Story: Pray For a Contented Mind

The Lord Vishnu said to his devotee: “I am weary
of your constant petitions.
I have decided to grant you any
three things you ask for. After that,
I shall give you nothing more.”

The devotee delightedly made his first
petition at once. He asked that his
wife should die so that he could marry
a better woman. His petition was
immediately granted.

But when friends and relatives gathered
for the funeral and began to recall all
the good qualities of his wife, the
devotee realized he had been hasty. He
now realized he had been blind to
all her virtues. Was he likely to find
another woman as good as her?

So he asked the Lord
to bring her back to life!
That left him with just one
petition. He was determined not
to make a mistake this time, for he
would have no chance to correct it.
He consulted widely. Some of his friends
advised him to ask for immortality. But
of what good was immortality, said others,
if he did not have good health? And of
what use was health if he had no money?
And of what use was money if he had no friends?

Years passed and he could not make up
his mind what to ask for: life or health
or wealth or power or love. Finally he
said to the Lord, “Please advise me on
what to ask for.”

The Lord laughed when he saw the
man’s predicament, and said, “Ask to
be content no matter what you get.”


This kind of runs along the lines of always wanting more, or trying to be more and never being happy because we’re always trying to become something that we are not. That or we are always wanting something more instead of being content with what we have.

Anyway I hope this story is enjoyable and may weigh on your hearts. Read it once, twice, and just sort of let it sit on you without the need to come to conclusion and something beautiful may happen. 🙂

The Song of the Bird – Anthony De Mello


Nick Myers, a 28 year old serial blogger. Also minimalist, zen participant, philosopher, author of Emotional Alchemist, and tea disciple. I am one who sees a potential lesson in every experience in life. Life is who we are and life is our ultimate guru. I seek to bring us together through our own shared experiences. And hope to not only learn deeply who I am but to learn deeply who others are by dropping my ideas from moment to moment about you.

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2 comments on “Story: Pray For a Contented Mind
  1. msayers says:

    I like it. I wonder what happened when the guy asked. Vishnu couldn’t grant that wish. That content-ness would have to come from the devotee. Hmmm… maybe that was the point. Thanks for sharing that. Good one!

  2. haha, yeah its the story of ours lives right? We’re always searching for something more but never do we look to be with content with exactly who we are in that eternal moment.

    Good ol Vishnu and his 3 wish shenanigans.

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