Perspective

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Avoid being judgemental

A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…

“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…

“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”

The old man smiled and said…

“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.

Learning

Every single person on the planet has a story. We must not judge people before we truly know them. The truth might surprise us and make us feel sorry for our thoughts about others.

http://rishikajain.com/2012/05/16/a-heart-touching-story-with-moral-and-inspiration/

A beautiful way of looking at things

Value- Optimism

Sub value- Clarity of thought

A Father was reading a magazine and  his little daughter kept distracting him, every now and then. To keep her busy, he tore a page on which the map of the world was printed. He tore it into  several pieces and told her put the pieces together to make the map again. The little girl ran happily to her room to complete the paper puzzle.

He was sure she would take the whole day to get it done. Happy with himself, the father settled down to read; but within minutes ,the little girl came back  with  the perfectly assembled map. The wonder-struck father  asked her, how she did  it so quickly. The little girl replied,  “Oh…. Dad, there was a man’s face on the other side of the paper….. I joined the pieces to get the face perfect, to get  the map assembled correctly.” She ran outside to play leaving the father astonished.

Learning

There is always the other side to whatever we experience in this world. Whenever we come across a challenge or a puzzling situation, one must look at the other side…. We will be surprised to see an easy way to tackle the problem.

Trust in God

Value- Faith

Sub value- Trust

 

A newly wed man was returning home with his  radiant wife. They were crossing a lake in a boat, when suddenly they were caught in a freak storm. The man who was a warrior was unafraid, but his wife was very frightened and in great despair. Their little  boat was being tossed around by the rogue waves and the  ferociousness of the storm was greatly threatening to her. She felt that at any  moment their boat would capsize and they would  be drowned. But the man sat silently, calm and quiet, as if nothing was going on.

The wife in a  trembling voice asked her calm husband, “Are you not afraid ? This may be our last moment of life! It doesn’t seem possible that we shall reach ashore safely. Only a  miracle can save us; otherwise death is certain. Are you not afraid? Are you mad or something? Are you made of stone or something?

The man laughed and took out his sword from  its sheath. The wife was even more puzzled and wondered what her husband was up to. Then he brought the naked sword close to her neck, so close that just a small gap was there, it was almost touching her neck.

He asked his wife,” Are you afraid ?”

The wife started to laugh and said,” Why should I be afraid ?Even though the sword is in your hands, why should I be afraid? I know you love me.”

He put the sword back and said, This is my answer. I know God Loves me, and the storm is in His hands”.

SO WHATSOEVER IS GOING TO HAPPEN, IS GOING TO BE GOOD  because everything is in His hands and He cannot do anything wrong.

Learning

We must develop Trust. This is the trust which one needs to imbibe and only this is capable of transforming our whole life. Any less won’t do!

http://rishikajain.com/2013/01/22/inspirational-short-story-with-moral-trust-in-god/

The Mango tree

Value- Love

Sub Value- Respect, care, gratitude

Once upon a time, there lived a big mango tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it everyday.He climbed to the tree top, ate the mangoes, took a nap under the shadow… He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him. 

Time went by… The little boy grew, and he no longer played around the tree. 

One day, the boy came back to the tree with a sad look on his face.

“Come and play with me,” the tree asked the boy.

“I am no longer a kid, I don’t play around trees anymore.” The boy replied, “I want toys. I need money to buy them.”

“Sorry, I don’t have money… but you can pick all my mangoes and sell them so you will have money.”

The boy was so excited. He picked all the mangoes on the tree and left happily. The boy didn’t come back. The tree was sad.

One day, the boy grown into a man returned. The tree was so excited.

“Come and play with me,” the tree said.

“I don’t have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?”

“Sorry, I don’t have a house, but you can chop off my branches to build your house.”

So the man cut all the branches off the tree and left happily. The tree was glad to see him happy but the boy didn’t come back afterward. The tree was again lonely and sad.

One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was delighted.

“Come and play with me!” The tree said.

“I am sad and getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?”

“Use my trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy.”

So the man cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and didn’t come back for a long time.

Finally, the man returned after he had been gone for so many years.

“Sorry, my boy, but I don’t have anything for you anymore. No more mangoes to give you.” The tree said.

“I don’t have teeth to bite,” the man replied.

“No more trunk for you to climb on.”

“I am too old for that now,” the man said.

“I really can’t give you anything… the only thing left is my dying roots,” the tree said with sadness.

“I don’t need much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after all these years,” the man replied.

“Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean on and rest. Come sit down with me and rest.”

The boy smiled and rested under the tree.

