I once mentioned to Konko Sama, "I have been practicing faith for some time now, but I am still poor." Konko Sama replied, "You say you are poor, but have you ever gone without a meal?" "No, I have never gone without a meal," I said. "No matter how much money and material wealth you have, they are of no use if you cannot eat. To be able to eat cheap barley rice in good health is the same as being rich," he imparted.