Lord Krishna as Messenger of Peace

 

Value- Peace

Sub value- Fairness, justice

When Sanjay failed to convince Duryodhana to come to a compromise with the Pandavas and prevent a battle, Krishna decided to go to Hastinapur himself as a messenger of the Pandavas

Krishna was given a warm welcome at the court. Krishna said to Duryodhana, “I have come with an offer from the Pandavas. Instead of returning their whole kingdom, they would settle for just five villages because they are peace loving and want to prevent war.”

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Duryodhana scornfully replied, “The whole kingdom belongs to me. I will not even give land equal to the tip of a needle from my kingdom to the Pandavas. You are always partial to those Pandavas . I will imprison you.” He ordered his soldiers to imprison Krishna .

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Krishna showed to his cosmic from (virata roopa); everybody was scared to see this and  later Krishna left the court.  The inevitable  happened. When the request for peace and truce was refuted; to protect the dharma Lord willed the war of Mahabharata.

http://www.kidsgen.com/fables_and_fairytales/indian_mythology_stories/krishnas_peace_mission.htmmaha 3

Learning

When one’s mind is filled with ego, jealousy, hatred and greed; one loses his/her sense of discrimination and brings destruction surely to oneself and sometimes the whole family or the race as seen in Mahabharata. Lord Krishna has said in the Bhagvad Gita, when the ‘dharma’ (righteousness) declines; I manifest again and again to uplift the good and destroy the evil. The above story illustrates how Lord Krishna showed His divinity when dharma was at stake.

 

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Picture of Peace

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Sub value- Calm, peace within

 

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures.

Among all the pictures,  there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them. The first picture was of a calm lake; the lake  perfectly mirrored the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The second picture also had mountains, but they were rugged and bare. The picture depicted, an angry rainy sky with flashes of lightning and a thundering waterfall by the side of the mountain. This did not look peaceful at all.
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As the king observed closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest – in perfect peace.

The king chose the second picture.

Learning

It is easy for one to stay calm and quiet for sometime in a peaceful place; but to be peaceful in a overcrowded, loud, adverse place is not easy. One must cultivate the habit of seeking peace within us and not look to external situations or place for us to be happy or peaceful. When we develop the attitude of being peaceful and happy from inside; outside situation will not disturb or affect us.

 

http://inspiringstoriesforall.blogspot.sg/2010/10/real-meaning-of-peace.html

Who or what do we love more?

Value- Peace, Patience

Sub value- Avoid being hasty, control of anger

 

A man was polishing his new car; when his 4 yr old daughter picked up a stone and scratched on the side of the car. In anger, the furious man took his child’s hand & hit it many times, not realizing he was using a wrench. Later when realization dawned and he rushed his child to the hospital, it was too late, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures.

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When the child saw her father, with painful eyes he asked ‘Dad when will my fingers grow back?’ The man was so hurt and speechless. He went back to the car and kicked it many times. Devastated by his own actions, sitting in front of the car he looked at the scratches, His daughter had written ‘LOVE YOU DAD’.

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Learning

Anger and Love have no limit.  We must always remember that “Things are to be used and people are to be loved”.  But sadly in today’s world  “People are being used & Things are being loved. If we develop patience and control of our anger we can develop love towards all.

http://www.moralstories.org/who-or-what-do-we-love-more/

The Missing Watch

Value – Peace

Sub-value – Silence, calmness

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. Though it was an ordinary watch, it held immense sentimental value for him.

After searching high and low in the hay for a long while, he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn.
He promised them that the child who found it would be amply rewarded.

Hearing this and excited about the reward, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch.
Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance.

The farmer looked at him and thought, “Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough.” So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn.
After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand.
The farmer was both happy and surprised, so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed. The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen.
In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction.”

Learning

A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind. Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind every day, and see how sharply it helps you to set your life the way you expect it to be.

 

 

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