"Fenil is a fatso, Fenil fatso, fatso!!"
All the classmates of Fenil were very cruel to him. They used to
mimic, tease and taunt him about his weight but Fenil never
responded to anyone.
One Friday, Fenil was playing football during the sports class.
The game was intense and just a few minutes left in the game but
there was a tie in the score. When Fenil was near the net, a team
member rolled the ball over to him. Fenil tried his best to score
the goal but missed somehow. The game was over and Fenil's team
Arjun frowned at Fenil saying, "How could you be so
irresponsible, Fenil?"Irresponsible! Fenil's eyes were full of
tears. A week ago, his teacher had told him that he was
irresponsible for being late to class. Just a few days ago, his
mother had used the word 'irresponsible' when she scolded him for
not hanging out his clothes.
That awful word 'irresponsible' kept repeating through Fenil's
Fenil sat near Arjun for art class. Someone pushed Fenil and he
fell on Arjun who hit his foot quite badly against the desk. The
boy who pushed Fenil onto Arjun blamed Fenil for everything. When
the whole class was watching, Arjun was stimulated either to pick a
fight with Fenil or to ignore it.
Arjun shouted, "C'mon Fenil, lets fight!" Fenil responded, "I
didn't fell down myself" but his other classmates pushed him into
the fight. Arjun punched on Fenil's face and he fell down on the
ground. The whole class laughed a lot on Fenil. Just then, the
teacher walked into the classroom and saw Arjun and Fenil fighting
"I want both of you to go out on the ground and run one mile
holding each other's hands", said the teacher announcing the
punishment. Both Fenil and Arjun were embarrassed but they had no
choice. They went on the ground to run one mile as the way teacher
At some point during the course of their run, Fenil said, "I'm
sorry Arjun for losing the game today because of my mistake." The
bruise from the punch was still fresh on Fenil's face and his heavy
weight was making him slow in running. At that point, Arjun
realized his mistake. He was the one who blamed Fenil for losing
the game and started the fight. He was the one who hurt Fenil. Yet
Fenil never hurt him back either by words or action. Arjun looked
at Fenil and it struck him that Fenil was a kind of human being who
had inner values and worth far beyond any external looks.
Arjun said with tears in his eyes, "Don't be sorry Fenil, it was
my mistake and I apologize. It was a team play and no single person
is responsible for winning or losing. Besides we were playing for
fun, neither to win nor to lose. I am very sorry for blaming and
Arjun and Fenil became good friends from then onwards. It was an
amazing lesson for Arjun who learned during the punishment of
hand-in-hand running with Fenil just for one mile
Did you see friends, teasing hurts terribly, teasing means
hurting others by speech and Dadashri says that the power of speech
arises when one doesn't use even a single word to make fun of
MORAL: Fenil was teased by everyone but
he never snapped back at anyone even when he was wrongly blamed.
Friends, anyone will only tease you as long as it affects you. So,
become free of its effects and see the result. Here, Arjun realized
his mistake and apologized to Fenil. It binds karmas for next life.
If we tease someone, it hurts the other person and if we come to
know about it, we should do 'pratikraman' for hurting the God
within and ask for strength never to do it again.