‘I want to be a rich woman!’
This would be my answer when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. Everyone laughed, but my father never liked this and his face showed the expressions of concern.
One day he called me and asked, ‘do you know the meaning of richness?’
‘Having a lot of money…… so that anything could be bought’ I answered quizzically.
‘No…………. richness means to have something ‘valuable’ and that too in ‘abundance…’ his face gleamed.
‘You can be rich even if you have a little amount of money’, I was puzzled
‘There are number of things that are valuable like- breaths, love, honesty, knowledge, health, family, virtue, blessings….and the list is endless’, he explained.
‘We all are rich in some or the other thing and should be thankful for ‘being so rich…’
These words were a bit heavy for me to grasp completely at that time, still I carried them on with me and later I realized that I’ve been a real richest person throughout my life.
A pinch of Pollyannaism-
Do we help the poor?
So why don’t we help those who are poor in terms of: sharing, forgiving, honesty, love, etc?
P.S- From the preaching of Maharaji
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