23. The Wealthy Toad

A toad once happened to find a copper coin.
He grasped the coin in his mouth and carried it back to his hole.
"I am now a toad who possesses both wealth and power!" he thought to himself.
Then one day an elephant walked over the toad's hole.
The toad leaped forth, angrily shaking his foot at the departing elephant as if he were going to kick him.
"How dare you walk over my head!" he shouted. "I am a toad who possesses both wealth and power!"
Money can make you lose all sense of proportion, just like that toad.

Inspired byTales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna
Notes: This is story 31 in the book. You can find out more about Ramakrishna at Wikipedia.

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