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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Swamiji

“I have a good collection of books.”
“Will you lend me a book?” I asked.
“I am very possessive about my books. Fool buys books and wise reads them and I don’t want to be a fool!” A swamiji (saint) said.
“Knowledge is the only treasure which increases on sharing but not by saving.” I thought.

Do you think this person deserves to be called a swamiji as he has a strong desire for accumulating and not sharing or a swamiji can also be possessive about his belongings?

6 comments:

  1. I'm not that swamiji.. But I've faced very bitter experience on that..... So I’m cent percent agree with swamiji..

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  2. There is nothing anything in being possessive about your books. Even I am. I don't like to lend my books because I do not like it when people handle them roughly. But I do not agree with the Swamiji's concept of not sharing knowledge. That is nonsensical.

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  3. Lending is something which i don't do coz i can't stand it when people don't realize the value of the things i lend...

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  4. With my experience, I support Swamiji. I love books to read and to keep. I dont like some other take my books.

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  5. The person's relation to possessions is not important whether he is or can be considered a saint: The person's relation to the divine is decisive in this respect.

    I personaly believe that a human being who encountered the numen can not be avaricious.
    "Saint" does not mean "good".

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  6. @ Everyone : Thanks for sharing your views. :)

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