The man performed great austerities for several years. One day God became pleased by his piousness and appeared before him. God told the man to ask for a boon.
The man then asked that he be granted the opportunity to experience failure and unhappiness in every subsequent life.
God was surprised. He asked, “Why won’t you wish for success and happiness in every subsequent life?”
The man said that he wants to experience failure and unhappiness in every subsequent life because he desires to forever be a man of wisdom and faith. God smiled and granted the man the boon of failing and being unhappy in every life.
The irony is that wisdom and faith come to a man when he experiences great failure and unhappiness.