Life!!!


Life!!!

 

Once a man saw in his dream, that a lion was chasing him. The man ran to a tree, climbed on to it and sat on a branch.

 

He looked down and saw that the lion was still there waiting for him.

 

The man then looked to his side where the branch he was sitting on was attached to the tree and saw that two rats were circling around and eating the branch.

 

One rat was black and the other one was white. The branch would fall on the ground very soon.

 

The man then looked below again with fear and discovered that a big black snake had come & settled directly under him.

 

Snake opened its mouth right under the man so that he will fall into it.

 

The man then looked up to see if there was anything that he could hold on to.

 

He saw another branch with a honeycomb. Drops of honey falling from it.

 

The man wanted to taste one of the drops. So, he put his tongue out and tasted one of the fallen drops of honey.

 

The honey was amazing in taste. So, he wanted to taste another drop.

 

As he did, he got lost into the honey sweetness.

 

Meanwhile, he forgot about the two rats eating his branch away, the lion on the ground and the snake that is sitting right under him.

 

After a while, he woke up from his sleep.

 

To get the meaning behind this dream, the man went to a pious scholar.

 

The scholar said, the lion you saw is your death. It always chases you and goes wherever you go.

 

The two rats, one black and one white, are the night and the day. Black one is the night and the white one is the day.

 

They circle around, coming one after another, to eat your time as they take you closer to death.

 

The big black snake with a dark mouth is your grave.

 

It’s there, just waiting for you to fall into it. The honeycomb is this world and the sweet honey is the luxuries of this world.

 

We like to taste a drop of the luxuries of this world but it’s very sweet. Then we taste another drop and yet another.

 

Meanwhile, we get lost into it and we forget about our time, we forget about our death and we forget about our graves.

 

“This world is like a serpent, so soft to touch, but so full of lethal poison. Unwise people are allured by it and drawn towards it, and wise men avoid it and keep away from its poisonous effects.”

 

Urs,

 

SRK

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Four Wives!!!


FOUR WIVES

 

Once upon a time, there was a rich merchant who had 4 wives.

 

He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies.

 

He took great care of her & gave her nothing but the best.

 

He also loved the 3rd wife very much.

 

He’s very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends.

 

However, the merchant is always in fear that she might run away with some other men.

 

He too, loved his 2nd wife.

 

She is a very considerate person, always patient & in fact is the merchant’s confidante.

 

Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his 2nd wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times.

 

Now, the merchant’s 1st wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household.

 

However, the merchant did not love the 1st wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.

 

One day, the merchant fell ill.

 

Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon.

 

He thought of his luxurious life and told himself, “Now I have 4 wives with me. But when I die, I’ll be alone. How lonely I’ll be!”

 

Thus, he asked the 4th wife, “I loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”

 

“No way!” replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word.

 

Answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant’s heart.

 

The sad merchant then asked the 3rd wife, “I have loved you so much for all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”

 

“No!” replied the 3rd wife. “Life is so good over here! I’m going to remarry when you die!”

 

The merchant’s heart sank and turned cold.

 

He then asked the 2nd wife, “I always turned to you for help and you’ve always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?”

 

“I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!” replied the 2nd wife.”

 

“At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.”

 

Answer came like a bolt of thunder & merchant was devastated.

 

Then a voice called out: “I’ll leave with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.”

 

The merchant looked up and there was his 1st wife.

 

She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition.

 

Greatly grieved, the merchant said, “I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!”

 

Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives.

 

The 4th wife is our body.

 

No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it’ll leave us when we die.

 

Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others.

 

The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we’re alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

 

The 1st wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material wealth & sensual pleasure.

 

Guess what? It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. Perhaps it’s a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than to wait until we’re on our deathbed to lament.

 

Happiest Couple In The World!!!


THE SIGNS OF HAPPINESS

 

There was a young couple who led a very happy life together.

 

The only thing that they worried about was, whether their happiness would last forever or would they too would have to face problems.

