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A Faqir's Wealth

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:07:03 GMT  <== Glory ==> 

[From Complete Works of Ram Chandra, Volume Two, by Mahatma Shri Ram Chandra Maharaj of Shahjahanpur (Babuji)]

What wealth does a saint possess who is outwardly no better than a beggar in respect of his material possessions? A beggar he is indeed, but one who begs only at the door of the Great Divine Master alone. He stands at His door with his begging bowl in hand but is unconscious of that he is begging for. Such a type of beggar is he.

Let us ponder over the state of mind he is in. He has approached the Master with the object of begging for his bounties, but he is so much lost that he does not even remember that he has approached him for having his bowl filled. The bowl is presented forth without a word of begging, so much so that he is not even aware of whom he stands before. So much lost is he as to have madly rushed in, where even the last spark to illumine the grandeur of the place is extinct. The hands holding the bowl are alone held up, so much lost is he.

Do you think such a beggar can be enriched with the Great Master's greatest bounties? Can such a Great Master keep any thing in reserve from such a true beggar? Definitely not. What shall be the situation? If the Master offers him anything he is not even aware of what he gets, nor is he even conscious of his changed position now. Both the beggar and the Master are there; the only distinction which exists between them is that the beggar has the bowl in his hand. He maintains this position of his till the end. Both are lost -- The Master and the beggar. Nothing remains which has not reached unto him. What then would be the condition of the beggar? He shall be permanently residing in a state of contentment which cannot be matched even by the greatest riches of a king. The Master has bestowed what He had, and the beggar has got the same, before which the greatest of kings and saints of high rank would bow down. But one has to become such a beggar. To him everything is naught in comparison to it. It will be easy to understand if one takes one's heart for the bowl.

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