The Mouse Merchant

Value- Optimism

Sub value- Diligence

Once upon a time, an important adviser to a certain king was on his way to a meeting with the king and other advisers. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw a dead mouse by the roadside. He said to those who were with him. “Even from such small beginnings as this dead mouse, an energetic young fellow could build a fortune. If he worked hard and used his intelligence, he could start a business and support a wife and family.”

A passerby heard the remark. He knew this was a famous adviser to the king, so he decided to follow his words. He picked up the dead mouse by the tail and went off with it. As luck would have it, before he had gone even a block, a shopkeeper stopped him. He said, “My cat has been pestering me all morning. I’ll give you two copper coins for that mouse.” So it was done.

With the two copper coins, he bought sweet cakes, and waited by the side of the road with them and some water. As he expected, some people who picked flowers for making garlands were returning from work. Since they were all hungry and thirsty, they agreed to buy sweet cakes and water for the price of a bunch of flowers from each of them. In the evening, the man sold the flowers in the city. With some of the money he bought more sweet cakes and returned the next day to sell to the flower pickers.

This went on for a while, until one day there was a terrible storm, with heavy rains and high winds. While walking by the king’s pleasure garden, he saw that many branches had been blown off the trees and were lying all around. So he offered to the king’s gardener that he would clear it all away for him, if he could keep the branches. The lazy gardener quickly agreed.

The man found some children playing in a park across the street. They were glad to collect all the branches and brush at the entrance to the pleasure garden, for the price of just one sweet cake for each child.

Along came the king’s potter, who was always on the lookout for firewood for his glazing oven. When he saw the piles of wood the children had just collected, he paid the man a handsome price for it. He even threw into the bargain some of his pots.

With his profits from selling the flowers and the firewood, the man opened up a refreshment shop. One day all the local grass mowers, who were on their way into town, stopped in his shop. He gave them free sweet cakes and drinks. They were surprised at his generosity and asked, “What can we do for you?” He said there was nothing for them to do now, but he would let them know in the future.

A week later, he heard that a horse dealer was coming to the city with 500 horses to sell. So he got in touch with the grass mowers and told each of them to give him a bundle of grass. He told them not to sell any grass to the horse dealer until he had sold his. In this way he got a very good price.

Time passed until one day, in his refreshment shop, some customers told him that a new ship from a foreign country had just anchored in the port. He saw this to be the opportunity he had been waiting for. He thought and thought until he came up with a good business plan.

First, he went to a jeweler friend of his and paid a low price for a very valuable gold ring, with a beautiful red ruby in it. He knew that the foreign ship was from a country that had no rubies of its own, where gold too was expensive. So he gave the wonderful ring to the captain of the ship as an advance on his commission. To earn this commission, the captain agreed to send all his passengers to him as a broker. He would then lead them to the best shops in the city. In turn, the man got the merchants to pay him a commission for sending customers to them.

Acting as a middle man in this way, after several ships came into port, the man became very rich. Being pleased with his success, he also remembered that it had all started with the words of the king’s wise adviser. So he decided to give him a gift of 100,000 gold coins. This was half his entire wealth. After making the proper arrangements, he met with the king’s adviser and gave him the gift, along with his humble thanks.

The adviser was amazed, and he asked, “How did you earn so much wealth to afford such a generous gift?” The man told him it had all started with the adviser’s own words not so long ago. They had led him to a dead mouse, a hungry cat, sweet cakes, bunches of flowers, storm damaged tree branches, children in the park, the king’s potter, a refreshment shop, grass for 500 horses, a golden ruby ring, good business contacts, and finally a large fortune.

Hearing all this, the royal adviser thought to himself, “It would not be good to lose the talents of such an energetic man. I too have much wealth, as well as my beloved only daughter. As this man is single, he deserves to marry her. Then he can inherit my wealth in addition to his own, and my daughter will be well cared for.”

This all came to pass, and after the wise adviser died, the one who had followed his advice became the richest man in the city. The king appointed him to the adviser’s position. Throughout his remaining life, he generously gave his money for the happiness and well being of many people.

Learning

Right attitude along with energy and ability, brings great wealth even from small beginnings.

http://www.buddhanet.net/bt1_04.htm

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Rainy Day, Sunny Day

rainy dayValue- Optimism

Sub value- Perception

There was once an old lady who cried all the time. Her elder daughter was married to an umbrella merchant while the younger daughter was the wife of a noodle vendor. On sunny days, she worried, “Oh no! The weather is so nice and sunny. No one is going to buy any umbrellas. What will happen if the shop has to be closed?” These worries made her sad. She just could not help but cry. When it rained, she would cry for the younger daughter. She thought, “Oh no! My younger daughter is married to a noodle vendor. You cannot dry noodles without the sun. Now there will be no noodles to sell. What should we do?” As a result, the old lady lived in sorrow everyday. Whether sunny or rainy, she grieved for one of her daughters. Her neighbors could not console her and jokingly called her “the crying lady.” noodles

One day, she met a monk. He was very curious as to why she was always crying. She explained the problem to him. The monk smiled kindly and said, “Madam! You need not worry. I will show you a way to happiness, and you will need to grieve no more.”

The crying lady was very excited. She immediately asked the monk to show her what to do. The master replied, “It is very simple. You just need to change your perspective. On sunny days, do not think of your elder daughter not being able to sell umbrellas but the younger daughter being able to dry her noodles. With such good strong sunlight, she must be able to make plenty of noodles and her business must be very good. When it rains, think about the umbrella store of the elder daughter. With the rain, everyone must be buying umbrellas. She will sell a lot of umbrellas and her store will prosper.”

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The old lady saw the light. She followed the monkís instruction. After a while, she did not cry anymore; instead, she was smiling everyday. From that day on she was known as “the smiling lady.”

Learning

When we look towards any situation with a positive attitude we will be happy and able to handle the situation in a better manner.

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/Clubs/buddhism/story/rain.html

Secret to happiness- The happy peasant

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Performing duty with love, secret to happiness

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A king once set out in disguise to discover for himself the happiest man in his kingdom.

Having met hundreds of people, at long last he came across a poor peasant, singing happily as he tilled the soil. There was such a radiant joy on his face that the king was drawn irresistibly towards him. peasant

“Dear friend,” he said to the peasant. “Tell me the secret of your joy.”

“It’s very simple, really,” said the peasant. “One-fourth of what I earn, I repay as the debt I owe; one-fourth, I invest in the future; one-fourth, I give away in charity and one-fourth, I spend on my duty.”

The king was thoroughly bewildered. He begged the peasant to explain further.

“My parents gave me the great gift of life, and I owe them a deep debt of gratitude. I now cherish them and look after them in their old age. One fourth of my income is thus spent in repaying this debt.”

“My children represent the future. I spend one-fourth of my income on feeding, clothing and educating them. This is my investment in the future.”

“Poor though I am, there are people worse off than me. I help them as much as I can, and one-fourth of my income is spent on charity.”

“My wife has placed her trust in me. It is my duty to love and protect her till the end of my life. One-fourth of my income is spent on giving her a good home.

“This is the secret of my happiness!”

Learning

True happiness comes from discharging our obligations and duties towards God, family and others and not on wealth, name and fame.!

http://www.childrenspoint.com/stories2.htm

Walking the little way

Value- Love

Sub value- Compassion, kindness, purity of intention

Once a man had a dream that he stood at the gates of Paradise. He saw various blessed souls in his dream, approaching the golden gates and demanding admittance to the heaven world.

The first to knock on the golden gates was a learned pundit. “Let me enter,” he said to the Angel guarding the portals of paradise. “I have studied the holy scriptures day and night, and I have earned the right to enter heaven.”

“Wait!” said the Angel. “We shall look at our earthly records to see if you studied the scriptures in reverence for the Lord, or for the sake of social applause and admiration.”

The next to appear at the gate was a holy man. “Allow me to enter,” he said to the Angel. “I have fasted much.”

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“Wait,” said the Angel. “We shall first inquire if your motives were pure.”

Then came a very simple man who asked in humility: “May I be allowed to come in?”

“Tell me what you have done with your life,” the Angel demanded of him.

The man said hesitantly, “A few fragments of my bread I shared each day with a brother who limped, and could not earn his daily food. I swept his floor and filled his water jug every day. And I prayed to the Lord, ‘Dear God, make me a servant of those who suffer, and are in pain!”

To him the Angel said, “Blessed among mortals art thou! Walking the little way, thou hast attained the Adobe of the Immortals! The gates of Heaven are open unto thee!”

Learning

Serving the poor and the needy is deserving God. Serve Man Serve God. See the Lord in the poor and needy.

http://www.childrenspoint.com/stories2.htm

Unity is Strength- Learning from Pigeons

pigeonsValue- Right Conduct, Love

Sub value- Tolerance, unity

In an ancient temple, a number of pigeons lived happily on roof top. When the renovation of the temple began for the annual temple feast the pigeons relocated themselves to a Church nearby.

The existing pigeons in the Church accommodated the new comers very well.

Christmas was nearing and the Church was given a facelift. All the pigeons had to move out and look for another place. They were fortunate to find a place in a Mosque nearby.

The pigeons in the Mosque welcomed them happily. It was Ramadan time and the Mosque was repainted. All the pigeons now came to the same ancient temple.

One day the pigeons, found some communal clashes below in a market square. The baby pigeon asked the mother pigeon “Who are these people”?

The mother replied; they are “Human beings”. The baby asked, “But why are they fighting with each other”?
The mother said “These human beings going to temple are called ‘Hindus’ and the people going to Church are called ‘Christians’ and the people going to Mosque are called ‘Muslims’.

The Baby pigeon asked, “Why is it so? Look, when we were in the Temple we were called Pigeons, when we were in the church we were called Pigeons and when we were in the Mosque, we were called Pigeons. Similarly they should be called just ‘Human beings’ wherever they go”.

The mother Pigeon said, ‘You and me and our Pigeon friends have experienced God and that’s why we are living here in a highly elevated place peacefully. These people are yet to experience God. Hence they are living below us and fighting and killing each other”.

Learning

We are all human first and all are alike. Let us respect and be united for a peaceful and loving world.

The caring son

mom and son 2Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Respect, Love

 

A son took his old mother to a restaurant for an evening dinner. Mother being very old and weak, while eating, dropped food on her shirt and trousers. Others diners watched her in disgust while her son was calm.

After she finished eating, her son who was not at all embarrassed, quietly took her to the wash room, wiped the food particles, removed the stains, combed her hair and fitted her spectacles firmly. When they came out, the entire restaurant was watching them in dead silence, not able to grasp how someone could embarrass themselves publicly like that.

The son settled the bill and started walking out with her mother

At that time, an old man amongst the diners called out to the son and asked him, “Don’t you think you have left something behind?”.

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The son replied, “No sir, I haven’t”.

The old man retorted, “Yes, you have! You left a lesson for every son and hope for every mother

The restaurant went silent.

Learning

Let us not forget our parents when they grow old. We should not be embarrassed about their looks or behaviour as they age. No one can love selflessly like our parents esp our mothers. Always have gratitude for what they have done for us. Show love and respect to them.

The Footprints Prayer

Value- Love

Sub value- Faith, grace of Lord

One night I had a dream… I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me. The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.

Learning

When we have faith, love and devotion for the Lord; He never gives us up. HE will not erase all our difficulties; but will give us enough strength and support to face the situation. He will guide us, lead us and if necessary carry us through the times of trials and tribulations.

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