Only experience (direct knowledge) can make one wise

Value- Truth

Sub value- Discrimination of true and false

There was a  Master (guru), he had a student (disciple). Neither had the disciple ever seen a cow nor had he tasted its milk, but he had read that  cow’s milk was very nutritious;  so was very curious to see a cow and taste its milk. He approached his Master and asked “Do you know anything about the cows?”

“Yes.” replied the Master.

“Then would you please explain what a cow looks like?” the disciple requested.

The Master explained: “A cow has four legs, It does not live in the forest. Its a domestic animal, one can find it in the villages. It gives milk, a liquid white in color,  which is good for health.” His Master gave him a lot more information on the features of a cow: the eyes, ears, legs, stomach, udder, horns.

Grazing Cow Statue

The disciple went to a village, where he saw a statue of a cow.Someone was who was painting an adjacent compound wall with chalk, had left a bucket full of lime water near the statue of the cow.The disciple saw the cow, carefully observed its features, came to the conclusion that it must be the cow.He  also saw a bucket with white liquid near by. ‘This is definitely a cow, so this must be the milk’ thought the disciple and drank some of it. He soon started screaming with pain, had to be hospitalized.

His Master visited him in the hospital and asked “What happened?”

“Master you don’t know anything about the cows or the milk, you are totally wrong.” the disciple answered.

“Tell me what happened.” The Master sought an explanation. The disciple explained everything.

“Did you milk the cow yourself?” asked the Guru.

“No.”

“That’s why you are in trouble. If  you rely on what others say,  you won’t get to the truth which will liberate you.” te Wise Master replied.

Learning

One has to experience and not merely learn and follow others blindly. Experience is the best teacher for acquiring material as well as spiritual knowledge.

http://aumamen.com/story/only-experience-can-remove-pain

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EGO, the deadliest enemy

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Giving up ego

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There were two very good childhood friends. When they grew older, they went their separate ways. One friend became a tapasvi(Saint) and lived  alone in the mountain areas to do his prayers and tapasaya whilst the other friend earned his fortune ,  was as rich as a King , lived in his palatial house. The tapasvi wore only a langoti ( a loin cloth) while the rich friend lived a  lavish life.

Once the rich friend desired to meet his friend who had opted to live a life of a Saint. He was desperate to meet his old friend , so searched high and lo for him. Finally he located his friend, went to meet him and felt very proud that his friend had achieved so much knowledge in a short period, had become a tapasvi. The rich friend  invited him to have lunch in his palatial house. The tapasvi friend agreed to visit his house and have lunch with him.

The rich friend was very happy and made beautiful arrangement and decorations to receive his dear friend. He spread costly carpets so that his friend wouldn’t  have to walk on hard rough ground.

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When the tapasvi  friend reached his rich friend’s house he was amused and surprised to see the beautiful arrangements done to greet him. As he reached at the main door, a person at the gate told him “See, your friend has intentionally made this arrangement to make you feel low. He wants to show you that how much he has attained in life and you are nothing. Hearing this the Saints anger rose and his EGO reached the peaks, he felt hurt.

Crazy and angry thoughts spun in his mind. ” I am a great Saint and my friend wants compare his riches with the knowledge I have gained.”, he mused.  He  then went to a nearby nullah(dirty drainage), dirtied his feet in it and then went to his friend’s house. He spoilt the beautiful carpet with his dirty feet.

The rich friend greeted his friend, but  was surprised and angry to see his expensive carpets dirty. At this, the tapasvi friend said that “I have spoilt your carpet to show that I have gained more than you. You have achieved only money, but I have got spiritual knowledge, I am a Saint, a gyani, a tapasvi. His ego knew no bounds.

The rich friend was stunned and replied very politely and apologetically “ Oh, dear friend after sacrificing all worldly and materialistic things, being a Saint, a gyani, your EGO is still intact, it has not gone down. I used to respect you, honour you, used to feel jealous of your achievements, but now I feel very sad that there is no difference between you and me. I have an ego for money and you have an ego for sainthood, your gyan and tapasya. You have lost all that you have achieved.

Learning

One must not get carried by our Ego. We have gained money, knowledge and whatever is good in us through God’s blessings. That ‘I’ is our deadliest enemy. If by chance, we meet with an accident, or any serious illness, all that we gain becomes meaningless. Let us just pray and thank God whatever he has bestowed upon us. Had He not given us sound and healthy body, mind and soul, we could not have achieved anything on this Earth. Let us not feel jealous or get angry at what others have. Let us work hard and do our chores honestly. We will be paid back in abundance for all that good work we do.

Source: http://kutasthanandji.blogspot.com

Lord Krishna as Messenger of Peace

 

Value- Peace

Sub value- Fairness, justice

When Sanjay failed to convince Duryodhana to come to a compromise with the Pandavas and prevent a battle, Krishna decided to go to Hastinapur himself as a messenger of the Pandavas

Krishna was given a warm welcome at the court. Krishna said to Duryodhana, “I have come with an offer from the Pandavas. Instead of returning their whole kingdom, they would settle for just five villages because they are peace loving and want to prevent war.”

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Duryodhana scornfully replied, “The whole kingdom belongs to me. I will not even give land equal to the tip of a needle from my kingdom to the Pandavas. You are always partial to those Pandavas . I will imprison you.” He ordered his soldiers to imprison Krishna .

