Once in an ashram the Master was in deep contemplation on how the virtues could be incorporated into human beings so that it can help them live in harmony. Just then one of his Disciples arrived and said humbly “Master! Every moment in your life you are concerned about others, but I have failed to understand why you don’t think of the wellness of your own disciples.”
Master: “Let me know what you need.”
Disciple: “My garb is worn out and is unfit to wear. Can I have a new one, please?”
Master noticed that the robe of the disciple was in bad condition and it had to be replaced. A new robe was provided and the disciple thanked the master and retired to his room. Some days later the disciple was wearing the new robe and the Master asked him “Are you comfortable with your new attire?”
Disciple: “Attire is indeed very comfortable. Thank you.”
Master: “Now that you have the new one, what have you done to old attire?”
Disciple: “Now it is my bed spread.”
Master: “So, have you disposed off your old bed spread.”
Disciple: “No, Master. Old bedspread is my window curtain now.”
Master: “Disposed your old Curtain?”
Disciple: “using it in the kitchen to handle hot pot.”
Master: “Good… what is the fate of the old cloth you used in kitchen earlier?”
Disciple: “I am using it to mop the floor.”
Master smiled in contentment and left.
This conversation might look crazy but if we are not in to that extent of using, at least we can attempt to find the best use of all our resources at home and in office. We would be saving a lot. A thing save is equal to two produced. At least if we are not willing to use the old we can donate it to the needy. The culture of hoarding the old unused goods in the store is not wise. What is waste for us is raw material for many. Nothing is branded as waste everything has its own usage.