accumulate it - give with happiness and gratitude, and do it silently!)
The cobbler who apparently mends shoes, mended my soul today. Overwhelmed by this encounter...