Even Gods Have Problems
I was very tired, fed up with the problems and tensions. Could not had a good sleep for many days.
My nephew dragged me to a Satsangh, saying u are sitting whole day at home, come for a change. I went reluctantly. And I said to myself, that since I have not slept well these last few days, maybe the boring satsang will put me to sleep for a few hours.
Well, I was in for a pleasant surprise. The saint was really good, and humerous, and he broached the topic of human problems. He said we are all complaining allthe time, but even the gods have their own set of problems, much more than us. Here is what he said, this is what I remember from his speech.
Lord Shiva and Vishnu were sitting one day, and Shiva was complaining to Vishnu
about his problems.Here is what he said.
I have two sons Ganesh and Kartikiya.(I did not know about kartikya).Ganesh Sits on a mouse, kartikya sits on a peacock. And I have a snake around my neck.
The peacock eyes the snake (peacocks eat snakes). My snake eyes Ganesha’s Mouse. Worse, I sit on the Nandi, the Bull, and my wife Parvati sits on the lion. Now the lion is eyeing my Nandi.
I have so much trouble balancing these things about.
Worse still, Parvati does not like her sister , Ganga to sit on my head. It is so cold on Kailash, and with all these problems, very little clothes on me, I wanted to kill myself.i drank poison, but that got stuck in my throat, and I cant even die .
Vishnu said, your problems are nothing , listen to mine.
I have one son, Kaamdev, the lord of lust. He has created havoc in the cosmos. I am ashamed.
I have one wife. Laxmi. Everyone prays to me, but want her to come to their house.And no one wants to let her go. Shiva, ur wife is with u, mine is roaming all around the world,with no one wanting to leave her, how would u feel in my place?
Also my Vahaan, the vehicle of travel, is Garud, the big bird. I have no seat belt, so cold up there, and one swish, and I am dead.
You are sitting in one place , kailash, and look at me I am sitting in the ocean, on the head of Sheeshnag, with multiple heads, and if one head goes wonky and bites me, I am dead .
I was laughing all the way, sleep disappeared, and I came to realize that saintly teaching are not bad, that I should have listened more in my younger days, but never mind,I enjoyed this one this one a lot.
Yes we all have problems, each human being having his or her own set of problems.But we have to face them and get along.
Take care friends.
(contributed by: user kapil Bamba on 16.12.2017)