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Better The Devil You Know?

Hari OM

Story-day is for cultural exploration, puraanas and parables and finding out about leading lights in spiritual philosophy.

It has been a while since we had a fable….

The Ass and His Masters

AN ASS, belonging to an herb-seller who gave him too little food and too much work made a petition to Jupiter to be released from his present service and provided with another master.  Jupiter, after warning him that he would repent his request, caused him to be sold to a tile-maker. 

Shortly afterwards, finding that he had heavier loads to carry and harder work in the brick-field, he petitioned for another change of master.  Jupiter, telling him that it would be the last time that he could grant his request, ordained that he be sold to a tanner.  The Ass found that he had fallen into worse hands and, noting his master's occupation, said wretchedly  "It would have been better for me to have been either starved by the one, or to have been overworked by the other of my former masters, than to have been bought by my present owner, who will even after I am dead tan my hide and make me useful to him!"

He who finds discontentment in one place is not likely to find happiness in another.

We see this sentiment reflected in the Vedic writings also, when it is made clear that running away to forest or cave is no salve to the difficulties of life.  It is necessary to deal with the restlessness within. In doing so, our environment can be found to be conducive, regardless of its location.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for visiting us regularly.
    This picture reminding me (human not kitties) of one of the treks in Himalayas where no vehicles could reach. Animal transportation were used. And I witnessed an ass/mule carrying a huge load collapsed on reaching the hamlet where I stayed the night. It was heartrending.


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