The Tiger and the Fox

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Responsibility

 

Tiger and fox

Deep in the forest, there once lived a fox, which had lost the use of its front legs, possibly while escaping from a trap. A man, who lived on the edge of the forest saw the fox from time to time, often wondered and was curious, as to how in the world the fox managed to get its food. To satisfy his curiosity, one day he hid himself, close enough to watch the fox. From his hideout, he saw a tiger was approaching with a fresh game in its claws. Placing the game down on the ground, the tiger ate its fill, leaving the rest for the fox.

The same thing happened the next day and the next. It dawned then on the man, that the great Provider of this world had sent food to the fox through the tiger. The man thought and said to himself, “If this fox is taken care of in this mysterious manner, its food sent by some unseen Higher Power, why don’t I just rest in a corner and have my daily meal provided for me as well? “ He decided to try out and see if the great Power would provide him too, with a daily meal.

With firm faith, he waited for his food to be sent by the great Provider; but days passed by and nothing happened. With the passage of time, the man lost weight and strength due to starvation; and was reduced to a skeleton, but he was determined to carry on.

One day he was on the verge of fainting, when he heard a Voice which said, “O Son! You have been mistaken, behold the Truth now! You should have followed the example of the tiger instead of imitating the disabled fox.”

Learning

Responsibility gives us power and Irresponsibility makes us weak.  God helps those who help themselves. There is no reward without hard work.

http://www.spiritual-short-stories.com/spiritual-short-story-118-The+Tiger+and+the+Fox.html

 

Have Connection With Your Loving God Through Prayers

Value:  Love

Sub value: Faith, Devotion

Once upon a time there lived a very poor couple who had 4 sons and 2 daughters. The man of the house was bed ridden due to an illness, hence there was no source of income in the house. It was the lady of the house who had to manage the household within their meagre means. It was a constant worry and juggle for the woman to run her household and provide the basic necessities for her children and her husband. Her dire circumstances compelled her to appeal to the shopkeeper of a nearby shop, to give her some groceries on credit.

With great trepidation, she humbly approached the shopkeeper and explained the situation of her family to him. She had hoped that he would oblige her with the credit on food items, but to her dismay, not only did the shopkeeper refuse to help but also retorted that she seek help elsewhere. A gentleman, at the shop noticed this woman’s woeful plight offered to help the woman by paying for her groceries.

With great reluctance the shrewd shopkeeper, asked the woman, to put her shopping list on the weighing scale, but laid a condition, that she would be able to take the groceries, which equalled the weight of her shopping list.

When the woman on heard this, she bowed her head and closed her eyes, as if in prayer. She took a piece of paper and wrote something on it. She then put that piece of paper on the weighing scale carefully with great humility. As soon as the woman put that piece of paper on the weighing scale, it tilted down, as if the piece of paper had taken the place of weights on the scale.

Both the shopkeeper and the gentleman stared in open mouthed amazement, as the scale went down and stayed down with the weight of paper. The bewildered shopkeeper looked at the scales, started stacking the groceries on the other side of the scale, yet the scales did not balance. He continued to load up the groceries on the other scale, for the scales to balance. To the astonishment of the shopkeeper and the gentleman, the scales would not balance at all!

Confoundedly, unable to fathom this ongoing scene, he pounced on that piece of paper from the scales and looked at it; his bewilderment gave way to awe and reverence. The piece of paper was not a grocery list. It was instead a prayer which said, “Dear God, you know of my needs and I am leaving this in your hands to give me, as much as, You want.”

Speechless at the miracle which he had witnessed, the shopkeeper quietly gave her the food items that he had put on the scales, without billing her. The woman profusely thanked the shopkeeper for his goodwill and kind gesture; then went her way. The shopkeeper discovered later that, the scales had broken under the weight of that mysterious piece of paper. Therefore, only the Lord knows how much a prayer weighs.”

weighing scale

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Learning

Through Prayer a person can address the Lord, his/her feelings & mind. Prayer is a way of having a personal experience and intimate connection with our loving Lord. He is willing to listen to us and responds with love and concern, all the time. The method of such calling our Lord is PRAYER. Those who have faith in Lord, generally Pray for Him. Prayer can be done during the worship or can be done just silently in our mind. If we pray to the Lord with sincerity then He shall answer to our prayers immediately. Those who love God, will have full trust and faith in Him. And He will answer their prayers.

