Satisfaction on what we have
Desire is a very bad disease in human beings. If a person learns to control his desires he will be capable of being a good human being and will get a good satisfaction in life. There is a story that is told in the Upanishads about being satisfied with what we have. There was a sanyasi who lived in a forest. One day a man who had a small family consisting of a wife and a son met the Sanyasi. When the man was communicating with the Sanyasi, by mistake he spat on the Sanyasi. The Sanyasi got angry and cursed the man to become a Pig. The man then realized his mistake and approached the sanyasi asking for a relief from this curse. The Sanyasi replied that he cannot be relieved from the curse, but his curse can be adjusted in such a way that he will become a pig only after 6 months. So he will have 6 months to live as a human being.
With a depression in his mind, the man came back home and told about the curse that he got from the Sanyasi to his son. He explained that his curse will come into execution only after 6 months. He asked his son for a favor. “Look son I’m not willing to live as a pig, as it is very bad to live as pig that too along with other normal human beings in this village. It creates a discomfort in me now to live among the humans in this village. I’ve now decided to go the forest. As a favor, after 6 months please come in search for me and kill me.” The son nodded his head as a sign of agreeing to his father’s request.
After saying this the father went to the forests. 6 months later the Son went in search of his father with bow and arrow to kill him. Wherever he finds a group of pig he will call “Father”, the pigs will run away. 2 years went like that. One day suddenly he found a group of Pigs where a male pig was standing with its family. He went there and shouted “Father”. The male pig in the group recognized him and approached him. Son told, “Ah father I have finally found you. Today I’m here to kill you as per your request to me before becoming a pig”. The father replied “Oh son, I understand that you are here to kill me as per my words, but today I have a family here and I’m satisfied with what I have. So please let me go so that I will lead my life as a pig itself”.
This is a story that is told in Upanishad. Attaining Satisfaction is purely based on our thoughts. Discomforts in life are created only because we are not satisfied with what we have. Satisfaction is attained only based on your thoughts and not based on the status of your life.
Moral: Wherever you go, lead a life with satisfaction on what you have. If you do so, you are relieved from all your discomforts.