ne time there was a village in which was living a wise Master. The people of the town knew him, and many times they were trying to reach out to him to receive wisdom and knowledge about how to better their lives, even maybe how to become illuminated like him. The Master was giving to the people much advice about many things, and he was helping them a lot. Still, there was one particular thing that he was telling about the nature of human beings that the villagers could not understand, and they had resistance accepting it. It was the fact that unless someone becomes aware of the deep-rooted programs that bother him, and uproot them, real change cannot happen in a man. Nothing can be done, and no matter what efforts you do to have different results in your life, you will be attracting and always having the results that correspond to your subconscious mind, to your belief systems.
But the people were insisting: “But you are wise and you can do anything, only you wish something, and immediately it manifests how you cannot change the deeply rooted nature of a man?
“I can do many things,” he was replying, “ but this is impossible unless a man truly wants it himself and until he finds the root and takes it out. Until one decides inside of him really to change himself, nothing can happen.”
But as the villagers were insisting, the Master decided to experiment to prove to them what he was saying. In the village was living a very poor, penniless man. Every day he was passing a bridge to sit on the other side of the bridge to beg for money. The Master said: “This poor man is passing every morning from this bridge. Tomorrow we will put a big bag of gold coins in the middle of the bridge. He is coming here very early so there will be no one else to pass at this moment. We will hide somewhere on the other side and see what will happen. If you think the life of a man can change, he should take the money, and this will change his life, so let us see what will happen.”
The next day everything was set up for the experiment. The money was placed in the middle of the bridge, and the villagers with the Master were hidden somewhere on the other side.
As expected, the beggar appeared at the usual time, and he started passing the bridge. The people were surprised to see that he was walking differently and strangely this day; he was walking very very slowly. He arrived in the middle where the bag was, and he just passed it without stopping even to look. When he came to the other side of the bridge, everyone run to him, and they asked him.
“What happened? Did you see something as you were passing the bridge?”
The man was surprised to see all these people suddenly surrounding him and being so interested in his walk through the bridge. He said: “ You know this is strange. I knew that something would be happening to me today, for sure.”
“What do you mean?” they asked him.
“ I don’t know exactly, but from yesterday evening, I started feeling a strange feeling. I was feeling something, but I could not understand what is happening to me. I felt that tomorrow would be an important day for me, somehow!”
“But did you see the bag with the money in the middle of the bridge? Why did you not stop to look? You could have taken the money and get rid of your poverty.”
“Which money and which bag?” he replied baffled.
“But don’t you see there in the middle of the bridge? There is a bag full of money, look!”
The poor man looked and said: “Yes, I see something there in the middle of the bridge; it looks like a bag, yes.”
“Yes, this is a bag full of money. Why you passed it, and you didn’t stop? How is it possible you didn’t see it?”
“You know,” said the beggar, “Today, as I was coming to my usual spot thinking all these things from yesterday and feeling more and more this feeling that something important will happen to me, I started feeling more and more worried. I started thinking that maybe something bad will happen to me, maybe I will have an accident, maybe I will become sick, maybe someone will attack me. Who knows? This feeling was making me uncomfortable. I was walking like this thinking all these and feeling more and more my heart beating strongly as if it was going to happen to me soon. And then I saw the bridge in front of me, and at this moment I thought that what if I will become blind and I will not be able to pass the bridge and arrive at my spot? Then I decided to test myself and train my self to pass the bridge with closed eyes in case I will be blind. And I am so glad I did it! I passed the bridge with my eyes closed today!”
What is the meaning of this story?
That, in the end, will happen what you believe in your innermost center, and nothing actually can change that except if one becomes aware of this core and change it. If you think you are poor, no matter what, you will remain poor. If you believe you are mediocre, no matter what, you will remain mediocre.
And in this way, even if life is giving you all the opportunities to evolve and change, you bypass them thinking about something else. Or you close your eyes to them, or you may feel that by avoiding the opportunity (which you don’t see actually as an opportunity), you achieve something good for you, like the beggar of the story.
Change your belief systems if you want to change Your life.