“I am here”- Krishna and the little boy

Value- Right action
Sub value- Dedication
In a small town of Udupi, close to Mangalore there was a family  very devoted to Krishna except  for the 5 yr old grandson who was more into playing, and not keen on Krishna seva.  However, at his grand mother’s loving insistence  he agreed to go  for Krishna’s darshan and blessings at the temple before going to school everyday. The obedient grandson would go every morning to the entrance of the temple and say “I’m here” and  go about his daily routines.  Never did he make time to go in to see the Lord. This went on for about twenty years.
One unfortunate day, the boy met with an accident and was rushed to the hospital for surgery.  None of the  family members were allowed in during surgery.  As he was suffering alone his pain and  wondering if he would ever make it through surgery , he heard a voice  which said,  “I’m here”.  The boy was not able to comprehend who it was, he asked“Who is it?” He heard a voice quip back, “You came to see me everyday at the temple for so many years and said I’m here, today you need me and I’m here for you.  Do not worry”.
It was Lord Krishna, the compassionate  one, this shows that any good deed  done, however small,  doesn’t go  unseen.
If He comes to someone’s aid for having just made the effort to stop at the temple for a minute,  what would He do for those who make time  to chant His name  with devotion.  He will give not only the things you want but also HIMSELF.
Lord is always there for us. He is ready to help us in need. We just need to be grateful and thankful to Him remembering Him. We can connect to Him by regularly either chanting His name or doing good and help others by seeing Him in all.

Rama and Ravana

Sub value- Duty
Rama and Ravana both practiced dharma and stood by their duty. One should be able to do our duty without any other  personal likes or dislikes. Also when the duty is done perfectly; the result obtained thereby is good.

Buddha and disciple’s robe

Value- Right conduct
Sub value- Avoid wastage, Thrift
A disciple of Buddha, said, “Oh Master! I have a request to make.”
Buddha: “What is it; tell me?”
Disciple: “My robe is worn out. It is no longer decent enough to wear.Please, may I have a new one?”
Buddha looked at the disciple’s attire and found that the garment was absolutely in tatters and really needed replacement. So he asked the store-keeper to give a new robe to this disciple.
The disciple offered obeisance to the great master and left the room.
Buddha kept thinking about the incident and felt that he had perhaps missed an opportunity to teach a valuable lesson to the disciple. So he went to the disciple’s quarters to talk to him.
Buddha: Are you comfortable in your new robe? Do you need anything else?
Disciple: Thank you Master. I am very comfortable and do not need anything else.
Buddha: Now that you have a new one, what have you done with the old one?
Disciple: I have used it to replace my worn out bedspread.
Buddha: What did you do with the old bedspread?
Disciple: Master, I am using it as a curtain on my window.
Buddha: Did you discard your old window curtain?
Disciple: Master, I tore it into four pieces and am using them as napkins to handle the hot pots and pans in the kitchen.
Buddha: What about the old kitchen napkins?
Disciple: We are using them as mops to wash and wipe the floor.
Buddha: Where is the old mop?
Disciple: Lord, the old mop was so tattered that the best we could do was to take all the threads apart and make wicks for your oil lamp. One of them is presently lit in your room.”
Buddha was content. He was happy that His disciples realized that nothing is useless. We can find a use for everything, if only we want to! Nothing should be wasted; not even time!
If all of us were to practice the habit of thrift, we can preserve the non renewable resources for our children, our grandchildren and our great grand children as our forefathers so thoughtfully did for us.
The real measure of a man’s wealth is what he has invested in eternity.

Buddha’s story on Karma

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Positive thoughts


Buddha was sitting with his disciples. One of them asked him “What is Karma?”

Buddha said, “Let me tell you a story…”

A king was touring his kingdom on his elephant. Suddenly he stopped in front of a shop in the market and said to his minister, “I don’t know why, but I want to hang the owner of this shop.” The minister was shocked. But before he could ask the king why, the king had moved on.

The next day, the minister went to that shop dressed as one of the locals to see the shopkeeper. He casually asked him how his business was faring. The shopkeeper, a sandalwood merchant, reported sadly that he had hardly any customer. People would come to his shop, smell the sandalwood and then go away. They would even praise the quality of the sandalwood but rarely buy anything. His only hope was that the king would die soon. Then there would be a huge demand for sandalwood for performing his last rites. As he was the only sandalwood merchant around, he was sure the king’s death would mean a windfall.

The minister now understood why the king had stopped in front of this shop and expressed a desire to kill the shopkeeper. Perhaps, the shopkeeper’s negative thought vibration had subtly affected the king, who had, in turn, felt the same kind of negative thought arising within.

The minister; a nobleman, pondered over the matter for a while. Without revealing who he was or what had happened the day before, he expressed a desire to buy some sandalwood. The shopkeeper was pleased. He wrapped the sandalwood and handed it over to the minister.

When the minister returned to the palace, he went straight to the court where the king was seated and reported that the sandalwood merchant had a gift for him. The king was surprised. When he opened the package, he was pleasantly surprised by the fine golden color of the sandalwood and its agreeable fragrance. Pleased, he sent some gold coins to the sandalwood merchant. The king also felt sorry in his heart that he had harbored unbecoming thoughts of killing the shopkeeper.

When the shopkeeper received the gold coins from the king, he was astounded. He began to proclaim the virtues of the king who had, through the gold coins, saved him from the brink of poverty. After some time, he recalled the morbid thoughts he had felt towards the king and repented for having entertained such negative thoughts for his own personal goal.

If we have a good and kind thought for another person, that positive thought will come back to us in a favorable way. But if we harbor evil thoughts, those thoughts will come back to us as retribution.

