A woodcutter was toiling to earn two meals a day. He met a monk. The monk advised him, ‘Drop being at the edge of the forest and go into the forest. Your daily hours of work will fetch you one month’s food.’
The woodcutter followed the advice. Deep within the forest, he found sandalwood trees. He was very happy. He expressed his gratitude to the monk for having guided him.
The monk advised again, ‘Take the risk of going still deeper into the forest. A day’s work will fetch you food for six months. Fortunately, this also turned out to be true; for he found a silver mine. He thanked the monk again, profusely. The monk further advised, ‘If you trust me and go further deeper into the forest, a day’s work will make you earn enough to fetch you food for a life time.’ This also turned out to be true; for he found a gold mine.
The woodcutter wondered, ‘why then does the monk still stay at the edge of the forest and not venture into the forest, as he has been advising me?’
He expressed his doubts to the monk. The monk replied, ‘If you want to be eternally happy, sit under this tree and I will teach you to go within. Then you will be eternally happy.’
To be outer winner, one has to explore the outside world. To be an inner winner, one has to go within oneself. The kingdom of heaven is within us.
One should balance being an outer and inner winner. Only then would one feel happy.