On Comparing Children

Inspiring principal’s views on comparison of children

Let us be happy


Value- Peace
Sub value- Detachment
A beggar who lived very close to a palace saw a notice that was stuck on the entry gate one day. It said, “The king would be hosting a party soon. Anyone wearing the king’s dress could join the party.”

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It set the beggar thinking. He looked at himself with torn clothes and came to a conclusion that only the king’s family would be able to attend. Anyways, he gained some courage and went to the palace gates. He requested the guard to allow him to meet the king. The guard went in to see the king. As luck would have it, the beggar was allowed entry.
His joy knew no bounds. He went inside and the king enquired about the purpose of his visit. He gained courage and said, “I would love to attend the feast that you will be hosting soon. Can I request you to give me your old attire so that I would be able to join the feast too?” The king readily agreed and gave him one of his robes. The beggar wore the outfit and looked at himself in the mirror. A majestic look indeed! He was very happy with his looks.
The king told him that he had gained entry to attend the feast and said something very important to him; “You will have no necessity to wash or clean this dress. You can wear it forever.” With tears in his eyes, he thanked the king profusely. Though he was happy he did not readily believe the king. He was wondering; “What if the attire tore?? I will need my old clothes.” So he packed all his old clothes and carried it along with him.
He did not have a place to stay. So wherever he went, he carried the old clothes with him. He could not enjoy the dinner feast that the king hosted because his concentration was more on safeguarding the old clothes.
He realised that the words of the king were true. The dress was intact and it didn’t become dirty though he always wore it. Still he was so attached to his old clothes that he could never let go of it. Anyone who saw him noticed that bundle of old clothes and he was named, “THE MAN WITH THE RAGGED CLOTHES.”
Later when the beggar was in his death bed, the king came to see him. He noticed that the bundle of old clothes was beside the beggar’s pillow. The king felt sorry for him. The beggar remembered the king’s words. The bundle of old clothes had literally spoilt his happiness.

It is not just about him. All of us have this bundle of feelings – ENEMITY, JEALOUSY, HATRED, ANGER, WORRIES, so on and so forth. We continue living with all these vices and hence are not able to recognize the beautiful moments and enjoy. We are not able to let go and that’s the root cause of many problems.
In palaces, people live like beggars and in orphanage homes, there are people who live like kings. Not the outward appearance but the attitude with which one views life is what matters.
We continue to live with past happenings, convert our homes into godowns by stocking things unnecessarily. Our priorities are misplaced and we waste our life in trivial things. Not just the home but our mind is also like a godown storing unnecessary thoughts.
Happiness needs no reason. Let us learn to be happy.
How many golden opportunities have been missed while we were busy servicing our ego? Every moment is heavy, every situation is nerve-racking, every interaction is tense… an ego-filled heart is always walking on fire. Never can there be a moment of marriage between ego and ease.
A crow carrying a piece of meat found itself being chased by all the other birds. It dropped the piece of meat, and all the birds went after the meat. Now, alone in the sky, the crow remarked, “In losing that piece of meat, I gained the freedom of the skies.”
There is enormous freedom in letting your ego go.
Mahatria – Infinithoughts Magazine- May 2014
Learn to let go, accept situations and surrender to the almighty.

Values song

Values explained beautifully through the song ‘Maitrim Bhajata’ by Smt Vishaka Hari

A True friend

Value- Love, Faith

Sub value- Friendship

Horror gripped the heart of the World War I soldier as he saw his lifelong friend fall in battle. Caught in a trench with continuous gunfire whizzing over his head, the soldier asked his lieutenant if he might go out into the “no man’s land” between the trenches to bring his fallen comrade back. “You can go,” said the lieutenant, “but I don’t think it will be worth it. Your friend is probably dead and you may throw your life away.” The lieutenant’s advice didn’t matter, and the soldier went anyway.


Miraculously he managed to reach his friend, hoist him onto his shoulder and bring him back to their company’s trench. As the two of them tumbled in together to the bottom of the trench, the officer checked the wounded soldier, and then looked kindly at his friend.

“I told you it wouldn’t be worth it,” he said. “Your friend is dead and you are mortally wounded.” “It was worth it, though, sir,” said the soldier. “What do you mean; worth it?” responded the Lieutenant. “Your friend is dead.” “Yes, Sir” the private answered. “But it was worth it because when I got to him, he was still alive and I had the satisfaction of hearing him saying, “Jim…, I knew you’d come.”


