Wealth and happiness? Everyone gets what they deserve.
I'm going to Benares, the most holy city on the banks of the Ganges, city of the Gods. Benares also has another name. It is now called Varanasi - from the God Varuna.
Varuna once was the highest God in the cosmos, protector of the order, master of the rain. But that was many thousand years ago. Indra usurped the power and Varuna was forgotten.
In Varanasi I got to know Sonu. Sonu is the 10-year-old son of an undertaker. He explains to me what wealth and happiness are. A "holy man“, according to Sonu is rich - so rich, that there is nothing left for him to wish for.
But it is difficult to become this rich.
if you make to holy man so you don’t meet again to my mother father , understand - So I don’t know what I’m doing but I don’t think so I make holy man but if you not make holy man or you (make) holy man but if you have god in your heart so is everythings.
How would it be to give up everything. To leave all needs behind one, to be without origin and without an aim, without possessions, without loved ones, without a friend, without an enemy - to have no further desires.
Is he desirelessly happy, the holy man? Truly happy with no desires?
Or is it fear that has brought him here? He who desires nothing, has nothing to loose. He need not be afraid of injury, pain or death. He needn’t have any fear of life.
"Holy men and beggars“, the country is full of them. They are almost all naked and without possessions. But while one is respected, the other is ignored.
But I can understand the beggar better. The one who never ceases to run after happiness, the sacred cow - happiness.
This man may be drunk or mad with hunger - but he knows this much, the cow is the key. She alone can bring wealth and happiness. He knows this because he can still hear the songs from his childhood.
The cow is the key to happiness. Without the cow there would be nothing. Every child has heard the stories telling how it was in the dark ages when Vitra ruled the earth.
Vritra, the worlds’ snake, Vritra, the mistress of chaos.
Those were the times, when the mountains had wings and could fly around at will. Nothing was set and certain.
There were no laws, no rules, no truth.
But then Indra came. He cut the wings of the mountains and killed Vritra the world snake.
After that he opened the worlds’ mountain. Here Vritra had held wealth and happiness ransom thanks to a mighty spell and as Indra opened the worlds’ mountain, the cows came out. Innumerable cows. And with them came wealth and happiness.
And that was how human civilisation began.
I am a European. I know nothing of magic underlieing the cow’s the origin of human civilisation - I can only explain such things by a cost-benefit analysis.
Yes, the cow brought a lot of benefits. Cow dung for saturated ground and decimated woods – cow dung as fertiliser and as a never-ending source of fuel - and leather, horn and milk – wealth and happiness.
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