The Kite story

Philosophy of Life

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value-Control of vices, awareness

A good interpretation of Mahabharata..

Sanjaya was finally there at Kurukshetra, the ground where the great war of Mahabharata happened.

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He wondered if the war had any real purpose. He also knew that he would not have the answer till he went to the spot where the greatest war took place.

It was said in the texts that eighty percent of the fighting male population of the civilization was wiped out in the eighteen days of the war.

He looked around and wondered if the war really happened, if the ground beneath him had soaked all that blood, if the great Pandavas and Krishna stood where he stood.

“You will never know the truth about that!” said an aging soft voice.

Sanjaya turned around to find an Old man in saffron robes appearing out of a column of dust.

“I know you are here to find out about the Kurukshetra war, but you cannot know about that war till you know what the real war is about.” the Old man said enigmatically.

“What do you mean?”

Sanjaya instantly knew that he was in the presence of someone who knew more about the war than any living person he had ever met .
“The Mahabharata is an Epic, a ballad, perhaps a reality but definitely a philosophy.”

The Old man smiled luring Sanjaya into more questions.

“Can you tell me what the philosophy is then?”
Sanjay requested.

“Sure. Here goes,” began the Old man.

“The Pandavas are nothing but your five senses, sight, smell, taste, touch and sound and do you know what the Kauravas are?” he asked narrowing his eyes.

Sanjaya shook his head.

“The Kauravas are the hundred vices that attack your senses everyday but you can overpower them. Do you know how?”

Sanjaya shook his head again.
“When Krishna is your charioteer”. The Old man smiled brighter and Sanjaya gasped at that gem of an insight.

“Krishna is your inner voice ,your soul, your guiding light and if you put your life in His hands you have nothing to worry.”

Sanjaya was stupefied but came around quickly with another question. “Then why are good people like Dronacharya and Bhishma fighting for the Kauravas, if they are vices?”

The Old man nodded, sadder for the question.

“It just means that as you grow up, you realize that the elders who you thought were perfect in your growing up years are not all that perfect. They have faults. And one day you will have to decide if they are for your good or your bad. Then you may also realize that you may have to fight them for the good. It is the hardest part of growing up and that is why the Geeta is important.”

Sanjaya slumped down on the ground, not because he was tired but because he was struck by the enormity of it all.

“What about Karna?” he whispered.

“Ah!” said the Old man. “You have saved the best question for the last. Karna is the brother to your senses, he is Desire. He is a part of you but stands with the vices. He feels wronged and makes excuses for being the vices as your desire does all the time.

Does your desire not give you excuses to embrace vices?”

Sanjay nodded silently. He looked at the ground, consumed with a million thoughts, trying to put everything together and then when he looked up the Old man was gone.

He seemed to have disappeared in the column of dust………
Leaving behind the great philosophy of Life .

Learning

Mahabharata is the inner war in each one of us. Once we are aware of our shortcomings, vices etc we must start working on it to improve ourselves; with the help of our inner voice i.e ‘Krishna’ within us.

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As you sow so you reap

 

Value- Right conduct

Sub value-Sincere, doing the right always

Once a king ordered his three ministers to take a bag and go to the forest and fill up the bag with fruits.

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The first minister thought that since the king has ordered for collection of fruits, he must collect the best of the fruits in the bag.
The second minister thought that since the king is a very busy person, he may not look very thoroughly into the bag what has been collected and hence he collected whatever he could lay his hands. Thus his bag was filled up with a mixture of good and rotten fruits.
The third minister thought that the king would see only externally how big the bag is and hence he just filled up the bag with all dried leaves and dust.
All the three ministers came back to the court with their respective bags, having executed the order of collecting the fruits.

bag of fruits
The King, without even seeing what their bags contained, just ordered that now the three ministers must be sent to separate jails for three months, where they will not be provided with any food and they were only allowed to carry the respective bags wherein they had collected the fruits.
The first minister could spend the three months in the jail by eating the very nice fruits he had collected.
The second one could survive for some time with the good fruits in the bag and later he developed diseases by eating the rotten fruits he had collected.
The Third minister had nothing to eat and hence could not survive.
Learning
From the above story we understand that we have to undergo the consequences of our own activities.
“You will be suffering your own reactions after your karmas, any single karma you perform, you have to suffer for it. Good and bad, everything, you have to have this reaction. No doubt about it.
In Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva, it is said
yathaa dhenu sahasreshu / vatso gachhati maataram
yat ca krtam karma / kartaaram api gachhati
“Amongst thousands of cows, the calf finds its own mother cow. Similarly the results of our past karma (deeds) when fully ripened, will find us without fail.” works why are so many corrupt people successful ?

