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The art of living for any one of us is as important as air, food and water. Otherwise we won’t be any better than animals that just live to eat. One can have hundreds of books on the art of living but the one that gives one a simple but definite guidance is the one by S N Goenkka’s The Art of Living. Those of you who have not read it, must do so, sooner than later.
The book, besides giving you the techniques of the art of meditation, gives you real life-like small and simple stories but with high moral lessons that could change one’s course of life forever.
One such little but lovely story is about an old man and his son. As we all know, people, when they get old, become quite childish. But in the sense that they acquire all the lovely and innocent manifestations of a child’s mind. Childish curiosity is one of them, and perhaps the most distinct behaviour characteristic.
An old man used to ask his son many a questions every day just like the son used to do the same when he was a child. The old man would never get tired of asking questions even if his son did not reply or did not give satisfactory answers. At times, he would repeat the same question time and again with the ease and innocence of a three-year-old. One day, over such a question, the son got irritated and told his father not to repeat the same question.
The old man then told his son that when he (son) was a little child, and when he used to ask him (old man) such questions time and again, he never behaved the way the son did now, but was always ready to give him answers to the best of his ability. But now that he (old man) asked him (son) in the same manner, how come he was fed up with him?
This remark moved the son so much that he started crying. And since then he treated his father as if he were a small child full of innocent curiosities.
This kind of stories tells us how we have to deal with our old parents. We have to remind ourselves that it was our parents who sacrificed everything they could for our good but they never got fed up with our constant demands for a hundred things now and then. I even go to the extent of saying that those who do not have faith and do not believe in God, must treat their parents as God. After all, who could be a better God than one’s parents!