Gurfatehji A few days ago, I noticed a turbaned Sikh outside my shop, so I had a little chat, he spoke no english, I speak a little Punjabi, we nodded and chatted, and off he went. Yesterday, he came into the shop, I beamed, sat him down, and we chatted about Indian politics, ritual, the state of Sikhism, the DG, although he was not quite sure what the DG was, but we had a great old conversation. He then smiled and asked if he could have a laptop for free. I do not think the fellow was hugely well off, and although I was a bit taken aback by the request, I thought, ok, why not, I have a stash of old laptops in the back that I am only to happy to give away for free sometimes, so I agreed. I brought it out, showed him, explained that being a P3 900Mhz, it would have XP on, but it would be a bit slow on the internet. He seemed very happy, and wanted to take it away there and then, I explained I would have to put XP on, and to come back tomorrow, he offered to wait, I explained I was busy, but again, to come back tomorrow, and then he left. Telling the story to a family member later, I was warned that I had acted naively, and that I would probably expect many many more requests once word had got round. I was told that my attitude was wrong, and would only get me into trouble. Now I really could not see the big deal, I give laptops away all the time, especially older ones, you cannot sell them, so they may as well be put to use rather than in the bin, ok it takes a few hours to load up, but there are 5 or 6 pc's/laptops whirring away here at any one time, another really is not going to make any difference. The same family member often chastises me for not listening to Shabad/doing Path/Naam Japping. I will be honest, I get more satisfaction out of one relevant line from a Metallica song, than I do sometimes from listening to a Shabad, this is not because I do not respect Shabad, but because reading Bani, which I do often, takes time, you have to read a line, understand it, read it again, look at it from every angle, embrace it, and then live it, the only thing that happens when you listen to Shabad is that it is a pleasant tune, and it sounds nice, but I digress. Now my points. We seem to live in a world where it people listen to Shabad, eyes closed, heads swaying, eyes moist, who then proceed to live their day completely devoid of any need to act as the Shabad suggests, and this is accepted as OK. To go one step further, people will then advise against good actions/intentions because of setting a precedent and inviting more requests for help. I was bothered by these events yesterday, many assumed I was bothered because someone I thought wanted only a chat, actually wanted more, but I could not care less about that. I am bothered by the sheer lack of weight given to Bani. I do not like living in fear, I do not like being scared, a while ago I realised that if I lived in Hukam as best I could, my fears vanished, sure, bad things happened, but other than doing my best for Hukam, there is nothing else I could have done, so at that point, acceptance is the key. I would be most interested to hear others reaction to this request, for the record, the laptop is sitting behind me loading up.