Five treasures we possess that we can share with others

 

Value: Love

Sub value: Compassion, Caring

 Once, a very poor man came to Buddha.

He asked:

– Why am I so poor?

Buddha answered:

– You are poor because you don’t practice generosity. You don’t practice charity.

– But how can I practice charity if I don’t have anything to give?

You have five treasures that you can share with others.

First, you have your face.

You can share your smiles with others. It’s free. And has an amazing and lasting impact on others.

Second, you have your eyes.

You can look at others with eyes full of love and care. Genuinely you can impact millions. Make them feel so good.

Third, you have your mouth.

With this mouth you can say nice things to others. Talk good. Make them feel valued Spread joy and positivity.

Then, you have a heart.

With your loving heart you can wish happiness to others. Make others feel a bundle of emotions. Touch their lives.

Last treasure that you possess is your body.

With this body you can do many good things to others.. Help the people who need. Help is not money. A small caring gesture can light up lives.

Remember True Wealth is that which no one can take away from you. It increases as you give it away.

Learning:

Money is not the only means by which we can do charity, giving love, a smile, talking positively may bring joy and happiness in a person’s life,  in reciprocation we will also be showered with love which will make us happy and joyful.

Compassion is a sign of the great

 

sugarcane

 

Value: Love

Sub value: compassion

Once when Samartha Ramadas was moving about the countryside with his disciples, those behind, him seeing a fine field of juicy sugar cane entered it and started pulling out the cane, crunching it with great relish.

The owner of the field naturally enraged at their behavior and at the loss, to which they were subjecting him, fell upon them with a stout cane. The Master was sorry that his disciples broke the discipline so objectionably drawn by the desire of the tongue for the sweet juice.

Next day they reached Emperor Sivaji’s place, where a great welcome awaited the guru and his followers. Sivaji offered to attend personally to the guru during his ceremonial bath; when Ramadas undressed, Sivaji was shocked to find broad red marks, indicating that he had been beaten! Such was the sensitive sympathy of the great saint, that he received on his back the blows meant for his pupils; Sivaji sent for the owner of the field of cane; and, when he stood shivering in fear before the emperor and his guru, Ramadas was requested by Sivaji to inflict on him any punishment he liked. But, Ramadas accepted the fact that wrong was committed by his disciples and blessed the farmer, granting him a boon that his lands would be tax-free for ever.

Learning:

Forgiving and forgetting the bad done unto us is a good virtue, because it helps us to love the people around us and we also can be peaceful and happy.

Source:   chinna katha

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Sai Satcharitra – Chapter 24 – Surrender

 

Value – Good conduct

Sub value – Faith

Story

Chanak-Leela

In Shirdi, bazar was held every Sunday, On one such Sunday, Hemadpant sat in front of Baba, shampooing His Legs and muttering God’s name. Shama was on Baba’s left, Vamanrao to His right – Shriman Booty and Kakasaheb Dixit and others were also present there. Then Shama laughed and said to Annasaheb – “See that some grains seem to have stuck to the sleeve of your coat”. So saying he touched the sleeve and found that there were some grains. Hemadpant straightened his left fore-arm to see what the matter was, when to the surprise of all, some grains of gram come rolling down and were picked up by the people who were sitting there.

This incident furnished a subject-matter for joke. Everybody present began to wonder and said something or other as to how the grains found their way into the sleeve of the coat and lodged there so long. Hemadpant also could not guess how they found an entrance and stayed there. When nobody could give any satisfactory explanation in this matter, and everybody was wondering about this mystery, Baba said as follows:-

Baba – “This fellow (Annasaheb) has got the bad habit of eating alone. Today is a bazar-day and he was here chewing grams. I know his habit and these grams are a proof of it. What wonder is there is this matter?”
Hemadpant – “Baba, I never know of eating things alone; then why do you thrust this bad habit on me? I have never yet seen Shirdi bazar. I never went to the bazar today, then how could I buy grams, and how could I eat them if I had not bought them? I never eat anything unless I share it with others present near me”.
Baba – “It is true that you give to the persons present; but if none be near-by, what could you or I do But do you remember Me before eating? Am I not always with you? Then do you offer Me anything before you eat?”

Moral 

Let us mark and note carefully, what Baba has taught us, by this incident. He has advised us that before the senses, mind and intellect enjoy their objects, he should first be remembered, and if this be done, it is in a way an offering to Him. The senses etc. can never remain without their objects, but if those objects are first offered to the Guru, the attachment for them will naturally vanish. In this way, all the Vrittis (thoughts) regarding Desire, Anger, Avarice etc. should first be offered and directed to the Guru and if this practice be followed, the Lord will help you in eradicating all the Vrittis. To put the matter in a nut-shell, we should not enjoy any object with our senses etc. without first remembering our Guru. When the mind is trained in this way, we will be always reminded of Baba, and our meditation on Baba will grow apace. The Sagun Form of Baba will ever be before our eyes and then devotion, non-attachment and salvation will all be ours.

