Chapter 106: Begging
At the bottom of the painting a man and his wife are traveling through the town in their bullock cart. They are smiling and taking great joy in seeing that the suffering of others is being relieved by generous people who, like themselves, give coins to the poor, clothes to the indigent and food to the hungry.
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If you meet a man of means, by all means beg his help.
If he refuses, the fault is his, not yours.
Even begging can prove pleasurable
when what is begged for comes with no sense of burden.
Begging has its own beauty when one supplicates
before dutiful men whose hearts never say no.
There are men who never deny a request, even in their dreams.
Begging from them is the same as giving.
Because men do exist on Earth who never begrudge giving,
others dare to plead their needs before men’s gaze.
The miseries of begging will flee at the mere sight
of those who are free from refusal’s miserable manners.
A jubilant heart rejoices upon seeing
those who give without scoffing or scorning.
Deprived of beggars, this vast and verdant Earth would
become uncharitable, a ball for the play of wooden puppets.
What glory would generous men enjoy
if there were none to beg for and receive their gifts?
One who begs and is refused should not be angry,
for his own poverty is sufficient proof of giving’s limits.
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