The Master’s Favourite

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Optimism, surrender to the Master

 

Once upon a time, there lived a great sage named Angirasa in a forest. He had many disciples. All of them were considerably benefited by his wisdom. However, there were some pious souls, who learned everything faster than others, and followed his words more closely. They also received respect from other disciples for their pious nature.

But, some of the disciples who were dull-witted, developed jealousy
towards those pious ones, forgetting the fact, that they alone were at fault for their slow rate of absorption of the master’s teachings.
Instead, they began doubting the master’s impartiality. They felt that the master was imparting special knowledge to the pious ones secretly.

So, one day, when the master was alone, they went to him and said, “Oh, master! We feel that you are being unfair to us. We think that you are giving the full benefit of your wisdom only to a few chosen ones. Why can’t you extend similar privileges to us also?”

The master was slightly taken aback by these words, but he calmly
replied: “I have treated all of you alike and have never shown any
special favours to anyone. If some of you progress fast, it is only
due to your own feelings of closeness to my words. Who prevented you from taking more initiative?”

But the disciples were not convinced. Hence after some thought, the master said: “Alright, I will give those of you, who complain, the
special attention you want, but on one condition. I will give you a
small and simple test, and you must pass it. The test is that you
should go to the nearby village, which you often visit, and bring me
one good fellow. That’s all.”

The grumbling ones were overjoyed at the fact that the test was so
simple, while its reward would be so immense. They selected one of them, who immediately started his search with much enthusiasm, feeling very sure of catching a good fellow. But to his misfortune, wherever he went and whomever he met, everyone seemed to have some sin or crime to his credit. After a long and fruitless search, and being completely disappointed, he returned to his group and to his master. With frustration he said: “Oh master, I am sorry to tell you that there is not a single good person in the whole village. Everyone has committed a bad deed, crime or sin. The entire village is full of bad people. “Oh, is it so?” the master said with mock sorrow. “Now let me see. We will send one of those, against whom you have a grouse.”

He then called one of the pious ones and said, “Can you please go to the nearby village, visited by the other disciple, and bring with you a bad fellow”. “With your blessings, I will try, sir,” said the pious
one and went away on his errand.

The grumbling disciples were again taken by surprise and said, “Oh master! This time also you have been unfair to us! The other fellow will certainly bring dozens of bad fellows, as the village overflows with them!”

However, the master counseled patience, and after due time, the pious one also returned empty-handed, to the shock of the grumbling ones. He made obeisance to the master and said, “Oh, master! I am sorry to disappoint you. I searched the entire village, but could not find a single bad fellow”.

The grumbling ones rolled with laughter at this remark, but he
continued, “Everyone seemed to have done one good thing or another. I could not get even a single person, who did not do any good deed. Pardon me for my failure.” So saying, he left the place with the permission of the master. To the shocked and surprised grumbling disciples, the master said, “My dear devotees! This is where discretion moves between good and evil, right and wrong, positive and negative. Your wisdom blossoms, when you find a spark of virtue in everything, and it withers away, when you spot a vice in everything.

Learning

The world is a mixture of joy and grief, and your wisdom depends on what you choose to take out of it. People, who adopt a positive
attitude in life, progress fast. But those, who adopt a negative
attitude, can only proceed slowly, if at all. For the master, everyone
is dear and near; it is only the disciple’s fault, if he feels far from him. The more you feel one with me the greater is your evolution.
Let all your actions conform to this basic understanding.”

This story reveals, how one should face life and its problems. It also shows, how total surrender to a master helps a person to overcome the problems of life more easily..

Draupadi’s devotion to Lord Krishna- Power of namasmarana

krishna and draupadiValue-Love

Sub value- Devotion

Lord Krishna saved Draupadi, the consort of the Pandavas, from ignominy and disgrace on many occasions. Satyabhama and Rukmani, Lord Krishna’s consorts often wondered why Lord helped and bestowed so much grace on Draupadi.

In order to clear their doubts,  one day Krishna asked Satyabhama and Rukmani to accompany Him to Droupadi’s place. When they reached there, Draupadi had just finished her bath and was brushing her hair. Krishna instructed them, Satyabhama and Rukmani to brush Draupadi’s hair. Though indignant, Satyabhama and Rukmani complied with Krishna’s instruction . As they brushed Draupadi’s hair, they were wonder-struck to hear the constant chant of ‘Krishna, Krishna’ emanating from each strand of hair. They realised that Draupadi, rightfully deserved all the Grace, Krishna showered on her. The Name of Krishna had permeated every pore of Droupadi’s body. Her yearning, her love, her devotion for Krishna had saturated into the very core of her being. Krishna could not but respond to whole-hearted devotion of this devotee of His. Droupadi had achieved the highest stage of securing the constant companionship of the Lord, through the simple sadhana of Namajapa.

http://saibaba.ws/teachings/namasmaranasupreme.htm

Learning

Chanting the name of Lord constantly is the best spiritual practise in Kali Yuga. Constant remembrance of the Lord’s name ensures His abundant grace and love. This is the best way to attain Lord.

The four wives of a dying man

four-wivesValue- Truth

Sub value- Grow spiritually strong, realise the real ‘you’

There was a man who had 4 wives, he loved the fourth one very dearly, he would get her the nicest dress. He would get her the nicest jewellery, he would dress her very nicely and entertain with her all the time. She loved him, he loved her.

