The dog guards the house. But how does the master treat it? After everybody has taken food, the remnants are thrown to the dog. It eats that food with great relish and is ready to die for the sake of the master. Even so, the old man attached to his wife and children, sits on the pial, always concerned about the welfare of his family. How do the children treat the old man? They just throw a little food at him, as they throw to a dog, with contempt and condescension. Such is the miserable state of the fool who lives a miserable life of perpetual attachment (Moha).
Serenity, aspiration, detachment, self-restraint are the pre-requisites of meditation.