Mulla always used to be happy. He would be
happy even if he did not receive any food
and if he was shivering due to the roof of
his hut had flown away in heavy rains, he
would be happy. Even when his wife Guljan
scolded him, he would be in peace and joy.
Someone asked, "Mulla, how can you always
remain happy ?"
Mulla said: "I used to be always unhappy, but
one day suddenly I became happy and since
then I have been happy. I was always pessimistic.
If someone asked me to do some work, then I
thought that it would not succeed. I always
used to have doubts that whether it is possible
or not. I used to see only difficulties one
can encounter on the way to doing work. Once
I became rich. I had my own house, there was
an orchard and lots of apples were grown there,
but many of them used to get spoiled. Some times
there may not be rains at all. And sometimes
enough rains. The weather was also suitable,
so that I would not have any reason for complaining.
My gardener told me,
"Mullaji, this time there is going to be
very good yield. Not a single apple is spoiled".
Mulla said, "Even then I was unhappy. Oh, if the
apples are not going to be spoiled then what will
we feed the animals ? All the apples are good, not
a single one is spoiled, that is the difficulty".
My gardener was in despair hearing this. If many
apples get spoilt, then there was unhappiness,
and if the apples are good and ripe, then also
there is unhappiness".
Then the gardener told me, "If all the apples are
good then you have unhappiness of not getting
spoiled apples and if there is no proper yield
and apples get spoiled, then also you are unhappy,
so why don't you be happy by both the thoughts -
if the yield is good, we will get more money and
if apples are spoiled then we will feed them to
the animals ?"
Mulla said, "The gardener showed me the key to
happiness! There are two sides of any matter,
any event. So why not choose the happy side ?
I do not feel unhappiness even if Guljan scolds
me. When she gets angry, I get a chance to
practice the art of maintaining calm. It has
become an unavoidable part of my life, and I have
learnt to live with it. I fought enough for so
many days. Now I have decided, whatever is going
to happen, no one can stop it. Let us try. If
possible, I adjust to the present situation and
co-operate with it. That's all, I am always
happy and everywhere there is joy."