were the days when the supply of electric power for lighting streets
was available only to a few big cities in India. In one of the
big towns every street had three or four oil lamps each with a
glass chimney set on a pole. The municipal authorities employed
some labourers to light the lamps at about 6:00 p.m. in the evening.
The expenses incurred towards oil, wick and chimney were met by
There was one lamplighter who did his job cheerfully and scrupulously.
He had great faith in God and always recited the name of his dear
God, Rama. He was very punctual and systematic in his work. He
used to come to his ward exactly at 5:00 p.m., clean the chimneys,
pour oil into the container, set the wick right and light the
lamp. While doing all these he would be singing, “Janaki
Jeevana Ram, Karoonga Tumhara Kam,” meaning thereby, “Oh
Lord of Janaki, I am doing only your work. I am only serving you.”
Reports reached the municipal authorities that the lamps lit by
this devotee shone brighter all through the night while the lamps
lit by others in the town were dim and many of them burnt only
for a part of the night. The matter was taken for investigation.
The reporting officer submitted to the authorities the fact that
all the lamplighters in the town were given the same oil and other
material and were also paid the same remuneration. As for the
street where the lamps shone brightly all through the night unlike
those in other streets, it was a unique case where the lamplighter
was known to be a very pious man doing his duty as service to
Any work done sincerely as service to God is bound to reflect
His love and glory.