This proverb is used to imply that great things are not accomplished in a single day and what ever be our talents we need a good deal of time to achieve these things. The greatest civilization to appear on the earth after the Egyptian civilization was the Roman civilization. At the height of its greatness, the empire stretched over the entire European continent and it was maintained by an emperor and a senate which operated from Rome.
The great city of the Rome was built by two brother called Romulus and Remus who were brought up by a she wolf when they were kids. The brothers then started building a city in between seven hills and after a long time they established a city. Slowly they had inhabitants for the city and gradually they conquered all the neighboring cities and slowly established a small empire. The empire gradually spread its wings and it had its presence even in Asia Minor. All these things took nearly a thousand years. So a small city developed into a huge empire in a long period of time. Thus whatever we try to achieve we should also bear in mind it takes time to accomplish things. Great scientist like Thomas Alva Edison worked years together to invent the electrical filament bulb. So when we plant a seed, it takes a number of years of careful attention to see to it that it grows as a tree and bears its fruit
Service to man is service to god. = The hands that serve are holier than the lips that pray.
The saying …The hands that serve are holier than the lips that pray…is a proverb with a similar meaning. This saying elucidates that if man wants to worship god they can do better by serving by serving the poor and the needy. The real service to man is the service
to god. This actually was the main teaching of many great saints like Buddha, Mahavira and Jesus. This is mainly because god is present not in the idols we worship but in every living thing around us. So we must every living thing with equal respect and always
try to help our fellow human beings.
There is a story about a cobbler written by Leo Tolstoy. The cobbler was living alone as his last son died when he was just 12 years old. He was a very pious person and whenever he got tired he was reading about god. One day he had a dream in which god came to him and said that he will visit the cobbler the next day. The cobbler started looking through his door next day morning when he saw an old man walking in
the snow with great difficulty. He took the old man inside and gave him hot soup to keep him warm. The old man thanked him and left. Then he saw an old lady selling apples and a small lad tried to steal the apples. He called the young lad and advised him not
to steal and gave him the message and paid the old lady for the stolen apples. He then helped a soldier’s wife who was carrying a child. He gave the child some clothes and gave the young woman some food. Thus throughout the day he was busy helping someone or other. He soon felt tired and fell asleep and in his dream he saw god. He asked god I was expecting and you didn’t turn up why? God immediately replied….I
came in many forms as the old man, as the old lady, the young lad, as the Child and its mother. You helped me by helping them all.