Story about the flute of Krishna

Value- Love

Sub value- Surrender, Faith

There is a beautiful story about the flute of Krishna. We all know Krishna always holds a flute in his hand, but there is a great story behind it. Everyday Krishna would go in the garden and say to all the plants, “I love you”. The plants were very happy and responded back and said “Krishna, we love You, too”.

Krishna with flute

One day Krishna rushed quickly into the garden very alarmed. He went to the bamboo plant and the bamboo plant asked, “Krishna, what´s wrong with you?” Krishna said “I have something to ask you, but it is very difficult”. The bamboo said “Tell me, if I can, I will give it to you”. So Krishna said “I need your life. I need to cut you”. The bamboo thought for a while and then said “Don´t you have any other choice. Don’t you have any other way?” Krishna said, “No, no other way”. And it said “OK, I surrender to you”.

While Krishna cut the bamboo and made holes in it, the bamboo  cried out in pain,  as carving holes hurt the bamboo  a lot.  After enduring all that pain and suffering,  bamboo found itself  transformed into a beautiful flute by Krishna’s chiseling. And this flute was with Krishna all the time. 24 hours a day.

Even the Gopis were jealous of the flute. They said, “Look, Krishna is our Lord, but yet we get to spend only some time with him. He wakes up with you, He sleeps with you, all the time you are with him”. So one day they asked the bamboo, “Tell us the secret of it. What secret do you have, that the Lord treasures you so much?”

And the bamboo said “The secret is that I´m empty inside. And the Lord does whatever he wants with me, whenever he wants with me and however he wants with me”.

So this is complete surrender: where God can do whatever He wants with you, whenever He wants, as He wants. And for that you don’t need to be scared, you know, you have just to give yourself. And who is yourself in reality? It’s just Him!

Learning

God knows what is right for us. He has planned the best for us. Once we do our best, let us just leave it to Him. We have a limited vision. We are afraid of trials and tribulations, little realising that it is for our good interest in time to come. When we have the complete surrender to the Lord, He takes over and gives us only the best.

 

On Ego, craving for attention

It is disheartening to see that so many adults, so called successful people, celebrities included, continue to do things only to seek attention.  They never outgrow the clutches of their ego. By its very nature, ego needs feeding and hence it is a perpetual beggar. The problem with ego is that when ego is fed, you struggle with a superiority complex, and when ego is starved, you suffer from an inferiority complex. Either way it robs you of your peace of mind. The price ego asks of you to be your motivator is your peace of mind. Why would you sell your hair to buy a comb?

With ego, you are struggling all the time to win over the situation; you want to get better of others. When you transcend ego, you just want to win over yourself; you want to make most of your own potential.

Everyone goes through this phase of life where the ego drives one to do anything and everything only to get noticed and recognized. It’s is a phase when good is good only when it gains attention; even bad is good if it can draw attention, and ironically, even good is bad if it fails to attract attention. The ego survives on gaining attention. But then, one must outgrow that phase of life.

When ego comes, everything else goes.  When ego goes, everything comes.

How many precious relationships have been lost in order to satisfy one’s ego? While we should have dropped the ego and saved the relationship, we ended up dropping the relationship and saving ego. Ego is never worth the losses.

How many golden opportunities have been missed while we were busy servicing our ego? Every moment is heavy, every situation is nerve-racking, every interaction is tense… an ego-filled heart is always walking on fire. Never can there be a moment of marriage between ego and ease.

A crow carrying a piece of meat found itself being chased by all the other birds. It dropped the piece of meat, and all the birds went after the meat. Now, alone in the sky, the crow remarked, “In losing that piece of meat, I gained the freedom of the skies.”

There is enormous freedom in letting your ego go.

Mahatria- Infinithoughts Magazine- May 2014

http://rbbang1987.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/when-ego-comes-everything-else-goes-when-ego-goes-everything-else-comes/

A Mother’s love

mother son

 

Value- Love

Sub value- Sacrifice, unconditional love

My mom only had one eye. I hated her… She was such an embarrassment. She cooked for students and teachers to support the family. There was this one day during elementary school where my mom came to say hello to me. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me? I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out.

The next day at school one of my classmates said, ‘Yikes! Your mom only has one eye!’ I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear. I confronted her that day and said, ‘If you’re only gonna make me a laughing-stock, why don’t you just die?’

My mom did not respond… I didn’t even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger. I was oblivious to her feelings. I wanted get out of that house, and have nothing to do with her. So I studied real hard, got a chance to go abroad to study. Then, I got married. I soon bought a house of my own, had kids of my own and was happy with my life, my kids and the comforts.

One day, out of the blue, my mom came to visit me. She hadn’t seen me in years and she hadn’t seen her grandchildren. As she stood by the door, my children laughed at her, and I yelled at her for coming over uninvited. I screamed at her, ‘How dare you come to my house and scare my children!’ GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!’

