Once upon a time an orphan boy lived with his grandmother in the village. The boy wanted to study so he requested his grandmother to send him to school. The only hurdle for going to school was the 5 km thick forest that he had to cross every day. The little boy was afraid to go to school as crossing the dense forest, full of wild animals, was a tough task for him.
His grandmother suggested him an easy solution. She told him that for good boys like him Gopal is a great friend and as soon as he reached the forest area he should call out for Gopal. Gopal will be with him throughout the forest journey and make him cross the forest. The boy obeyed his grandmother’s order and followed it wisely.
Every day he cried out ‘Gopal Aao’ (Come Gopal) when he reached the forest area, both back and forth. The moment he called for Gopal, an 11 year old boy appeared wearing a peacock hat, to hold his hand and made him travel across the forest safely. This continued for many days and the little boy felt secured and guarded.
When his grandmother asked him about his journey across the forest, he smiled and said, “I follow your advice daily and Gopal drops me safely”. According to him Gopal accompanied him to school and then back to his home. His grandmother thought he just imagines someone walking along with him and there is no one in reality but she was happy for his courage.
After few days a wicked shopkeeper in the village asked the little boy, “Aren’t you afraid to travel across the jungle alone?” The boy again answered in his innocence that he does not travel alone. As soon as he enters forest Gopal joins him till end of the forest, both ways. The shopkeeper didn’t believe him and thought it to be an imaginary tale. To verify the truth of his story, the shopkeeper asked the boy that can he show him Gopal. The boy replied, “You can hide behind the trees and see Gopal accompany me”.
One morning the shopkeeper went along with the boy to verify his tale. As soon as the boy said, “Gopal Aao”, Gopal came and holded his hand. But when Gopal turned around to see the shopkeeper, he fell unconscious. Gopal told the little boy to keep his presence as a secret and he will always be by his side.
This tale clearly portrays that God is always with his children and he is standing by our side in every thick and thin. Just like an innocent child we have to seek for his help and He will be there to support us.