One truth always a puzzle to me.
July 31, 2007 3:12am CST
A man is known to me from my young age when I was in my village, studying in school. He was working as a teacher and very pious man. Every day he used to visit temple and also attend all sort of functions of temple. He was well versed in all sort of prayers therefore he used sing prayers for the God and devotees. He had sufficient property and a good job as a teacher. I left my village for higher study and subsequently I joined an employment. I also settled in city. After 15 years, I went to my village. I saw this man. I was told that this man and his family had become so poor that they had no means for survival. Nobody could give me the meaningful answer for his plight. Now my question how can God made this man poor who had been praying HIM for a long time? People say by praying God you will have a good life. When that is the truth I want to know why this pious man become poor who actually was praising God through his songs for so many years.
31 Jul 07
There must be a reason to his being poor. In my opinion, he being poor definitely has no relation to his praising God. Or rather, God has no obligation to ensure he will not be poor just because he praises God. If the man happen to become enlightened such that he gave up his job and become a full-time prayer, I think he deserves to be poor :p
31 Jul 07
God is far sighted while we can just see what is happening today, we are rewarded for our actions of today as well those of our past and past lives (theory of karma),we do not know which prayer will be answered when? We tend to judge every situation with the present actions so it is difficult to say why a good man became poor? A hard working student fails and a lazy good for nothing gets good marks, the bad people flourish and the good have to suffer - but it is all because of their past karma (actions) the good will be rewarded, they have to be patient. and the bad will suffer after they have exhausted all their good past merits, we may not live long enough to see that but God does.
31 Jul 07
This is just my thinking, but is it possible that the man spent so much time praying to god, that he also expected God to look after him. But God gave him the ability to be come a teacher, and attain property. did he give this all away or neglect his own needs. I have know several people who pray all the time but in doing so they expect God to reward them, I have seen those people that are rewarded are the ones that pray and work toward their own needs.The old saying if you give a man a fish he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish he will eat for life, is true, but only if the man actually does the fishing.God provides but we are still expected to do the work. As I said this would be my possible explanation, as I do not know the man and it is only a guess.