This is a short story recounted by Swami Dayananda Saraswati (b 1930), the founder of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (not to be confused with Maharshi Dayananda Saraswati of the Arya Samaj). It was posted recently on a web forum. The title of the story is mine.
The story goes as follows: “A man was enjoying his weekend at home with his family. His children were playing in the backyard with a balloon. They were very happy playing with the balloon until the it fell on a thorn and burst. The children came running to the man crying. The man did not get perturbed. He had experienced the same pain and suffering of bursting balloons as a child but over years he had matured. He knew better. He understood the nature of the reality of balloons and explains to his children that the reality of balloons is that the balloon was going to burst sooner or later. He has transcended the level of reality that his children were experiencing. It does not mean that the man thinks that the balloon is unreal. He knows that the balloon is there. However, having understood the nature of balloons, he has developed non-attachment to the level of reality that the children were experiencing. The man consoles his children explaining to them the nature of balloons. After that, the man picks up the weekend newspaper and goes inside. He is engrossed in the paper going from section to section. Eventually, he gets to the “Money Matters” section and realizes that the largest holding in his portfolio was decimated because of a scandal. The man was horrified and slumped in his chair. He had developed detachment and transcended the nature of balloons but not the nature of investments.”
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