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« on: January 06, 2010, 07:53:19 AM »
A holy man went to the house of a miser for alms. The miser inspite of knowing him to be a holy man was reluctant to spend anything. So he sent his servant to inform the holy man that he is not at home. The servant said to the holy man:
"Sir, my master is not at home."
The holy man caught a glimpse of the householder peeping from a window on the upper storeys of the building. He said to the servant:
"If your master is busy, I can wait for sometime."
The servant says:
"There is no use waiting. It is not known when my master will return. He has gone for a long trip."
The holy man understood the situation, uttered some blessings and left.
Before leaving he said to the servant:
"Tell your master that in future when he goes for a long trip, he should not leave his head in the window."

(from a satsang)
Homage to the Universal Being...Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ...


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Re: miserliness
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010, 10:46:36 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana showed "miserliness" in a noble and instructive
way.  He used to take out the tooth-powder that is kept in paper
pack and and used for the day.  Whenever, He found the tooth-
powder to be in excess, He used to keep refolded into the packet
and use it for the day.

He used to take less than a spoon of oil before bath, rubbed it
on His head and also throughout His body and then go for bath.
Kunju Swami wondered:  How can that little oil spread out to the
head and whole body?

Once Bhagavan Ramana was seen in the kitchen store, picking up,
every seed of mustard that had carelessly been thrown on the floor,
cleaned it with His towel and then placed them in the tin kept
for that purpose!  He did the same thing with rice grains when
supplies were downladed from a lorry in gunny bags, (I think during
one of the Jayanti celebrations),  and a few rice grains had fallen
from the holes in the gunny bags. 

He told Viswantatha Swami, who was wondering at this stenous
act of picking rice grains:  "Do not think I am miserly.  These are
all Arunachala's property.  I am supposed to protect every bit of them!"

I bow to that Ati-varnsrami.

Arunachala Siva.