 

One day, they heard that a wise old man had come to town; he could solve all kinds of problems and guide people.

 

So the couple decided to visit the wise old man and tell him their source of worry.

 

The wise old man told them; “Travel around the world and seek a man and a woman who are perfectly happy as a couple. When you find such a couple, ask them for a piece of cloth from the man’s shirt, then keep that piece of cloth with you, and you always remain happy.”

 

The young couple began their journey, to find the happiest couple in their world.

 

In one place they heard that the governor and his wife were the happiest people, so they went to their palace and asked them, “Are you the happiest couple?”

 

The governor and his wife replied, “Yes, we are happy in every way except for one thing; we do not have any children.”

 

Well that didn’t make the governor and his wife the happiest couple.

 

So they continued their journey.

 

They arrived in one city where they had heard that the happiest couple lived.

 

They went to their house and asked them, “Are you the happiest couple?”

 

The couple replied, “Yes, we are really happy in every way except that we have too many children which make our life a bit uncomfortable.”

 

No, this couple did not sound to be the happiest. And, so they continued their journey.

 

They visited many countries, cities, towns and villages asking the same question but they did not find what they were looking for.

 

One Day the young couple came across a shepherd in the desert.

 

The shepherd was grazing his sheep when his wife and child came along.

 

The shepherd greeted his wife and gently patted the child she was carrying.

 

She laid the mat and started to eat contentedly.

 

The young couple came to them and asked them, “Are you the happiest couple?”

 

The shepherd and his wife replied, “Nobody is unhappier than the king.”

 

The young couple immediately realized that they were the happiest couple and asked them for a piece of the shepherd’s shirt, so that their happiness too would last throughout.

 

The shepherd said, “If I give you a piece of cloth from my shirt then I will be left without any clothes since I own just one shirt.”

 

The young couple at once understood that it is very difficult to find perfect happiness anywhere in the world.

 

The couple decided to return to their own country.

 

They went to the wise old man and related all that had taken place.

 

They also complained that his guidance was difficult to abide by.

 

The wise old man laughed and said, “Was your journey useless or did you learn something from it?”

 

The young man replied, “Yes, after this trip I have learnt that in this world, nobody is perfectly happy, only that person is happy who does everything to please God.”

 

The wife said, “I have learnt that in order to be happy it is important to remember two things; first, all human beings should be thankful and contented with whatever they have.”

 

And secondly, for ultimate happiness one must always practice patience.

 

After that, young couple thanked the wise old man for his guidance and returned home.

 

The wise man prayed for them and said, “Indeed the sign of happiness is in their heart and they have good manners and if the lifetime is spent in pleasure of God there would be no differences in the existence of mankind.”

 

Urs,

 

SRK

Magic Ball!!!


THE MAGIC CRYSTAL BALL

 

In the south of Spain, there was a small village whose people were very joyful and lucky.

 

The children played under the shade of trees in the gardens of their home. 

 

A shepherd boy whose name was Nasir, stayed near the village with his   father, mother and grandmother.

 

Early morning each day, he takes his herd of goats up the hills to find a suitable place for them to graze.

 

In the afternoon he would return with them to the village.

 

At night his grandmother would tell him a story. The story really interested Nasir.

 

As usual, on one of these days, as Nasir was watching his herd and playing his flute he suddenly saw a wonderful light behind the flower bush.

 

When he came towards the branches he saw a transparent and most beautiful crystal ball.

 

The crystal ball was glittering like a colorful rainbow.

 

Nasir carefully took it in his hand and turned it around.

 

With surprise suddenly he heard a weak voice coming from the crystal ball.

 

It said; “You can make a wish that your heart desires and I will fulfill it.”

 

Nasir could not believe that he had actually heard a voice.

 

But he became so engrossed in his thoughts for he had so many wishes but he must wish for something which was impossible like the wish to be able to fly.

