Saturday, May 29, 2010

No One Accepted Human Head

One day King Ashoka and one of his minister was going somewhere on a chariot. After travelling for a while, they came across a beggar, and the king asked the charioteer to stop. The king dismounted the chariot to meet the beggar, but before leaving, he bowed his head before the beggar and then he moved ahead. The minister did not appreciate this gesture by the king and asked him why had he bowed his head before that beggar. King Ashoka told to him that he would reply to that question the next day. The next day, he gave one bag to his minister in which there was a human head, a goat head and a cow head and told his minister to sell it out.

On hearing this the minister got confused thinking who would buy this, but following king's order he went to sell them, and as he had thought no one bought it. He came back to the king and told him everything. This time the king asked him to offer it for free of cost and the minister managed to gave out the cow and goat head, but no one agreed to take the human head. On hearing this the king smiled and said, "This is the reply for your question, which you asked me yesterday. Human head, which is worthless for mankind, does not loose anything, if it is bowed before any humble and polite person. The fame of being a king is transitory, but love and respect are forever."

Moral: The pride for a position bring in disrespect whereas love and respect get reciprocated in the same measure.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Beggar - The Giver, King - The Receiver

Once there was a beggar who believed that one must authorise whatever he receives. One day he went to the posh area of his town for beggary. He received some grains from one house putting them in his bag he moved ahead. Suddenly he saw that the king of the town seated in his chariot was coming towards his direction. He stood there to see the king's procession, but to his surprise the king's chariot came to a halt near him. The king got down from the chariot, stretched out his hand before the beggar and said, "I beg you to give me something. Our country is about to face some trouble, the Pandits told me to beg before the first beggar I meet on the way as this will terminate the problem. So kindly do not refuse."

On hearing this the beggar felt astounded, but believing king's words he dived his hand into the bag. He filled a fist full of grain from it, but then thought he would not give away this much. Therefore, he loosed his fist and dropped some grains back into his bag. Again he thought that he would not give this much grain, otherwise what will his family eat. Finally, he gave away a miser amount of grain to the king. On returning home, he told his wife about the whole incident. She was also surprised to hear about the whole matter. Later, his wife found a gold coin in the bag while emptying it. Seeing that the beggar regretted and said, "Why did not I give everything to the king? My lifetime poverty would have ended had I done the charity with wholeheartedness."

Moral: Charity gets reciprocated in large profits some day if we do it wholeheartedly. Therefore, we must all contribute to the society whole-souled as charity bring in prosperity.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Selfless Saint

Once King Vidabh of Shravasti attacked the kingdom of Kapilavastu. The army of Kapilavastu was not prepared for the attack and thus could not protect its kingdom and the king had to flee from there. King Vidabh and his soldiers entered the kingdom of Kapilavastu and started plundering and looting. The people got extremely terrified. During that time, there was a saint named Mahanama who lived in Kapilavastu, he could not see people's pain and sorrow. Therefore, he went to King Vidabh who was once his disciple and said to him, "Oh king! I beg you for the protection of people's life and assets." King Vidabh said, '"You are my teacher and I will not harm you, but I have taken a pledge to destroy Kapilavastu." Mahanama said, "Dear king, do you remember that you still owe Gurudakshina to me, and today I ask you for the protection of these people as my Gurudakshina."

King Vidabh wanted to give Gurudakshina to his teacher, but also fulfill his pledge, so he said to the saint, "There is a pool nearby, as long as you will be in the pool nobody will be attacked, but as you come out of it the plundering will restart." The saint accepted the king's proposal and entered the pool, he went deep inside the pool and tied himself to a pillar. After a long while the divers took out his dead body. Seeing this king Vidabh got filled with remorse and he returned with his army.

Moral: Some times for the attainment of some goals people have to be ready for self sacrifice as it also gives inspiration to others.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Oschev - The Real Fighter

Oshchev was a famous Stunt Pilot of Roose. He mesmerized everyone, his officials and friends with his fighting skills. Oshchev had full faith and trust in God and believed he could accomplish great tasks with this faith. Once while fighting with the enemies the engine of his fighter plane failed and crash into a small mountain nearby. Oshchev got terribly hurt and lost both his legs. All his friends who came to visit him had tears in their eyes and one of them said to him in choked voice, 'We will never be able to see you fly again'.

Oshchev smiled and said, 'Lord has saved me to live and remain as a fighter otherwise I would have died then and there'. Everyone took it as a false consolation but soon after recovering from hospital Oshchev got artificial limbs fitted and practised walking day and night. His friends tried to explain him that this could worse his wounds but he ignored them all. Friends asked him on what basis is he talking about being a Stunt Pilot again? He simply replied, 'My trust and faith is with me'. Soon he started walking without sticks and seeing his progress and confidence he was taken back in army. His faith and confidence won and handicapped Oshchev once again became a Stunt Pilot.

Moral: Any work done with complete faith in God and trust in oneself leads to success.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

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