Wise Men eat Cow-Dung and Fools eat Sweetmeats
Providence has arranged that what is required for real happiness can be had everywhere without any cost or effort. Providence has also arranged for the automatic and natural production from the earth of the articles required for food and drink. These natural products were enjoyed with great delight by the ancient sages and they are still being enjoyed with the greatest delight by birds, beasts and such other creatures who have no sense of discrimination. All other ignorant creatures who have no sense of discrimination enjoy the natural resources with the utmost joy and pleasure and move as free and independent as monarchs.
Only men who are best of all creatures labour day and night like a donkey others die of worries and anxieties while other creatures enjoy the food, drink and other necessities of life provided by nature with utmost delight and pleasure.
There is a Marathi proverb which literally means that wise men eat cow-dung and fools eat sweetmeats. Will you try to see through the meaning of this proverb? Are you not still convinced that the natural products are more than sufficient for maintenance? Are you not still disgusted with the constant drudgery?
All nations are therefore hereby warned that the path chosen by them for their progress will bring them the most dreadful and terrible catastrophes. Therefore they should leave aside the idea of rejoicing in perishable material objects which are full of bitter poison and follow the path laid down in the Vedas which alone would bring them natural and Eternal happiness and create the feeling of universal fraternity. They should start immediately the system of enjoying equally and independently the natural assets of the Creation and avail themselves of the benefit of endless powers which are hidden behind the curtain of mind.
Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj,
The Golden Day - Chapter 12
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