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DESIRE *****

Post  Mahmud on Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:21 pm

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 are asking me

as though you can fulfill my desire!"

The king was offended. He said, "Of course

I can fulfill your desire. What is it?

Just tell me."

And the beggar said, "Think twice before

you promise anything."



The beggar was no ordinary beggar, he was the

emperors past life master.

He had promised in that life, "I will come and

try to wake you in your next life.

This life you have missed but I will come again.

" But the king had forgotten completely --

who remembers past lives? So he insisted,

"I will fulfill anything you ask.

I am a very powerful emperor,

what can you possibly desire that

I cannot give to you?"

The beggar said, "It is a very simple desire.

You see this begging bowl? Can you fill it

with something?"

The emperor said, "Of course!" He called one of his

viziers and told him, "Fill this man’s begging bowl

with money." The vizier went and got some money

and poured it into the bowl, and it disappeared.

And he poured more and more, and the moment

he would pour it, it would disappear.

And the begging bowl remained always empty.

The whole palace gathered.

By and by the rumor went throughout the

whole capital, and a huge crowd gathered.

The prestige of the emperor was at stake.

He said to his viziers, "If the whole kingdom is lost,

I am ready to lose it, but I cannot be defeated

by this beggar."

Diamonds and pearls and emeralds,

his treasuries were becoming empty.

The begging bowl seemed to be bottomless.



Everything that was put into it --

everything! -- immediately disappeared,

went out of existence.

Finally it was the evening, and the people

were standing there in utter silence.

The king dropped at the feet of the beggar

and admitted his defeat.

he said, "Just tell me one thing.

You are victorious but before you leave,

just fulfill my curiosity.

What is the begging bowl made of?"

The beggar laughed and said, "It is made up

of the human mind. There is no secret.

It is simple made up of human desire."

This understanding transforms life.

Go into one desire ------

what is the mechanism of it?

First there is a great excitement, great thrill,

adventure. you feel a great kick.

Something is going to happen, you are on the

verge of it. And then you have the car,

you have the yacht, you have the house,

you have the woman, and suddenly all is

meaningless again.

What happens? Your mind has dematerialized it.

The car is standing in the drive, but there is

no excitement anymore.

The excitement was only in getting it.

You became so drunk with the desire than

you forgot your inner nothingness.

Now the desire is fulfilled, the car in the drive,

the woman in your bed, the money in your

bank account - again excitement disappears.

Again the emptiness is there, ready to eat you up.

Again you have to create another desire to

escape this yawning abyss.

That's how one moves from one desire to

another desire.

That's how one remains a beggar.

Your whole life proves it again and again --

every desire frustrates.

And when the goal is achieved, you will

need another desire.

The day you understand that desire as

such is going to fail comes the turning point

in your life.

The other journey is inwards. move inwards,
come back home.


Its lesson for all of us
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