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Sunday, November 30, 2014

A PARABLE ON 'HAPPINESS'

A PARABLE ON HAPPINESS










I have a spiritual bent of mind since my childhood. My upbringing is a huge factor. Being exposed to spiritual discourses in my formative years, I decided that I would spend my later life to read all scriptures and also do self-inquiry to know the purpose of life.

In fact, I put a separate notebook to jot down the great sayings of wisdom masters on happiness a couple of years back.

My mother used to say that I get boundless joy in giving ' rather than 'receiving'.
The Lebanese artist, poet and writer Khalil Gibran says that generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. Another wise man says that happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

The following parable on 'Happiness' is my all time favourite (Zen parable) :

Once upon a time, there was a king who had everything he could ask for in life, wealth, health, a loving family and many caring friends. But he could never feel happy. A saint offered him an easy solution. Happiness would come his way if he wore the shirt of the happiest person in his kingdom. So his men searched far and wide and finally found a truly blissful soul in a grimy shanty on the fringes of the town. But they asked him for his shirt, he could not offer one. He had none.

1 comment:

  1. Very touching story.
    Wise words here. May we all be happy :)

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