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Where there is faith, there exists the god

A boy had to travel long distance alone for his study. He had to cross forest and get scared sometime. One day he narrated his fear to the mother.

Mother said – “You need not feel afraid, my son. Whenever you feel scared, you may call your brother Kanha (lord Krishna’s popular child name), who herds the cattle in the forest and comes to the help of anyone who wants it.”

The boy nodded his head convincingly. The next day, while crossing the forest, he started feeling scared. He remembered his mother’s advice and shouted, “Kanha…Kanha… please give me company. I am feeling scared…”

Soon, Kanha appeared and consoled the boy: “Hello friend, I am Kanha. You should not feel scared now; I am with you.” The Lord Krishna travelled with the boy until the end of the forest. The boy felt safe and calm.

After some time, his mother inquired about his fear. The boy said that every day, Kanha gives him company to cross the forest, and his fear is no more. His mother became curious, and the next day, she followed the path to the forest, hiding behind her son, and found it to be true. The mother realised Lord Krisha helped her son because of his unwavering faith.

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The Magic Bowl of Sadhu

One morning a Great Sadhu knocked at the door of a Great King and asked him to support him by filling his begging bowl with anything.

King was very kindled and happy to hear the Sadhu’s request. He ordered his staff to fill his bowl with Gold coins. The moment Gold coins were put inside the Bowl, instantly they used to disappear. Every time, the king’s staff will bring the the gold coin and fill in the Bowl, the Bowl will become empty. This keep on repeating until the evening.

The King’s treasury was emptied by the end of the day but the Bowl still remained empty.

Amazed by this mysterious and magical act, the King was asked the Sadhu humbly – “Please tell me the secret to fill this mysterious bowl”.

The Sadhu said “O King, this bowl is made from the heart of a Human. Nothing of this world can satisfy and fill a human heart.”

Name, fame, Power, Money, luxuries, etc. cannot fill your heart.

Your heart is made to love God and only love for God can fill the heart.

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A true prayer is never directed for the welfare of one but for all

In the battlefield of Mahabharata, Arjuna asks Sri Krishna to take his chariot in the middle of the war-field.

Arjuna fell into the despondency which is the premise on which Krishna mentors Arjuna to prepare for his duty which is known to us as “Bhagavad Gita.”

Frustrated with the wait for war to begin, Duryodhana quizzes Bhishma Pitamaha, “What are they doing in the middle of the war-field?”

Bhishma Replies, “Whatever they may be doing, wait for sometime for destruction to begin.”

Duryodhana says with arrogance, “They must be discussing the way to run away from the war-field feeling afraid of loosing the war.”

Bhishma replies, “Why you’re always eager to show of your arrogance?” And continues, “I never prayed for anything for myself in my whole life. Today, wholeheartedly, I wish to pray for a favour for myself; I wish the wind blows in such a way that I’d hear the divine words pouring out from Krishna’s lips may fall on my ears.”

Hinduism does not advocate for praying for the self but, for the holistic well-being of the entire universe.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामया। सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चित् दुःखभाग् भवेत्।।

(सभी सुखी होवें, सभी रोगमुक्त रहें, सभी मंगलमय घटनाओं के साक्षी बनें और किसी को भी दुःख का भागी न बनना पड़े।)

May all be filled with happiness, may all be free from all form of sickness, may all have the eye to see the goodness, and may none suffer from any form of misery.

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You are also correct

Two monks went into a heated argument regarding what they heard during the discourse today.

Each of them insisted that he only heard and understood it correctly. To settle the dispute, they went to see the master.

After hearing the first monk, the master said, “You are correct!”

The monk was overjoyed. Casting a winner’s glance at his friend, he left the room.

The second monk was upset and started telling his understanding with grin.

After he finished, the master looked at him and said, “You are correct, too.” The second monk’s mood also brightened up and he went away.

A third monk who was also in the room was greatly puzzled. He said to the master, “I am confused, master!

Their positions regarding the issue are completely opposite. They can’t be both right! How could you say that they are both correct?”

The master smiled and said to third monk, “You are also correct!”

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Gratitude always

One night, a thief entered the hut of a sage. He was writing a letter, so he looked at the thief and said, ”For what have you come? What do you want?”

And this sage was so innocent that even the thief couldn’t tell a lie. So he said, ”Looking at you, so mirror-like, so innocent like a child, I cannot tell a lie. Should I tell the truth?”

The sage said, ”Yes.”

He said, ”I have come to steal something.”

The sage said, ”There in that corner I have got a few rupees. You can take them” – and then he  focused on to write his letter again.

