An emperor was coming out of his palace for his morning walk when he met a beggar.He asked the beggar, “What do you want?”
The beggar laughed and said, “You ask as though you can fulfil my desire!”
The king was offended. He said, “Of course I can fulfil your desire. What is it? Just tell me.”
The beggar said, “Think twice before you promise anything.”
The beggar was actually the emperor’s past life master. He had promised the emperor in the previous life that he would return in this life and awaken the emperor. “In this life passed, you have missed the opportunity to find real wealth, but I will come to help you in the next” he had promised… and here he was.
The emperor, not recognising his old friend, insisted, “I will fulfil anything you ask. I am very powerful and can fulfil any desire you have”.
The beggar then replied, “It is a very simple desire. Can you fill this begging bowl?”
The emperor said, “Of course!”
He called one of his ministers and said, “Fill this man’s begging bowl with coins.”
The minister went and returned with a bag of gold coins and when he poured them into the bowl they disappeared.
No matter how much he poured, it would disappear. The begging bowl always remained empty.
Word spread across the empire and a huge crowd gathered.
The prestige and power of the emperor was at stake. The emperor then said to his ministers, “If my empire is to be lost, but I cannot be defeated by this beggar.”
Diamonds and pearls and emeralds were brought and poured into the bowl; by now the kingdom’s treasuries were becoming empty. And yet, the begging bowl seemed to be bottomless. Everything put into it immediately disappeared.
Finally as the day was drawing to a close, the crown stood staring in utter silence as the emperor dropped at the feet of the beggar and admitted defeat.
“You are victorious – but before you leave, just fulfil my curiosity. What is the secret of this begging bowl?”
The beggar laughed and said, “There is no secret. It is simply made up of human desire.”
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” –Eckhart Tolle
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