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Krishna showed to his cosmic from (virata roopa); everybody was scared to see this and  later Krishna left the court.  The inevitable  happened. When the request for peace and truce was refuted; to protect the dharma Lord willed the war of Mahabharata.

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Learning

When one’s mind is filled with ego, jealousy, hatred and greed; one loses his/her sense of discrimination and brings destruction surely to oneself and sometimes the whole family or the race as seen in Mahabharata. Lord Krishna has said in the Bhagvad Gita, when the ‘dharma’ (righteousness) declines; I manifest again and again to uplift the good and destroy the evil. The above story illustrates how Lord Krishna showed His divinity when dharma was at stake.

 

Practising values with wrist bracelets/bands

 

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One Wednesday evening just before my Balvikas class commenced, one kid enthusiastically showed off her wrist bands to me. I had seen something like this before; with many people wearing the friendship bands. She was quick to explain that it was not a friendship band rather it was a ‘Values’ band. I had not heard about this before and soon she started rattling off what each band stood for. I was quite impressed with her understanding and appreciating the value of those bands and thought it would be a good idea for her to share it in the children section of our blog. Below is what Tanisha Mehta has to say about those bands.

Every day, I get up and slip on three sparkling bracelets on my wrist. Each bracelet represents some value. The maroon and white one with a silver horse, represents love and peace. The blue and black one with a golden elephant represents knowledge and wisdom. And the light purple, mixed with white with a monster hanging from it represents protection. Whenever I am scared, speak a lie or do not practise the values; one look at the value bands reminds me that I should be following these values. I love my bracelets which help me a improve myself and I want to thank my mom for gifting this to me.

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My thoughts

This indeed is one of the good ways of reminding oneself of the values to practise in our daily lives. Gifts like this for young children can help them to constantly practise these values regularly.

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Picture of Peace

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Sub value- Calm, peace within

 

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures.

Among all the pictures,  there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them. The first picture was of a calm lake; the lake  perfectly mirrored the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The second picture also had mountains, but they were rugged and bare. The picture depicted, an angry rainy sky with flashes of lightning and a thundering waterfall by the side of the mountain. This did not look peaceful at all.
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As the king observed closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest – in perfect peace.

The king chose the second picture.

Learning

It is easy for one to stay calm and quiet for sometime in a peaceful place; but to be peaceful in a overcrowded, loud, adverse place is not easy. One must cultivate the habit of seeking peace within us and not look to external situations or place for us to be happy or peaceful. When we develop the attitude of being peaceful and happy from inside; outside situation will not disturb or affect us.

 

http://inspiringstoriesforall.blogspot.sg/2010/10/real-meaning-of-peace.html

A Millionaire and Three Beggars

Value- Love

Sub value- Seeking and surrendering to the Lord

 

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There was a good-natured millionaire in the town. Three beggars thought of approaching him for help. The first beggar went to the millionaire and said: “O Lord! I want five rupees. Please give me.” The millionaire was taken aback at this man’s impudence. “What! You demand five rupees from me as though I owe you the money! How dare you? How can I afford to give five rupees to a single beggar? Here, take these two rupees and get away,” he said. The man went away with the two rupees.

The sescond beggar went to the millionaire and said: “Oh Lord! I have not taken a square meal for the past ten days. Please help me.”
“How much do you want?” asked the millionaire.
“Whatever you give me, Maharaj,” replied the beggar.
“Here, take this ten rupee note. You can have nice food for at least three days.” The beggar walked away with the ten rupee note.

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The third beggar came. “Oh Lord, I have heard about your noble qualities. Therefore, I have come to see you. Men of such charitable disposition are verily the manifestations of God on earth,” he said.
“Please sit down,” said the millionaire. “You appear to be tired. Please take this food,” he said, and offered food to the beggar.
“Now please tell me what I can do for you.”
“Oh Lord,” replied the beggar; “I merely came to meet such a noble personage that you are. You have given me this rich food already. What more need I get from you? You have already shown extraordinary kindness towards me. May God bless you!”
But the millionaire, struck by the beggar’s spirit, begged of the beggar to remain with him, built a decent house for him in his own compound, and looked after him for the rest of his life.

Learning

God is like this good millionaire. Three classes of people approach Him, with three different desires and prayers. There is the greedy man full of vanity, full of arrogance, full of desires. He demands the objects of worldly enjoyment from God. Since this man, whatever be his vile desires, has had the good sense to approach God, He grants him some part of the desired objects (even these very soon pass away, just as the two rupees the first beggar got are spent before nightfall).
The other type of devotee prays to the Lord for relief from the sufferings of the world, but is better than the first one, in as much as he is ready to abide by His Will. To him the Lord grants full relief from suffering, and bestows on him much wealth and property.

The third type he merely prays to the Lord: “O Lord, Thou art Existence-Absolute, Knowledge-Absolute, Bliss-Absolute, etc., etc.” What does he want? Nothing. But the Lord is highly pleased with his spirit of renunciation, of desirelessness and of self-surrender. Therefore, He makes him eat His own food, i.e., He grants this man Supreme Devotion to Himself. Over and above this, He makes the devotee to live in His own House For ever afterwards this devotee dwells in the Lord’s Abode as a Liberated Sage.

http://inspiringstoriesforall.blogspot.sg/2010/10/millionaire-and-three-beggars.html

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