The thief took the money and was trying to leave and then the sage said, ”Stop! When somebody gives you something you should thank him. The money may not be of much help, but thanking a person will go a long way and will be of help to you. So thank me!”

The thief thanked him and disappeared into the dark.

Later on the thief was caught, and it was discovered that he had been to this sage’s hut also, so the sage was called to the court.

The sage said in court, ”Yes, I know this man very well – but he has never stolen anything from me. I gave him some rupees and he thanked me for them. It is finished, there was nothing wrong. The whole thing is finished, the account is closed. I gave him some money and he thanked me for it. He is not a thief.”

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Desirelessness is the best boon

A man went into worshipping God Shiva to seek his blessings to fulfil his desire. After several years of God Shiva got pleased and granted him three boons.

God Shiva said “You can fulfil your three wishes, i grant you three boons.”

The man forgot what he wanted and after lots of thinking he remembered. He asked for the first wish “His wife should die immediately.”

His wife died instantly.

Seeing his wife dead he started feeling sad so he requested God to fulfil his second wish “Please revive my wife again.” His wife got her life back.

God warned “Now you have only one boon left. So, ask your third boon.”

Man got confused and was unable to decide. He took years but could not decide. Finally he asked God, “I am not able to decide, you please help.”

God said “There can be only one wish, one desire which is worthwhile. Ask for desirelessness, otherwise nothing is worthwhile.

Whatever you ask, the next moment you will want something else, even just the opposite of the first.”

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Practitioner of righteousness

Bringing righteousness to your side means you’re aware of the pains of others, doing good and stopping any matter of pride holding onto your mind. 

Vivekananda before leaving India to visit America, visited Maa Sharada to seek her permission. He quipped, “Maa, I am leaving for America. Please grant me your permission and blessings.”

Sharada, “Why are you going to America? What are you going to do there?”

Vivekananda, “I am going to spread the message of righteousness to the citizens of that country.”

Sharada pointing her finger to the knife nearby asked, “Please handover the knife to me.” Vivekananda obliged.

Sharada, “You have my blessings! You are prepared to spread the message of righteousness.”

Wearing surprise on his face, Vivekananda asked, “Maa, I want to know if there was any connection between you asking for the knife and your blessings to declare me eligible for spreading the message of righteousness to the masses.”

Sharada replied, “I wanted to know the way you handle the knife while passing it to me. Any ordinary man  would do it indifferently. He will hold the handle of the knife in his hand and pass it with the blade directed toward the one who asks for it. But you held the blade of the knife in your hand and its handle was directed toward me. It shows that you understand the depth of righteousness and you are prepared to spread it to the world. Stay blessed, my son!”

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Laila Majnu – An Allegory of Love Story

Majnu fell in love with a woman called Laila who was not beautiful according to others. According to the public opinion she was very ordinary, homely — not only that but ugly too.

And Majnu was mad, so mad that the very name of Majnu has become synonymous with madness. He was continuously praying to God, continuously moving around the city asking people for help, because he was a poor man and the woman he had fallen in love with belonged to an aristocratic family. Even to see Laila from far away was not easy.

Seeing his agony, his anguish, even the king became a little concerned. He called Majnu; he felt great compassion for him.

He told him, “I know that woman; that family is well known to me, and if Laila had been a beautiful woman she would have been part of my harem. I have not chosen her — she is not worth choosing. I have got all the beautiful women from all over the country, and I feel so much for you that I will give you a chance. You can choose any woman from my harem and she will be yours!” — and he called the most beautiful women.

Majnu looked at each woman in minute detail and said, “This is not Laila!” Again and again…he passed over a dozen women, and the remark was always the same: “This is not Laila!”

The king said, “You must have gone utterly crazy! Laila is nothing compared to these beautiful women! You can choose anyone. I KNOW your Laila, I have known the most beautiful women of the world, and my women are some of the greatest that have ever been on the earth.”

Majnu said, “But you don’t understand me. And I can understand that you cannot understand. It is not a question of choosing somebody else; the choice is not in my hands. It has happened already; the heart has chosen! I am nobody, I cannot interfere in it. The mind is only the circumference; the heart is the center. The center has chosen, how can the circumference interfere?

“And moreover — forgive me for saying so, because you have been so kind — I still insist that there has never been a woman like Laila and there will never be again. But to see the beauty of Laila you need the eyes of a Majnu, and you don’t have those eyes so nothing can be done about it. You have to see her through MY eyes; only then will you be able to see the grandeur, the splendor of her being.”

Remember these words: To see the beauty of Laila you need the eyes of a Majnu. It is a question not decided by the mind but something to be felt.

