Honoured slippers and the dishonoured body
(This is based on the tamil write up posted by Seshadriinadhan Ramasubramanian in the face book..My acknowledgements to him.)
There was a very rich well known man in a village ,
And one day while he was walking one of his slippers.
Got damaged and he left it near the home of a poor man,
And told him, :”I shall leave my slippers here and tomorrow my servant will collect it.
The poor man told him, :”having your slippers in front of my home ,
Is a great luck for me , for you are a very great man.”
After some days the rich man died and while his dead body,
Was being carried for cremation , it rained heavily near the poor man’s home.
One of the rich man’s relation approached the poor man and asked him,
It is raining heavily and so can we keep the dead body of the deceased here ,
Till the rain stops” and the poor man shouted at him and said ,” What do you ,
Think of yourself , I do not want his evil smelling body here and trouble us .”
Please understand that the honour and respect that all of you get today,
Is for you with the soul and once the soul leaves the body,
The body would not get any respect and so , as long as you are alive,
Live a life of honesty , truth and love , so that you are respected till you die,