Investing At Its Best
When the first baby laughed for the first
time, its laughter split into a hundred
pieces and scattered to the four corners
of the earth. This is how legends were
Here is a popular legend from the Orient.
Once upon a time, a tramp was happily
home, carrying on his shoulder a sack
wheat which he has just been given.
grind it and make enough bread to last
a week, or even more. This was his
Looking up, he suddenly noticed the
carriage coming his way. He was in
the carriage stopped abruptly, right
him! His imagination started racing...
king is generous, he will surely give
money, a huge sum! My poverty is over!
more worries. No more apprehensions
my next meal will come from. My pitiful
His hopes soared even higher, when
the king, dressed lavishly, stepping
of the carriage and approaching him
poor, shabbily dressed beggar.
The king looked at him in his eyes.
expected a gift from the king. But
hands were empty. He opened his mouth
asked the beggar, "What can you
The beggar was confused. Bewildered.
king asking a grant from him, a pauper.
felt flustered. Slowly, unwillingly
his sack and gave to the king one grain
wheat. The king looked at it, smiled
climbed back into the carriage, which
disappeared in a cloud of dust.
Wondering what was the meaning of all
the beggar went home. He felt so disappointed
and cheated. He opened the bag on to
table to start preparing his bread...
to his surprise, he found amid the
beautiful grain of shining, pure gold!
He was shocked. He felt like weeping.
realized his stupidity. He had lost
to make a windfall!
"If I had given it all away to
I would today be a rich man forever."
Just a legend.
In Christianity this fairy tale becomes
The Master said it. He gives a hundred
cent (100%) interest. I tried Him and
out that it is true!
Saint Teresa used to tell to her nuns:
one can outdo God in generosity!
The story is told that one day a beggar by
the roadside asked for alms from Alexander
the Great as he passed by. The man was poor
and wretched and had no claim upon the ruler,
no right even to lift a solicitous hand.
Yet the Emperor threw him several gold coins.
A courtier was astonished at his generosity
and commented, "Sir, copper coins would
adequately meet a beggar's need. Why give
him gold?" Alexander responded in royal
fashion, "Copper coins would suit the
beggar's need, but gold coins suit Alexander's
A simple cue of the way our God treats us!
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