Rags to Riches
It is a nice story which Maharaji narrated in one of the events. The story is about a poor man who was picked by his king and given a job. Gradually, after working hard, he became one of the kings ministers. The kings other ministers were terribly jealous of this man.
This man had a room which had a box and he used to spend a lot of time with the box. Jealous of this man, the other ministers traduced the king. The king had immense trust and faith on this man, however, the king believed the hearsay and got suspicious of the man.
The king decided to catch the man red handed. One day, he decided to follow the man. He followed the man to the room and knocked at the door once the man was inside. The man humbly opened the door and invited the king inside. The king asked him what he does everyday in the room and what had he hidden in the box. The king accused him of theft and ordered him to open the box. The man opened the box, but it had nothing but a set of torn clothes.
The man tells the king, "I come here everday and wear these clothes once for a while. These clothes remind me of where I was and where are my grounds. Looking at them I am grateful for what I am today."
The creator has bestowed upon each one of us, a source of ultimate joy and peace, which can be felt. But we forget this fact in the glitter of this world. In the company of the true master, we get the inspiration to find the peace and joy which lies in the heart through which we can get gratitude.