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Villager and the Happy Man


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In a small village in the valley, there lived a man

who was always happy, kind, and well disposed to

everyone he met. He always smiled and had a kind and

encouraging word to say whenever necessary. Everyone

who met him left feeling, better, happier and elated.

People knew they could count on him, and regarded him

as a great friend.

One of the village dwellers was curious to know what

his secret was, how could he be always so kind and

helpful? How is it that he held no grudge towards

anyone and was always 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?"

"When you make peace with yourself, then 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. If your thoughts are under

your control you become strong and firm. The outer

mask of the personality is like a robot programmed to

do certain tasks. Your habits and thoughts are the

programs. Be free from these programming and then the

inner good that resides in you will be revealed."

"But a lot of work is necessary. Good habits have to

be developed. The ability to concentrate and to

control the thoughts has to be strengthened. The work

is difficult and endless. There are many walls that

need to be to climbed. It is not an easy task."

Lamented the villager.

"Do not think about the difficulties, otherwise that

what you will see and experience. Just quieten your

feelings and thoughts and try to stay in this peace.

All the abilities and powers awaken spontaneously. You

do not work on them directly. They are by-products of

your peace of mind. Just try to be calm and do not let

yourself be carried away by your thoughts."

"Is that all?" Asked the villager.

"Try to watch your thoughts and see how they come and

go. Stay in the quietness that arises. The moments of

peace will be brief at first, but in time they will

get longer. This peace is also strength, power,

kindness, and love. When you realize that you are one

with the Universal Power, you begin to act from a

different dimension, not from the selfish, small,

limited ego."

"I will try to remember your words," said the villager

and continued, "there is another thing that I am

curious about. You do not seem to be influenced by the

environment. You have a kind word to everyone and are

helpful. Yet people do not exploit your goodness, and

they treat you well."

"Goodness and being kind do not necessarily point to

weakness. When you are good you can also be strong.

People sense your strength and do not impose on you.

When you are strong and calm inside, you help people

because you can and you want to. You then act from

strength and not from weakness. Goodness can also go

with power and strength, it is not a sign of weakness

as some people erroneously think."

"Thank you very much for your advice", said the

villager and went away happy and satisfied.

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