Beggar and the Monk – Spiritual Story by Paulo Coelho
A monk was meditating in the desert when a beggar came up to him and said:
I need to eat.
The monk — who was almost reaching the point of perfect harmony with the spiritual world — did not answer.
I need to eat, insisted the beggar.
Go to the town and ask someone else. Can’t you see that you are bothering me? I am trying to communicate with the angels“.
God placed himself lower than men, washed their feet, gave His life, and no-one recognized Him, the beggar replied. He who says he loves God — who does not see — and forgets his brother – who does — is lying.
And the beggar turned into an angel.
What a pity, you almost made it, he remarked before leaving.
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian author who has sold more than 100 million books, which include 14 short story collections and the novel “The Alchemist.”