Ranti Deva. Ranti Deva was a great King. He gave up his kingdom.
Ranti Deva was a great King.
He gave up his kingdom. He lived in a forest as a hermit.
Once Ranti Deva fasted for forty-eight days.
On the forty-ninth day, he cooked a little rice for his meal.
He was about to take his meal. A hungry man came to him. "I am hungry,"he said. "Give me something to eat."
Ranti Deva gladly gave him some rice. He ate it and
Once again Ranti Deva started to eat. Two more hungry men came and begged for food.
Ranti Deva gave them also rice. They ate it. Only little rice was left for Ranti Deva. A hungry dog ran up to him. He wagged his tail. Thus he begged for food. Ranti Deva gave him all he had.
The dog gobbled it up. Ranti Deva felt happy. He said to himself, "I could remove the hunger of others!" Then God appeared to Ranti Deva and said, “I am
pleased with you, Ranti Deva. You thought of others.
You did not think of your own hunger. I love people like you."
(From Culture Course-BVB)