Source – Osho Book “Come, Come, Yet again Come”

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Cyclic Learning for Mastering any Skill

A student of architecture got the chance to meet one of the most successful architects in the world today. Something had been troubling him about his future architectural career, and he asked him a question:

“Why is it that all the most successful architects only appear to become successful in their 60’s?”

He responded, “All mastery comes from learning cycles: starting it, trying it, completing it, learning from it, and then repeating the cycle. In architecture, a learning cycle can take five to seven years. So by the time you’ve gone through enough cycles to begin mastering it, you’re already in your 60’s.”

“But I want to be successful faster,” Student said. “How can I do that?”

“Simple,” the Architect replied. “Don’t be an architect.”

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Definitely a Brahmin

A young man reached the hermitage of Rishi Haridrumat Gautam. He wanted to know the truth. He had a desire to know the Brahma. He placed his head on the feet of the Rishi and said, ”Oh; Teacher, I have come in search of truth. Be kind to me and teach me the knowledge of Brahma. I am blind and I want light.”

The name of that young man was Satyakama.

The Rishi asked him: ”Son, what is your Gotra? Who is your father? What is his name?”

That young man had no knowledge of his father. Nor did he know his gotra.

He went to his mother, asked her and returned.

And what his mother told him he repeated to the Rishi. He said: ”Oh! god! I do not know my Gotra. Nor do I know my father. My mother also does not know my father. I asked her, and then she said that in her youth she was playing with many respectable persons and used to please them. She does not know from whom I was born. The name of my mother is Jabali. Therefore I am Satyakama Jabal. This is what she has asked me to tell you also’.

Haridrumat was very much moved by the simple true story. He embraced that young man and said: ”My dear, you are definitely a Brahmin. So much faith in truth is the very symptom of a Brahmin. You will definitely be able to find the Brahma because to him who has the courage to be true to himself, truth itself will come searching at his doors”.

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One thing. Just one thing.

Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is?

Mitch: No. What?

Curly: This. [He holds up one finger.]

Mitch: Your finger?

Curly: One thing. Just one thing.

You stick to that and everything else don’t mean sh*t.

Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the “one thing”?

Curly: That’s what you’ve got to figure out.

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Do something for your own joy

I am not starving nor do I have seventeen children to feed.

A little girl was selling flowers outside the music hall in New York. She was scolded by an onlooker at the site.

The little girl replied, ” I am not starving nor do I have seventeen children to feed.”

She continued, ” I sell flowers because I love flowers and enjoy selling them. If you care to buy, they are twenty-five cents each. If you are not interested, that is your business. God speed you on your way.”
She emptied five baskets in fifteen minutes.

When did you do something for your own joy?

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Karlo Dunia Mutthi Mein

दुनिया आपके मुट्ठी में

एक गाँव के मंदिर में एक संत रहते थे। आस पास के गाँव के लोग अक्सर उनके पास जाकर के सत्संग का लाभ उठाते। उनके नेक एवं सटीक बातें लोगों को काफ़ी प्रोत्साहित करती और साथ ही लोगों को दैनिक जीवन की कठिनाइयों और संघर्षों का सामना करने के लिए प्रेरणा भी देती।जब भी गाँव के लोग किसी संकट या उलझन में फँसा महसूस करते, वे तुरंत ही संत के पास जाते और संत उन्हें यथोचित सलाह देकर उन्हें निस्वार्थ मदद करने की कोशिश करते। यहाँ तक की अगर लोगों के बीच कुछ आपसी मतभेद या लड़ाई होती तो वे संत के पास जाते और उन्हें एक उपयुक्त और सर्वमान्य न्याय मिल जाती। इस कारण से गाँव के लोग संत के प्रति काफ़ी आदर और सम्मान की भावना रखते थे।

उनके प्रति लोगों का प्यार और विश्वास देखकर उस गाँव के कुछ नवयुवक काफ़ी ईर्ष्या महसूस करते। वे आपस में हमेशा यह बात करते रहते की हमारे पास इतनी सारी योग्यता है, हम पढ़े लिखे हैं, और हमें दुनियादारी की इतनी अच्छी समझ है फिर भी गाँव के लोग हमें कोई इम्पॉर्टन्स नहीं देते है और हमेशा इस संत के पास राय मशविरा के लिए पहुँच जाते हैं।

