As you sow so you reap

 

Value- Right conduct

Sub value-Sincere, doing the right always

Once a king ordered his three ministers to take a bag and go to the forest and fill up the bag with fruits.

forest
The first minister thought that as  his king had ordered for collection of fruits,   his duty  should be to collect the best of the fruits in the bag.
The second minister thought that as the king was a very busy person, he would not inspect the bag very thoroughly for its contents; so he collected whatever he could lay his hands. Thus his bag was filled up with a mixture of good and rotten fruits.
The third minister thought that the king would see only the exterior of the bag,  the size of the  bag and definitely not the contents, so he just filled up the bag with all dried leaves and dust.
Soon all the three ministers came back to the court with their respective bags, having executed the order of collecting the fruits.

bag of fruits
The King, without even seeing what their bags contained, just ordered that  the three ministers  be sent to separate jails for three months, where they would not be provided with any food but  were only allowed to carry the respective bags wherein they had collected the fruits.
The first minister  spent the three months in the jail by eating the very good fruits he had collected.
The second one  survived for some time with the good fruits in the bag but later he succumbed to illnesses caused by eating the rotten fruits he had collected.

The Third minister had nothing to eat   and so could not survive.

Learning
From the above story we understand that one undergoes the consequences for good/bad action. Every action has a reaction.
In  the ancient Indian text called Mahabharata (Anushasana Parva – chapter on discipline) it is said
yathaa dhenu sahasreshu / vatso gachhati maataram
yat ca krtam karma / kartaaram api gachhati
“Amongst thousands of cows, the calf finds its own mother cow. Similarly the results of our past karma (deeds) when fully ripened, will find us without fail.”

 

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The Black Spot

Value- Optimism

Sub value- Gratitude, Count our blessings

black dot

One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to take a surprise test. The professor handed out the question paper.To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions….just a black dot in the center of the page. The professor seeing the expression on everyone’s face, told them the following:

“I want you to write what you see there.”

At the end of the class, the professor took all the answer papers and started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students. All of them with no exceptions, described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet, etc. etc. etc. After all had been read, the professor began to explain:

“I am not going to grade you on this test. I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same happens in our lives. We have a white paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark dots. Our life is a gift given to us by God.

However we insist on focusing only on the dark dots – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend etc. The dark spots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds.

Lets take our eyes away from the black spots in our life and enjoy each moment of life.

Learning

Lets learn to count our blessings and have gratitude for what we have rather than always looking at the negative side and focusing on what we do not have.

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