Rich or poor?

How does one judge whether anyone is rich or poor? Does our wealth determine how wealthy we are or does our action do so? Watch this interesting video on ‘being a human’ rather than rich or poor.

If we can make a difference to someone in a positive manner and set an example to the children and youth by teaching and showing them to be humane and inculcate the right values from young; we will be doing our bit to have a better world.

Getting hurt- A choice


Value- Optimism, Positive attitude

Sub value- Maturity, presence of mind, self confidence

On the first day, as President, Abraham Lincoln began to give his inaugural address, just in the middle, one man stood up. He was a rich aristocrat.

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He said, “Mr. Lincoln, you should not forget that your father used to make shoes for my family”. And the whole senate laughed; they thought they had made fun of Abraham Lincoln.

But Lincoln – and those type of people are made of a totally different mettle. Lincoln stared at the man and said, “Sir I know that my father used to make shoes in your house for your family, and there will be many other here… because the way he made shoes; nobody else can. He was a creator. His shoes were not just shoes, he put his whole soul in it. I want to ask you, have you any complaint? Because I know how to make shoes myself; if you have any complaint I can make another pair of shoes. But as far as I know, nobody has ever complained about my father’s shoes.

He was genius, a great creator and I am proud of my father”.

The whole Senate was struck dumb. They could not understand what kind of a man Abraham Lincoln was. He had made the ‘Shoe Making’, an art, a creativity. And he was proud because his father did the job so well that not even a single complaint had ever been heard


It is up to us to get hurt or not. There will be many people who may hurt us through their words and actions. If we have the self belief, self confidence and maturity we will respond to a situation instead of reacting. No one can hurt us unless we choose to get hurt.

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In search of a lost needle


Value- Truth

Sub value- Contemplation, looking within

One night Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the great Advaita master, was desperately searching for something on the street outside his small hut. When his pupil returned from his errand, he saw this and curiously asked the Master, “Aacharya, what are you looking for here on the street at this hour?”

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Shankaracharya replied, “I lost my needle, I am looking for it.”

The pupil joined him in the search, but after searching for a while, he asked, “Can you try and recollect where you might have dropped it?”

Shankaracharya said, “Of course, I remember. I dropped it near the bed in the hut.”

The pupil, utterly astonished at the strange answer, said, “Aacharya, you say you lost it inside the house, then why are we looking for it outside?”

Shankaracharya innocently replied, “There is no oil left in the lamp, so it is pitch dark inside the house. Hence I thought of searching for it outside, since there is enough street light here.”

While holding back his laugh, the pupil said, “If you lost your needle inside the house, how could you even expect to find it outside?”

Shankaracharya simply smiled back at the pupil and the pupil got the message behind the acharya’s puzzling act.

Isn’t that what we do? We run to far away temples and walk up mountains to search for what we have lost inside ourselves. We are all seeking outside what we have lost inside us. Why? Just because it is pitch dark Inside.


We must light the lamp inside us and find our lost treasure right therein. We perform so many rituals, go on pilgrimages and do so many other things externally in search of the Lord; who is within us. We rarely try to seek the divinity within. Of course this also requires the grace of the Lord and one must have the yearning or quest to seek divinity within. When this is really earnest Lord sends us the Master who guides us and lights our path with knowledge of the self. The main thing though is faith and obedience to the words and message of a true Master.


Gratitude can change destiny

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Gratitude

There was a small bird living in a desert. With no sign of greenery the bird use to hop around on the hot sand through the day.


An angel while on his way to god saw the little bird and felt pity.

He went and asked

“O little bird! What are you doing in this hot desert? Can I do something for you?” The little bird said, “I am very pleased with my life, but this heat is unbearable. Both my feet are getting burnt. Only if there was a tree here, I’d be delighted”. Angel said, “Growing a tree in the middle of desert is beyond my scope. I am to going meet god, let me speak to him and ask if he could fulfill your desire”.

Angel asked God, if he could help the bird. God said, “I could grow a tree, but her destiny doesn’t allow it. And I can’t change that. However, you can give her my message, which will help her survive the heat. Ask her to hop with one foot at a time. That ways she can rest the other one for a while and change foot often. This way only one of her foot will have to bear the heat and other one will be able to rest and recover. Also tell her to remember all the good things that have happened in her life and be thankful to god for that. Angel came back to where the bird was and gave her this message from God.

The bird was delighted by the idea and thanked him for the effort he made to make her comfortable.

After a few days, Angel was crossing the same desert and thought of checking on the little bird. He saw the bird sitting on big green tree, right in the middle of the desert. Angel was happy to see the bird in comfort but was very disappointed with God who suggested that there was no tree in this bird’s destiny.

He went to meet God and told him the whole story. God replied, “I never lied to you. There was no tree in the bird’s destiny. However, after you gave her my message, which asked her to be grateful to God for the kind things, she did put those words to action. She remembered every possible thing from her life and thanked God with a pure heart. I was moved with her feeling of gratitude and that’s what made me change her destiny”. Angel was pleased with the answer.


Gratitude always brings in grace. Let us be ever grateful for whatever things we have in life and thank the universe for providing that to us. We must count our blessings.

A small gratitude can bring so much in our lives.


The company one keeps

Value-Dharma (Ability to distinguish right and wrong)

Sub value- Keeping good company


A crow and a swan had become friends. One day the crow took the swan to its house and made him sit on a dry and wilted tree. The place stank of dung, flesh and bones that were scattered all around.


The swan said, “Brother! I cannot stay in such a dirty place, even for a moment. If you know of any pious place, you take me there.”

So the crow then took the swan, to the secret grove, which belonged to  the king; and made the swan sit on the tree, and then it sat near him.  As the swan looked down, it saw the king sitting under the tree, with his head exposed to the sun.  The Swan, which is of  kind nature ,  out of compassion, spread out its wings to provide shade, to the king who felt some relief from the sun. But the crow, which is of an uncaring  nature; dropped its excreta on the king’s head.

The king shot an arrow upwards which brought the swan down, while the crow flew off quickly.

The dying swan said: “O King! I am not the crow that dropped the excreta. I am the swan that lives in pure water, but due to the company of the mean crow, my life has been ruined.”


Just as positivity influences people, negativity also influences. One must always choose the right kind of friends and people to move around with. Satsang or company of good people can influence one in a positive way. A good person in a negative environment generally may not be recognised for his good quality and he/she has to pay the brunt of being in the company of the wrong person

Adapted from story by Chaju Bhakta

Contentment- the 99 club

Value- Peace

Sub value- Contentment



Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was not happy at all.
One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; Why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy?

The King asked the servant, ‘Why are you so happy?’

The man replied, ‘Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don’t need too much – just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.’

The king sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the story, the advisor said, ‘Your Majesty, the servant has not yet joined “The 99 Club”.’

‘The 99 Club? And what is that?’ the King inquired.

The advisor replied, ‘To truly know what The 99 Club is, just place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep.’

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When the servant saw the bag, he let out a great shout of joy… so many gold coins. He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were only 99 coins.

He wondered, ‘What could’ve happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!’

He looked everywhere, but that final coin was elusive. Finally he decided that he was going to work harder than ever to earn that 100th gold coin.

From that day, the servant was a changed man. He was overworked, grumpy, and blamed his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin.

And he had stopped singing while he worked.

Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. The advisor said, ‘Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.’
He continued, ‘The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never content, because they’re always wanting that extra 1, saying to themselves:
“Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.”


We can be happy with very little in our lives, but the minute we’re given something bigger and better, we want more …and even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, as the price for our growing needs and desires. There is enough for everyone’s need but not enough for one’s greed.


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