The comb seller

The Black Spot

Value- Optimism

Sub value- Gratitude, Count our blessings

black dot

One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to take a surprise test. The professor handed out the question paper.To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions….just a black dot in the center of the page. The professor seeing the expression on everyone’s face, told them the following:

“I want you to write what you see there.”

At the end of the class, the professor took all the answer papers and started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students. All of them with no exceptions, described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet, etc. etc. etc. After all had been read, the professor began to explain:

“I am not going to grade you on this test. I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same happens in our lives. We have a white paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots. Our life is a gift given to us by God.

However we insist on focusing only on the dark spots – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend etc. The dark spots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds.

Lets take our eyes away from the black spots in our life and enjoy each moment of life.

Learning

Lets learn to count our blessings and have gratitude for what we have rather than always looking at the negative side and focusing on what we do not have.

A cabbie’s honesty

Value- Truth

Sub value- Honesty

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Shiv Khera, a renowned author and management trainer, writes about his experience in Singapore :

Six years ago in Singapore, I gave a cab driver a business card, to take me to a particular address.

At the last point, he circled around the building. His meter read 11$, but he took only 10$.

I said, “Henry, your meter reads 11$, how come you are taking only 10$?”

He said, “Sir, I am a cab driver. I am supposed to be bringing you straight to the destination. Since I did not know the last spot, I had to circle around the building. Had I brought you straight here, the meter would have read 10$. Why should you be paying for my ignorance?”

He continued, “Sir, legally I can claim 11$ but honestly and ethically I am entitled to only 10$.”

He further added that Singapore is a tourist destination. Many people come here, for three or four days. After clearing the immigrations and customs, the first experience is always with the cab driver and if that is not good, the balance three to four days are not pleasant either.

He then said, “Sir, I am not just a cab driver. I am the Ambassador of Singapore, without a diplomatic passport.”

In my opinion, he probably did not go to school beyond the 8th grade, but to me he was a professional. To me, his behavior reflected pride in Performance and Character.

That day I learnt, that one needs more than professional qualification, to be a professional.

Learning

In one line…”Be a professional with a Human touch and Values”…that makes all the more difference. Knowledge, Skill, Money, Education, all comes later. First comes Human Values, Honesty and Integrity, as displayed by the cab driver. A cultured person is one who has good thoughts and good conduct. Man has no doubt mastered many ways of accumulating wealth and amassing fortune, yet happiness eludes him. Why? Because his conduct is not proper. For good conduct, virtues are most essential. A virtuous person can accomplish anything. Without virtues, life ceases to have any meaning. Good conduct should be the real basis for life.

Note– The above is a real life experience. I also have recently experienced a similar incident in Singapore when the cabbie missed one exit and took a longer route and as soon as he realised that he stopped his meter and charged me exactly what would be needed for my destination. Kudos to these honest cabbies.

The Movie Ticket

Value- Truth

Sub value- Honesty

Once, a lady took her two kids to see a movie. Walking up to the ticket counter she asked, “How much does the ticket cost?” The booking clerk replied, “Rs.50 for you and for children above 5 years. Children under five years are allowed to see the movie free of cost. What is the age of your children?”

mom

The lady said, “One is three years old and the other one is six years old so I need two tickets.” And she gave hundred rupees to the booking clerk. The booking clerk replied, “If you would have told me that your child is 5 years old who would have known and you could have easily saved 50 rupees.”

The lady replied, “Nobody else would have known, but my children would have surely known that I am lying. I don’t want to teach them dishonesty.”

Learning

Parents and especially mothers are the first teachers of the children. The children look upon to them to learn the values. So it becomes the prime duty of parents to follow the values that they want to impart to their children. Parents right behaviour and attitude can go a long way in the proper upbringing of a child.

In challenging times, when ethics are more important than ever before, we must make sure that we set a good example for our family as well as with everyone we work and live with.

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