Learning

The tree in the story represents our parents. When we are young, we love to play with them. When we grow up, we leave them and only come back when we need help. Parents sacrifice their lives for us. Let us learn to be grateful and thankful to them and be of use to them when they need us the most. They need only our love and some quality time to be spent with them.

http://academictips.org/blogs/the-mango-tree/

 

 

Guru and disciple crossing the river

Value- Right Conduct

Sub Value- Control of mind, perception

A  elderly Guru and his young disciple were walking in the Himalayas back to their hermitage. It was a long way and the roads were tough as the terrain was hilly. On their way to the hermitage,  they had to cross  a  branch of river Ganga which was flowing fast but less violently.

There was an young maiden sitting close to the river, whose village was just across the river.  Scared as she was to cross the river by herself,  she approached the Guru to help her cross the river.

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“Sure” said the Guru, lifted her up in his arms and  carefully crossed the river. The young maiden went to her way, after thanking the Guru for his timely help. The younger disciple couldn’t accept this gesture by Guru and soon his face wore a pensive look.

They came to their hermitage after couple of hours of difficult walk in the hills. Despite the tiredness of the journey, the younger disciple  looked very perturbed, sensing it the Guru asked him what the matter was.

The disciple said “Master, we have sworn  not to touch a woman, but you carried her in your arms! You tell us not to think of women but you touched her” complained the disciple.

Guru said this with a smile : “I carried her across the river and left her on the other side, but you are still carrying her

Learning

In any lesson imparted by the Master, let us learn the message behind it other than analysing, confusing and carrying wrong perception about it in our minds.

http://aumamen.com/story/guru-disciple-cross-the-river

 

Krishna Balarama and a forest monster

krishna-and-balaramaValue- Right Conduct

Sub value- Bravery, Self Confidence

Once on a full moon day, Krishna and Balarama were walking in the forest, it was late and they decided to rest in the forest for the night. It was a dangerous forest, so Krishna suggested “Balarama, you keep watch until midnight while I sleep, and  I will be on watch from midnight till morning.” They both agreed and Krishna went to sleep.

A few hours passed, Krishna was sleeping sound. Balarama heard a growl at a distance, it was a terrifying sound. He walked a little further towards the sound. Now he could see a gigantic monster approaching him. The monster growled again, Balarama was very afraid, he trembled in fear.

Every time he trembled, the monster grew double in size. The monster grew bigger and bigger as it approached Balarama. Now the monster was standing very close to Balarama, it growled again. Terrified by the sound, size and terrible smell of the monster Balarama screamed “Krishna! Krishna!” and collapsed and fell unconscious.

Woken up by the call, Krishna followed the sound and thought that  Balarama was sleeping, Krishna thought, ‘It must be my turn now’ and started walking too and fro. Slowly Krishna recognized the monster standing nearby.

The monster growled at Krishna. “What do you want?” Krishna asked unafraid. The size of the monster decreased, it shrunk to half its size. “What are you doing here?” Krishna asked again and the monster shrunk again. Krishna kept questioning it expecting a reply, the monster kept shrinking every time he asked.

Now the monster was just 2 inches tall, and looked cute and adorable. Krishna took it in his hand and placed it in his waist pocket. The night passed and Balarama woke in the morning.

Balarama saw Krishna and joyously shouted “Krishna! Krishna!“.

Krishna! you don’t know what a terrible thing happened while you were asleep. There was huge monster trying to kill us both. I don’t know how we survived, the last thing I remember is that I fainted.” Balarama said trying to recall yesterday night’s events.

Krishna took out the little monster out of his pocket and said, “Is this the same monster?

Yes, but it was so big! how did it shrink?” asked Balarama.

Every time I questioned it, it shrunk in size, finally it became this.

Balarama told Krishna how the monster grew yesterday every time he was scared of it.

Then Krishna concluded “Everytime we are afraid, our fears grow big, but every time we face them and question them, they become smaller and smaller.

Learning

When we are afraid of something we avoid facing it or make our fears grow bigger and bigger. When we face any situation boldly we can address the issue or fear and get a solution to it. It may or may not be favourable to us but we would have faced it and learnt a lesson instead of allowing the fears to grow further and further. One can progress if only we face any given situation. Avoiding it will hamper our growth.

Love for Mother

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Value- Love

Sub Value- Respect, Filial piety

There once was a little boy who lived with his mother. They were very poor. The boy was very handsome and extremely smart. As he grew older, he became even more handsome and smarter. However, his mother always remained sad.

Once, the boy asked his mother, “Mother, why are you always sad?” Mother replied, “Son, a fortune teller once told me that whoever has teeth like yours will become very famous.” Then the boy asked, “Will you not like it if I become famous?”

“Oh my son! What kind of mother wouldn’t like it if her son became famous? I’m always sad because I keep thinking that you will forget me and leave me once you become famous.”

