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    There was a good-natured millionaire in the town. Three beggars thought of approaching him for help. The first went to the millionaire and said: O Lord!
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 22, 2005
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      There was a good-natured millionaire in the town. Three beggars
      thought of approaching him for help. The first went to the
      millionaire and said: "O Lord! Please give five rupees." The
      millionaire was taken aback at this man's impudence and said, "What!
      You demand five rupees from me as though I owe you the money! How
      dare you? Here, take these two rupees and get away". The Second went
      to the millionaire and said: " Maharaj! I have not taken a square
      meal for the past ten days. Please help me". The millionaire
      said, "take this ten rupee note. You can have nice food for at least
      three days". The third beggar came and said: "Maharaj! I have heard
      about your noble qualities. Therefore, I have come to have your
      Darshan. Men of such charitable disposition are verily the
      manifestations of God on earth". The millionaire was happy and
      offered him place to sit and decent food to fill his stomach. Later,
      The millionaire requested beggar to remain with him, built a decent
      house for him in his 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. The first approach with
      full of vanity, arrogance, desires and demands objects of worldly
      enjoyment. The Lord grants him some part of the desired objects. The
      second approach the Lord for relief from the sufferings of the world
      but he is ready to abide by Lord's will. The Lord grants him full
      relief from suffering and bestows much wealth and property. The third
      (Jnani) approaches and praises Lord but expects nothing. But the Lord
      is highly pleased with his spirit of renunciation, desirelessness and
      of self-surrender. Therefore, he grants him supreme devotion and make
      him to live in his own house(Vaikuntha). Afterwards, This jnani-
      Bhaktha dwells in Lord's abode as a Liberated Sage. There is no limit
      for Universal Mother's(Lord) Love.

      Love is of three kinds - First, The love that is concentrated on
      oneself is like a bulb that illuminates the room without shedding
      light outside the four walls. It is confined to the senses and never
      opens out to others. Second, The Love that is larger and deeper which
      expands into the members of one's family. It is like a moonlight not
      strong enough to make things clear but enough to move about. It
      undergoes rise and fall, increase and decrease. Third, This is the
      most desirable type of Love which is like Sunlight that always
      engages in purifying, activating, illumining and knows no
      distinction. This love will make man act ever in the spirit of
      dedication to the Lord. The One who attains the third kind of Love
      will perform acts that would be elevating and holy.

      Man is miserable only due to his perverseness and stupidity. He
      should know that the illness that is torturing him is due to not
      giving up greed and lust; not giving up the habit of catering to the
      senses; not giving up the belief that he is just this body.
      Assimilate the virtues of sathya, dharma, shaanthi and prema (truth,
      righteousness, peace and divine love) into your character so that you
      will shine with fine mental and physical health. "Uddhareth aathma-na
      athmaanam": "Save yourself by yourself". University degrees will not
      give, riches cannot buy, kinsmen cannot hand over and teachers cannot
      confer the pre-requisites for Shaanthi. Shanthi is attained by only
      Faith and Devotion.

      The cause of the most chronic discease of man is Ajnana(i.e.,
      Ignorance of the undying Athma within him) is due to infatuation for
      the objective world, subservience of senses, the undue prominence
      given to the body and imagining body to be touchstone of value. The
      body is like a temporary shelter where you reside for a short while
      on your jouney to your goal i.e.,kaivalyam (Liberation) which gives
      the highest bliss. Be a true bhaktha and become so small that you
      wriggle out of the shackles of the senses or be a true jnaani and
      become huge so that you escape by breaking the shackles.

      Believe in the Lord but not in the little things. Do not keep your
      trust in little men, wicked men and in men who are vicious and
      greedy. Instead, develop faith and keep trust in the Lord who is more
      merciful than any father, more loving than any mother, more powerful
      than any earthly authority and more considerate than any kinsman. One
      has to remember the Name of God and deepen faith in God to cultivate
      the attitude of dedication. Dwell on the Naama so that its sweetness
      will saturate your tongue and improve your taste. The Lord will
      respond if you call him atleast once from the depths of feeling. He
      will be deaf even if you call him a million times automatically,

      You cannot offer full heart to the Lord if it has leaks of Egoism,
      pride, thirst for fame because sweetness will be drained away through
      the leaks.

      Sent by: rgcjp@...
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