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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.”

Empty Bowl

Empty Bowl

He 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.”

King had forgotten completely about this, as none of us 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 can not 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 mans 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.

People from whole palace gathered. By and by rumor went throughout the whole capital, and a huge crowd gathered. Emperor’s prestige 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.Yet, the begging bowl seemed to be bottomless.

Everything that was put into it 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 to fulfill my curiosity tell me, what is this 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.”

What is human minds mechanism?

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. You have a car, you have a house, you have a woman, and suddenly all is meaningless again.

What happens? Your mind has lost all the interest in it with time. You have become so drunk with the desire that you forgot your inner calm and happiness.

Now that the desire is fulfilled, the car is in the drive, woman in your bed, loads of 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 to be a beggar throughout his life, every desire frustrates you more.

As every time when the goal is achieved, you will need another desire. The day you understand how the vicious cycle of desire works comes the turning point in your life.

Then the other journey inwards to calm and happiness begins. Try to move inwards, come back home.

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