To my cruel outburst, my mother quietly answered, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,’ and she disappeared out of sight. One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went to the old shack where I had grown up, just out of curiosity. My neighbors said that she died some time ago. I did not shed a single tear. They then handed me a letter that she had wanted me to have.

My dearest son,

I think of you all the time!  I am sorry that I came to your house and scared your children. I was glad when I heard that you were coming for the Reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I am sorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up. You see….when you were very little, you got into an accident and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with one eye. I gave you mine. I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.

With all my love to you,

                                                                                                                                    Your mother.

 

Learning

We must always love and respect our parents. Parents are Lord’s blessings. HE couldn’t be everywhere, so He sent us the most precious thing in our lives, our parents. No one can love and sacrifice for us the way our parents do. We realise their importance only when they are not around. We always take them for granted. Let us learn from the above story, how parents sacrifice for us without thinking about ourselves and when it is time for us to reciprocate that love in some way, we should do our best to keep them happy. Let it not be too late.

http://academictips.org/blogs/my-mom-only-had-one-eye/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyfxB7hpbkk

Positives in Negatives

 

 

Value- Truth

Sub Value- Optimism

A young woman was sitting at her dining table, worried about taxes to be paid, house-work to be done and to top it all, her family was coming over for Thanksgiving the next day. She was not feeling very thankful at that time. As she turned her gaze sideways, she noticed her young daughter scribbling furiously into her notebook. My teacher asked us to write a paragraph on “Negative Thanksgiving” for homework today, said the daughter. She asked us to write down things that we are thankful for, things that make us feel not so good in the beginning, but turn out to be good after all.

With curiosity, the mother peeked into the book. This is what her daughter had written:
“I’m thankful for Final Exams, because that means school is almost over.
I’m thankful for bad-tasting medicine, because it helps me feel better.
I’m thankful for waking up to alarm clocks, because it means I’m still alive”.
It then dawned on the mother, that she had a lot of things to be thankful for!
She thought again…
She had to pay taxes but that meant she was fortunate to be employed. She had house-work to do but that meant she had her own home to live in.
She had to cook for her family for Thanks giving but that meant she had a family with whom she could celebrate.
Learning

We generally complain about the negative things in life but we fail to look at the positive side of it. Let us take out some time to look at the positives in our negatives and be grateful for what we have.

 

 

Paid in full with a glass of milk

glass of milk

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value-Gratitude

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly and then asked, “How much do I owe you”? “You don’t owe me anything,” she replied tenderly. “Mother has taught us never to accept payment for an act of kindness”.

He said … “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was stronger than ever. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Many years later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case. After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.

She read these words … “Paid in full with one glass of milk” (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.”

Learning

It is said, what goes around comes around. If we help someone, someone will help us as well. One must never forget the good done by others. One should also help others without any expectation. Let’s try to help as many people in need as possible. Let us spread the love and make a difference.

academictips.org/blogs/a-glass-of-milkpaid-in-full

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB1-HTQiHAw

Valuable lessons from ‘The last lecture’

 

Dr. Randy Pausch died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, but wrote a book ‘The last lecture” before then, one of the bestsellers in 2007. What a legacy to leave behind…

In a letter to his wife Jai and his children, Dylan, Logan , and Chloe, he wrote this beautiful “guide to a better life” for his wife and children to follow. May you be blessed by his insight.

 

Personality:

1. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

2. Don’t have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment

3. Don’t over-do; keep your limits

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does

5. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip

6. Dream more while you are awake

7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..

8. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present

11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you

12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

13. Smile and laugh more

14. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

 

Community:

15. Call your family often

16. Each day give something good to others

17. Forgive everyone for everything

18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6

19. Try to make at least three people smile each day

20. What other people think of you is none of your business

21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

 

Life:

22. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.

23. GOD heals everything

24. Do the right things

25. Whatever good or bad a situation is, it will change

26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up

27. The best is yet to come

28. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful

29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it

30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.

 

 

The Dutiful Doctor

 

Value : Right conduct

Sub-value: Being considerate and understanding, non judgmental

A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call as soon as possible, changed his clothes & went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy’s father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor.

On seeing him, the father yelled:
“Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”

The doctor smiled & said:
“I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call…… And now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work”

“Calm down! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??” said the father angrily

The doctor smiled again & replied: “I will say what Job said in the Holy Book “From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God”. Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace”

“Giving advice when it’s not one’s concern is so easy” murmured the father.

The surgery took some hours after which the doctor came out of the operating theater happy, “Thank goodness, your son is saved!” he said . And without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running. “If you have any questions, ask the nurse!!”

“Why is he so arrogant? Couldn’t he wait a few more minutes, so that I ask about my son’s state” ,commented the father,  whilst talking to the nurse,  minutes after the doctor had gone.

The nurse answered, tears streaming down her face: “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was at the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to finish his son’s burial.”

Learning

One must avoid being judgemental.  There are always two sides to a coin. Without knowing fully about what someone is going through or what situation they are in, one should not judge and conclude about someone. We would have severely hurt someone by then and also we will ourselves regret our actions.

 

 

 

 

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