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Rich Man And The Beggar

--Hindu Parable (Author Unknown) (Apr 19, 2021)

Many years ago, a man was sitting in quiet contemplation by a riverbank when he was disturbed by a beggar from the local village. “Where is the stone?” the beggar demanded. “I must have the precious stone!” The man smiled up at him. “What stone do you seek?” “I had a dream,” the beggar continued, barely able to slow his words to speak, “and in that dream a voice told me that if I went to the riverbank I would find a man who would give me a precious stone that would end my poverty forever!” The man looked thoughtful, then reached into his bag and pulled out a large diamond. “I wonder if this was the stone?” the man said kindly. “I found it on the path. If you’d like it, you may certainly...

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