Kamath inspires: Three beggers
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There was a good-natured millionaire in the town. Three beggars thought of
approaching him for help. The first man went to the millionaire and said: "O
Lord! 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? How can I afford to give five rupees to a single
beggar? Here, take these two rupees and get away," he said. The man went away
with the two rupees.
The next beggar went to the
millionaire and said: "Oh Lord! I have not taken a square meal for the past ten
days. Please help me."
"How much do you want?" asked
"Whatever you give me, Maharaj,"
replied the beggar.
"Here, take this ten rupee note.
You can have nice food for at least three days." The beggar walked away with the
ten rupee note.
The third beggar came. "Oh Lord,
I have heard about your noble qualities. Therefore, I have come to see you. Men
of such charitable disposition are verily the manifestations of God on earth,"
"Please sit down," said the millionaire. "You appear to be tired. Please take
this food," he said, and offered food to the beggar.
"Now please tell me what I can do for you."
"Oh Lord," replied the beggar; "I merely came to meet such a noble personage
that you are. You have given me this rich food already. What more need I get
from you? You have already shown extraordinary kindness towards me. May God
But the millionaire, struck by the beggar's spirit, begged of the beggar to
remain with him, built a decent 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 approach Him, with three
different desires and prayers. There is the greedy man full of vanity, full of
arrogance, full of desires. He demands the objects of worldly enjoyment from
God. Since this man, whatever be his vile desires, has had the good sense to
approach God, He grants him some part of the desired objects (even these very
soon pass away, just as the two rupees the first beggar got are spent before
The other type of devotee prays to the Lord for relief from the sufferings of
the world, but is better than the first one, in as much as he is ready to abide
by His Will. To him the Lord grants full relief from suffering, and bestows on
him much wealth and property.
The third type he merely prays to the Lord: "O Lord, Thou art
Existence-Absolute, Knowledge-Absolute, Bliss-Absolute, etc., etc." What does he
want? Nothing. But the Lord is highly pleased with his spirit of renunciation,
of desirelessness and of self-surrender. Therefore, He makes him eat His own
food, i.e., He grants this man Supreme Devotion to Himself. Over and above this,
He makes the devotee to live in His own House For ever afterwards this devotee
dwells in the Lord's Abode as a Liberated Sage
Inspiring articles by Dr.Ramesh Kamath