http://gita-blog.blogspot.sg/2013/01/have-intimate-connection-with-your.htm

Unni- The innocent child devotee

Value-Love

Sub value: Faith, Devotion

 

 

 

unni

 

It is customary in Indian temples to offer food offering (Naivedhya) to God, this naivedhya is partaken by devotees as prasaad. The prasaad is considered to have God’s blessings residing in it and also is a display of the process of giving and receiving between the devotees and the Lord. The story goes thus.

There was once a priest in a temple who single handedly managed all the activities and venerations in the temple. It so happened that the priest had to go out on an urgent engagement during the time the Naivedhya had to be offered to the Lord. To keep the activities and worship in the temple ongoing, he instructed his twelve year old son to offer naivedhya to the Lord at the scheduled time.

The priest’s son, Unni, offered some cooked rice to the Lord; in his simplicity, he believed that the Lord’s idol would eat the food, but the idol did not move. Thinking that the Lord would prefer, curd rice and salted mangoes, Unni rushed out, bought the same from a vendor nearby and offered it to the Lord with utmost love and affection.

To Unni’s chagrin, the idol again remained unmoved. Unni was dismayed; he cajoled, beseeched, coaxed and in the end threatened the Lord, but the idol remained unaffected. He was heartbroken as he believed he had failed to make the Lord accept his Naivedhya. With tears streaming down his cheeks like twin rivers, he bawled at the Lord, saying that his father would punish him if the Lord didn’t eat the Naivedhya. The Lord could not bear to hear Unni’s agonised plea anymore, and the offerings suddenly disappeared. Thrilled that the Lord had accepted the Naivedhya, Unni left the temple satisfied.

Later when his father, the priest, returned to the temple, he saw the empty plate and became very angry with Unni; but Unni insisted that God had eaten the offering. Unni’s innocent words and entreaties, made no impact on his father, who was furious, as he believed his son, Unni had eaten the offering himself and was lying about it. Blinded by rage, the priest raised his hand to hit Unni, when he heard a celestial voice which professed, “I am guilty. Unni is innocent”. The divine soothing words froze the priest in his tracks!

God had come to the rescue of his innocent devotee!

Learning

God is bound only by the love of His devotees. He will do anything to protect his devotees.

 

Shopkeeper and boy

boyValue- Love

Sub value- Faith

Once, a poor little boy could not get even a morsel of food to appease his hunger, and stole a banana from a nearby fruit shop.
Being a devotee of the Lord  he dropped half the banana into the ‘hundi’ (donation box) and he ate the other half. The shop-keeper caught hold of the boy andaccused him of the theft. The boy admitted his guilt. The shop-keeper did not have the heart to punish this innocent boy, but to teach him a lesson, he ordered him to walk around the temple a certain number of times. The shop-keeper was aghast when he saw the Lord  follow the little boy around the temple. That night the Lord came to the shopkeeper in a dream and explained, “Since I have also had a share in the stolen banana I am bound to share the punishment, too. So, I followed the boy around the temple.

Learning

Lord sees the simplicity and love of innocent people.

Humble devotee of the Lord

nambuValue- Right Conduct

Sub Value-Humility

Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri was a devotee of Guruvayoorappan- Lord Krishna. He composed the 1034 verseNarayaneeyam, a summary of the Bhagavata Purana in 1586 AD. Melpathur Bhattithiri was a student of Achyuta Pisharody, who became ill. As a student of the guru, Melpathur Bhattithiri took the disease upon himself as part of Guru Dakshina. The disease was incurable, and he was instructed by Ezhuthachan to become a devotee of Guruvayoorappan. Being a Sanskrit scholar, Melpathur Bhattithiri composed a verse every day for the Lord, and after the final verse was complete, he was cured of his ailments.

