Vanity learns a lesson

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Value- Non violence

Sub value- Being calm

 

This story is about Mahatma Gandhi,  well known and world famous Indian freedom fighter who gave importance to non-violence. Once  Gandhi was aboard a  ship , on his way  to England. A young European who saw him wondered why a half naked, bald-headed and toothless old man should go to England. He drew funny pictures of Gandhi and wrote nasty things about him. He then walked towards Gandhi and gave Gandhi the pieces of papers saying; “You will find this useful and interesting. Read it and keep it with you.”

Having read each and every piece of paper given by the young European, Gandhi then returned the pieces to the European and said, “I have done just what you asked me to do”. Then he continued, giving the young man his usual sweet smile,” I have kept with me your paper clip, that is the only interesting and useful thing you gave me. Thank you”.

Gandhi’s short and sweet reply went straight to his heart and  the young man realized how intelligent, cultured, humble and great Gandhi was. He hung his head down in shame and walked away.  He became aware of his stupidity and ego which had made him commit such a blunder. The young European, from  then on, learnt to respect each and every individual irrespective of their appearances, caste and creed.

Learning

One should learn how to remain calm in all situations, have dignity and self-control. Each human should always respect one and another so that a mutual understanding can be reached. Each individual should never pass any comments about another just by looking at one’s attire or physical appearance just as the English proverb goes “do not judge a book by its cover”.

Jealousy brings ruin

pumpkinValue- Right Conduct

Sub value- Selfless act

 

Madhav and Keshav were two farmers living in the same village. Madhav was intelliegent, hard working; always contented and happy. Keshav, on the other hand, was lazy, worried and sad. He was always jealous of Madhav so much so, that the very sight of happy Madhav would irritate him. He would even pray to God for Madhav’s downfall.

But God seemed to be kind to Madhav who wished that everyone in the village should be happy like him. Once, after many years of hard work in his garden, he produced a huge pumpkin of rare variety. Its skin had all the seven colours of the rainbow. It had the pleasant scent of the jasmine flowers and it tasted sweet as honey. Above all, it had four legs, a trunk and a tail which made it look like an elephant.

Madhav felt that this wonderful pumpkin would be a worthy present to the king. So he took it to the capital and placed it at the king’s feet as his simple gift. The king was so pleased with this rare present that he gave Madhav a real elephant as a royal gift.

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When Keshav heard this news, he was extremly jealous of Madhav’s achievement, that he had no sleep that night. “I must please the king much more than Madhav did”, he went on thinking, “What will make the king give me, a more precious royal gift, than what he has given Madhav. If a toy elephant could please the king so much, a present of real elephant will please him more. He may give me, in return a village or two and make me a big zamindar.”

The next day keshav sold his farm, cows, bullocks, sheep and goats. With all the money he thus got, he purchased a big elephant and took it to the king. The king could not understand why a village farmer should present him with  an elephant. So he asked his wise minister to look into the matter and think about a suitable gift for the farmer.

The wise minister had chat with Keshav. Within short time, he found that only jealousy had prompted Keshav to present an elephant to the king. So he went to the king and said, “My Lord, you gave a nice elephant to the earlier farmer for a pumpkin. So now, you can give this farmer a nice pumpkin in return for his elephant.”

When Keshav received an ordinary pumpkin as a royal gift, he was completely heart broken. He had sold away all his property and he was now a ruined man all because of his jealousy.

Learning

Jealousy is an evil quality which brings only ruin. An act done selflessly will be rewarded.

Source- Vikas 2- Text book for Balvikas group 2

 

Purity of heart

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Value- Love

Sub value- Caring, concern for others


Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was a compassionate and a generous man. He had a mellifluous behavior even towards the people who belonged to the lowest societal stratum.There was a servant in Vidyasagar’s house who used to do all the household chores. Vidyasagar always showed him affection and treated him like his family members.One day, when Vidyasagar was descending the stairs of his house, he saw his servant sleeping on the staircase with a letter in his hand. Vidyasagar slowly took out the letter from his hand and read it and came to know about the bad news. Vidyasagar saw that the servant had a streak of tears on his face, perhaps he sobbed himself to sleep. Seeing his servant in this condition the feeling of sympathy evoked in Vidyasagar’s heart. He went inside the room to get a hand fan and started fanning his servant,  so that he could sleep comfortably.

At the very mommet, one of Vidyasagar’s friend happened to come by. He was astounded by the situation said exclaimed, “You are too much! How can you be engaged in the service of a servant, whose salary is hardly seven-eight bucks?”

Vidyasagar replied with great compassion and humility, “My father also used to earn seven-eight bucks in a month. I remember the  day when my father was returning home,  he fell unconscious on the road, and a passerby helped him with water. In my servant, I can see the image of my late father.”
Learning
Purity of heart is not only reflected through sweet words but also through the conduct. An affectionate behavior towards one and all underscores generosity and dignity. Therefore, we must be kind and generous towards everyone.

