Nirav Learns about Compassion
Ram: I want to skate on my roller skates so much, but I can’t even stand up for ten minutes without falling down.
Nirav: Hey, hot wheels is on his way here. Here he comes now. Ha! Ha!
Ram: Nirav, please don’t make fun of me. I am trying very hard to learn how to use my skates. You don’t know how bad my back hurts.
Nirav: It would help if you could go fast enough to make the wheels turn. You look like you are going to the doctor, or the dentist, or some other place that you don’t want to go. Hurry up!
Ram: I am moving as fast as I can.
Nirav: You are as slow as a little turtle.
(Nirav shoves Ram, and Ram falls)
Ram: Ouch! My arm is killing me! It really hurts!
Nirav: You are the funniest person I know. You can do a good job as a clown! You are funny, funny.
Ram: I can’t move my arm! Please, please Nirav, help me get up.
Nirav: So, hot wheels, you might never get up. I have to go now. So, see you whenever you make it. Ha! Ha!
(Several days later, Nirav is skating on the sidewalk and hits a big crack and falls down)
Nirav: Oh, no! I am going to die! I am bleeding really bad. Somebody, help me, please.
(Ram is passing by)
Ram: Sure! I will help you. You have skinned your knee, that’s all.
Nirav: I’m so sorry that I was so rotten to you. You really are a nice person.
Ram: Remember, we learned in Pathshala how compassionate Lord
Mahavira was. I try to follow him. He cared for everyone. Hurry, let’s go home to your mom.
Nirav: I guess you don’t have to be a great skater to be a great friend. I am really glad we are friends! You taught me a lesson. Even though I did not help you, you showed compassion for me. I will also try to be compassionate towards everyone.