Beautiful quote. Reminded me of Eckhart Tolle's opening statement in The
Power Of Now:
A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over thirty years. One
day a stranger walked by. "Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar,
mechanically holding out his old baseball cap. "I have nothing to give you,"
said the stranger. Then he asked: "What's that you are sitting on?"
"Nothing," replied the beggar. "Just an old box. I have been sitting on it
for as long as I can remember." "Ever looked inside?" asked the stranger.
"No," said the beggar. "What's the point? There's nothing in there." "Have a
look inside," insisted the stranger. The beggar managed to pry open the lid.
With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled
Do you know the source of this quote?
From: medit8ionsociety [mailto:email@example.com
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 10:07 PM
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Swami Chidananda on the need
"It is as if a poor man is living over a treasure. One day a sage
tells him that ten feet under the small plot of land where he is
sitting, a treasure is buried. That means that the poor man is
actually very wealthy. But until he digs down those ten feet, he is
as poor a man as he ever was. Even if he digs 9 feet 11 inches, he is
still poor. It is only when he has dug the full ten feet and puts his
hands on the treasure that he is wealthy beyond his fondest dreams."