Many times in life, whether a thing is worth doing or not, really depends on one looks at it. We must take up all our courage and do something our heart tells us to do so that we may not regret not doing it later in our life. A true friend is one who walks in, when the rest of the world walks out. War doesn’t determine who’s right. War only determines who’s left.

Shell worth

Value- Love, optimism

Sub value- Sacrifice, responsibility

A 4 yr old boy was in the market with his 6 yr old sister…Suddenly the boy found that his sister was lagging behind.He stopped and looked back.His sister was standing in front of a toy shop and was watching something with great interest.

The boy went back to her and asked,”Do you want something?” The sister pointed at the doll. The boy held her hand and like a responsible elder brother, gave that doll to her.The sister was very very happy…

The shopkeeper was watching everything and getting amused to see the matured behaviour of the boy…
The boy came to the counter and asked the shopkeeper,”What is the cost of this doll,Sir!”
The shopkeeper was a cool man and had experienced the odds of life; so he asked the boy with a lot of love and affection,” Well,What can you pay?”

The boy took out all the shells that he had collected from sea shore,from his pocket and gave them to the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper took the shells and started counting as if he were counting the currency. Then he looked at the boy.The boy asked him worriedly,”Is it less?”

The shopkeeper said,”No,No… These are more than the cost.So I will return the remaining.” Saying so,he kept only 4 shells with him and returned the remaining. The boy, very happily kept those shells back in his pocket and went away with his sister…

A servant in that shop was very surprised watching all these.He asked his master,” Sir!You gave away such a costly doll just for 4 shells???”

The shopkeeper said with a smile,”Well, for us these are mere shells.But for that boy,these shells are very precious.At his age, he does not understand what money is,but when he grows up,he definitely will. And when he does, he will  remember that he purchased a doll with the shells instead of money. He will remember Me and think that world is full of good people.He will develop positive thinking!!


True love can be seen through sacrifice. Compassionate and loving people will be remembered for their kind acts. Let us always do good and touch as many lives in our lifetime as possible.

The last wish

Value- Right conduct

Sub value-Parents duty, setting a right example, non indulgence

A death row inmate awaiting execution, asked as a last wish, for a pencil and paper. After writing for several minutes, the convict called the prison guard and asked that this letter be handed over to his biological mother.
The letter said …
Mother, if there were more justice in this world, we would be both executed and not just me. You’re as guilty as I am for the life I led.
Remind yourself when I stole and brought home the bicycle from a boy like me?
You helped me to hide the bicycle, so that my father would not see it.

Do you remember the time I stole money from the neighbor’s wallet?
You came with me to the mall to spend it.
Do you remember when I argued and justified my actions with my father ?
He just wanted to correct me because I stole the final result of the competition and for that I had been expelled.
Mom, then  I was just a child, shortly after that I became a troubled teenager and now I’m a pretty malformed man.

Mom, I was just a child in need of correction, and not  approval. But I forgive you!
I just want this letter to reach the greatest number of parents in the world, so they can know what makes  people, good or bad …is education.
Thank you mother for giving me life and also helping me to lose it.
Your child offender.


Parents love their children and many times are too indulgent and pamper them. It is said; “A stitch in time saves nine”; “A young plant can be moulded but a tree will break when we try to mould it.” Wrong actions should be nipped at the bud. Allowing small mistakes unnoticed can lead to bigger crimes one day. Parent should set an example to the child. Love does not mean indulgence. It is the parents duty to teach the child the right values which includes to help them distinguish between wrong and right.

Right upbringing and value system is very important for not only the child and family but for the society as well.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ” (Nelson Mandela)

Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini exhibition- Integrating conventional system of Education with values

SSSVV exhibition held from 14-17 November 2015 at Prashanthi Nilayam, India; was par excellence. Students from many parts of India participated in the exhibition demonstrating their academic learning integrating them with the values. Tremendous amounts of study, hard work and dedication has gone in getting this concept and implementing it to many schools in rural India. The video clip catches the glimpses of the exhibition. The Sai balsanskaar team of translators are honoured to be part of this wonderful team.

Enjoy the video


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