{VIDEO} How Much Do You Need To Fill Your Desire?


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

What do you make of this story? I’d love to hear your views and thoughts.



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  • BEULA ROSIN says:

    yes it is true we always wanting things for ourselves our family our friends etc and the more we seem to get the more we seem to want and it is an endless filling bowl.

  • Marie-Anne Duarte says:

    Wow what an amazing story. Thank you for sharing the video and the written word. I am a visual person and love the fact that I can re-read the story to get its full impact. You are very wise and generous with sharing your knowledge. I can’t wait to reach the pinnacle of rich and juicy life. One step at a time and not 😀 without appreciating my life and gifts.

  • Leeann renders says:

    So true. We always have human desires. They are never ending.

  • Bahiyyah says:

    There is a lot of truth to this story. There can be no end to what most people desire, but at some point you have to make up in your mind that you are not like most people.

  • Caroline says:

    A lovely story and it also reminds me of how far people will go – emptying all their coffers – to prove themselves right even when the evidence that they are not is infront of their eyes.

  • Qiniso says:

    Wow…..what a beautiful reminder to count our blessings. Beautiful story with wealth of relevance. Thank you for sharing!

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  • esther says:

    😛 Love this Ann You are very Wise, I hope i can align with my truth sooner rather than later. – Thank you Ann 😛

  • Sarah Jane Wainwright says:

    The emperor did not ask “Fill the bowl with what? ”
    Money is not everyone’s answer as the spiritual teachings illustrated well.
    You are right that people can be driven by the next ‘thing’ to make them complete. As human souls we are far more complex than that.
    What feels a greater harmony between spirituality and wealth is growing our abundance, that fiscal wealth is a part of this and that to achieve it is a physical inspiration and empowerment for others.

  • Una says:

    Brilliant story! Thank you Ann, this has come spot on time! 🙂

  • Seena Singh says:

    Hi Ann, love the story. Wise words…contentment and gratitude are key to our happiness… we sometimes need to step back …. take time out to acknowledge to our selves.

  • Ali Mills says:

    A very beautiful story, full of wisdom……real treasure is within, and has nothing to do with material things!! Many thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Patricia says:

    This is an amazing story, very True and wise words.

  • Godfrey says:

    I trully concur with the beggar. Human desires are never satisfied, the little we get the more we want.

    • Margret Slyper says:

      Spot on GMaseko! But we should also consider that some are motivated not so much by acquiring material goods, but the continuing quest to fulfil their goals or ambitions. Scarcely they have attained or achieved one thing, when they are already looking at how they are going to fulfil the next. It
      is the chase or the game that excites them.

  • Rhian Bradley says:

    Wonderful wisdom story. Thank you so much for sharing it and for doing it in the two versions – video and written – to suit different preferences. Deeply grateful for your work and its transformative power combining financial literacy, emotional and spiritual connectivity to this issue.

  • Derek Gabriels says:

    Human desire is the foundation of all success and progress , but only if it is unleashed and funneled in the ” right ” direction .

  • Tessa says:

    That story was amazing. Thank you Ann for sharing it. xx

  • leonie ellis says:

    Thank u, this is so true.

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