Two Rabbits

 

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Sharing knowledge

There were once two rabbits Frederick and Wanda who enjoyed their strolls together. On one of their walks, they came upon two carrots. One of the carrots had large leaves sprouting out of the top and the other looked much smaller from the surface.

Frederick was excited and ran up to the carrot with the larger leaves.

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“I’ll have this one,” he proudly exclaimed and proceeded to extract it from the ground.

Wanda shrugged her shoulders and pulled out the other carrot, which turned out to be much bigger.

Frederick was surprised and asked how this could possibly be.

Wanda looked at her friend and replied, “You can’t always judge a carrot by its leaves.”

They kept on walking and came across another pair of carrots, again with differing sized leaves. This time Frederick allowed his friend the first pick.

Wanda hopped to each carrot, inspected and sniffed them carefully and, to Frederick’s surprise, chose the carrot with the larger leaves. As they each extracted their carrots from the ground, Frederick was bemused to see that his carrot was smaller than Wanda’s.

“I thought that you said that small leaves meant it would be a larger carrot.” He said.

“No,” replied Wanda, “I said don’t judge a carrot by its leaves. It’s also important to remember to think before you choose.”

Frederick nodded and they ate their carrots before continuing their stroll.

For a third time, they found two carrots, again with different sized leaves. Frederick looked confused and didn’t know what to do. Wanda indicated that he could choose which carrot to eat.

The poor foolish rabbit, pretended to inspect each carrot, but he didn’t really know what to do. He knew that he wasn’t as smart as his friend and he looked to Wanda with a confused expression on his face.

Wanda smiled warmly and hopped over to the carrots. She inspected them and pulled out one of the carrots.

Frederick shrugged his shoulders and went to the other one before he was interrupted by his wise friend.

“No Frederick, this one’s your carrot,” she said.

“But you made the choice and I’m sure it’s the bigger one of the two. I don’t know how you do it, but I guess you’re just smarter than me.”

“Frederick, there’s no point in having wisdom if you’re not willing to share the benefits of it with others. You’re my friend and I want you to have this carrot. A smart rabbit with a full stomach but no friends isn’t really wise is she?”

“I guess you’re right,” said Frederick with a full mouth, “As usual.”

 Learning

This story act as a reminder that in our search for wisdom, we must also search for a way to assist those around us with what we’ve learned. We must be wise, share what we have learned with others and help make the world a better place for those around us.

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Every single good act counts

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Respect and caring for others

John worked at a meat distribution factory. One day, when he finished his work schedule, he went to the meat cold room (freezer) to inspect something but in a moment of bad luck, the door closed and he was locked inside with no help in sight. Although he screamed and knocked with all his might, his cries went unheard as no one could hear him. Most of the workers had already gone, and outside the cold room it was impossible to hear what was going on inside.

A few hours later, whilst John was on the verge of death, the security guard of the factory eventually opened the door and saved him. John thanked the security guard and asked him what he came to do there as it wasn’t a part of his work routine.

security guard

The security guard replied: “I’ve been working in this factory for 35 years. Hundreds of workers come in and go out every day but you are one of the few who greets me in the morning and says goodbye to me every night while leaving after the working hours. Many treat me as if I am invisible. So today like every other day, you greeted me in your simple manner “Hello” at the entrance when resuming for work. But curiously after working hours today, I realized I’d not heard your “Goodbye, see you tomorrow”. Hence I decided to check around the factory. I look forward to your greetings every day because to you, I am someone. By not hearing your farewell, I knew something had happened. Then I sought and found you!”

Learning

Let us be humble, love and respect those around us. That way we can have a positive impact on people, especially on the ones that cross our path daily. A simple smile also goes a long way in making a difference in some one’s life. Never underestimate the power of a single good act.

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Hallmark of Humility

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Humility, forbearance

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was an extremely humble person and many a times it was this part of his nature that inspired others. Several incidents and anecdotes from his life reflect his simplicity and humility. All these plus his contributions towards society, made him a renowned  and respected person all across India.
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar along with his few friends was working hard on a mission to start the Calcutta University and for this they were seeking donations. Though advised by his fellow members not to approach the Nawab, who was known to be an unsavory character, Vidyasagar went to the palace of the Nawab of Ayodhya to fulfill the same mission.   Vidyasagar met Him and presented the whole situation to the Nawab; who in complete disdain and disrespect, dropped his shoes into Vidyasagar’s donation bag. Vidyasagar did not react but just thanked the Nawab and left the palace.

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The next day, Vidyasagar organized an auction of the Nawab’s shoes just in front of the Nawab’s palace. People, in order to impress the Nawab, including the Nawab’s jagirdars and court members, etc came forward and started bidding. The shoes were auctioned to the highest bidder for a good sum of R.1,000. The Nawab on hearing this was pleased and donated the same amount.

