GETTING OUT OF MISERY – STORY
(By H.H.Sacinandana Swami)
One day a farmer´s donkey fell into a well.
The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
Finally, he decided that the animal was old and that the well needed to be covered up anyway;
it just wasn´t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.
Each one grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.
Then he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.
As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey did something amazing:
He shook it off and took a step up.
As the farmer´s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.
Soon, to everyone´s amazement, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.
Similarly, this material world is full of miseries. It will always shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt.
The trick to getting out of this misery is to shake it off and take a step up.
Each of our troubles is a stepping stone.
We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!
Shake it off and take a step up! Free your heart from hatred. Free your mind from worries.
Live simply. Give more. Expect less.
That is why Srila Prabhupada said:
CHANT HARE KRISHNA AND BE HAPPY!