You Reap What You Sow
--by Jay, posted Aug 6, 2009
The man slowly looked up. This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life. His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.
"Leave me alone," he growled... To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.
"Are you hungry?" she asked.
"No," he answered sarcastically. "I've just come from dining with the president.. Now go away."
The woman's smile became even broader.
Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm. "What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone.
Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" he asked..
"No problem here, officer," the woman answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"
The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years.. What do you want with him?"
"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."
"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!" Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up.
"Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything.."
"This is a good deal for you, Jack," the officer answered. "Don't blow it." Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived.
The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. "What's going on here, officer?" he asked."What is all this, is this man in trouble?"
"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered.
"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like that here is bad for business."
Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place"
The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled. "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy andAssociates, the banking firm down the street?"
"Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently. . "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."
"And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?"
"What business is that of yours?"
I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company." "Oh.."
The woman smiled again.. "I thought that might make a difference." She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a laugh.. "Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"
"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."
"Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?"
"Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."
The cafeteria manager turned on his heel. "I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer."
The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said.
"That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this."
She sat down at the table across from her amazed lunch guest. She stared at him intently.
"Jack, do you remember me?"
Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes.. "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar."
"I'm a little older perhaps," she said.. "Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry."
"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.
"I was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment.. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat."
Jack lit up with a smile. "Now I remember," he said. "I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy."
"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right."
"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.
"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.." She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr.. Lyons. He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office.." She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always open to you."
There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you?" he asked. "Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory ... He led me to you."
Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the
entrance before going their separate ways. "Thank you for all your
help, officer," she said.
"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And ... and thank you for the coffee."
- Posted by Jay
- Aug 6, 2009
AS YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REAP
You shall harvest what you plant, spiritual or natural. If you sow the seeds of corruption, you shall reap the fruits of corruption. If you sow the spirit of love for all, you shall reap life everlasting.
If you roll a stone, to hurt someone, it will turn and roll back on you all and so if you dig a pit for someone, you will fall in it yourself. God is the great paymaster. We are his workmanship. We are the clay and he is the Potter, so do something for the God who made you and he, will not forget the things that you do but you shall receive your pay, good or bad.
The theory of Karma is spoken about in many of the sacred texts of all the religions in the world and it is implied in the golden rule ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. The implication is as you treat others, so you will be treated. What is difficult to grasp about Karma is when it is actually playing a role in your life. The survivor of abuse, who may not have ever hurt anyone in his/her life, may wonder what she/he did to deserve such treatment. Perhaps in a previous life, the same soul was the perpetrator of abuse. Then, the doctrine of Karma would be in force. On the other hand, perhaps the soul ‘accepted’ the abuse because it possesses the strength to survive, learn and stop the cycle of abuse. Another more obvious application of Karma might be a young adult who finds him/herself bound to a wheel chair from a hit by a driver. Why did it happen? Perhaps in previous life, this soul was a corrupt judge who imprisoned those who would not bow to his corrupt ways. This unjust imprisonment of others has resulted in the seemingly unjust imprisonment of their body in their current incarnation. Not every tragedy we live through is the result of some terrible wrongs we did in our past life. A child who dies of an illness at an early age, e.g., might simply have chosen to experience the birth and young adult stages of life before deciding what he wanted to do with his life as an adult in his next incarnation.
Karma is inescapable. Your actions do return to you. It may not be in this lifetime, but it certainly will return in some way. How you deal with the return of this Karmic energy determines whether or not you bring your soul further into balance or create more Karmic energy that must be dealt with at a later stage. If you seek to learn from the seeming injustices in your life, chances are that you will be balancing your Karmic books rather than increasing your Karmic debt.
It is helpful to look at Karma as a sort of credit card. Each time we do something in our lives motivated by love, we are paying off some of the Karmic debt we have built up over our many lifetimes. Each time we act in selfish interest, we are charging something else to our credit card. The goal is not to have a credit due to us because in doing so it would mean that someone, somewhere still owed some debt. The goal is to get our balance to zero. When we are able to pay off our Karmic credit and make no more charges on it, then we will have reached our goal and there will be no need to return to this physical world and we will once again be reunited with the Divine.
Karma is often thought about as being some debt we are repaying from a past life. But, Karma can be ‘paid’ in the same lifetime in which it is created. We can read in many sacred texts that what you sow is what you reap, what you give comes back to you three times over and as you do so it shall be done to you. All of these sayings speak of Karma. Even Jesus spoke of Karma when he said we should do unto others as we would have it done unto us since that is exactly what will happen.
“As you sow, so shall you reap” has-relevance in today’s competitive market place as well as in the timeless arena of human relationships. At every juncture, in all times, this theory of Karma is well respected and well observed. Someone has very aptly said, “Do good, find good”.
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