Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Crow


Once there was a crow. It had a burning desire of looking to be more beautiful. The crow lived in a big Banyan tree, where a number of peacocks also lived. It saw the beautiful plumes of the peacocks and cherished a desire to look like one of them. It often cursed itself for being ugly. It scorned the whole crow community being black and ugly. It had an ambition to improve like a peacock so that the people may praise it. 

In order to fulfil its ambition, it thought of a plan. It decided to collect dropped off feathers of the peacocks and fix them up into its own, so that it may look beautiful like peacock. After putting on the feathers of the peacock, the crow considered itself to be a peacock. It was full joy. It decided to go and live with the peacocks. 

It took a long flight and reached the place where some peacocks were walking around. It walked up and down among the peacocks. The peacocks saw this strange bird with surprise. It looked half crow and half peacock. The peacocks are known for their self-pride. They could not tolerate a crow posing to be a peacock. At once they pounced upon the crow and broke away some of its artificial feathers. 

The crow was able to save its life with great difficulty. It flew at full speed for its life to a place where some crows were perching. It began to move about proudly among the crows. The crows took it to be a different bird, resembling a peacock. They could not brook the presence of a peacock among themselves; they attacked it, pecking it hard with their beaks. 

Again the crow had to fly away for its life. It was pained at heart and flew to a lonely tree in the jungle. It did not know what to do. It though, it had tried to improve itself by fixing peacocks’ feathers into its own, but they could not make it peacock. It was not accommodated by the peacocks rather it was attacked for being a imposter. Not only this, even its own brethren- the crows disowned it. It was at a loss to know what to do now. 

At last it tore off all of its peacock feathers and became a crow again. It was only then that the crows owned it as one of them and accommodated it among themselves. The foolish crow had a bitter experience. It learnt a lesson for life. Do not adopt unnatural and unfair methods for self-improvement and do not try to copy out others.

Moral of this story
It teaches us an important lesson that we should not try to improve ourselves only by imitating others “Barrowed garments seldom fit well!” We must do everything on our own and should not copy others. Improvement made through hard work and sincere efforts is long lasting and useful, but an attempt for improvement made through copying or through wrong methods proves to be disastrous. Such improvement does not bring in the desired benefit. You must try to progress and rise high by putting in sincere efforts and hard work. The earnest efforts made in attaining something bear fruit. The attainment gained through hard work is real and long lasting.

Introspection or self-inspection is a must for self-improvement. It can help a lot in improving one’s self. By introspection on can know one’s capabilities, weakness and inabilities. One can overcome his inabilities and make full use of his abilities for self-improvement.

Introspection is not something very difficult. You have simply to peep inside and analyze impartially, which actions are right or wrong. Which are your abilities and which are your short-comings. You have to be earnest, impartial and just in making a correct assessment of yourself. Once you are able to identify your capabilities and weaknesses, you can work wonders in improving yourself by making proper use of your capabilities.


- Author Unknown -

Friday, August 29, 2014

Troubles


Humility


Education confers humility.  Humility does not mean mere bending of the head.  Only an attitude of mind free from egoism, ostentation and attachment can be called humility.  Today, neither teachers nor parents are able to teach such humility to the children because they themselves have not cultivated that attitude.  The water you can draw from a tap depends on the nature of the water in the tank.  Today, teachers and parents have not filled their minds with sacred feelings.  How can they be expected to infuse the children with such feelings?  Here is a piece of burning charcoal.  If you take proper care of it, it will soon get covered up with ashes.  In the heart of every human being, there is the fire of wisdom (Jnaana-Agni).  That fire signifies a pure heart.  Today, we are not able to see that fire because the heart is enveloped by the ash of worldly desires.  When the ash is blown away, the fire will be visible.  Men tend to forget the noble and ideal sentiments in their hearts because they are covered by worldly material and sensual desires.


