The Beggar and His Treasure

A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for thirty years. One day a stranger walked by.

“Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar.

“I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you’re sitting on?”

“Nothing, ” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I’ve been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.

“Ever look inside?,” asked the stranger.

“No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point, there’s nothing in there.”

“Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger. The beggar, reluctantly, managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.

I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere even closer: inside yourself.

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3 Responses to The Beggar and His Treasure

  1. Vivek says:

    Lovely! Such a wonderful story to describe what a Guru does to you. Just that the Guru gives you something that is incomparably more precious than gold. :)
    P.S. You may get gold (abundance) too as a side-effect of having a Guru :)

  2. rajni says:

    Thanks for letting me know “who I am” :)

  3. Elaavanya says:


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