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Contentment is a great virtue!

Updated on October 20, 2012

Compassionate One!

Contentment is Joy.

Who is the richest man in the world? The one who is 'content' is the correct answer. One who is not content can never be happy though he may be a multi millionaire by the world's standard.What is 'contentment'? It is the quality of satisfaction with what a man possess. If he aspire for more, then he is not content. There are people around the world who live a frugal way in spite of their affluence. Here, i am not talking about misers. To get satisfaction with the barest minimum is the quality of people who are content. Naturally, they do not compare their life style or standards with other. Food to satiate our hunger, cloth to cover our body and a shelter from rain and heat. A bread can satiate the hunger of one. But some people go for tasty, spicy dishes to cater to their taste. The first one try to quell his hunger whereas the second one cater to the taste buds. In a way, it is the senses which clamor for more and more and they lead man astray.

The body need food to convert it into energy. The body never clamor for taste, but it is the tongue which desires for varieties of food with different tastes. Many may argue that the taste induces the saliva which aids 'digestion'. If you are having biting hunger, a piece of raw bread will be a tasty food for you. We eat even if there is no real hunger. In ancient days, in India, many sages and saints lived in the forest consuming tubers, fruits and other vegetable products. They were meditating on God with the available food. It is those saints who have found out many Truths which are not known to mankind hitherto. Though they have not recorded those truths, they were passed on to their disciples orally. For thousands of years, the students learned their lessons orally without the aid of writing materials. Their memory was sharp, they grasped the teachings and repeated them whenever they were questioned by their teachers who were known as Gurus or preceptors.

Even great people started their studies in hermits in forests for 12 or 14 years. They lived near the hermitage, served the preceptors in many ways and it was like a camp. Only after the completion of their studies, they were returned to their parents. The system was known as "Gurukul'. The son of a king and son of a peasant studied together without any discrimination. There was amity among the students. Only after completion of studies, each returned to their home to pursue the profession practiced by their parents. Since they lived in forests, they too consumed whatever is available in the forest and faced the rigors of forest life. The preceptor was like a father to them. The preceptor too imparted great lessons to them to make them useful citizens. Since they were taught the disciplines to lead a contented life, the students were helpful to the society besides tending their parents. The community living taught them tolerance, mutual help and co-operation.

Contrary to the ancient system of education, to day the students are taught to excel in life, competing with others. They were taught to explore greener venues to raise their life style. Hence people from third world countries throng to US , UK and Australia and other places in search of economic prospects. When the students are trained in this fashion, we can not except them to be docile and content. People are valued not due their inherent character and worth but with their capacity to earn in Dollars and Pounds. Material wealth is the only criteria for education. Degrees are really 'begging bowls'. Students have forgotten about the society and its basic needs. In a way, students are made to become selfish and hence discontent. How happiness will remain in their mind when their aim is "money'


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