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  • The Cracked Pot -- a Chinese Fable
    A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One pot had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

    For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house.
    Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

    After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream:
    "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."
    The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?

    "That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day while we walk back, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."
     
    Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.
    A Person, who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in his life. How far you are trying to control your mind?
    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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    Re: Parables
    « Reply #76 on: March 13, 2011, 05:32:05 PM »
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  • The Stone Cutter

    Once upon a time there was a stone cutter. The stone cutter lived in a land where a life of privilege meant being powerful. Looking at his life he decided that he was unsatisfied with the way things were and so he set out to become the most powerful thing in the land.

    Looking around his land he wondered to himself what is it to be powerful. Looking up he saw the Sun shining down on all the land. ""The Sun must be the most powerful thing that there is, for it shines down on all things, and all things grow from it's touch."" So he became the Sun.

    Days later, as he shone his power down on the inhabitants of the land, there came a cloud which passed beneath him obstructing his brilliance. Frustrated he realized that the Sun was not the most powerful thing in the land, if a simple cloud could interrupt his greatness. So he became a cloud, in fact, he became the most powerful storm that the world had ever seen.

    And so he blew his rain and lightning, and resounded with thunder all over the land, demonstrating that he was the most powerful. Until one day he came across a boulder.

    Down and down he poured and his thunder roared, lightning flashed and filled the sky, striking the ground near the boulder. His winds blew and blew and blew, and yet, despite all his efforts, he could not budge the boulder. Frustrated again, he realized that the storm was not the most powerful thing in the land, rather it must be the boulder.
    So he became the boulder.

    For days he sat, unmovable, and impassive, demonstrating his power, until one day, a stone cutter came and chiseled him to bits.
    Moral: Sometimes the most important thing to remember is that you have everything you need already, right inside of you. Power is an illusion.
    A Person, who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in his life. How far you are trying to control your mind?
    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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    « Reply #77 on: November 08, 2011, 12:55:20 PM »
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  • Sri Râma and Lakshmana aided by the Vanara army crossed the sea over the bridge built by them. They conquered Lanka, killed Râvana and rescued Sîtâ. Lakshmana looked at the city of Lanka in all its splendor. He remarked: 'Brother, why should we go to Ayodhya? Let it be ruled by brother Bharatha. Lanka appears in all respects more prosperous than Ayodhya. You can as well be the ruler of Lanka. You have earned the merit to be the ruler having won a victory over Râvana and killed him.' S'rî Râma replied with a smile in an affectionate but stern voice: 'Oh brother Lakshmana! However ugly one's mother may be, one cannot look upon another woman as mother. Similarly however prosperous and attractive Lanka may be, I have no use for its treasures and wealth; the place of my birth is more sacred and dear to me. It is verily a paradise for me. Remember brother, Mother and Motherland are to be considered more valuable and dearer than heaven itself.'

    We must note here that Lakshmana deliberately asked this queer question, so as to make it known to the world that even in the ancient illustrious kings of the Solar Race, as well as in their succeeding Indian rulers, we find a happy blending of their concern for personal and national welfare.

    "Maataa Bhoomi putroham prithivyah"
    "The earth is my mother and I her child"  ---  Atharva Veda


    Baba Sai this story is meant for me too. Very soon I'll have to return to my mother land. Bless me soon to make this happen Baba... Your leelas are always amazing and great. Thanks Baba... for having us as your beloved children. JaiSaiRam
    A Person, who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in his life. How far you are trying to control your mind?
    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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    Re: Parables
    « Reply #78 on: March 11, 2012, 12:54:19 PM »
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  • In The Forest Of The World
    Once a man was going through a forest, when three robbers fell upon him and robbed him of all possessions. One of the robbers said," what is the use of keeping this man alive?" So saying he was about to kill him with his sword, when the second robber interrupted him, saying" Oh! no! what is the use of killing him?Tie his hand and foot and leave him here." The robbers bound his hands and feet and went away. After a while the third robber returned and said to the man:"Ah, I am sorry. Are you hurt? I will release you from your bonds." After setting the man free, the thief said, "Come with me. I will take you to the public highway." After a long time they reached the road. At this the man said,"Sir, you have been very good to me.Come with me to my house." "Oh no!" the robber replied. "I can't go there. The police will know it."