Essence

Unless, we surrender our ego to the feet of our Sad-guru, we will not succeed in our undertaking. If we become egoless, then our success is assured.

For Children

Let us make it a habit to pray and offer god whatever we do, as he knows what is best for us.  By developing this habit we gradually will surrender our thoughts and deeds to god and develop faith.

Given below is a story which depicts the above message:

 

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/surrendering-at-the-feet-of-our-mastergurugod-sub-value-faith-devotion-value-love/

 

 

 

 

Greatest sin

 

Value: Right Conduct

Sub value: Gratitude,  compassion

Once Jesus was walking along the streets of a city. It was a slum area. He saw a young man rolling in dirt, dead drunk. He went to him, sat by his side and woke him up. The young man opened his eyes and saw Jesus. Jesus asked him: “Son! Why are you wasting your precious youth in drinking?” The young man replied: “Master! I was a leper, you cured me of my leprosy. What else can I do?” Jesus heaved a sigh and walked away.

In another street he saw a man madly pursuing a beautiful woman. Jesus caught hold of him and asked him: “Son! Why do you desecrate your body by indulging in such a sinful act?” The man replied: “Master! I was really blind. You gave me vision. What else can I do?”

Jesus trudged along another street. He saw an old man crying bitterly. Jesus approached him and gently touched him. The old man wiped his tears and looked at Jesus. Jesus questioned him:”Why are you weeping old man?” The old man said: “Master! I was nearly dead. You granted me life. What else can I do except weep in this old age?”
In times of difficulty and distress, we cry out for God’s help. But when God, out of His boundless love and compassion, responds to our prayer, we ignore Him and fall back into our self-centered life. One must guard oneself against this greatest sin of ingratitude towards God.

Learning:

When we are in difficult situations we usually pray to god for guidance and support, along with this we must consciously practice the habit of being in gratitude in our day to day life.

 

 Source : Chinna Katha

Sai Satcharitra – Chapter 23 – Develop Patience and Faith

Value – Patience

Sub value – Patience

Story 1

Yoga and onion

Once it so happened, that a sadhak of Yoga came to Shirdi with Nanasaheb Chandorkar. He had studied all the works on Yoga, including the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali, but had no practical experience. He could not concentrate his mind and attain samadhi even for a short time. He thought that if Sai Baba be pleased with him, He will show him the way to attain samadhi for a long time. With this object in view he came to Shirdi, and when he went to the Masjid he saw Sai Baba eating bread with onion. On seeing this, a thought arose in his mind – `How can this man, eating stale bread with raw onion, solve my difficulties and help me?’ Sai Baba read his mind and said to Nanasaheb – “Oh Nana, he who has the power to digest onion, should eat it and none else”. Hearing this remark, the yogi was wonder-struck and then he fell at Baba’s Feet with complete surrender. With pure and open mind, he asked his difficulties and got their solution from Baba. Thus being satisfied and happy, he left Shirdi with Baba’s Udi and blessings.

 

 

Story 2

Shama Cured of Snake-Bite

Once Shama was bitten by a poisonous snake. His little finger of the hand was stung and the poison began to spread into the body. The pain was also severe and Shama thought that he would pass off soon. His friends wanted to take him to the God Viroba, where such cases were often sent, but Shama ran to the Masjid — to His Viroba (Sai Baba). When Baba saw him, He began to scold and abuse. He got enraged and said – “Oh vile Bhaturdya (Priest) do not climp up. Beware if you do so” and then roared – “Go, Get away, Come down.” Seeing Baba thus red with wrath, Shama was greatly puzzled and disappointed. He thought that the Masjid was his home and Sai Baba his sole Refuge, but if he was driven away like this, where should he go? He lost all hope of life and kept silent. After a time Baba became normal and calm when Shama went up and sat near. Then Baba said to him – “Don’t be afraid, don’t care a jot, the Merciful Fakir will save you, go and sit quiet at home, don’t go out, believe in Me and remain fearless and have no anxeity”. Then he was sent home. Immediately afterwards, Baba sent Tatya Patil and Kakasaheb Dixit to him with instructions to the effect, that he should eat what he liked, should move in the home, but should never lie down and sleep. Needless to say that these instructions were acted upon and Shama got all-right in a short time. The only thing to be remembered in this connection is this – the words of Baba (or the five syllabled Mantra, viz, `Go, Get away, Come down’) were not addressed to Shama- as it apparently looked – but they were a direct order to the snake and its poison not to go up and circulate through Shama’s body. Like others well-versed in Mantrashastra, He had not to use any incantation, charged rice or water etc. His words only were most efficacious in saving the life of Shama.

Essence:

The disciples should have firm faith, backed up by intelligence and if they and patience to these, their spiritual goal will not be distant. When the disciples get the above-mentioned qualities, they become ready for further instructions and the Masters then appear and lead them on, in their spiritual path to perfection.

For Children

Patience is a good virtue and if we practice this consciously in our day to day life, we can face the situation  in a calm and peaceful manner.

The story below depicts about Patience the value one should cultivate.

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/quick-enlightenment/

 

 

 

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