The rich man who
could not be peaceful in his life begged the master
‘’Please, help me! What must I do in order to become
said the wise man ‘’It is too late, because I can see
that death is approaching you rapidly. Your life time
left is only 10 days long. If, somehow you
find out that I have been mistaken, then come to me again.’’
It was vey hard for
the poor man to believe in what he had heard and he returned
home very upset and confused. When his wife asked ‘’What
happenned? Why are you so unhappy?’’, the man answered
with great regret ‘’Today, I have learned that I am
going to die within 10 days and I do not know what to do in
order to correct my mistakes and my sins.’’
Just at that moment
his financial consultant appeared at the door and said ‘’Sir,
I could not charge the money from so and so. The man is
insisting on not paying his debt. I think the right solution
would be to take the matter to the court.’’
After thinking for a
while the man said ‘’Don’t worry and forget it. I
have plenty of money. Otherwise, how could I have
lend him that money. Tell him that I have
cancelled his debt and tell him to enjoy that money.’’
The financial consultant was astonished as his boss never
made compromises in money matters, so so he did not know
what to say and think and he left the house.
Then, the man
visited all of his past friends with whom he had been cross
for years and pleased them. He could even succeed to shake
hands with his enemies and made peace with them. Following
this he donnated a large amount of his wealth to the charity
organisations and just a few days before the expected time
of his death he invited the represantatives of all the
religions and asked them to read him passages from the holy
books. Finally, when the last day had come he started to
meditate and wait for the death in deep resignation (putting
his trust to god).
Meanwhile, all the
people were talking about him; everybody was saying that he
was such a loving and a generous person and the newspapers
were writing very good things about him as well. On the
morning of the eleventh day when the man saw that he was
still living he went to the master and asked the reason why
he did not die?
The master answered
‘’you had requested me to teach you the secret of becoming
The man said ‘’I
am sorry I couldn’t understand I think that you haven’t
thought me anything!’’
The master said
smiling ‘’Tell me, what have you been doing in the last
ten days? To whom have you been telling lies? How many
enemies you have made and how many friends you have lost?’’
The man answered
‘’Well, thinking that I did not have any time left to waste
I have made peace with everyone and I have distributed my
wealth to the ones who were in need.’’
-What were the
people thinking about you before?
‘’They were thinking
that I was a selfish and a rude person’’
praising me and saying that I am a saintly person’’.
‘’Are you happy to
‘’Yes, of course!’’
‘’Then, go back to
your home my son. Know that you can leave this world at any
moment. Live all the remaining days of your life like the
last ten days. You will always find peace in this manner.
This is the spiritual knowledge.’’
If, an individual’s
life is based only on fishing, walking, singing, falling in
love, loving his child, watching the theater, reading poems
and following the stock exchange, then such pleasures cannot
give him anything and naturally he cannot have a peaceful
life. The story above is very important from the point of
emphasizing and showing that an interference made to a
life style full of opposites hits the target.
If, the Master’s
answer had been in accordance with the nature and
character of the man, then he would not be able to benefit
out of it and he wouldn’t be able to reach the right
It is interesting to
see that when death comes closer the individuals change
totally and the human being becomes aware of the fact that
there is no need to stick to the things that he is going to
live here on earth to which he places the utmost importance.
The most important of all he perceives the true values in
Now, it is obvious
that it is not necessary to argue about the problems we
have to face and that all these problems were relative.
As can be seen it
must be beneficial to look at life from different windows.
My dear friends!
Such feelings that
capture us and carry us along should be left aside before
they become transformed into power struggles/passions and
they should leave the place for the merits of the mind such
as modesty, endeavor,courage, purity/innocence, giving
willingly, direction, expecting hopefully, and having fear.
The humanly material values may lead the
individual to feel himself as insufficient and insecure. We
must find out the means of living without being troubled
about these problems. When we determine these feelings
as well as the composition (the factors that build up a
relations it would be very
easy for us to get rid of them).
March 10th 2005