The house with the golden windows- Treasure what you have

 

Value- Right conduct

Sub Value- Contentment, Gratitude

A little girl lived in a small, very simple, poor house on a hill. As she grew she played in the small garden with a fence around it. As she grew older she was able to see beyond the garden fence, across the valley, onto a wonderful house high on the hill. This house had golden windows, so golden and shining, that the little girl would often fantasize of how magical, it would be to grow up and live in a house with golden windows instead of ordinary ones like hers.

Although she loved her parents and her family, she yearned to live in such a golden house and dreamed all day about how wonderful and exciting it would feel to live there.

When she got to an age where she gained enough skill and sensibility to go outside her garden fence, she asked her mother if she could go for a bike ride outside the gate and down the lane. After pleading with her mother, she was finally allowed to go, but her mother insisted that the little girl keep close to the house and not wander too far away. The day was beautiful and the little girl knew exactly where she was heading! Down the lane and across the valley, she rode her bike until she got to the gate of the golden house across the hill.

Excitedly, she dismounted from her bike and propped it against the gate post, focused on the path that lead to her dream house and then to the house itself. When the dream house came into view, the little girl stopped dead in her tracks. A look of disbelief slowly spread across her face!  She was so disappointed as she realized all the windows were plain and rather dirty, reflecting nothing other than the sad neglect of the house that stood derelict.

Saddened and dismayed, she didn’t go any further, rather turned back home with a broken heart. Just as she remounted her bike, she happened to glance up and saw a sight that amazed  her and left her spellbound. There across the way on her side of the valley, was a little house and its windows glistened golden …as the sun shone on her little home.

She realized that she had been living in her golden house and all the love and care she found there was what made her home the ‘golden house’. Everything she dreamed was right there in front of her nose!

Learning

We must learn to count our blessings rather than craving for more. The other side always looks greener which may not be always true. We must learn to value and treasure the things around us.

In a more spiritual sense, we have the biggest treasure within us the ‘love of God’ and we seek looking for temporary joy in the world.

 

 

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Where is God?

Value- Truth

Sub Value- Awareness

Once an inquisitive devotee asked a realized saint, “Bhagavan, what is the form of God? Where does he live and where can I find him?”

The saint said, “God is everywhere and is all pervading. He is blissful, omniscient and immortal and He is your own self”. The devotee asked, “If it is so, why do I not perceive and have an experience of Him?” The saint replied, “As the God is all pervading, He is within your own mind but your mind is not in Him. Your mind is engrossed in the world.”

The saint in many ways tried to make him understand the existence of God but the devotee could not comprehend and realize God. The saint then told him, “Go to Haridwar, there in Ganga, there is a fish of a strange colour and it can speak in the voice of human beings. The fish will give you an appropriate answer to your question”.

The inquisitive devotee bowed to the saint, touched his feet and started on his way to Haridwar. There he sat down in a corner and began to wait for the arrival of the strange fish. Whenever he saw any fish he repeated his question and asked where God lived and how could he see Him?

After a long wait, the strange colored  fish came and asked the devotee “Where from have you come and why?” The devotee replied, “ I have come from far and a saint asked me to meet you. I want to know where God lives and how can I see Him?” In reply the fish said to him, “I have been thirsty for the last seven days. So, pray tell me where can I get water ? ”

On listening to the words of the fish, the devotee laughed and said, “Oh foolish fish, water is above you, below you, it is on your right, on your left and there is water on all you sides”.

At the devotee’s taunting response, the fish turned serious and said, “Oh, you innocent devotee. You are also foolish like me. God whom you are searching is above you, below you, on your right, on your left, and in brief he is on all your sides.

The devotee was mildly satisfied, his curiosity aroused, questioned the fish further, “If so, why am I unable to see the blissful God and why am I so miserable?” The fish replied, “The same is my question. If I am surrounded by water on all sides, then why is my thirst not quenched?

The devotee knew the design of the fish’s body and was also aware that, as long as the fish swam straight with its face upwards, water wouldn’t enter its mouth. To quench its thirst the fish had to swim upside down. If the design of fish’s body was not like this, water could enter its body freely and it would die. So the devotee advised the fish to take a turn upside down to quench its thirst.

The fish then said to the devotee, “As we have to take a turn to quench our thirst, in the same way, you should also take a turn to see God. Turn away from the desires to see God. In other words, when you turn the flow of the thoughts of your mind from the world to the blissful omniscient God, then all your sorrows will come to an end.

The dumbstruck devotee did accordingly and realized his real Self.

 

Learning

God can be realized when we turn our mind towards Him. And also see Him in all His creations.

 

 

Meeting God

Value-Truth, Love

Sub value- Seeing divinity in all, Caring

There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with cupcakes, several cans of root beer and started on his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he saw an elderly woman. She was sitting on a park bench watching the pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed the lady looked hungry so he offered her a cupcake. She gratefully accepted and smiled at him.

