Tuesday, 20 September 2011

[www.keralites.net] SIGNS OF HAPPINESS



There was a young couple who led a very happy life together.The only thing that they worried about was, whether theirhappiness would last forever or would they too would haveto face problems.

One day, they heard that a wise old man had come to town;he could solve all kinds of problems and guide people. So thecouple decided to visit the wise old man and tell him theirsource of worry.

The wise old man told them; "Travel around the world and seeka man and a woman who are perfectly happy as a couple. Whenyou find such a couple, ask them for a piece of cloth from theman's shirt, then keep that piece of cloth with you, and youalways remain happy."

The young couple began their journey, to find the happiest couplein their world. In one place they heard that the governor and hiswife were the happiest people, so they went to their palace andasked them, "Are you the happiest couple?"

The governor and his wife replied, "Yes, we are happy in every wayexcept for one thing; we do not have any children."

Well that didn't make the governor and his wife the happiest couple.So they continued their journey. They arrived in one city where theyhad heard that the happiest couple lived. They went to their house
and asked them, "Are you the happiest couple?"

The couple replied, "Yes, we are really happy in every way except thatwe have too many children which make our life a bit uncomfortable."No, this couple did not sound to be the happiest. And, so they continuedtheir journey. They visited many countries, cities, towns and villagesasking the same question but they did not find what they were looking for.One Day the young couple came across a shepherd in the desert.

The shepherd was grazing his sheep when his wife and child came along.The shepherd greeted his wife and gently patted the child she was carrying.She laid the mat and started to eat contentedly. The young couple came to
them and asked them, "Are you the happiest couple?"

The shepherd and his wife replied, "Nobody is unhappier than the king."The young couple immediately realized that they were the happiest coupleand asked them for a piece of the shepherd's shirt, so that their happiness
too would last throughout.

The shepherd said, "If I give you a piece of cloth from my shirt then I willbe left without any clothes since I own just one shirt."

The young couple at once understood that it is very difficult to findperfect happiness anywhere in the world. The couple decided to returnto their own country. They went to the wise old man and related all that
had taken place. They also complained that his guidance was difficultto abide by.

The wise old man laughed and said, "Was your journey useless or did youlearn something from it?"

The young man replied, "Yes, after this trip I have learnt that in this world,nobody is perfectly happy, only that person is happy who does everything with out expectinganythingin return."

"And whosever follows god's guidance, on themshall be no fear nor shall they grieve".

The wife said, "I have learnt that in order to be happy it is importantto remember two things; first, all human beings should be thankful andcontented with whatever they have."

"And our Lord declared publicly: if you are grateful,
I will add more favors unto you".

"And secondly, for ultimate happiness one must always practice patience."

"Seek help through patient perseverance and prayers".

After that, young couple thanked the wise old man for his guidanceand returned home. The wise man prayed for them and said, "Indeedthe sign of happiness is in their heart and they have good manners andif the lifetime is spent in pleasure of ere would be no differences
in the existence of mankind."

"Whosoever follows god's guidance, will not loose
his way nor fall into misery. But whosoever turns away from his message,verily for him is a miserable life".

Aano bhadra krtavo yantu vishwatah.(- RIG VEDA)
"Let noble thoughts come to me from all directions"

Miss.Shaija Vallikatri Bhaskaran


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