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Funny story: The king and ministers with three bags!

 

Once a king ordered his three ministers to take a bag and go to the forest and fill up the bag with fruits.  The first minister thought that since the king has ordered for collection of fruits, he must collect the best of the fruits in the bag. The second minister thought that since the king is a very busy person, he may not look very thoroughly into the bag what has been collected and hence 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 externally how big the bag is and hence he just filled up the bag with all dried leaves and dust.

 

All the three ministers came back to the court with their respective bags, having executed the order of collecting the fruits.The King, without even seeing what their bags contained, just ordered that now the three ministers must be sent to separate jails for three months, where they will not be provided with any food and they were only allowed to carry the respective bags wherein they had collected the fruits.

The first minister could spend the three months in the jail by eating the very nice fruits he had collected.  The second one could survive for some time with the good fruits in the bag and later he developed diseases by eating the rotten fruits he had collected.  The Third minister had nothing to eat and hence could not survive.

 

Moral of the story:

From the above story we understand that we have to undergo the consequences of our own activities.  “You will be suffering your own reactions after your karmas, any single karma you perform, you have to suffer for it. Good and bad, everything, you have to have this reaction. No doubt about it.

In Mahabharata,

“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.”

This is Vedic instruction.  If you go to the cow protection center, we see in India, there may be hundreds and thousands of cows there. They bring the calf there and the calf will find out its mother out of the crowd. It has the potency. So, yac ca krtam karma, whatever karma you do, sinful particularly, it will definitely catch you wherever you are.   You may be born in this planet or you may be a dog in another planet, but it will come to you definitely. Karmas can never be leaving you alone till you suffer for it or enjoy for it.So in between, while suffering, we should always devote your time to serve Krishna.

And then if we do that, jiveta, if you lead your life like this, we are waiting for mercy from the Lord, you are suffering in between, but we are completely devoted to Krishna’s service, then we are the heir-apparent (daaya-bhaak) to go back home without much endeavour. The whole life is dedicated to Krishna.

This is how we should do. And as soon as we follow these formulas, we can never go wrong.”Mahatma Vidura explains how one should perform activities in this world in the following sloka in Mahabharata Udyoga Parva.    Do those activities during the day, which will make you to pass the night in happiness;   Do those activities during eight months of the year, which will enable you to pass the rainy season happily. Do those activities during youth which will ensure a happy old age;  Do those activities during your life in this world, which will enable you to achieve eternal life after death.”  Let us purify our existence by taking up the Krishna conscious way of life and ultimately go back home, back to Godhead.

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Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

 

I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport in Dubai. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me.
He handed me a laminated card and said: ‘I’m Abdul, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.’ Taken aback, I read the card. It said: Abdul’s Mission Statement:
To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment. This blew me away. Especially when I noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Abdul said, ‘Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.’I said jokingly, ‘No, I’d prefer a soft drink.’ Abdul smiled and said, ‘No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, lassi, water and orange juice.’
Almost stuttering, I said, ‘I’ll take a Lassi.’
Handing me my drink, Abdul said, ‘If you’d like something to read, I have The NST , Star and Sun Today.’

As they were pulling away, Abdul handed me another laminated card, ‘These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to listen to the radio.’ And as if that weren’t enough, Abdul told me that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for me. Then he advised me of the best route to my destination for that time of day. He also let me know that he’d be happy to chat and tell me about some of the sights or, if I preferred, to leave me with my own thoughts.  ‘Tell me, Abdul ,’ I was amazed and asked him, ‘have you always served customers like this?’

Abdul smiled into the rear view mirror. “No, not always. In fact, it’s only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard about POWER OF CHOICE one day.” Power of choice is that you can be a duck or an eagle.

‘If you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. Stop complaining!’ ‘Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.’ ‘That hit me. really hard’ said Abdul.  ‘It is about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes, slowly … a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.’

‘I take it that it has paid off for you,’ I said.
‘It sure has,’ Abdul replied. ‘My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on it.’  Abdul made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like a duck and start soaring like an eagle. Start becoming an eagle today … one small step every week..next week… And next…And….
A great Thought.. “You don’t die if you fall in water, you die only if you don’t swim.
Thats the Real Meaning of Life.Improve yourself and your skills in a different way.
Be an eagle. .not a Duck.

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Buddha and his disciple

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.

Let us vow together to leave at least one monument for our children: The Earth!

The real measure of a man’s wealth is what he has invested in eternity.-

“WHO *PUSHED* ME”


A man had one very beautiful daughter. When the daughter was ready for marriage, the father sent news around town that all the eligible young men should come to compete in a test which would determine who was fit to marry his daughter. On that day, all was set, all the able-bodied young men came out. Some came with paper and biro and others with cutlasses and swords.    The rich man took them to his swimming pool and addressed the men: “Any of you who can swim from one end of this swimming pool to the other would marry my daughter.

In addition, I‘ll give him 15 million dollars, a car and a house so they can start life well. I shall be waiting to meet my son-in-law at the other end. Good luck!”    As the young men, all very excited at the prospect of winning, started taking off their shirts, a helicopter came over the pool and dropped alligators and crocodiles into the pool. Immediately, all the men turned back and started wearing their shirts again. Disappointed, some of them said, ”That’s crazy, let’s see who would marry that girl, no one will”. 

