In a small village in the valley lived a man who was always happy, kind, and well-disposed to everyone he met.
This man always smiled, and had kind and encouraging words to say whenever it was 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, and how he could always be so kind and helpful. He wondered, how is it that this man held no grudge toward anyone, and always was happy.
Once, upon meeting him this ‘happy man’ on the street, he asked: “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?”
The man smiled at him and replied, “When you make peace with yourself, 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 will find it natural to be kind and well disposed to all.
“If your thoughts are under your control, you become strong and firm.
The mind is like a robot programmed to do certain tasks. Habits and thoughts are the tools and programs that control the mind. You need to free yourself from this programming. Then, the inner good and the happiness that reside within you will be revealed.”
“But a lot of work is necessary. Good habits have to be developed. The ability to focus and to control 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, this is what you will see and experience. Just make your feelings and thoughts quiet, and try to stay in this peace. 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 and 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.
In time, you will realize that you are one with the Universal Power, and this will lead you to act from a different dimension, different point of view and different consciousness, 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 always seem to be happy. You always have a kind word for everyone, and you are helpful. People treat you well, and never exploit your goodness.”
“Some people think that being good and being kind means weakness. The truth is that they mean inner strength, and do not point to weakness.
When you are kind and considerate, you can also be strong.
People sense your inner strength, and therefore, do not impose on you. When you are strong and calm inside, you help people, because you can, and you want to. You act from strength, not from weakness.
Goodness is not a sign of weakness. A good character can manifest together with power and strength.
When you are calm inside, you are also happy. When your mind is quiet, there is no anger, no resentment and no negative thoughts. This leads to happiness and to a feeling of content and joy.”
“Thank you very much for your advice and explanations,” said the villager, and went away happy and satisfied.