The Mother Owl

Value- Love

Sub value- Concern for all, selfless love

Here comes a touching story of motherliness from the animal world. This story is told by a devotee who visited a temple in the midst of a forest near Wynad, Kerala. After his temple visit , as he came out,  he spotted a tiny squirrel sealed on the top of a lintel , squeaking with fear. Its mother obviously was away and a snake was making its way to the little squirrel to make it his prey.

 

At that moment from a nearby tree, a big owl flew in, pushed aside the snake and saved the little squirrel. The owl went back to its perch, but its attention was riveted on the helpless little squirrel. The devotee was fascinated by the timely action of the owl. A little later,   the snake  came again to catch the squirrel. Lo! there flew in the owl again to save the helpless squirrel.  The snake retreated and the squirrel was saved. But the snake was not in a mood to give up. It came again after a brief interval. The owl got really angry and this time flew in with the intention of doing away with the snake and saving the squirrel from its cruel fate.

 

The devotee was overwhelmed seeing this expression of universal motherliness between two animals, even though the squirrel was the natural prey of the owl. The danger to the little squirrel in the absence of its mother touched a deep chord in the heart of the owl and it responded to it in the most touching way. The devotee could not help comparing it with what we find among humans, these days.

 

Learning

 

If only we keep our eyes open to the natural relationships and concern ever prevalent all around us, our minds can also expand and when it is filled with love and concern for all in the universe it raises us to the level of a Universal Being and we become entitled for the blessings of the Universe.

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Reflection of mind

 

 

 

 

 

Value- Peacebuddha picture

Sub value- Patience, love

 

One day a famous government officer met a highly respected elderly master. Being conceited, he wanted to prove that he was the superior person. As their conversation drew on, he asked the master, “Old monk, do you know what I think of you and the things you said?”

The master replied, “I don’t care what you think of me. You are entitled to have your own opinion.”

The officer snorted, “Well, I will tell you what I think anyway. In my eyes, you are just like a pile of dry shit!”

The master simply smiled and stayed quiet.

Seeing that his insult had fallen into deaf ears, he asked curiously, “And what do you think of me?”

The master said, “In my eyes, you are just like the Buddha.”

Hearing this remark, the officer left happily and bragged to his wife about the incident.

His wife said to him, “You conceited fool! When a person has a heart like a pile of dry shit, he sees everyone in that light. The elderly master has a heart like that of the Buddha, and that is why in his eyes, everyone, including you, is like the Buddha!”

Learning

One’s thoughts reflects in one’s actions.

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Chitta-chor (Heart stealer) Krishna: Lord Krishna and the thief

Value- Devotion

Sub value- Faith
A Brahmin (Priest), whose profession was singing the glories of the Lord, was once reciting Srimad Bhagavatam in the house of a patron. A thief broke into the house where the recital was going on and hid himself in the deep corner.

Perforce, he had to listen to Srimad Bhagavatam (Beautiful stories & Miracles of Lord Krishna). The singer was now describing the ornaments worn by little Krishna. He described the various ornaments Mother Yasodha decorated on little Krishna before sending Him out with the cows. The thief was excited and thought that he should meet that lad and rob all the ornaments at one stroke instead of struggling every day with petty stealing. He waited till the entire chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam was recited and left the place. The thief wanted to know where this boy was. He, therefore, followed the Brahmin and waylaid him. The Brahmin was frightened and feared that he would lose even the small amount he had received as dakshina and told the thief, “I do not have anything with me”.

The thief replied that he was not keen to have any of the Barhmin’s possessions but wanted some information about that lad he claimed to have the best ornaments and who used to go out for grazing the cows. The thief beseeched him to take him to that place where the lad was grazing those cows . The Brahmin was in a fix now. He said, “In the town of Brindavana, on the banks of Yamuna river, in a green meadow, two boys come every morning. One is dark like the clouds with a flute, and the other fair, clad in white silk. The dark one will have all the ornaments I had described.”

The thief believed the brahmin and set out for Brindavana immediately. He located the beautiful place, climbed up a tree and waited for the boys to arrive. The sun rose. Faint melody of the flute wafted along the morning breeze. The enchanting music could then be heard closer and the thief spotted two boys coming. He got down from the tree and went near them. The moment he saw the most beautiful appearance of the little Krishna, he forgot himself, folded his hands and shed tears of joy. The tears were from his heart and it was chilling . He wondered which mother had sent these radiant boys, chiseled to perfection, loaded with ornaments to the riverbank. He could not take his eyes off from the divinity .The transformation started.

He approached the boys …..shouting, “Stop,” and held Krishna’s hand. The moment he touched Lord Krishna, all his previous karmas were wiped out like a ball of cotton getting burnt in fire …. and with all humility he inquired lovingly, “Who are you?”