All of a sudden, they heard a splash in the pool. Everybody watched in amazement as one gentleman waddled across, expertly avoiding the alligators and crocodiles.     Finally, he made it to the other side. The rich man could not believe it. He asked the young man to name anything he wanted but the man was still panting uncontrollably.    🤦🏻‍♂Finally, he got back to his senses and made a request saying, ”SHOW ME THE PERSON WHO PUSHED ME INSIDE THIS POOL!”

Moral 1:
You don’t know what you are capable of doing until you are PUSHED! Meanwhile, the Crocodiles were Rubber Crocodiles.
Moral 2:
Those seeking to push you into the jaws of alligators and crocodiles may have helped you to reach your promised land!!!    Sometimes it takes going through the bad moments to bring out the BEST in us.

Trials are raw materials for Triumphant Testimonies… The push might take different dimensions: some people needed to be sacked before realizing their potentials and reaching their goals in life.
PRAY YOU WILL GET A DIVINELY INSPIRED PUSH in your life.

​God Bless you as you accept the Push to go for the fulfilment of your purpose in life.

P- Persist ​​
U- Until
S- Something
H- Happens

 

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Happiness

Beautiful message explaining how Happiness is a State of Mind.

A man of 92 years, short, very well-presented, who takes great care in his appearance, is moving into an old people’s home today.   After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiles as he is told that his room is ready.  His wife of 80 has recently died, and he is obliged to leave his home.

As he slowly walks to the elevator, using his cane, I describe his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the window which serves as a curtain. “I like it very much”, he says, with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old boy who has just been given a new puppy.

” You haven’t even seen the room yet, hang on a moment, we are almost there. “” That has nothing to do with it “, he replies. ” It is already decided in my mind that I like my room. It is a decision I take every morning when I wake up. ”

” Happiness is something I choose in advance. Whether or not I like the room does not depend on the furniture, or the decor rather it depends on how I decide to see it. “”I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all the difficulties that I have with the parts of my body that no longer work very well, or I can get up and give thanks to heaven for those parts that are still in working order. “

“Every day is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day, and all the happy memories that I have built up during my life. “”Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw in later life what you have deposited along the way. “So, my advice to you is to deposit all the happiness you can in your bank account of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my account with happy memories, which I am still continuing to fill.

Remember these simple guidelines for happiness.

1. Free your heart from hate.
2. Free your mind from worry.
3. Live simple.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

If you have been blessed by this message, send it to your loved ones and your friends. It is the way we touch each other with simple truths that spread goodness in the world. Who knows, a miracle may happen as a result.

Have a Blessed Day. Every day is a Bonus.

 

*Superb Story*

A little boy went to his old grandpa and asked, “What’s the value of life?”  The grandpa gave him one stone and said, “Find out the value of this stone, but don’t sell it.”  The boy took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what its cost would be.  The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, “You can take 12 oranges and give me the stone.”  The boy apologized and said that the grandpa has asked him not to sell it.

He went ahead and found a vegetable seller.
“What could be the value of this stone?” he asked the vegetable seller.  The seller saw the shiny stone and said, “Take one sack of potatoes and give me the stone.” The boy again apologized and said he can’t sell it.

Further ahead, he went into a jewellery shop and asked the value of the stone.  The jeweler saw the stone under a lens and said, “I’ll give you 1 million for this stone.” When the boy shook his head, the jeweler said, “Alright, alright, take 2 24karat gold necklaces, but give me the stone.” The boy explained that he can’t sell the stone.

Further ahead, the boy saw a precious stone’s shop and asked the seller the value of this stone.  When the precious stone’s seller saw the big ruby, he lay down a red cloth and put the ruby on it.  Then he walked in circles around the ruby and bent down and touched his head in front of the ruby. “From where did you bring this priceless ruby from?” he asked.

“Even if I sell the whole world, and my life, I won’t  be able to purchase this priceless stone.”
Stunned and confused, the boy returned to the grandpa and told him what had happened.  “Now tell me what is the value of life, grandpa?”  Grandpa said,

“The answers you got from the Orange Seller, the Vegetable Seller, the Jeweler & the Precious Stone’s Seller explain the value of our life…

You may be a precious stone, even priceless, but, people will value you based on their intellectual status, their level of information, their belief in you, their motive behind entertaining you, their ambition, their risk taking ability & ultimately their calibre.

So don’t fear, you will surely find someone who will discern your true value.”
*Respect yourself.* *Don’t sell yourself cheap.*
*You are rare, Unique, Original and the only one of ur kind.* *Your are a masterpiece because u r MASTER’S PIECE.*
*No one can Replace you.*

The Fable of Porcupine 

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm.
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This way they covered & protected themselves;
but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.  After a while, they decided to distance themselves one from the other & they began to die, alone & frozen. So they had to make a choice..
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Either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the warmth & heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.
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The best group is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others & can admire the other person’s good qualities. Better to be surrounded by warm pricks than be frozen in solitude!!!!!!