The Wedding Greed

| 31/07/2019 | 0 Comments

There is enough in the world for everyone’s need,
but not enough for everyone’s greed.

Frank Buchman

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 emperor 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.” The beggar was no ordinary beggar. 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 man’s 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, but the moment he would pour it, it would disappear. And the begging bowl remained always empty.

The whole palace gathered. By and by the rumor went throughout the whole capital, and a huge crowd gathered. The prestige of the emperor 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. The begging bowl seemed to be bottomless. Everything that was put into it immediately disappeared, and went out of existence.

Finally it was evening, and the people were standing there in utter silence. The emperor 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 fulfill my curiosity. What is the begging bowl made of?”

The beggar laughed and said, “It is made up of the human mind. There is no secret. It is made up of human desire.”

Greed is the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it for one’s self, far beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort. Erich Fromm described greed as “a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”

It is the excess fondness of money and fortune. It is one of the bad manners that draw to various evils and sins. Greed is selfish excessive or uncontrolled desire for possession or pursuit of money, wealth, food, or other possessions, especially when this denies the same goods to others.

Marriage is an auspicious occasion and this day is cherished for the rest of your life. By receiving money (dowry) and suppose the money has been borrowed on interest in order to pay to you, you have indulged in a major sin on the very first day of your married life.

Would receiving household items, clothes, furniture, vehicle etc. make you proud on your Wedding Day by forcing your In-Laws into a major sin? If you wish to make your Wedding Day a memorable and a happy occasion, become a GIVER on this day. Make this day a beginning of positive investments that would reap bounties in this life and in the hereafter.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

― Winston Churchill

 

Category: Marital Awareness

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Fayaz Pasha is from Bangalore, India. He is an Author, a certified Life Coach, a Certified NLP Practitioner, a blogger and a Toastmaster.

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