He also loved the third wife. The third wife was also dear to him, he would give her everything, she was the one who controlled everything in his life.

He also loved the second wife, he was also confident in her, she was the one to whom he would tell all his personal matters, he would always talk to his second wife about life.

His first wife was there, he wasn’t too attached to her, she was always there, she was modest, always trying her best to show herself.

One day the man fell ill and he was on his death bed, all of his wives were gathered around him, he said “Now look, my beautiful wives, I don’t want to die alone, who of you will come to me?

He called his fourth wife and said “You are the dearest to my heart, I have always loved you, I have given you the best of all, now the time has come for me to die, will you come with me? would you come with me?” The wife said “No” and turned back and went away. His heart was broken into pieces.

Sadly he called his third wife to the front and said “I am going to die, will you come with me?” to that she said “No way, the moment you die, I am going with somebody else” she turned her back and went away.

He called his 2nd wife and asked her the same question, she said “I am sorry that you are dying, but I can only come up to your cemetery, I will be with you until there” and turned back to stand in her place.

From behind he heard a voice “I will come with you“, he looked at his first wife and felt sad, he said “My dear I have always neglected you, you look so skinny, now my life has come to an end, I wish I knew you loved me more than anybody when I was healthy. I feel very sad I neglected you all this time” and died.

In the story, 4th wife represents the body and its craving, which we lose when we die. The 3rd wife represent wealth, which others get after one leaves body. The 2nd wife all the friends and family who can only come up to the grave. The 1st wife represents the soul (or mind), it is always there but unnoticed, the most dearest and important one is ignored and one often realizes it only at the end of life.

Learning

The eternal truth is that we are not the ‘body’ we are the soul which has no birth and death. But still we give so much importance to everything else in our lives other than our soul which is the only one always with us. Let us learn to grow spiritually stronger so that we are able to handle our lives better.

http://aumamen.com/story/the-four-wives-of-a-dying-husband

The retired Sea Captain

Sea captain

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Faith, clarity of mind, sense of duty

There is a story of a sea captain who in his retirement skippered a boat taking day-trippers to Shetland Islands.

On one trip, the boat was full of young people. They laughed at the old captain when they saw him say a prayer before sailing out, as the day was fine and the sea calm.

However they weren’t long at sea when a storm suddenly blew up and the boat began to roll & pitch violently. The terrified passengers came to the captain and asked him to join them in prayer.

But he replied, “I say my prayers when it’s calm. When it’s rough I attend to my ship.”

Learning

If we cannot seek God in quiet moments of our lives;

we are not likely to find him when trouble strikes. We are more likely to panic.

But if we have learnt to seek him and trust him in quiet moments, then we most certainly will find him when the going gets rough !

Parenting and Value Education- Food for thought

As I came across this thought provoking article in fb recently; which I will be sharing below, I really wonder about our parenting skills in our obsession to create an ideal child, tailor make them and get them ready to face this highly competitive world. Are we doing the best and right thing for our children? Are we putting some actual thought on what we are doing? We are so fearful of our children losing out in this rat race world that we start preparing them from as young as a 2 or 3 yrs of age by keeping them occupied in all sorts of extracurricular activities besides their studies and expect them to excel in all. I myself have done all this and it was an eye opener for me when some years back my then 12 yr old asked me as too why was I putting her through all this? Was it because I really wanted the best for her or I wanted to ‘show off’ about her skills and talents to my friends. This really made me to think and realise that we are just facilitators and should provide them with whatever best opportunities and facilities we can, it is later up to them to make best of what they are passionate about. We feel we have done our duty as a parent when we do all this; yes, to a great extent that may be true but in a real sense does it bring true happiness and meaning to either the children’s or our lives? What about children? Are they really enjoying what they do or even if they do; how do they grow up as adults? Are they ultra-competitive just winning all the races of life or they look for little joys and pleasures of life which give them more happiness and meaning to life. It is time to ponder on this.

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I have been involved in teaching value classes to young children for the past decade or two and it is my observation that these classes have always taken a back seat in importance to other skill developing classes; as no tangible results can be seen since these cannot be measured and evaluated. What we tend to forget is that these very values not taught and inculcated at a young age can later prove quite detrimental to the society. Though these may per se not give great recognition or position in a competitive platform; this is the very basis of life. We forget that education is valuable only if it meant for life and not just a mere living. Life finds meaning in small things like showing love and concern for others, bring a smile to someone, give someone a patient hearing etc. Somehow in our chase for material success and achievements these things seems to have been forgotten and lost somewhere. We need to revive this, to have a more meaningful, loving and a caring society and a better world. We would be failing in our duty as parents and their first teachers if we continue giving more importance only to the formal education and neglecting the value education or lessons of life. Let us teach our children the values of love, kindness, courage, ability to distinguish right and wrong, peace, honesty, truth, integrity, caring and sharing etc. And for this we as parents should first believe, have a firm conviction and be a role model to our children in order for them to respect and understand these values which they will then practise in their lives. For people who think that it is nice to hear and talk about values, ethics etc but practising it is totally different; I can say with firm conviction and belief that these values have stood in good stead over the years with me and I have seen many children blossoming into responsible and loving citizens who make a positive difference not only in their lives but touch the lives of others as well.

So let’s give a thought to this and work towards building a happy and loving home where such little things of life are cherished and these human values become part and parcel of ours and our childrens lives. Let’s together create a better and meaningful world for the future generation.

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