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Cobbler and his God

india Updated: Jul 24, 2012 01:02 IST
PP Wangchuk
PP Wangchuk
Hindustan Times

A keen reader of this column wrote the other day that it should not give space to those who did not believe in God. And the believers should not look for God outside but within themselves.

He also e-mailed a little but lovely story by Leo Tolstoy. A cobbler wanted to see God. He prayed that he be given a chance. God promised he would appear on a certain day. An excited cobbler kept the day free of all engagements and waited for God to appear.

An old man came to him to get his shoes repaired. The cobbler said he had no time as he was awaiting God’s appearance. Soon after, a child too came and then an old woman for getting their shoes mended. The cobbler turned them also back saying that he had no time. And then he kept waiting the whole day but he was disappointed when God did not show up.

That very night God came in the cobbler’s dream. The cobbler complained how he was waiting the whole day and that He didn’t keep his promise. God told the cobbler that He had indeed come, not once but several times but he had sent Him back!

The moral: If you want to be a believer in God, you must believe that He is represented by all the living creatures. And, to serve Him, you must serve your fellow beings. You may be wealthy but not happy. That is because, as Mother Teresa said, “If you have no peace, it is because you have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Even if you are happy, as Virginia Woolf said, your pleasure has no relish until you share.

So, share you must. Sharing enables you to see God in every being around. It gives you the ultimate satisfaction. The wealth you have is of great value only if it serves others’ needs; otherwise it is a burden that sits heavy on life. Sharing also helps you realise that the joy of sharing is the greatest joy.

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