Understanding power- A key to happiness.

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The Story :

On one fine day,I was rushing to the office as I was late,it was a rainy day and many roads were clogged due to that I had to take a longer route. And I got late! As I entered my office I heard people talking loudly, in fact, they were shouting and quarrelling and there was no happiness at all.

I reached there and asked what the matter was. On inquiring I came to know that there was some misunderstanding between two of our volunteers and it caused the row. Fights and quarrels between the volunteers were seriously disliked by me so I asked everybody to get back on their work and those two to meet me in my cabin.

Those two volunteers were Bina and Monish. Bina was very hardworking and sincere person where Monish was a carefree and fun loving person. Both of them lived with happiness and were the True heroes of the organisation.

As they in, I asked them the entire matter in detail. I understood that it was nobody’s mistake but just lack of understanding power. I asked both of them to calm down and the told them a story.

A few years back, we were living in Chanakyapuri located in Delhi.  At that time, I and one friend of mine got an opportunity to meet a legendary spiritual guru. We both went in my car to that venue which was 10-12 km away from Chanakyapuri.

We attended the program, met the dignitary but on our way back we did not have the car as our driver had to go urgently to somewhere. So we decided to take the rickshaw from near the main road.We reached the main road. It was the bright sunny day.

Sun was shining right above our heads and heat waves were clearly felt. We tried to stop many rickshaws but nobody was ready to stop. They swiftly passed beside us but did not stop. One, two, three…. like this 5 rickshaws went without stopping. Luckily, the 6 rickshaw stopped.

The man driving the auto astonished us. He was a man of 100 kg. Short and plum. His skin was dark like Negros.  He wore golden rings on all his fingers and thick golden chains in his neck. His look resembled a Goon or a typical “Bhai”. Looking at him we could see a smaller version of Munnabhai from ‘Lage Raho MunnaBhai’. He stopped but he had one condition.

According to that condition, we have to pay him 120 bucks instead of 80. We happily agreed to him as it was scorching hot and we wanted to go home.

We sat in and he started driving. Once he started we could feel that we were sitting in F1’s racing car and Michael shoemaker was driving. That person drove so fast that we doubted we would reach Chanakyapuri alive or not.

We both were looking at our frightened faces. My friend joked that at least we would be satisfied that before dying we could meet such legendary artist.

We were driving near the wall of the over bridge when suddenly a biker came in full speed and dashed with the rickshaw. The auto was about to overturn but the driver somehow managed to balance it.

The biker went ahead and stopped at the crossroad as the signal turned red. The auto driver was fuming with anger. He was breathing heavily which clearly showed how angry he was.

When we reached the crossroad he spotted the bike rider and made his way through all the vehicles. He asked us to wait and watch. We both thought that a major fight is going to take place. He reached to the biker and asked him to take off his helmet. The biker took out his helmet with the force which gave us inundation that Ramayana, Mahabharata is going to take place.

But what the auto driver did really shocking for us. He in a very calm tone asked the biker if he was lost, whether he was finding some place or what. The biker told him is agony. He said that he has been travelling here and there as all the people were showing him different routes.

He said he wanted to go Sipi. The auto driver immediately took his rickshaw back and told him that he has to go right. When he came back I asked him what was the reason which made him so calm and helping the biker instead of hitting him.

What that auto-rickshaw driver said impressed us and his respect in our eyes grew. He said that initially, even he used to get very angry at people who used to drive in such reckless manner. But one day he promised his wife that he will never get angry and will try to control his anger as far as possible.

He also stated that people drive in differently in different situations. One will be driving slowly if he is finding any location, very fast if he is late and has to reach somewhere on time etc. He said that he was able to identify the frustration of the biker and thus went to help him.

My friend got very impressed by the driver and he wanted to give him 500 bucks for his thoughts and deeds. But the auto driver was so down to earth that when he was offered 500 bucks he refused to take it. But on insisting he took it saying that I will charge you 120 bucks only, next to all the passengers who sit my rickshaw will get the free ride till the amount reaches 380 bucks. Such high understanding power and control over his anger made him richer than anyone having tonnes of money.

But on insisting he took it saying that I will charge you 120 bucks only, next to all the passengers who sit my rickshaw will get the free ride till the amount reaches 380 bucks. Such high understanding power and control over his anger made him richer than anyone having tonnes of money.

Conclusion for happiness :

I told them that my main aim through this story was to explain them the importance of understanding in our life. If we start understanding others our half problems will automatically disappear. Understanding is the key to happiness in life. Both of them agreed to develop a good tuning between them and work all the things out. They apologised and started with their work. Even I started my work with a happiness and hope that such quarrels don’t happen again.

They apologised and started with their work. Even I started my work with a happiness and hope that such quarrels don’t happen again.

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