Karma-Yoga : Ch-5. Part-12.
WE HELP OURSELVES, NOT THE WORLD :
"If you fail to give him work, he will take your life."
The man replied, "That is easy; I can give him work for all his life."
Then he went to a forest, and after long repetition of the magic word, a huge ghost appeared before him, and said, "I am a ghost.
I have been conquered by your magic; but you must keep me constantly employed.
The moment you fail to give me work I will kill you."
The man said, "Build me a palace," and the ghost said, "It is done; the palace is built."
"Bring me money," said the man.
"Here is your money," said the ghost. "
Cut this forest down, and build a city in its place."
"That is done," said the ghost, "anything more?"
Now the man began to be frightened and thought he could give him nothing more to do; he did everything in a trice.
The ghost said, "Give me something to do or I will eat you up."
The poor man could find no further occupation for him, and was frightened.
To be continued ....