On being Happy

There are two articles in this page. One is an imaginary story and another a true life experience.

  • “Then what…Then what?…..Then what?…….” An imaginary story

This is a story on how to be Happy. I heard it from a representative of the Vipassana foundation at Hyderabad (capital of the Southern state of Andhra Pradesh in India) in the year 1997. He was giving a talk to the senior managers of our company.

A group of smart managers from the city were visiting a village. They found a middle aged man sitting under a tree, playing his flute. There was a cow grazing at a distance. The managers could not imagine a young man sitting idle and playing music all alone. One manager asked him curiously “what are you doing here?”. The man replied “I am employed as a cow keeper. I am watching that cow grazing over there for my employer till evening”. Their dialogue continued.

Manager: How much do you earn for the 8 hours you sit here?
Cow keeper: Rupees 20 (about half a dollar)
Manager: You can earn 100 Rupees in the same time if you watch 5 cows instead of 1 cow.
Cow keeper: Then what? More….

  • The grumpy spinster and the dancing homeless man – A true life experience

Kamala was always complaining about something or other when she met any of her friends. They even used to avoid facing her, for that reason. The experience she had one day changed her attitude dramatically. More….

 

: Kamala was always complaining about

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