Today's Beautiful Gem: "The Lighted Lantern - A Parable"
by Ramakrishna Paramahamsa from the "Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna"

    "A man woke up at midnight and desired to smoke. He wanted a light,
    so he went to a neighbor's house and knocked at the door. Someone
    opened the door and asked him what he wanted. The man said: `I
    wish to smoke. Can you give me a light?' The neighbor replied:
    `Bah! What is the matter with you? You have taken so much trouble
    to come and awaken us at this hour, when in your hand you have a
    lighted lantern!' What a man wants is already within him; but he
    still wanders here and there in search of it."

Om Santih! Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao