Once Sankaracharya was going to few houses taking bhiksha. He came across a hut and asked for bhiksha( food ). The lady inside the house was embarrassed as a saint had come to her house for food but she was extremely poor, that she did not have anything to offer him. She finally found an Amla fruit in her house. The poor lady was feeling embarassed to give this little fruit to Sankaracharya but with immense devotion, she offered the amla fruit to Lord Sankaracharya.
Sankaracharya realized the womens devotion irrespective of being poor. He immediately started singing twenty one slokas praising Goddess Mahalakshmi, praying her to bless the poor lady by driving her poverty away and grant her riches.
Mahalakshmi replied that the lady has not done any good deeds ( helping others in charity ) in her previous birth. so she doesn’t deserve riches and is destined to suffer in poverty this lifetime. Adi sankaraya accepted it but said though the poor lady did not do any good deeds in previous birth, in this birth, she has such a kind heart that irrespective of being poor, she gave this little amla fruit to him and this good deed alone is enough to bless her with all prosperity.
Listening to Sankaracharya’s beautiful stotra and his arguement that the poor lady must be blessed for her good deed in this birth ( offering of little amla fruit ), Mahalakshmi was moved.
As Sanakaracharya was singing the Kanakadhara stotram, Mahalakshmi showered Golden amla fruit like rain infront of the poor lady’s hut.
Adi Shankaracharya has sung this “Kanakadhara stotra” for welfare of everyone who is suffering because of their past karma!
The moral of the story is
ONLY A GURU can change your past, present and the future. HE alone can do it! It is synonomous to the power of Jupiter in your chart! And service and devotion to the Guru is the only way to strengthen the jupiter in your chart!