Life without problems would lead you nowhere.
(Based on a post of folk story by my friend Hamsabai Santhana Krishnan. Thanks to her.)
There was farmer in an Indian village ,
And one day God appeared before him,
And asked, “What are your problems ?
And in what way I can be of help to you.?”
The farmer replied , “You are my main problem,
You send rain and wind whenever You like”
God smiled and replied to him , “Oh no problem,
From now on rain , sun light and wind will be your servants.”
The farmer was extremely happy and in the next cropping season,
He simply told , “Rain come” and rain came and when he said,
“Rain stop” , it did really stop,”, he ploughed sowed seeds,
Made sun to shine when he wanted and Got wind when he wanted.
The crop grew luxuriously green , it flowered greatly ,
And at proper time came for harvest and the farmer,
With great joy in his mind , harvested his crop but was shoched,
To see that none of the paddy grains had rice inside them.
He was shocked and shouted , “Oh treacherous God”,
And God did come and asked the famer, “Now what?”
And he said, “I am not getting a single grain of rice from my crop,”
And God with a funny face asked “But you controlled everything”
The farmer said to god, “I do not want those powers but give me rice”
And God said, “ After the needed rain, I used to send speedy winds,
And the paddy plants to conserve themselves would send their roots deep,
And I never used to send huge water and plants would sent their roots wide.”
This would make them struggle and to preserve their progeny,
They used produce lots of seed, but when you controlled them,
They thought , they will get everything for asking and for ever,
And they were not bothered to produce more seeds to conserve themselves.”
God further said, “When you struggle in your life, you would work very hard,
When night came , man invented a light, when travel became difficult slow ,
Man invented vehicles and when problems are there man would solve them,
And a life without problem is a cursed life as it makes him lazy and indolent .”
Farmer shook his head and replied . “Oh God I did not know that,
For I always thought , when life is without problems , it would be great ,
Please take bck the powers that you gave me and let me struggle,
And get a great crop so that me and others can eat.