Krishna looked at him, innocently and said, “I am frightened by your looks. Please leave my hands ..”. The thief, now full of remorse, said to Krishna, “It is my evil mind which is reflected in my face. If you are frightened, I shall go away. Please don’t say I must leave you”.

The Natkhat (Divinely naughty) Krishna reminded the thief the purpose of his coming there and mocked him, “Here, take these ornaments”. Confused, the thief replied, “Will not your mother scold you if you gift away all your ornaments to me?” Krishna with a smile said, “Do not worry about that. I have plenty of them. I am a bigger thief than you. But there is a difference between you and me – however much I steal, the owners do not complain. I am lovingly called “Chitta Chora”. Though you are not aware of it, you have a previous ornament in your possession, the “Chitta (Heart) ”. I shall steal it now and take the same with Me.” So saying both the boys vanished.

To his surprise, the thief found a bag full of ornaments on his shoulder. He brought it to the Brahmin’s house and told him what had all happened. The Brahmin was now frightened and took the thief inside and opened the bag. To his utter amazement he saw all the ornaments described by him as being worn by Krishna in the Bhagavatam, in the thief’s bag.

Shedding tears of joy, the Brahmin asked the thief to take him to the place where he saw the dark boy. The thief obliged and both of them waited in the same place where the thief accosted the boy the previous day. Suddenly the thief exclaimed, “Look, here they come!” However, the Brahmin could not see any one. Stricken with disappointment, he said, “Lord, when You decided to give darshan to a thief, why not me?

Lord Krishna, out of abundant compassion, replied, “You are reading Srimad Bhagavatam just as another story,whereas the thief actually believed what you told him about me. I manifest only for those who have full faith in Me and surrender to Me.”

Glories to the thief who saw the LORD …. Let’s also leave our chitta to the Chitta-chora!

Krishna Prema - कृष्ण प्रेम.'s photo.
Learning
Mere learning or reading of scriptures without any faith is of no use. Faith can move mountains

Selfless service- Story of Arjuna and the Brahmin

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Value- Love

Sub value- Selfless service

One day Krishna & Arjuna were taking their usual walk, when they came across an old Brahmin begging, taking pity on his condition, Arjuna gave him a bag of gold coins.

The man was overjoyed. On his way to home, he was robbed by a thief in the forest. He cursed his fate and the next day set off to beg again.
Arjuna & Krishna saw him again & got to know his story. Arjuna once again took pity and gave him a large diamond.
The man took it home and kept it in an old pot which had been unused for many years inorder to keep it safe and went to sleep.
The next morning before he could wake up, his wife went to fetch water from the river & on her way back, she slipped and her pot broke. She immediately remembered the pot at home which lay unused and brought it to fill it with water. Just as she dipped the pot in to the river the diamond escaped the pot and went in to the river.
When she returned home the Brahmin was desperately searching the house for the pot & when he saw it in his wife’s hands, he got to know what had happened. Dejected with what had happened, he once again left to go begging.
Once again Arjuna and Krishna saw him and when Arjuna heard of the unfortunate incident that had happened, he told Krishna ,
” I don’t think this man is destined to be blessed at all, I don’t think I can help him anymore”.
Krishna then gave the man two pennies and the man took them and walked away.
 Arjuna then asked Krishna,” My Lord, if gold coins and diamond could not change his condition, what good can two pennies do to him?”.
 Krishna smiled and replied, “let us see”.
As the man walked home he was cursing his fate when he saw a fish that had just been caught by a fisherman and was struggling for its life, he took pity on it and thought to himself, ” these two pennies cannot fetch me food anyway, let me at least save the life of this creature” and he purchased the fish and was about to throw it in the river when he saw that the breathlessness of the fish was caused due to some large obstruction in its mouth and when removed it , it was the very diamond he had lost in the river. He was overjoyed and started shouting “Look what I found! Look what I found”.
At this very time the thief that had robbed him in the forest was passing by and heard his shouts, he recognized the man and thought that man too recognized him and was thus shouting. Fearing that the Brahmin may take him to be executed, he rushed to him and begged for his forgiveness and returned all the gold coins he had stolen from him. The Brahmin was happy and walked away joyfully with all his wealth.
 He went straight to Arjuna to narrate the turn of events and thanked him for all his help and went away.
 Arjuna then asked Krishna,
“My Lord, how is it that my gold and diamond could not help him but your meagre two pennies did?.
Krishna replied,” When he had the gold and diamonds he was only thinking of himself and his needs, but when he had the two pennies he put the needs of another creature before his and so I took care of his needs.
The truth is, ‘ O Arjuna! When you think of the suffering of others and work to help them, you are sharing God’s work and hence God Himself takes care of you . Real service is to give Krishna to everyone in one form or the other
Learning
When one does any kind act without any expectation and keeps others interests before their own; God loves them and takes care of them in every respect. One should aim to develop unconditional love.
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