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His righteous ways

columns Updated: Aug 18, 2013 22:38 IST

There was a good-natured millionaire in town. Three beggars thought of approaching him for help.

The first went to the millionaire and said: “O Boss, I want five rupees. Please give me.” The millionaire was taken aback at this man’s impudence. “What! You demand five rupees from me as though I owe you the money! How dare you? Take these two rupees and go away,” he said.

The next beggar went to the millionaire and said: “Oh Boss, I have not taken a square meal for the last 10 days. Please help me.” “How much do you want?” asked the millionaire.”Whatever you give me,” replied the beggar.”Take this R10 note and have some nice food”, said the millionaire.

And then the third beggar came. “Oh Boss, I have heard about your noble qualities; I have only come to see you. Men of such charitable disposition are verily the manifestation of God.”

The millionaire was happy and served him food; and then asked what he could do? “You have given me this rich food already. What more do I need? God bless you!”

But the millionaire, struck by the beggar’s spirit, begged of him to remain with him, and built a house for him in his own compound, and looked after him for the rest of his life.

God is like this good millionaire. Three classes of people approached Him, with three different desires and prayers.

There is the greedy man full of vanity, full of arrogance, full of desires, wanting worldly enjoyment.

The second prays to the Lord for relief from the sufferings of the world, and is ready to abide by His Will. To him the Lord grants full relief from suffering.

The third one merely prays and asks for nothing. The Lord is highly pleased with his spirit of renunciation and self-surrender and gives him the most.

The lesson: God is almighty and He knows us and about our needs more than we are aware of them. We need to be shying away from greediness and should have faith in Him.