Once a saint visited a town for some days. During his stay saint would pray silently sitting under a tree. People got to know about him and would come to visit him to ask solution for their problems.
In that town lived a very wealthy merchant. After observing saint for few days, was deeply touched by saint’s devotion and sincerity.
One day wealthy man went to saint and offered him a bag of gold saying, “I know you will use this money for good of other.. Please accept it..”
Saint replied, “Please wait a moment. I am not sure if it would be right for me to take your money….”
Saint questioned, “Are you wealthy?? Do you have more money at home??”
Merchant proudly replied, “Yes.. I have thousand of more gold coins at home..”
Saint again questioned, “Do you want thousands of more gold coins??”
Merchant replied, “Why not.. I work hard everyday to earn more money..”
Saint questioned, “Do you wish for yet thousands more gold pieces more beyond that..?”
Merchant replied, “Certainly.. Everyday i pray that i may earn more and more money..”
Saint pushed back the bag of gold to merchant and said, “I am sorry but i can not take your money..”
Merchant was surprised. He asked, “But why??”
Saint replied, “A wealthy man can not take money from a beggar..”
Wealthy man felt offended and spluttered, “How can you call me a beggar and yourself a wealthy man..?”
Saint smiled and replied, “I am wealthy because i am content with whatever i have.. and You are a beggar because no matter how much you possess still you are always dissatisfied and begging for more..”
Key to Happiness is Being Content with Whatever we Have..
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