Who is Responsible for the Human Desires?

Who is Responsible for the
Human Desires?

Though the source of this story is not known, it is funny and it does have a message!
God created the mule, and told him, "You will be mule, working constantly from dusk to
dawn, carrying heavy loads on your back. You will eat grass and lack intelligence. You
will live for 50 years." The mule answered, "To live like this for 50 years is too much.
Please, give me no more than 20." And it was so. Then God created the dog, and told
him, "You will hold vigilance over the dwellings of Man, to whom you will be his
greatest companion. You will eat his table scraps and live for 25 years." And the dog
responded, "Lord, to live 25 years as a dog like that is too much. Please, no more than
10 years." And it was so. God then created the monkey, and told him, "You are monkey.
You shall swing from tree to tree, acting like an idiot. You will be funny, and you shall
live for 30 years." And the monkey responded, "Lord, to live 30 years as the clown of
the world is too much. Please, Lord, give me no more than 10 years." And it was so.
Finally, God created Man and told him, "You are Man, the only rational being that walks
the earth. You will use your intelligence to have mastery over the creatures of the
world. You will dominate the earth and live for 20 years." And the man responded,
"Lord, to be Man for only 20 years is too little. Please, Lord, give me the 20 years the
mule refused, the 15 years the dog refused, and the 20 years the monkey rejected."
And it was so. And so God made Man to live 20 years as a man, then marry and live 20
years like a mule working and carrying heavy loads on his back. Then, he is to have
children and live 15 years as a dog, guarding his house and eating the leftovers after
they empty the pantry; then, in his old age, to live 20 years as a monkey, acting like an
idiot to amuse his grandchildren. And it is so

Om Tat Sat

(My humble salutations to  above mentioned Philosophers and  Advaita org   for the collection)


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