Friendship was an account of God
A Sadhak (spiritual aspirant) named Jaidev believed all works to be solely the grace of God. He did not squander his youth indulging in sensual pleasers, rather he dedicated it to meditation and devotion of the supreme Being.
With the passage of time, he grew old; and due to misfortune, he suffered a loss in his business. Considering this to be the grace of God as well, he began to live a retired life. His sons were still of the formative ages. The son of a wealthy man compassionate enough to think, “Jaidev is presently living in the abject poverty. Let me provide some assistance to him.”
He put 2000 gold coins in a purse and sent it through his servant to Jaidev.The servant went to Jaidevji and said , “Sethiji and you were friends. Sashimi’s son considers you as his uncle. He has instructed me not to return without giving this purse to you . Now please be kind enough to accept these gold coins.”
At that time, Jaidev was engrossed in Parmatma Bhava (True self). Later when he got up , he called his son and said , “ Go and return this purse of gold coins to the seth’s son”.
The son replied , “ Father! Do you have a heart or not Presently , we are managing our affairs subsistence. Right now we have no money for education , nor can we buy proper clothes. And now when the seth’s son has sent 2000 gold coins , please keep them for us at least , not for yourself. We are your sons , at least take care of your family”.
Jaidev said, “son! The basis of our friendship was God , not money. Should I tarnish that Godly relationship for a mere 2000 gold coins you may have simple food ,wear simple clothes , live a life of frugality , but take care not to stain my love for God. My devotion to the lord is not meant for a luxurious life , nor is it to make my sons lazy and realistic .My devotion is meant only for my lord .”
These words of the jaidev , that came from the depths of his heart , changed his sons heart . He took the 2000 gold coins and returning them to the seth’s son, said: My father most certainly had a friendship with your father ; however it was for the sake of the God , for the sake of the Satsang . They did not become friends for any give- and-take relationship. Therefore , I have come to return these gold coins to you.”
This had a great impact on the Seth’s son . Earlier he had sent gold coins through his servant , but now he himself came carrying 5000 gold coins , in place of 2000 gold coins , and paying obeisance at the feet of the Jaidevji , requested ,” uncle! Please have mercy ! please accept this gift , and in return give me the gold coins of the devotion and love for the God that yoy have .”
Jaidev said ,”Dear son ! Devotion and love for God can not be sold in exchange for gold coins. It is just showered freely . Son! If you also pray to God with a pure heart , then devotion and love for God will spring up in your heart too.”