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MIND IS LIKE A MONKEY

The human mind is always oscillating. The nature of the human mind is to project a desire and chase that desire, let us for simplicity call it 'A'. 'A' is what the mind wanted. As soon as it catches 'A', it ends up dropping it. Now again the mind is wandering and is instantly directed at something else (Economics supports this argument by telling us that human wants are unlimited).So now it focuses on something else, lets call it 'B'. Now it wants 'B' and it catches B'. Similarly as in the earlier case, after getting hold of it, it drops it. We can assume ‘A’ and ‘B’ as anything we want and yet we’d end up with the same result. Let’s assume ‘A’ as employment. A job-seeker has all his life only applied for jobs without getting any of them. His only prayer to god would be to get a job. That is his only want. And then finally, god blesses him and he gets employed, though for a meager salary (The mind has now caught ‘A’). Now, the meager salary causes dissatisfaction to him. He wants a higher-paying job in the same company which calls for a promotion. Let’s assume ‘B’ as a high-paying job. The same chap now stops appreciating his present job and wants to get promoted for want of more money(The mind has dropped ‘A’ and is chasing ‘B’).He again prays to god and god blesses him promotion and he gets promoted.
Do you think he’d be happy and content with the promotion?
All those who have answered NO are NO different from this person, the reason being very simple and straightforward. The first line of this paragraph is the reason for saying NO.
It is rather unfortunate that we do not even enjoy that we wanted for a
long time (The job as in the example). Before we cherish what we have won, we start looking for something else or something more
in most cases(Higher-paying job in the example).

Chant
Hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
Hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
and be happy...

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Comment by Prachi Patel on October 28, 2011 at 2:14pm
very very true....Hari Bol
Comment by Sivaguna Krishna das on October 27, 2011 at 2:58pm
Hare Krishna...Very true.

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