(Sanathana Sarathi, August 1994, pg 210)

Sai Darshan, Part 2 - 81


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Self-Knowledge


Without being able to control the senses, what is the use of learning every kind of knowledge?  All knowledge is useless, if one has not acquired Self-knowledge.  Such a person may be regarded as intellectually clever, but cannot be called intelligent.  The first step, therefore, is to know one's self.  Spirituality is the means to acquire knowledge of yourself.  Hence, as much importance should be assigned to the promotion of good qualities in the educational process as is given to academic studies.


(Sanathana Sarathi, April 1993, pg 92)

Golden Moments


Life is a succession of moments.  To live each one is to succeed.
- Corita Kent


Sometimes I wish I had it all - all I think I need or should have.  Yet, when I clear away the confusion over wants and needs, I understand that it is the simple things in life - the golden times - that mean the most to me.
Golden moments are filled with the people and experiences that bring me the greatest fulfillment.  They may be times of togetherness with family and friends, enjoying conversation and laughter.  Or they may be times away from everyone as I simply relax in blessed solitude for a few moments.

I realize that any success or prosperity I have enjoyed is most accurately measured by what has touched my heart and warmed my soul.  And the most golden of moments can happen again and again - every time I realize that God's spirit lives within me.


Each moment that I am aware of You, God, is a golden moment in my life.


(From : 'Daily Word' magazine by Silent Unity, a world wide prayer ministry) 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Misery


Indwelling Spirit


The awareness that the world is one family dawns when one recognizes the truth of the indwelling spirit.  The messages of Christ and the other world prophets must be practiced earnestly by man; all men must share in the precious heritage of selfless and universal love and develop it by practice in daily life.  Be the harbingers of the new age... be free from selfishness and greed, hatred and violence.  Be a light unto yourselves; may you become worthy instruments for the revival of the religion of love and resurgence of human values.


(Sathya Sai Baba, God As Man)

Name of God


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Perception


A teacher teaching Maths to seven-year-old Arnav asked him, "If I give you
one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?

"Within a few seconds Arnav replied confidently, "Four!"

The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three).
She was disappointed. "Maybe the child did not listen properly," she
thought. She repeated, "Arnav, listen carefully.. If I give you one
apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?"

Arnav had seen the disappointment on his teacher's face. He calculated
again on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer
that will make the teacher happy. His search for the answer was not for
the correct one, but the one that will make his teacher happy. This time
hesitatingly he replied, "Four."

The disappointment stayed on the teacher's face. She remembered that
Arnav liked strawberries. She thought maybe he doesn't like apples and
that is making him loose focus. This time with an exaggerated excitement
and twinkling in her eyes she asked, "If I give you one strawberry and one
strawberry and one strawberry, then how many you will have?"

Seeing the teacher happy, young Arnav calculated on his fingers again.
There was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher. She wanted her
new approach to succeed. With a hesitating smile young Arnav enquired,
"Three?"

The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded. She
wanted to congratulate herself. But one last thing remained. Once again
she asked him, "Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more
apple how many will you have?"

Promptly Arnav answered, "Four!"

The teacher was aghast. "How Arnav, how?" she demanded in a little stern
and irritated voice.

In a voice that was low and hesitating young Arnav replied, "Because I
already have one apple in my bag."

Moral:
"When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect,
don't think they are wrong. There may be an angle that you have not
understood at all. You will have to listen and understand, but never
listen with a predetermined notion. Most of the times, we do not try to
understand the view of the other person and we find them wrong, but in
reality it is just the matter of giving other person a chance to explain."


- Author Unknown -

O LORD, TAKE MY LOVE

O Lord, take my love, and let it flow in fullness of devotion to Thee;
O Lord, take my hands, and let them work incessantly for Thee;
O Lord, take my soul, and let it be merged in One with Thee;
O Lord, take my mind and thoughts, and let them be in tune with Thee;
O Lord, take my everything, and let me be an instrument to work for Thee.

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