When a saint was walking through a
village, the villagers complained to him
about a snake that was harming the
children. The saint advised the serpent
to maintain calm and refrain from
causing trouble to the villagers.
Passing through the same village some
months later, he was shocked to see the
serpent writhing in pain, with several
injuries inflicted on it. The snake told
him that the children had taken revenge
by pelting it with stones, but that it
had not reacted because it wanted to
heed the advice given by the saint. The
saint responded, ‘I asked you to only
refrain from biting, I did not ask you
not to hiss’.
Given a task, let us not harm anyone,
but if it requires a semblance of anger
to get the task done, there is nothing
wrong in displaying anger. If I feel a
task is not getting due attention from
whoever has been assigned to it, I will
put on a mask of anger; and immediately
the concerned people will ensure that
the task is completed at the earliest.
And I do not exhibit my anger on others.
Nor do I retain the anger; my anger is
issue based; the next minute I will
interact cheerfully with the same
Secondly, when you are involved in a
task, you get into several obligations.
Some may be in tune with your concepts
of living, some may not. So what must
you do? Go ahead with what is all right
by you; but do not compromise on your
values in anyway. If one person comes to
you with various tasks, do those that
you can and complete them fast, so he
will not harbour any vengeance towards
you on those that you cannot take up.
Avoid the tasks that will land you in
problems. If you have a clear vision
about your goal and what you are
prepared to do and what you are not,
then you will never land yourself in
distress or defeat. Be very clear about
what you want for yourself in life.
Continues next week....)