Poonthanam Namboodiri was a humble devotee of Lord Guruvayurappan. He wrote a Malayalam lyric “Jnanappana” in praise of the Lord. He was not erudite like Bhattathiri but his lyrics were noted for their simplicity and devotional fervour. He requested Bhattathiri to revise it, but Bhattatiri lacked humility and looked down upon Poonthanam’s knowledge of Sanskrit.Poonthanam went home and wept bitterly before the Lord.

That night a boy appeared at Bhattathiri’s house as he was preparing to recite Narayaneeyam. Seating the boy at his side, he started to recite. The boy pointed out an error in the very first verse. The poet admitted it and proceeded with the next verse, and the boy pointed out two mistakes. In the third verse, he pointed out three mistakes and so on. After the tenth verse, Bhattatiri realised that the boy was the Lord himself, and understood that Poonthanam’s bhakti was more pleasing to the Lord than his own superior knowledge of Vibhakti (Sanskrit grammar) and learning. He rushed to Poonthanam and sought his forgiveness. When he read the Jnanappana, he found that it was flawless.

Learning

Faith and devotion is more important for Lord than the accumulation of knowledge without love and humility. Humility is the hall mark of character building.

Everything happens for the good

Value- Peace

Sub value- Patience, Forbearance

 

 

 

Everything happens for a reason

Whatever happens, happens for Good!

However we may not understand it; particularly if it is not to our liking. The following story portrays the same effectively.

 

Me: God, can I ask you a question?

God: Sure.

Me: Promise you won’t get mad.

God: I promise.

Me (reprovingly): why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do you mean?

Me (petulantly): Well, I woke up late.

God: Yes.

Me (crossly): My car took forever to start.

God: Okay.

Me ( grumbling): At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.

God: Huummm.

Me (irritated): On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call.

God: All right.

Me ( frustrated): And on top of it all, when I got home I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax, but it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

God: Let me see, the Death Angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me: (humbled): OH…

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.

Me: (embarrassed): Ok…

God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false information, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me: (in awe) I see God.

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m sorry God.

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to trust me…..in all things, the good and the bad.

Me: I will trust you.

God: And don’t doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.

Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God, and I love looking after my children.

Learning

Having patience and forbearance for things that are not under our control. Do one’s best, have the right attitude, develop tolerance and we will know that whatever happens, happens for the best. There is always a learning in that.

 

Raama Naama chanting

Value- Truth

Sub Value- Knowledge

rama

A guru was teaching Vishnu Sahasranaamam to a group of young boys. Guru chanted the shlokam :

Sri Rama Rama Raamethi Rame Rame Manorame |

Sahasra naama Tathulyam Rama Naama Varaanane ||

Then he told the boys, “If you chant Rama naamam 3 times, it is equivalent to chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranaamam or chanting Lord’s Naamam 1000 times.

One of the boys could not agree with the teacher. He questioned the teacher, “O Guru! How can 3 times=1000 times? I do not understand the rationale behind this. How 3 naamams =1000 naamams?

The wise and clever Guru, a great devotee of Lord Rama spontaneously explained, “Lord Shiva says that the name of Lord Rama is the sweetest of all the words & chanting this name would be equivalent to chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranama or thousand names of Vishnu.”

Here is the interesting numerical calculation to prove that 3 times chanting of Rama naamam = 1000 times chanting or chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranaamam.

Take the name Rama. It has two Sanskrit letters RA& MA

RA (2nd consonant in Sanskrit: ya, RA, la, va, sa and sha)

MA (5th consonant in Pa, Pha, Ba, Bha, MA).

Substitute the value of RA & MA as 2 & 5 to make RAMA: 2 X 5= 10. So saying Rama Rama Rama – 3 times is equal to 2×5 x 2×5 x 2×5 = 10x10x10 = 1000. Three times chanting Rama naamam is equivalent to chanting it 1000 times.

The boy was happy with the answer and started learning Vishnusahasranaama with full concentration and devotion.

Let us thank the curious boy and spread this to many friends for their information and chanting Rama Namam at least (1000) times both morning and evening at the least.

Learning

When the meaning or purpose for performing a certain rituals, prayers are explained to others, especially the children, they will appreciate and understand the significance and practice; rather than being compelled to do something for the sake of doing. Wisdom comes through knowledge and experience.

 

Courtesy: Matangi Kumar- Brahmin association

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