A wise woman who was travelling in the mountains up North of the Himalayas found a precious stone in a stream when she went to sprinkle her face with the freshness of the icy waters. The next day she met another traveler who was very hungry, he had not eaten a proper meal for days together. The wise woman seeing this poor hungry man opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler instead saw the precious stone in her bag and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so immediately without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune.
He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. He need not be working for a living anymore. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. ‘I have been thinking for days together’, he said, ‘I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enables you to give me the stone’.
The wise woman was a realized Master and she said, ‘I know that the stone is very valuable and can fetch me fortunes and I can live a life of luxury but for me it is just a piece of matter and I have no use for it. This is not what I have come to accomplish in my life. We do require material things in this life for our livelihood but why keep on accumulating them unnecessary. Remember that one need not become their Slaves. We have come into this world, one day to leave everything and bid farewell to our temporary homes and temporary lives, then why keep expectations and unwanted desires.
In order to live a contented and happy life one has to give up their so called cravings. If you have choices, then choose the best. If you have no choice, then do the best. It helps if you remember that everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness. The most beautiful things in life are just not things, they are people who we need to love and cherish with a touch of feelings, moments, smiles and laughter. Living and Caring for each other is the Rule of Nature.
The man realized his foolishness and the worthlessness of the stone. The wise woman with a gentle heart invited him to share her little meal and they both had a great time.
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