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A parable on Santosha: “It is what it is.”



The literal translation of the second niyama is contentment. I believe that an applicable way of explaining Santosha is simply,  that it is having trust in a guiding supreme universal force, whether it is Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, or the ocean breeze. Santosha is about believing in every moment that all is exactly as it should be. This reminds me of a beautiful parable of a Chinese farmer…

“It is what it is”

A man named Sei Weng owned a beautiful mare which was praised far and wide. One day this beautiful horse disappeared. The people of his village offered sympathy to Sei Weng for his great misfortune. Sei Weng said simply, “That’s the way it is.”

A few days later the lost mare returned, followed by a beautiful wild stallion. The village congratulated Sei Weng for his good fortune. He said, “That’s the way it is.”

Some time after, Sei Weng’s only son, while riding the stallion, fell off and broke his leg. The village people once again expressed their sympathy at Sei Weng’s misfortune. Sei Weng again said, “That’s the way it is.”

Soon thereafter, war broke out and all the young men of the village except Sei Weng’s lame son were drafted and were killed in battle. The village people were amazed at Sei Weng’s good luck. His son was the only young man left alive in the village. But Sei Weng kept his same attitude: despite all the turmoil, gains and losses, he gave the same reply, “That’s the way it is.”

Obviously, the meaning of this story is that everything happens for a reason and things can’t be defined as “good” or “bad”.  Life contentment is found by not attaching oneself to these external circumstances, as hard as it may be.

When things feel up in the air… return to the breath, the moment… and know that you are being supported by your higher power always.


Author: taozirae

Theresa, known as Taozi 桃子(Peach)to her Chinese students, has been teaching yoga since 2008. She has studied many types of yoga with world renowned teachers from all over the planet. China, the United States, Australia, and India. With over 1000 hours of YTT experience she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the sweetness of her eclectic practice with others. Her life philosophy is that “The seeds we water are the seeds that grow “…wherever we decide to put our energy, our thoughts, and our actions are the areas of our lives that will grow. Life is about learning to water the right seeds!

8 thoughts on “A parable on Santosha: “It is what it is.”

  1. I try to live by this mantra, but find it to be challenging. I am not a go with the flow sort of person, instead, I prefer to modify parts of my life thinking that I can create and shape my future. It’s nice to read this and reflect. I definitely need to step back a bit and let things take their natural course.
    Also, great photo! I love how peaceful you look!

  2. Did you post this story before? If not someone else did, as it is one I tell, but from a Russian version and this farmer’s response is always “We’ll see” but all of the events are the same. It’s a great story for children and adults.

  3. I love that story. Everytime something that could be percieved as good or bad luck happens to me I think about that and I say to myself: it is what it is. Time will tell

    • I am happy you enjoyed the story! Isn’t it so apt to the way life really does work? We never really know what is best for us… Thank you for reading and looking forward to having you come back! 🙂

  4. I love how you’ve used this story to bring home the meaning of santosha. Powerful and yummy!

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