January 01, 1999
Friday Meeting

In Swami Ni Vato 10/11, Gunatitanand Swami gives the story of two couples that lived next to each other. One was very well off, but extremely miserly, while the other was not so affluent, but yet enjoyed their lives. When the second wife questioned the frugal practices of the first, she brought the matter in front of her husband. He responded that he would resolve the matter the following morning. That night, he filled a bag with 99 rupees and placed it on the doorstep of the second couple. When they awoke the next morning, they were surprised to find the bag and decided that with one more rupee, they would have a full hundred, and could keep it aside for their retirement. Thus, they began adjusting their lifestyle to accumulate the extra rupee. But, once they had accomplished this, they both thought that 100 rupees was probably not enough for the future, and so they began to save another hundred (keeping up with the miserly lifestyle). Gunatitanand Swami explains that when one gets "navaanu no dhakko" ("struck by 99"), peace does not remain in one's heart and only the aim of amassing money remains.



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