“What is Karma?” asked Buddha

Many replied, “our words, our deeds, our feelings, our actions……”

Buddha shook his head and said

“Your thoughts are your Karma!”


We will receive what we give. Everything is about reaction and reflection. Good thought, deeds and actions will get back the same.


Parable of the Zither- Middle Path

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Moderation in everything one does

Sona was a young disciple of the Buddha. Born into an affluent family, he was diligent, astute, and cheerful.

Ever since renouncing his secular life, he was highly motivated and more assiduous in his meditation practice. As the days went by, he found himself mired in melancholy which gave way to frustration, befuddlement, and agony. Before long, he became so emaciated and haggard-looking.

Exasperated over his lack of spiritual progress, he went to the Buddha to seek guidance.

The Buddha said: “Tell me Sona, in earlier days, were you not skilled in playing the stringed music of the zither ( stringed instrument)?”

“Yes tuneful and easily playable?”

“Certainly not, O Lord.”

“And when the strings on the zither were too loose, was then your lute tuneful and easily playable?”

“Certainly not, O Lord.”

“But when, Sona, the strings of your lute were neither too taut nor too loose, and adjusted to an even pitch, did your zither have a wonderful sound, and then was it easily playable?”

“Certainly, O Lord.”

“Similarly, Sona, in the practice of the way, if energy is applied too strongly, it will lead to strain and restlessness; if energy is too lax, it will lead to lassitude. Therefore, Sona, keep your energy in balance and you will then be able to focus your attention on the spiritual cultivation.”


Practicing Middle way is the key to happiness. One must do everything in moderation exercise, diet, sleep, work and we then be able to have a balanced lifestyle brimming with joy.


Raj’s lesson on Gratitude



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Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Gratitude

Raj belonged to a middle class family and his family couldn’t afford to buy him expensive gadgets, latest clothes and shoes which his friends in the school had. He was often mocked by his classmates for that. One day, one of his friends brought a I pad to school and was showing it off to everyone. Raj felt upset seeing this.

When he went back home after school, his parents showed him a simple jigsaw puzzle they had brought for him. Raj became very angry seeing an ordinary educational game that he started shouting and misbehaving. He felt upset that his parents never bought anything expensive or trendy which all his friends had.

He started crying and asking God why he never got what he wanted. After some time, Raj fell asleep and saw a dream.

He saw himself in an untidy old house which had just one room and no furniture. His clothes were all shabby and the house had no facilities; it was almost empty. The room in which he was present was stinking. Raj then walked out of this house and saw another house.

This house was big and magnificent. There was a small lovely garden too that he could see from the main gate of the house. He was shocked to realise that this nice house was his own!

He tried to enter the house but was stopped by a security guard. Raj tried to convince him that he lived in this house but the guard refused to let him enter. The guard said the dirty house on the other side was his. Raj was scared and confused. Then the whole scene changed and he woke up to find himself in his room, lying on his bed.

He realised it was all a dream — a dream that made him think how lucky he was, and ungrateful too! Raj quickly got up and went to his parents, but he was just too ashamed to say anything and stood with his head bowed. His parents realised Raj was remorseful at his behaviour.

His mother hugged him and said, “Son, the reason we never brought those kind of expensive clothes, shoes and other devices for you is because we didn’t want to spoil you like those boys in your school.

“If you look around you will realise that there are so many people in the world who don’t even have enough to eat each day, let alone luxuries like toys. Moreover, having costly things does not make a person more worthy than those who don’t own expensive things.

“It is your character and behaviour that determine your worth as a human being. Anyone with enough money can buy an expensive gadget but no one can buy a good personality trait, or make others like you with money.”

Raj’s eyes were filled with tears. He was ashamed of his ungrateful behaviour. He apologised to his mother and to God as well and decided to remain happy with whatever God had blessed him with.


We always tend to compare ourselves with people who have more than us. We forget to count our blessings. Happiness or contentment is not measured by how much money one has. It has so much to do with what kind of a character we possess, how we value and respect our relationships, how we look out to make a difference in some one else’s life. Money is essential but is not the measure of happiness. Sensible use of money is important. Let us learn to be thankful and grateful for what we are blessed with.


The cobbler and the rich man

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Contentment, Detachment, peace of mind

There lived a happy cobbler who passed his days working and singing from morning till night; rain or shine. A rich man who passed by the cobbler daily felt sad at the sight of the poor cobbler working so hard. He wanted to help him.

One day he asked the cobbler “Hello man, I see you working hard daily and wondering how much do you earn in a year?” The cobbler replied, ”I earn enough to make both ends meet.” ”I am really sorry to hear that .You must be living in great distress,” said the rich man. “But I am used to this sort of life and I am happy,” said the cobbler.

The next day the rich man again came to visit the cobbler. He came with ten thousand rupees in a bag. He said to him, ”Look, my friend! I have brought ten thousand rupees for you. Keep this money and remove your distress. ”The cobbler was greatly surprised. At first he refused to take the money. The rich man told him that he could use the money in times of difficulties. The cobbler took the money from the rich man and thanked him.

Now a new fear troubled the cobbler. He said to himself, ”Ten thousand rupees is a lot of money. ” He could not think where to keep the money safe. He dug a hole in his hut and kept the money there. But he always thought that his money could be stolen any time. This thought kept him awake and he lost his sleep every night. He lost his smile, happiness and forgot to sing. He could not devote himself to his work. As a result, his life became more miserable. Peace and happiness vanished from his life. The cobbler gradually realized that he had money, but no peace of mind.


Money does not necessarily bring happiness. It is difficult to earn money and even more difficult to safeguard it. It brings more fear and anxiety to protect the wealth. The money which should have brought happiness brought more restlessness and fear. This does not mean that money is not good. It is good to have enough money for our needs and comfort and a little more to be of help to others.

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