GRAB JUST ONE THING
I'm basking in the profound depths of our Beloved's book God Speaks which He has told us to read. The explanations He gives to us are a glimmer (if only intellectually) of the immeasurably vast pattern of creation which is but a shadow of His Glory. But most of all it increases our eternal gratitude to Him for awakening our hearts with the divine breath of His Love.
How foolish then must man seem who asks Him merely for material benefit. It makes me think of the story of the king who on a spontaneous impulse announced suddenly to the subjects present in his palace to grab just one thing (anything within the palace) for himself, which he could then retain possession of. As you can imagine there was a wild rush — some made for the best of the jewels, others ran for the costliest thing they could see or had set their hearts on, while the king looked on. Amidst this mad rush of people who were trying to make the most of their sudden and short good-fortune, a slave girl walked quietly to the king and held his hand ... later the king said, "She's the only one who had sense — owning me who is he owner of all, she possesses all that is mine — she went to the source."
God is supreme authority and possessor of all heavenly and worldly things. When it comes to choose one between God and worldly pleasures one must select God only.
(Letters from the mandali, p. 38, ed. Jim Mistry , 1981 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust)