Signals- Story on surrender

ship wreckValue- Faith

Sub value- Surrender

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed fervently to God , praying to be rescued . and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

T hen one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. “God, how could you do this to me!” he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

“How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers.

“We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

Learning

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Only surrendering and having complete faith in the Lord will help us through all the difficulties giving us the needed courage, strength to face the situations.

Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground—-it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

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Love for motherland

ramaValue- Love, Right conduct

Sub value- Patriotism, love for motherland

After winning the war , fighting against rakhshasas , Ravana was killed. Sri Rama rescued Sita devi and Lanka was relieved from misrule. It recovered the splendor. Then Lakshmana asked Sri Rama ,” Brother ! Now that Lanka is relieved; why should we go back to Ayodhya? Let it be ruled by Bharatha. You can be the ruler of Lanka”. Rama the embodiment of Sathya and Dharma replied with a smile “ Oh! Lakshmana , however ugly one’s mother may be , one cannot look upon another lady as  one’s own mother. Mother is sacred and so also motherland. They have to be revered and adored. I have to return to Ayodhya as promised after completing thirteen years and carry out Dharma as expected out of me towards parents and countrymen. Let Vibhishana be crowned as the King of Lanka.

Source- Chinnakatha by Saibaba

Learning

Mother and motherland are very sacred and no one can replace them. One must learn to respect and love their mother and motherland.

God responds to sincere prayers

 

Value- Love

Sub value- Devotion, service

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We have read in Mahabharatha , in Duryodana’s court Droupadi was insulted by pulling her hair and  when Dussasana forcibly tried to unrobe her in the presence of elders like Bhishma ,her husbands and others. No one raised any alarm but kept quiet. She called out ” Oh! Krishna , Dwarakavasi come to my rescue and protect me” ..Suddenly the robe instead of unwinding started rewinding. And thus  saved her from ignominy and insult.
This has relevance to an incident happened much earlier. One day Krishna was cutting a sugarcane with a knife and he got his finger cut. Blood was oozing. His wives Rukmani and Sathyabama and Droupadi were present. Rukmani ran to get bandage while Sathyabama went to fetch medicine. Droupadi without wasting time tore away a piece of cloth from her saree and bandaged the finger. Krishna admired her devotion. Blood immediately stopped.
As a mark of love and for timely service, Krishna came to her help at the time of danger and saved her.
Learning
God understands the devotion and at appropriate time rescues his devotee and never forgets the service however small it may be and returns many fold.
 
 
 

Give before you receive- A story on principles of karma

desert 2Value- Optimism, Right Conduct

Sub value- Faith, Generosity

There was once a man who got lost in a desert. The water in his flask had gotten over two days ago, and he was completely exhausted. He knew that if he didn’t get some water soon, he would surely perish. The man saw a dilapidated shack ahead of him. He thought it might be a mirage or hallucination, but having no other option, he moved towards it. As he got closer he realized it was real, so he dragged his weary body to the door with whatever strength he could muster.

The shack was not occupied and seemed like it had been abandoned for quite some time. The man entered,, hoping against hope that he might find some water inside.

His heart skipped a beat when he saw what was in the shack: a water pump..It had a pipe going down through the floor, perhaps tapping a source of water deep under the ground.

He began working the pump, but no water came out. He kept at it and still nothing happened. Finally he gave up from exhaustion and frustration. He threw up his hands in despair. It looked as if he was going to die after all.

Then the man noticed a bottle in one corner of the shack. It was filled with water and corked up to prevent evaporation.

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He uncorked the bottle and was about to gulp down the last few sips of water when he noticed a piece of paper attached to it. The writing on the paper read: “Use this water to start the pump. Don’t forget to fill the bottle when you’re done.”

He was in a dilemma. He could follow the instruction and pour the water into the pump, or he could ignore it and just drink the water.

What to do? If he let the water go into the pump, what assurance did he have that it would work? What if the pump malfunctioned? What if the pipe had a leak? What if the underground reservoir had long since dried up?

But then… maybe the instruction was correct. Should he risk it? If it turned out to be false, he would be throwing away the last drop of water he would ever see.

Hands trembling, he poured the water into the pump. Then he closed his eyes, said a prayer, and started working the pump.

He heard a gurgling sound, and then water came gushing out, more than he could possibly use. He relaxed in the cool and refreshing stream. He was going to live!

After drinking his fill and feeling much better, he looked around the shack. He found a pencil and a map of the region. The map showed that he was still far away from civilization, but at least now he knew where he was and which direction to go.

He filled his flask for the journey ahead. He also filled the bottle and put the cork back in. Before leaving the shack, he added his own writing below the instruction: “Believe me, it works!”

Learning

This story is all about life. It teaches us that we must give before we can receive abundantly. More importantly, it also teaches that faith plays an important role in giving. The man did not know if his action would be rewarded, but he proceeded regardless. Without knowing what to expect, he made a leap of faith.

Water in this story represents the good things in life. Think of it as positive energy, or something that brings a smile to your face. It can be material objects or intangible qualities. It can represent money , love,friendship , happiness, respect, or any number of other things you value. Whatever it is that you would like to get out of life, that’s water.

The water pump represents the workings of the karmic mechanism. Give it some water to work with, and it will return far more than you put in. This mechanism traces a great circle, an unbroken path that eventually comes back to its point of origin. The energy of this circulation gathers power as it moves along, so that when it finally returns, it is greatly amplified.

Perhaps you have done a good deed that no one knows about, so you assume there will not be an effect associated with this particular cause. In reality, you have but initiated the karmic mechanism in the spiritual realm. You cannot see it, but it is there all the same, and it begins gathering energy and seeking its way back to you immediately.

As we have already noted from the story, the man filled the pump without knowing if his effort would be rewarded. In the same way, when we emulate and nurture others, we also act without expecting rewards of any sort.

Ram and the security guard

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Respect, courteous

Ram worked at a vegetable distribution factory. One day, when he finished with his work schedule, he went into the vegetable cold room to inspect something, but in a moment of bad luck, the door closed and he was locked inside with no help in sight.

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Although he screamed and knocked with all his might, his cries went unheard as no one could hear him. Most of the workers had already gone, and outside the cold room it’s impossible to hear what was going on inside.

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Five hours later, whilst Ram was on the verge of death, the security guard of the factory, eventually opened the door and saved Ram’s life. Ram then asked the security guard how he got to open the door, as it wasn’t part of his work routine, and he explained thus:

“I’ve been working in this factory for 35 years, hundreds of workers go in and out every day, but you’re one of the few who greets me in the morning and says goodbye to me every night when leaving after working hours. Many treat me as if I am invisible. Today, like every other day, you greeted me in your simple manner  ‘Hello’ at the entrance when resuming for work. But curiously, after working hours today, I observed I’ve not heard your ‘Bye see you tomorrow’. Hence I decided to check around the factory. I look forward to your ‘Hi’ and ‘Bye’ every day. To you, I am someone. By not hearing your farewell, I knew something had happened. Then I sought and found you

Learning

One must be humble, love and respect those around us. Someone seemingly so insignificant and irrelevant today could be the only help we can get tomorrow. We take things for granted without knowing how many people around us most of them whom we don’t even care to look at; make things happen around us to give us a comfortable or safe society to live.

Sai Vahini

The wise man and the boy

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Develop right habits at young age

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A wealthy man requested a wise man to advise his son to eliminate his bad habits.  The wise man took the youth for a stroll through a garden. Stopping suddenly he asked the boy to pull out a tiny plant growing there.

The boy easily pulled it out. The wise man then asked him to pull out a slightly bigger plant. The boy pulled hard and the plant came out, roots and all. “Now pull out that one,” said the wise man pointing to a bush. The boy had to use all his strength to pull it out.

“Now take this one out,” said the wise man, indicating a big tree. The boy grasped the trunk and tried to pull it out. But it would not budge. “It’s impossible,” said the boy, panting with the effort.

“So it is with bad habits,” said the sage. “When they are young it is easy to pull them out but when they take hold they cannot be uprooted.”

Through this practical example the wise man changed the boy’s bad habits

Learning

A young plant can be moulded but a tree will break when we attempt to. Right values should be inculcated at a young age and any wrong actions should be nipped at the bud. A stitch in time saves nine. The earlier one develops right values it will go deep down and have positive impact. Similarly when wrong or bad habits are cultivated; it is very difficult to eliminate if it is not addressed at the right time.

Rotten Bananas

Value- Right conduct
Sub Value- Do not procrastinate
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Nariman was a good man. He would sit in prayer and connect with God to draw strength and inspiration. He spent a good portion of his time and money in the service of the poor. He would offer his services at the hospital whenever they put up free medical camps. He would buy fresh fruits and distribute them to the poor patients in the hospital. Sometimes he would treat the children in the labour colony to a movie or to ice cream. Each act of service was done as if it was service to the Lord.One day, he told his teenage son Manit, “Son I am going to the temple today to offer bananas to the Lord. Later I will distribute these bananas to the beggars who sit outside. Why don’t you come with me?”The boy said lazily, “Oh! Come on Dad! This stuff about going to the temple and praying; this seva activity… it’s not my kind of thing. You are old Dad. This stuff is for oldies. I am young. I am not interested. May be when I am as old as you, I could think about it, but right now…. never!”

The boy re-adjusted his walk-man and swayed his hips to the beat of the rap-music. Nariman heard his son’s statement, but did not retort back. He went out and completed his work of distribution for the day.

A few days later, Nariman bought a huge basket of over-ripe bananas and placed them just outside his house. He went in to bathe. His son happened to spot the basket of blackened bananas and also noticed the insects hovering over them. Some of the bananas were almost rotten and were quite unsightly. Father came out wearing a crisp white kurta-pajama and proceeded to transfer the bananas to his car. The son asked, “Father, where are you taking these bananas?” “To the temple,” replied father, most unassumingly.

“But father, these bananas are rotten. I mean if you want to offer them to God, then at least you should have taken care to buy a fresh lot. They are all gooey and pulpy. They are infested with insects too. It would be a shame to offer them at the temple.”

Father said, “If you can wait to grow old, to offer yourself to the Lord; if you think that you shall be presentable or of any use to the Lord when you are an old man, surely these old and rotten bananas can be offered to the Lord too!”

The son was rendered speechless. He wasn’t able to look his father in the eye. Father knew he had struck the right chord at the right time. He continued, “When you are young and able-bodied, you can work for the Lord. You can offer your services. You can spare some time and money to give to those who are in need. When you are old, your body shall have its own problems. You may not be physically fit enough to do service. You may have financial constraints, for you shall no longer be earning and your expenses may be many. You may not be able to sit in prayer; for who knows, you may be troubled by arthritis or rheumatism. What can you offer then? That time you shall be in need of God’s grace, perhaps more than ever!”

Having said that, father put the last bunch of rotten bananas into his car and drove away. He had made his point. Do you know where he went? He did not go to the temple, for he knew that these bananas were unfit for offering to the Lord. Instead he went to a Gaushala (cow stable) where stray cows were kept and fed the bananas to them. The rotten bananas had done their work!

Learning

When one is in a position to help others one must do it. It should be useful and benefit others. One must learn to do things in right time so that the act is meaningful. Let us not delay and procrastinate things for a later time.

(From : Sunrays for Thursday by Priya & Sanjay Tandon)

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