Her smile was so wonderful that he wanted to see it again, so he offered a root beer as well. Once again she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling without saying a word.
As it began to grow dark, the boy realized how tired he was and wanted to go home. He got up to leave but had gone no more than a few steps, when he turned around and ran back to the old woman, giving her a big hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.
When the boy arrived home his Mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked, “What has made you so happy today?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” Before his mother could respond he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile in the whole world!”
Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face. He asked, “Mother, what has made you so happy today?” She replied, “I ate cupcakes in the park with God.” And before her son could reply, she added, “You know, he is much younger than I expected.”

Learning
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring; all of which have the potential to turn life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.

 

Love in action

Value-Right Conduct

Sub value-Empathy

One night a man came to our house and said, “There is a family with eight children, who have not eaten for days.” I took some food and went to that house. When I finally came to the family, I saw the faces of those little children disfigured by hunger. There was no sorrow or sadness in their faces, just the deep pain of hunger. I gave the rice to the mother. She divided it in two, and went out, carrying half the rice with her.

When she came back, I asked her, “Where did you go?” She gave me this simple answer, “To my neighbors-they are hungry too.”
I was not surprised that she gave–because poor people are generous. But I was surprised that she knew they were hungry.

As a rule, when we are suffering, we are so focused on ourselves we have no time for others.

–Mother Teresa

Learning

True love is when one recognizes and helps a person in distress though he himself is going through difficult times. It is easy to help out people when you have everything, which is a good act. But the most noble act is when one shares whatever little he has when he sees the other person in distress.

http://topmoralstories.blogspot.sg/2007_

 

God is everywhere

Value-Truth

Sub value- Wisdom

A little boy, 0n the first day of the week, was coming from Sunday school and dawdling on the way. He scuffed his shoes into the grass and found a caterpillar. He also found a fluffy milkweed
pod and blew out all the “filler.” A bird’s nest was on a tree overhead and it was wisely placed so high. It was just another wonder that caught his eager eye.
A neighbor watched his zig zag course and hailed him from the lawn, asked him where he’d been that day and what was going on.
“I’ve been to Bible school” he said and turned a piece of sod. He picked up a wiggly worm replying, ‘I’ve learned a lot of God”..
“H,m” very fine way” the neighbor said, “for a boy to spend his time.”
“If you tell me where God is, I’ll give you a brand new dime.”
Quick as a flash the answer came. Nor were his accents faint.
I’ll give you a dollar, mister, if you can tell me where God ain’t.”

 

Learning

It is the way with which we see the world. If we learn to see from our heart with total purity we can see the Lord everywhere.

http://topmoralstories.blogspot.sg/2007_09_01_archive.html

Sufi Master on – Can I see God?

Value-Right Conduct

Sub Value-Control of Vices

On top of a mountain, lived a Sufi Master. Once every month he used to visit the village at the foot of the mountain. On one such visit, a man approached him and asked, “How come I cannot have sight of the God? Can you help me to see God?”

“Sure”, was the reply of the Sufi Master, but for that you will have to help me.

“What help do you need Master?”

“You will have to pick up five stones of equal size and weight. Carry them to the top of the mountain, so that I can use them to build a platform outside my hut.”

The seeker agreed. Both started their journey to climb the mountain. Soon the man got tired and walking became a very difficult task for him.

“Discard one of the stones”, the Sufi Master told, “then it will be easier for you.”

The man discarded one of the stones and walking became easier. Once again the man got tired. Walking towards the mountain top was becoming very tough. The master again asked him to discard one of the stones. Likewise all five stones were discarded on the way to the top of the mountain.

The Sufi Master then said to the man, “Now I have shown you the way to God.”

The man was perplexed. He said, “But I cannot see God.”

The Master explained, “The five stones symbolize our major weaknesses to see God. They are Lust, Anger, Greed, Desires and Ego. Learn to discard these. Let me be the first one to warn you, it will not be easy. Strive hard, I shall help you. When you succeed in throwing away all these stones which are but curtains between you and God, you can then effortlessly have sight of your beloved God.”

Thus the man began his journey on the Sufi Path under a Sufi Master.

Learning

When one gives up on his inner enemies (namely ego, anger, lust, greed, jealousy etc) he can see and realize God with ease

 

 

http://www.shortstories-online.com/

The Ship of Friendship

Value- Right conduct

Sub Value- Love for others

Image result for ship wreck and storm images

A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island.

The two survivors who had been  good friends, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but to pray to God. However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.

The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. The other man’s parcel of land remained barren.

After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, another ship was wrecked, and the only survivor was a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other side of the island, there was nothing.

Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more food. The next day, like magic, all of these were given to him. However, the second man still had nothing.

Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island. The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island.

He considered the other man unworthy to receive God’s blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.

As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven booming, “Why are you leaving your companion on the island?”

“My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them,” the first man answered. “His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything.”

“You are mistaken!” the voice rebuked him. “He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings.”

“Tell me,” the first man asked the voice, “What did he pray for that I should owe him anything?”

“He prayed that all your prayers be answered .

Learning

For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another praying for us (Congregational Prayer). Value your friends, don’t leave your loved ones behind.

http://www.moralstories.org/the-ship-of-friendship/

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