What Is Real Wealth?
there was a rich and powerful king who wanted to invade and
conquer a neighboring country. While passing over a snow-covered
mountain with his army, the king met a holy man who had no
clothes. The king thought the poor fellow must be cold, so
he tried to give the holy man his grand and expensive cloak.
holy man had grown wise from his many years of prayer and
meditation. He said to the king, "The Lord has always
taken care of my every need. Oh king. Give the cloak to someone
who is poor - not to me." The holy man went on to say
very sweetly to the king, "If you are so unhappy with
all your riches that you must conquer another kingdom, and
cause your soldiers to risk their lives, then keep the cloak.
You are a poor man; you need it more than I do."
The king was wise enough to understand the
teaching the holy man was giving him. The king realized how
poor and empty his life was. He asked the holy man for the
secret to his peace and happiness.
The holy man answered, "I am happy because I have no
desires; without desires you are the master of everything."
Then and there, the king called off the war and took his army
home. The citizens of his country welcomed him as a hero,
for the king indeed had conquered and won a great victory.
He no longer had any desires!
—Excerpted from Bal
Vikas Magazine for Children 1 to 99, Italy