    This world itself is the forest. The three robbers here are sattva, rajas and tamas. It is they that rob the man of the Knowledge of truth. Tamas wants to destroy him. Rajas binds him to the world. But sattva rescues him from the clutches of rajas and tamas. Under the protection of sattva, man is rescued from anger, passion, and other evileffects of tamas. Further sattva also is robber. It cannot give man the ultimate Knowledge of Truth, though it shows him the road leading to the Supreme Abode of God.Setting him on the path, sattva tells him:"Look yonder. There is your home". Even sattva is far away from the knowledge of Brahman.


    Jai Sai Ram ;D
    A Person, who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in his life. How far you are trying to control your mind?
    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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    Re: Parables
    « Reply #79 on: March 14, 2012, 11:00:06 AM »
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  • Parable of a Rose
    A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully.
    Before it blossomed, he examined it.
    He saw a bud, that would soon blossom.
    He also saw the thorns, and he thought,
    "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant,
    burdened with so many sharp thorns?"
    Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose,
    and before it was ready to bloom, it died.
    So it is with many people. Within every soul, there is a rose.
    The 'God-like' qualities planted in us at birth,
    growing amidst the thorns of our faults.
    Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects.
    We despair, thinking nothing good can possibly come from us.
    We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies.
    We never realize our potential.

    Some don't see the rose within themselves.
    It takes someone else to show it to them.
    One of the greatest gifts, a person can possess,
    is to be able to reach past the thorns
    and find the rose within others.
    This is the truest, most innocent, and gracious characteristic of love....
    to know another person, including their faults,
    recognize the nobility in their soul, and yet still help
    another to realize they can overcome their faults.
    If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns.
    Only then, will they blossom, and most likely,
    blooming thirty, sixty, a hundred- fold, as it's given to them.
    Our duty in this world, is to help others,
    by showing them 'their roses' and not "their thorns."
    It is then, that we achieve the love,
    we should feel for each other; only then,
    can we bloom in our 'own garden.'
    ~Author Unknown~


    JaiSaiRam... ;D Thanks Baba for showing this wonderful message and sharing the same with my beloved devotees.
    A Person, who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in his life. How far you are trying to control your mind?
    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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    Re: Parables
    « Reply #80 on: May 15, 2012, 07:18:22 PM »
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  • Parable Of The Boy And His ShoesThe dog barked at him and the boy began to run. The dog began to chase him.The boy began to run.Thedogbegantochasehim.Theboyfoundthat his shoes were impeding his speed. He let them slip off his feet. He left them behind. The doginstantly caught hold of one of the shoes and ran away from the boy who then proceeded homesafely.The world troubles the man in every way, so long as he possesses the two things—I-ness and mine-ness. With egoism and possessive nature, wherever he runs, the miseries of Samsarachase him and leave him no respite. Attached to a thousand things, he also is not able to proceedtowards hisdestination withexpedition. Therefore, herenounces theI-nessandmine-ness, inorder to proceed faster towards the goal. As soon as he renounces the possessions, the world gives upchasing him and the miseries of Samsara leave him once for all. Renunciation has this double advantage:it relievesyou of all burdens,lightens your heart and thus enables you to soar higher intothespiritualrealm,and italso enables you to free yourself from the troubles  of friends and relatives.Therefore, renounce the world and enjoy Supreme Bliss.
    A Person, who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in his life. How far you are trying to control your mind?
    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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    Re: Parables
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  • Parable Of Mahmud And Ayaz

    Mahmud Gazni was a powerful emperor before whom the whole world trembled. But he
    was himself the deluded victim of the fascination of Ayaz, a slave-girl. He became so much
    infatuated with the love of Ayaz, that when she was near, he was powerless.
    Even when he attended the Court, his Prime Minister had to constantly remind him that he was the Mighty Emperor Gazni, the great conqueror, etc. Then and then alone was he able to behave as an emperor should.
    Even so, the Jiva which is none other than the Infinite Consciousness, is deluded by Maya
    and comes to imagine that it is finite, powerless, feeble and limited, subject to birth and death, pain and joy, etc. The Prime Minister of the Jiva or the pure intellect tries to reflect deeply and raise the Vrittis of Akhanda, Ekarasa, Satchidananda, Nitya, Buddha, Mukta Swaroopa, etc., and the Sadhaka begins to meditate. During meditation the Jiva feels that it is one with the Infinite, unaffected by Maya and Avidya. Thus gradually it is established in this exalted state.
    A Person, who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in his life. How far you are trying to control your mind?
    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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