गाँव के युवक हमेशा ही संत की महत्ता के बारे में चर्चा करते और स्वयं को व्यथित महसूस करते। एक बार उन्होंने सोच की क्यों न इस संत की असलियत लोगों के सामने लाया जाए। क्यों न लोगों को यह बताया जाए की ये कोई चमत्कारी संत नहीं बल्कि एक साधारण आदमी ही हैं।आपस में डिस्कशन करके वे इस निर्णय पर पहुँचे की वे अगले दिन जब सारे लोग संत के पास बैठकर सत्संग कर रहे होंगे तभी वो सब साथ में जाकर संत का भांडा फोड़ेंगे।

वे सब संत के पास पहुँचे और अनुग्रह किया, “आप तो बहुत बड़े महात्मा और संत हैं। लोगों पर आपकी बड़ी श्रद्धा और विश्वास है। तो आप यह बताइए की हमारे दोनों हथेलियों के बीच में एक तितली बंद है, वो तितली ज़िंदा है या मरी हुई है।

संत ने गौर से नवयुवकों के तरफ़ देखा और उनके मंसा को समझने में उन्हें तनिक भी देरी नहीं लगी। संत ने उनसे कहा, “बच्चों, आपके हथेलियों के बीच में जो तितली बंद है वह ज़िंदा है या मरा हुआ है यह पूर्ण रूप से आपके मनःस्थिति पर निर्भर है।तितली ज़िंदा तब तक है जब तक आप अपने हथेली के बीच में उसे सहेज कर रखे हुए हैं। अगर आप चाहें तो अपने हथेलियों को ज़रा सा कस दें और तितली तुरंत ही मर जाएगी।

यह तितली ठीक उसी तरह है जैसे आपके पास असीम ऊर्जा, ज्ञान और टैलेंट है लेकिन आप उसे घृणा, नफ़रत, अकर्मण्यता और तलमटोल की आदत से पीड़ित होकर बर्बाद कर रहे हो जबकि आप उनका सदुपयोग करके एक अच्छी ज़िंदगी जी सकते हो, अपने परिवार, अपने समाज और अपने देश का नाम रौशन कर सकते हो।”

सारे उपस्थित लोगों ने मिलकर तालियाँ बजानी शुरू कर दी। नवयुवकों को संत की महानता और जीवन को सफल बनाने की कुंजी हाथ लग गयी।

तो क्या आप भी अपने गुणों को, अपने ज्ञान को और अपनी क्षमताओं को अपने मुट्ठी में बंद किए हुए है और उसे बर्बाद कर रहे हैं या उसका सदुपयोग करके स्वयं का, अपने परिवार का, अपने समाज का और अपने देश का नाम रौशन करने के दिशा में सदुपयोग कर रहे हैं?

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Ragupati Ragav Raja Ram Patit Pawan Sita Ram

Mahatma Gandhi used to conduct daily meetings. It will start with the song “Vaishnav Jan to taine kahiye”, followed by his speech on important topics and Q&A.

One day he was speaking about the power of Ram’s name chanting and how it helps him attain peace and clarity.

During the Q&A, a girl asked him a question, “Mahatma, I was also doing name chanting every day until I read Kabir couplet — the rosary rotating by the hand and the tongue-twisting in the mouth, With the mind wandering everywhere, this isn’t meditation anyway. Since then, I stopped the name chanting.”

Mahatma Gandhi replied: “You have asked an interesting question. One day a person purchased a bathing soap and carried it home. He handed it over to his wife, praising the aroma and usefulness of soap. He instructed his wife to place it safely in the cupboard.

Pointing to the specks of dirt on his body wife asked him to take the soap and take a bath. Merchant murmured angrily: “Don’t you think such a beautiful and aromatic soap will get dirtied when contacting these specks of dirt on my body?”
The wife replied with a smile: “The usefulness of soap’s beauty and aroma lies in cleaning and washing off the specks of dirt from the body; otherwise, what’s the use of it? ”

The moral of the story is whether you can get the focus or not, whether you can realise the benefits or not, and whether you can find substantial proof for name chanting; you continue to meditate on God’s name. It will certainly help you clear, cleanse, and attain focus. And most importantly, feel safe in the heavenly adobe of God.

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Suppress negativity spread goodness

Guru Nanak arrived at a village where people were a quarrelling with each other. He blessed them and asked them to prosper and live in that village forever. In the next village, people were living with peace, compassion and tranquility.

Guru Nanak blessed them too and advised them to abandon the village and disperse.

Mardana, his close disciple got puzzled observing the strange blessings, he asked, “Why did you bless the unworthy people of first village with prosperity, and asked the good people of the second village to disperse.

Guru Nanak smiled and answered: ‘The quarrelsome will only spread unrest and friction wherever they go. So I asked them to remain where they were. But it is better for the peace-loving to disperse and take their good qualities so that wherever they go people can learn the art of peaceful coexistence.’”

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