Monday, July 12, 2010

A Farmer! - The way of living

Today I revisited my old school copies and found a interesting story which I've read almost 8 yrs. back. So, here is the story:

Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“Maybe,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“Maybe,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

“Maybe,” answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

“Maybe,” said the farmer.
 So, from this small story we can learn that  we should not react to external stimulus no matter what the outer conditions are, we should keep living our life unbounded by the materialistic conditions or our happiness will become conditional. The above picture is a saying in Srimad Bhagavad Gita, but sorry it is in Hindi. Anyways it means that "what happened was for the good, what is happening is for good and what will happen will be for the good." and change is the law of nature. So, learn to live life with unconditional bliss.
Finally here's the english translation I found.

"Don't submit to stupid rules, be yourself and not a fool." ~Enigma

Beyond the invisible (infinity)
"Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment."