First published: Jan.21.2021
In a little village lived a very miserly man. He had enough but never gave anything to others. Everyone knew him and never expected anything from him.
One day the stingy man fell into the nearby river. He held on to a weak branch, as he didn’t know how to swim, and started shouting for help.
First-person that heard his voice went to him and said: “Give me your hand.”
When the ungenerous man heard the word “GIVE”, refused and screamed for help again.
Another passer came close and told him: “Give me your hand.”
But the drowning man, refused again.
A wise man that was passing by, witnessed everything. He went closer and told the miserly man: “Take my hand.”
The miserly man reached for the wise man’s hand, and they pulled him out of water.
When the wise man left the scene, the other two passers ran to him and asked: “We tried to help that man and he refused. How come he listened to you?”
The wise man said: “You asked him to GIVE you his hand. Miserly, people are not willing to give others anything. I asked him to TAKE my hand, and he was happy to do that.”
Poor people are deprived of some of God’s affluence, but miserly, people are deprived of all God’s gifts.
“Two kinds suffered uselessly and tried unprofitably. First the one who saved and never used it; and second, the one who knew and didn’t teach others.”
Persian Poet Saadi
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