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Curse of being unhappy

india Updated: Oct 09, 2012 23:15 IST
Aditi Bhola

All spiritual pursuits owe their origin to the predominant human craving of attaining state of happiness to which human mind is naturally geared. To satisfy this urge, he is ever in search of the ‘realm of happiness’.

He puts in all efforts to amass wealth and with it comes all the material trappings which he thinks would satiate his cravings, but finds happiness elusive and amiss. And, Christ being nailed on the Cross, the Buddha abandoning princely comforts and trudging barefooted the dung-splattered streets of remote villages, Guru Nanak weighing wheat for his employer exhibited enviable equanimity to pursue the path of bliss and happiness.

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital ward. One man, his bed next to the room’s only window, was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour daily to drain the fluids from his lungs. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The man next to the window would be happy describing all the things he could see outside the window. The ward would be lit up by the semblance of festivity of the outside world.

“Why should he enjoy the charm of nature of which I am bereft?” Though he felt ashamed, this thought fermented in his mind. He felt jealous. This thought numbed his senses so much that one day, finding none around, he throttled the oxygen pipe of the poor man. The man died.

The hospital staff took no time in disposing of the dead. On his request, the second man was shifted to the vacated bed. He excitedly popped his head outside, only to discover a blank wall with no scintilla of liveliness or festivity. It was positive attitude that lit the deceased’s life as long as it lasted.