I stumble upon this story whilst searching for some Buddhist prayers on the internet and was profoundly touched by it. I though i got to share this with all. The paradigm of an ultimate compassion and sacrifice.
There was an old man who lived in a hut. Every morning he went to the street for alms. He never complained about his situations or his struggles. He took what was given without question. One day when the old man returning from his routine saw that the hut was taken by somebody else. Somebody else was eating his food and money he had little saved. Old man with compassion went inside the hut. The young beggar asked “who are you?” wrapping his hands around the food he found, old man replied I am you but in a different body. Old man took his robes and gave it to as well. Stranger instead of looking upon this as compassion took him as a meagerly fool. The young stranger snatched the clothes of his hands and stripped the old man from head to toe and took every bit of things he had left. Is that everything you have? he asked. Old man replied humbly “when you have everything you have nothing, and when you truly have nothing left you have everything. The boy was confused. The old man smiled and said, ignorant child you are trapped in an illusion that you can’t see, feel or touch and bounded by invisible chains. Unless we realize who we truly are it won’t matter what you own. He added even if you become richest of riches we will always be bounded by suffering. The young beggar froze and felt that he understood a little what old man was saying. Old man chanted “Gate Gate ParaGate ParaSamGate Bodhi Svaha.”. “No treasure can compare to it, no money can buy it, no wealth can occupy it, no pleasure can satisfy it, no eyes can find it, no ears can hear it, no tongue can taste it, no hands can feel it, no mind can imagine it. Oh dear child what is this treasure? old man asked. Find this for we are born only to realize this. Young man’s illusory world shattered, face bright and awakened. Old man bowed to him, said know thyself and vanished.