Royal stinking beggar
(Yet another great story quoted by Hamsabai Santhana Krishnan in face book. I have taken the idea and dressed it in different cloths. My acknowledgements are due to her.)
A beggar who was dressed in tattered cloths,
Happened to go near the great palace of a king,
There a big notice was pasted on the kings door,
Tomorrow you can take part in free feast here,
Provided you come dressed like a king.
The beggar wanted to join the feast and went to the temple ,
And prayed God , “In all my life I have never eaten a feast ,
And so God give me royal cloths so that I can go to the feast,”
God said ,” So be it son , I would give you divine royal cloths”
God gave a great set of cloths and told the beggar,
“These are divine cloths .They would never get dirty,
Never get torn and you need never change them.
And so you can throw the tatters and wear this dress,”
The beggar got dressed in his new divine cloths,
But he had very serious doubts about what God told and so,
He wore the new cloths , bundled his old stinking tatters,
And carried them with him , as he had no home to store them.
He went to the royal feast but was not able ,
Properly partake in the feast as he had to take care of his tatters,
And from then on he moved every where with the bundle,
Of his tattered stinking cloth , wearing always his divine cloths.
Soon he realized what the God said was true as the divine,
Those royal cloths never got dirty and never got torn,
And over time people who saw him with bundle of stinking cloths ,
Started calling him “The royal stinking beggar.”
One day the beggar also died and even God,
Who came to take his soul , felt the stench of his tatters,
And told his soul with great sorrow , “Had I not told you ,
To throw it away your tatters as I had given you divine cloths”
Many of us are like “The royal stinking beggars”,
As we carry with us a bundle of stinking tatters like,
Anger , jealousy , egio, worry and suspicion wherever go,
Instead of enjoying the divine life that God has gave us.
Even in palaces , there are many such royal stinking beggars,
And in many slums , there are people who live like kings,
The bundle of bad qualities makes a king live like a beggar ,
And the divine good qualities make even a beggar live like a king.