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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A PARABLE ON 'HAPPINESS'

In fact, I opened some years ago a separate notebook to jot down the great sayings of wisdom masters on happiness.

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.

This Zen parable on 'Happiness' is my all time favourite :

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.