– King Yayati, Mahabharata
In the context of the Mahabharata, King Yayati selfishly demanded his son Puru’s youth so that he could pursue his desires at his expense. For a thousand years Yayati chased and achieved everything he wants. But in the end he came to the same conclusion as Shri Krishna, selfish motives only serve to cloud the vision of our true nature. He compares this thirst to butter poured into the fire of desire, which then only flares stronger. The Buddha’s second great teaching was the desire is the direct of cause suffering.
We all have to put the oxygen mask on in an aeroplane, but should we then have to continue to accumulate more masks for ourselves when many need our help. Yayati’s words are a strong reminder to at least evaluate the causes of happiness.