This story is about two kids from the Ashramshala. One afternoon in January 2013 Rahul and Janak found two cell phones while playing in the ashram campus. Both these kids are from a financially week background with their parents working as sweepers. Rahul lives in Vejulpur in a one-room house with the rest of his four-member family. Janak lives in Shahpur in a joint family of fourteen members.
The everyday struggle faced by the parents and children is unimaginable. Any other person from such a background could have easily kept the cell phones or even sold them and earned some cash. However, both Janak and Rahul came straight to the Gurumata (Ashram warden) and informed her about the phones.
The owner of the phone was calling her phone, so the kids told the owner where they were and asked her to come and collect her cell phones.
The owner was so touched by the deeds of the kids that she offered them money as a gift of appreciation.
They were reluctant to take money as they were always taught in the Ashramshala never to take others people’s possessions and that returning a lost item was their duty. The owner was awestruck and happy that the kids refused to take the money. She sat with them and talked for an hour and tried harder to get them to take the money as a small token for their deeds. However, both children refused the gift.
Both these kids study at the ashram shala. The curriculum of the ashram shala instilled values of honesty and truthfulness in them. Because of the value based education system all the kids of the ashram shala are responsible and sincere. They are also true to themselves, their parents and to society. We commend Rahul and Janak on learning these values and staying true to them when tested by life situations.