When the Nawab dropped his shoes in the donation bag,  Vidyasagar could have reacted in another manner, he could have taken this as an insult or got depressed. But on the other hand, he used those shoes as an opportunity to fulfill his mission. He not only got the money but also pleased the Nawab with his resourcefulness.

Vidyasagar always worked above his personal feeling  towards one goal; and soon enough his dream of opening Calcutta University also fructified.

Learning

When one faces an adverse situation, one should respond rather than react. How does one respond? We should keep our goal above our ego. One should be able to subordinate ones likes and dislikes for the higher purpose of life. When one develops such forbearance and humility like Ishwar Chandra by keeping personal feelings on hold  then one shall be able to achieve ones  goal and succeed in life.

 

 

 

 


 

Puppies for sale

Value- Love, Right Conduct

Sub Value- Empathy

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A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. 

Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.” 

“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “these puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.” 

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”

“Sure,” said the farmer. 

And with that he let out a whistle, “Here, Dolly!” he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. 

As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared; this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up….

“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. 

The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy, surely. It would never be able to run and play with you like other dogs.”

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself To a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.” 

Learning

One should have an empathetic attitude. There are so many people in the world who need people who can understand them. Being considerate and understanding to them will help them regain their self esteem and confidence.

Contributed by Akshara Venkatesh- PVP class

 

 

 

An Expensive Shawl

Value: Right conduct

Sub value: Discrimination

Once upon a time, there was a king who was hedonistic. He indulged in excessive drinking, sensual pleasures and other such vices.He would tell his prime minister, “One does not get born as a human very often. So one should pursue material comforts and sensual pleasures. One should enjoy life to the fullest.”

The prime minister was a sensible and decent person. He was concerned about the untoward, wild activities of the king and was pained by his disposition. Whenever he had an opportunity, he would try to counsel the king. But to no avail, the king did not understand. When the king was intoxicated, he could not discriminate between right and wrong, very often he would mistreat the public. The king’s subject lived in terror; as the king was extremely cruel, no one dared to oppose or confront him.

One day, just by chance, the king was extremely pleased by some action of the prime minister. As a reward, he gave the prime minister a very expensive shawl. Soon after leaving the court, the prime minister used the shawl to clean his nose.

A courtier who was jealous of the prime minister happened to see this improper gesture. He went to the king and reported, “Your highness, today the prime minister has made an extremely disrespectful gesture.”

The king asked, “What?”

The courtier said, “Your honor rewarded the prime minister with an invaluable shawl. However, he belittled your kind gesture by blowing his nose into it.”

The king promptly summoned the prime minister. He questioned, “How dare you insult me by blowing your nose into the expensive shawl I  gave you?”

With due respect, the prime minister replied, “Your highness, I have only followed what you have taught me.”

“I schooled you to show disrespect?” the king retorted, “How?”

The prime minister said, “You have been blessed with human life that is considerably more valuable than this shawl. However, the way you waste  away your time in pursuit of  material comforts  and sensual pleasure, with complete disregard to decency and morality, has taught me to misuse the shawl.”

The prime minister hit the target. The king realized his mistake  and changed his sensual ways. His life and kingdom were changed for good.

Learning

Learn to differentiate between right and wrong. When these are taught to children when they are young, they will grow up to be wise adults and lead a righteous life.

 

Yashpal Jain

http://www.jainstudy.org/jsc1.04-MoralStories.htm

The goldfish bowl

Value-Right conduct

Sub Value-Concern for others

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There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk in school , when all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened.

It’s never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop, he puts his head down and prays — “Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.”

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, “Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else – Susie.

She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. “You’ve done enough, you klutz!” Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, “You did that on purpose, didn’t you?”

Susie whispers back, “I wet my pants once too.”

Learning:

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good. Help ever hurt never. Always try to help people and especially if you have also gone through similar problems.

Just Stay

Value-Love

Sub value- Compassion

The nurse took a tired anxious serviceman to the bedside. “Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain after his heart attack, the old man dimly saw a young uniformed Marine standing next to the oxygen tank by his bedside. He reached out his  withered hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.He refused.

Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises in the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tanks, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Marine

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.

“Who was that man?” he asked.

The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.

“No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”

“Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”

“I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.”

” I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His son was killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this Gentleman’s name?”The Nurse with tears in her eyes answered, “Mr. William Grey………….”

The next time someone needs you … just be there. Stay.

Learning

Help people in need whenever you can. You never know what effect a word, a smile or a kind act of yours has on the other person.

 

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