“I am extremely depressed these days,” the disciple said. “My girlfriend is now my former best friend’s girlfriend, and she took the cat with her as well. I have a degree in Social Sciences and a job frying hamburgers that barely pays the rent. When I come home at night, nothing’s waiting for me except a messy one-bedroom apartment. So I just have a couple of beers or three and conk out.”
“Your glass fill level needs adjusting,” the swami said, “everyone tends to see theirs as too empty. While people with a full glass would rather have a heap on it. That’s human nature for you.”
The disciple didn’t think that this advice would help him much. Even though he’d talked to people who greatly admired the swami and his wisdom, this platitude just wouldn’t do.
“My glass is quite empty, which ever way I look at it,” he said.
The swami closed his eyes, a smile lingering on his lips. After a while he opened his eyes again.
“You have been blessed with a glass that indeed might seem rather empty at this time. This is simply an opportunity. Go and fill it.”
– Niebla (© 2017)
From the forthcoming Encounters with Swami Vaporananda.