32. The poorer, the happier

To the end of his life, Luang Pu would have his daily warm-water bath at 5:00 every evening, assisted by a monk or novice. After he had dried off and was feeling refreshed, he would often speak a few words of Dhamma that occurred to him at the time. For instance, once he said,

“We monks, if we establish in ourselves a sense of satisfaction with our status as monks, will find nothing but happiness and peace. But if we have the status of a monk and yet hanker after any other status, we’ll be engulfed in suffering all the time. When you can stop thirsting, stop searching, that’s the true state of being a monk. When you’re truly a monk, the poorer you are, the more happiness you have.”