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CHINNA KATHA
- A little story from Bhagavan

GIVE UP AT LEAST ONE BAD HABIT


 

 

 

A wicked man once went to a Guru for initiation into spiritual life.

The Guru asked him to give up at least one of his bad habits.

He gave up uttering falsehood.


That night, when he went to the Royal Palace to commit a robbery.

He found on the terrace another person who said he too was a thief.

They broke into the treasury and divided between themselves the diamonds found there.

The other person, however, was none other than the King.

 
 
 

He pretended to be a thief and he knew where the keys of the treasury were.

While the diamonds were shared, the honest thief felt pity for the King of the realm who was losing his entire stock.

He asked his companion to leave one diamond behind in the safe.

It was done.

     

Next morning, it was discovered that the treasury had been looted.

The Minister was sent by the King (who had acted as a thief the previous night) to assess the loss.

The Minister found a diamond that had missed the eyes of the thieves.

He quietly transferred it to his own pocket and reported at court that all the diamonds were gone.

 
     
 

The previous night the King had obtained the address of the honest thief as they were parting company with their separate bags.

So he sent for him and when he stood in court before the King he confessed that all but one of the diamonds had been stolen by him and his unknown associate.

The missing diamond was discovered in the pocket of the Minister and the King dismissed him for the lie.

The honest thief was appointed Minister instead.

He gave up his other evil habits too and pleased his Guru by his fame as a virtuous administrator.

- Baba

Through this small story Swami tells us how sincerity pays. Even if we follow one message of Swami, let us be sincere in observing it in our daily life. Sincerity and our steadfast devotion to Him will surely take us to great heights.

Illustrations: Ms. Vidya, Kuwait

– Heart2Heart Team


 
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Vol 4 Issue 06 - JUNE 2006
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