Can you change the nature of a person?The old Swami was observing. The young boy in a tattered shirt was trying to flee, but he was surrounded by many men. A man slapped him. The boy fell down. Two or three men came forward and started kicking the boy. Swamiji intervened.
Swami: Beta, why are your beating him?
A man: Pranam, Swami-ji. The boy was employed by the tea-shop owner. But see, what has he done? He has broken the cash box of the shop and was trying to flee. Fortunately we caught him.
Swami: Hmmm… Let me talk to the boy.
Swami (to the boy): Beta, don't worry. Is it correct?
The boy didn't reply.
Swami: Beta, I am asking something.
The boy answered in positive. On further prodding, the boy told that although the tea-shop owner fed him, he stole money to purchase clothes for himself.
Swami stared at him for some time and then announced: Come with me. You can stay at the Ashram. By the grace of Almighty, we (the Sadhus of the Ashram) will look after your needs.
Another man: Swami-ji, we know the father of this boy. He was a petty thief. His mother was also infamous in the locality. Both of them have died. The boy carries their genes.
Swami-ji looked at him sharply. The man became silent. Swami-ji took the boy with him.
(Several years later……)
The Ashram is full of people. Not only the local people, the sacred Ashram is full of policemen. Inside the Ashram in a small room, the old Swami is lying senseless. The vault kept in the room is open; it is totally empty.
Another Sadhu gives the statement to the police: The old Swami had brought the young boy from the road. The boy was orphan. Swamiji took personal interest in him, taught him personally and eventually the boy became a Graduate. He didn't leave the Ashram and started working here as an Accountant. The old Swami trusted the young man. Yesterday we received a very big donation and it was kept in the vault. At night, the man entered the room, hit the old Sadhu with a stick and took away the entire amount from the vault.
The man, who had opposed the old Swamiji years ago when he took the boy to the Ashram, is also present. He nods sadly and says to himself: Can the gene go wrong? Can you change the nature of a born criminal?
(Competition entry for TOW contest for the week 28th May - 3rd June'17- Nature)