Karma-Yoga : Ch-5. Part-11.
WE HELP OURSELVES, NOT THE WORLD :
There was a poor man who wanted some money; and somehow he had heard that if he could get hold of a ghost, he might command him to bring money or anything else he liked; so he was very anxious to get hold of a ghost.
He went about searching for a man who would give him a ghost, and at last he found a sage with great powers, and besought his help.
The sage asked him what he would do with a ghost.
I want a ghost to work for me; teach me how to get hold of one, sir; I desire it very much," replied the man.
But the sage said, "Don't disturb yourself, go home."
The next day the man went again to the sage and began to weep and pray, "Give me a ghost; I must have a ghost, sir, to help me."
At last the sage was disgusted, and said, "Take this charm, repeat this magic word, and a ghost will come, and whatever you say to him he will do. But beware; they are terrible beings, and must be kept continually busy.
To be continued ....