Upon hearing this, the boy started to cry. He stood there in front of his mother for a while and then ran out of the house. He picked up a rock from outside and smashed his front two teeth. He started to bleed from his mouth.

His mother ran out and was shocked to see what he had done. She asked, “Son! What did you do?” In reply, the boy held his mother’s hands and said, “Mother, if these teeth cause you pain and make you sad, I don’t want them. They are of no use to me. I don’t want to be famous with these teeth. I want to be famous by serving you, and through your blessings…”

My friends, this boy was none other than the great Chanakya.

Learning

Parents and elders blessings are very important in life. Our parents love us unconditionally. We should also give them all love and respect. All those who have loved, respected and served their parents have always achieved abundant blessings of their parents which keeps them always in good stead.

http://kids.baps.org/storytime/amotherslove.htm

A Tapasvi’s Determination

Value- Right Conduct

Sub Value- Determination, Faith

Many people perform tap (austerities) for the ultimate goal of pleasing Bhagwan. Once, there was a tapasvi (a person performing austerities) who decided that he wanted to please Bhagwan and so he began performing penance under an tamarind tree. He thought that if he could please Bhagwan, then he would be blessed with his darshan. So every day the tapasvi would do pradakshina of the tree and eat its leaves for his daily meal.

One day, Naradji was going to Bhagwan’s abode. He saw the tapasvi and came over to meet him. Seeing Naradji, the tapasvi immediately bowed down to him. Naradji asked what he was doing and the tapasvi narrated his decision to win Bhagwan’s favour. He said, “Naradji, I’ve been performing austerities for many years, eating only the leaves of this tamarind tree so that Bhagwan would give me darshan. When you go to meet Bhagwan, please ask him on my behalf to grant me darshan.” Hearing his story, Naradji decided that he would definitely relay this message.

Upon his arrival in Vaikunt, Bhagwan requested Naradji, “Please tell me any news from Earth.”

Remembering the tapasvi that he had met, Naradji replied, “A tapasvi is performing austerities under an ambli tree for you to grace him with your darshan. When will you grant it to him?”

Bhagwan replied, “Tell him that for my darshan, he will still have to perform austerities for as many years as there are leaves on the ambli tree!”

atapasvisdetermination

Hearing this Naradji’s knees went weak. His legs felt like they couldn’t take a step and his heart sank. How was he going to give this news to the eager tapasvi? He would be defeated. He thought to himself, “What shall I tell him? He will lose his enthusiasm for penance.” Naradji was making his way back across the sky when the tapasvi saw him. Hearing his name being called, Naradji went over to the tapasvi. Hearing that Naradji had met Bhagwan, the tapasvi was overjoyed.

So he asked, “What is Bhagwan’s message for me?”

Naradji replied sadly, “I cannot tell you, because if I do you will lose your courage and give up your austerities.”

The tapasvi replied, “No matter what Bhagwan has said, I will not lose courage. I will have had a chance to hear his divine words. So please tell me exactly what he said.”

Naradji was still doubtful. He wondered, “Shall I tell him? What if he does lose his faith? I do not want to do that to him.”

The tapasvi again urged him, “Please tell me.”

So Naradji said, “Bhagwan has said that you will have to do many more years of austerities. In fact, you will have to do as many years of austerities as there are leaves on the ambli tree before he gives you his darshan.”

The tapasvi was overjoyed! He began to dance and sing, “How lucky I am. Bhagwan has sent me a message from his Dham. He has promised me that he will give me darshan. These years will pass in no time.”

Seeing the tapasvi’s love and courage, Bhagwan instantly appeared before the tapasvi and gave him his darshan. The tapasvi’s joy knew no bounds! He fell at Bhagwan’s feet.

Naradji was perplexed. He asked Bhagwan, “Bhagwan, how come you’re here? You told me that you would give him darshan only after he had performed many more years of austerities.”

Bhagwan explained, “Look at his courage and determination! He didn’t lose a single strand of faith despite the many extra years he would have had to perform his austerities. To such a person I have to give darshan.”

Learning

If the tapasvi had lost faith, would he have had Bhagwan’s darshan? No. But because he didn’t lose faith, Bhagwan granted him darshan. A determined person will reach his goal early. Once we set the goal, we should be determined no to give up and put our best efforts, right attitude and faith towards achieving that.

http://kids.baps.org/storytime/atapasvisdetermination.htm

 

 

Wishing all readers a happy and inspired 2015

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The hedgehogs

Value- Peace

Sub value- Unity, tolerance

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold.

The hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

Learning

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities. Tolerance and accepting each other the way we are will bring harmony in any relationship.

http://www.rogerdarlington.me.uk/stories.html#Story63

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