“It is more kind to give a bowl of simple food to someone dying of hunger than to give a handful of golden coins to someone who has every luxury. For this reason it is said that one’s spiritual Guru is kinder then even Buddha himself.”
From Essence of Refined Gold by His Holiness the Third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso. Translated by Glen Mullin. Tushita Books (India), 1978.