Develop Love and Discard Hatred

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Forgiveness

A kindergarten teacher had decided to let her class play a game.

The teacher told each child to bring along a plastic bag containing a few potatoes, to class the next day. The children were then asked to secretly name each potato with a name of a person they hated. So the number of potatoes that a child put in his/her plastic bag would depend on the number of people he/she hated.

Intrigued and eager to play the game, every child  brought some potatoes with the name of the people he/she hated. Some kids had 2 potatoes; some 3 while some up to 5 potatoes. The teacher then told the children to carry the potato bags with them, wherever they went (even to the toilet) for 1 week. The game had begun.

As the days passed by, the children started complaining about the unpleasant smell and stench caused by the rotten potatoes. Moreover, those the kids who had more potatoes also had to carry heavier bags. The week went by slowly and the children breathed sighs of relief, as the game came to an end. As their curiosity new no bounds, the children eagerly gathered around the teacher to know the outcome of this peculiar potato game.

The teacher asked them, “Children, How did you feel while carrying the potatoes with you for 1 week?” The children let out their frustrations and started complaining of the trouble, they had undergone, carrying the bag of smelly potatoes with them for the past week.

Rotten potato

The teacher listened to their woes and complaints patiently;   then she gently highlighted the hidden meaning behind the game. The teacher said, “This is what happens, when you carry hatred for somebody inside your heart. The stench of hatred will dirty your heart and you will carry it with you wherever you go. If you couldn’t tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for week, can you imagine what is it like to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime???”


Throw away any hatred for anyone from your heart so
that you will not carry sins for a lifetime. Forgiving others is the
best attitude to take!

True love is not loving a perfect person but loving an imperfect person

Read this story now in diff Indian languages


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