*A woman baked bread for members of her family and an extra one for a
She kept the extra bread on the Window-sill, for whosoever would take it
Every day, a hunch-back came and took away the bread. Instead of expressing
he muttered the following words as he went his way:
"The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!"
This went on, day after day. Every day, the hunch-back came, picked up the
bread and uttered the words: "The evil you do, remains with you: The good
you do, comes back to you!"
The woman felt irritated. "Not a word of gratitude," she said to herself...
"Everyday this hunch-back utters this jingle! What does he mean?
"One day, out of desperation, she decided to do away with him. "I shall get
rid of this hunch-back," she said. And what did she do? She added poison to
the bread she prepared for him! As she was about to place it on the window
sill, her hands trembled. "What is this I am doing?" she said.
Immediately she threw the bread into the fire, prepared another one and
kept it on the window-sill.
As usual, the hunch-back came, picked up the bread and muttered the words:
"The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!"
The hunch-back proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware of the war raging
in the mind of the woman. Everyday, as the woman placed the bread on the
window-sill, she offered a prayer for her son who had gone to a distant
place to seek his fortune. For many months, she had no news of him.. She
prayed for his safe return.
That evening, there was a knock on the door. As she opened it, she was
surprised to find her son standing in the doorway.. He had grown thin and
lean. His garments were tattered and torn. He was hungry, starved and weak.
As he saw his mother, he said, "Mom, it's a miracle I'm here. While I was
but a mile away, I was so hungry that I collapsed. I would have died, but
just then an old hunch-back passed by. I begged of him for a small part of
his food, and he was kind enough to give me a whole bread. "As he gave it
to me, he said, "This is what I eat everyday: today, I shall give it to
you, for your need is greater than mine!"
"As the mother heard those words, her face turned pale and red. She leaned
against the door for support. She remembered the poisoned bread that she
had made that morning. Had she not burnt it in the fire, it would have been
eaten by her own son, and he would have lost his life!
It was then that she realized the significance of the words: "*The evil you
do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!*"