There is an amusing, little story, which I am never tired of repeating. It is a story about a villager, who travelled by the railway train for the first time. When he purchased his ticket, he was told that he would be allowed to carry only 20 kilos of luggage. He had with himself 30 kilos. What did he do? Part of the luggage, which weighed 20 kilos, he kept on the floor of the compartment. The balance he carried on his head. There he sat on the bench in the railway compartment, carrying 10 kilos of luggage on his head.
After some time, the TTE [the travelling ticket examiner] entered the compartment. He was surprised to find the villager carrying the load on his head.
When the TTE asked him the reason for doing so, the villager said, “Sir! I am permitted to carry only 20 kilos: that much luggage I have kept on the floor, the remaining 10 kilos I am carrying on my head!” Naturally, the TTE was amused. He said to the villager, “Don’t you know that you and all your luggage are being pulled by the railway engine? Whether you keep the luggage on the floor or carry it on your head, the burden is ultimately borne by the engine. You will have to pay for the extra 10 kilos of luggage!”
We laugh at the villager. But, in daily life, many of us do not behave unlike the villager. We keep on carrying our little burdens on our shoulders, when we know that the entire burden of all the universe is being borne by the Lord. So let me say this to you today, “Cast all your cares upon the Lord! Throw all your burdens at His Lotus-feet. And feel for once the joy of life!”
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