Story of the Three Old Men: Choosing Love Over Wealth and Success
Once upon a time, there were three old men who disguised themselves as wealthy, successful, and loving individuals. They decided to visit a housewife who was waiting for her husband to return home. When the three old men arrived at the house, the housewife welcomed them and asked if they needed any assistance.
The three old men explained their situation to the housewife and told her that they could only invite one of them to go with them on their journey. The owner of the house, who was the husband of the housewife, would have to choose who could go with them.
The first old man who claimed to be wealthy said that he could offer the owner endless riches and luxury.
The second old man who claimed to be successful said that he could offer the owner power, influence, and admiration.
The third old man who claimed to be loving said that he could offer the owner compassion, happiness, and peace of mind.
When the owner returned home and heard about the three old men and their invitation, he asked the housewife for her advice. The wise housewife suggested that the owner should choose love, as it would bring him lasting happiness and contentment. The owner took her advice and chose the third old man who claimed to be loving.
As it turned out, the three old men were actually manifestations of three qualities of the owner's own mind. The wealthy old man represented the owner's greed and attachment to material possessions, the successful old man represented the owner's pride and desire for recognition, while the loving old man represented the owner's innate capacity for love and compassion.
Moral of the story:
True wealth, success, and happiness do not come from external sources, but from within ourselves. Greed, pride, and attachment to material possessions and recognition can lead to suffering, while love, compassion, and inner peace can bring true happiness and contentment.
How to bring divine love
Practice self-love and self-compassion.
Cultivate empathy and compassion for others.
Practice forgiveness and let go of resentment and anger.
Treat others with kindness, generosity, and respect.
Engage in acts of service and volunteerism to help those in need.
Practice mindfulness and being fully present in the moment.
Connect with nature and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world.
Nurture positive relationships and surround yourself with people who uplift and inspire you.
Practice gratitude and appreciate the blessings in your life.
Cultivate a sense of purpose and meaning by aligning your actions with your values and beliefs.