28 October 2015 ·
In a small village, in the valley, lived a man who was always happy, kind, and well disposed to everyone he met. He always smiled, and had kind and encouraging words to say, whenever it was necessary. Everyone who met him, left feeling better, happier and elated.
One of the village dwellers was curious to know what his secret was, and how he could always be so kind and helpful. He wondered, how is it that he held no grudge towards anyone, and always was happy.
Once, upon meeting him in the street he asked him: "Most people are selfish and unsatisfied. They do not smile as often as you do; neither are they as helpful or kind as you are. How do you explain it?"
The man smiled at him and replied, "When you make peace with yourself, you can be in peace with the rest of the world. If you can recognize the spirit in yourself, you can recognize the spirit in everyone, and then you find it natural to be kind and well disposed to all. When you sit quiet and watch yourself, all kinds of things may come to the surface. Do nothing about them, don't react to them; as they have come so will they go, by themselves. All that matters is mindfulness, total awareness of oneself, or rather of one's mind. Watch your thoughts and see how they come and go. Leave your front door and back door open. Let thoughts come and go. Just don't serve them tea. Just let the mind sleep; you stay awake. Happiness comes when you are not seeking it.
When you are not making an effort to be happy,
then happiness is there. Always remember, never forget, your true nature. Happiness is your nature. Remember this all the time. "Thank you very much for your advice and explanations", said the villager, and went away happy and satisfied. ~~~