The Secret to Happiness

9th Nov 2014
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

A crow lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied in life. But one day he saw a swan. "This swan is so white," he thought, "and I am so black. This swan must be the happiest bird in the world." He expressed his thoughts to the swan. "Actually," the swan replied, "I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation." The crow then approached the parrot. The parrot explained, "I lived a very happy life until I saw a peacock. I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors."

The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him. After the people had left, the crow approached the peacock, "Dear peacock," the crow said, "you are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. I think you are the happiest bird on the planet." The peacock replied, "I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happy bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage. So for past few days I have been thinking that if I were a crow, I could happily roam everywhere." 

This is our problem too. We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad, instead of counting our blessings from the Lord, thus leading to the vicious cycle of unhappiness. There will always be someone who will have more or less than what we have. So the happiest person is the satisfied person. That is why we see that Lord Vamanadeva very categorically states in Srimad Bhagavatam 8.19.24,

yadṛcchayopapannena santuṣṭo vartate sukham
nāsantuṣṭas tribhir lokair ajitātmopasāditaiḥ

One should be satisfied with whatever he achieves by his previous destiny, for discontent can never bring happiness. A person who is not self-controlled will not be happy even with possessing the three worlds.

Srila Prabhupada makes a wonderful statement in his purport and this line we have to always carry in our hearts. "If happiness is the ultimate goal of life, one must be satisfied with the position in which he is placed by providence."

I pray at the lotus feet of the Lord that let me become contented with what the Lord has bestowed on me, by realizing that this is what I need and deserve and this is what Krishna wants me to have. 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.