 

He said to himself, if I wait till tomorrow I will remember many things.

 

He put the crystal ball in a bag and gathered the herd, happily returned back to the village.

 

He decided that he would not tell anyone about the crystal ball.

 

On the following day also, Nasir could not decide what to wish for, because he really had everything he needed.

 

The days passed as usual, and Nasir appeared to be very cheerful that the people around him were amazed to see his cheerful disposition.

 

One day a boy followed Nasir and his herd and hid behind a tree.

 

Nasir as usual sat in one corner, took out the crystal ball and for a few moments looked at it.

 

The boy waited for the moment when Nasir would go to sleep.

 

Then he took the crystal ball and ran away.

 

When he arrived in the village, he called all the people and showed them the crystal ball.

 

The citizens of that village took the crystal ball in their hand and turned it around with surprise.

 

Suddenly they heard a voice from inside the crystal ball, which says, “I can fulfill your wish.”

 

One person took the ball and screamed, “I want one bag full of gold.”

 

Another took the ball and said loudly, “I want two chests full of jewelry.”

 

Some of them wished that they would have their own palace with grand door made from pure gold instead of their old houses.

 

Some also wished for bags full of jewelry, but nobody asked for gardens in their palaces.

 

All their wishes were fulfilled but still the citizens of the village were not happy.

 

They were jealous because the person that had a palace had no gold and the person that had the gold had no palace.

 

For this reason, the citizens of the village were angry and were not speaking to each other.

 

There was not even one garden which existed in the village where the children could play.

 

The patience of the children was running out and they were uncomfortable.

 

Nasir and his family were happy and pleased.

 

Every morning and afternoon he would play the flute.

 

The children could not wait anymore and decided to return the crystal ball to Nasir.

 

The parents and neighbors went to him.

 

The children said to Nasir; “When we had a small village we all were happy and joyful.”

 

The parent also spoke. In one way or another nobody is happy.

 

The expensive palaces and jewelry only bring us pain.

 

When Nasir saw that the people were really regretful, he said I have not wished till now, if you really want everything to return to its own place, then I will wish for it.

 

Everyone happily agreed.

 

Nasir took the crystal ball in his hand turned around and wished that the village become the same as it was before.

 

Everyone quickly turned towards the village and saw it became the same old village with gardens full of trees and fruits.

 

Once again the people started to live happily and the children played under the shade of trees.

 

From the next day and everyday at sunset the sound of Nasir’s flute could be heard in the village.

 

This story teaches us that we should be happy with whatever we have and not to be greedy.

 

Cheers,

 

SRK

Be Careful What You Plant!!!


BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PLANT!!!

 

An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor.

 

Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, he decided something different.

 

He called young people in the kingdom together one day.

 

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you.”

 

The kids were shocked! But the emperor continued.

 

“I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here after one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next emperor!”

 

One boy named Ling was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed.

 

He went home and excitedly told his mother the story.

 

She helped him get a pot and planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully.

 

Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.

 

After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

 

Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 5 weeks went by. Still nothing.

 

By now, others were talking about their plants but Ling didn’t have a plant, and he felt like a failure.

 

Six months went by, still nothing in Ling’s pot.

 

He just knew he had killed his seed.

 

Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.

 

Ling didn’t say anything to his friends, however. He just kept waiting for his seed to grow.

 

A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection.

 

Ling told his mother that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot.

 

But honest about what happened, Ling felt sick to his stomach, but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace.

 

When Ling arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other youths.

 

They were beautiful in all shapes and sizes.

 

Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other kinds laughed at him.

 

A few felt sorry for him and just said, “Hey nice try.”

 

When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people.

 

Ling just tried to hide in the back. “What great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the emperor.

 

“Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!”

 

All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot.

 

He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ling was terrified. “The emperor knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!”

 

When Ling got to the front, the Emperor asked his name.

 

“My name is Ling,” he replied.

 

All the kids were laughing and making fun of him.

 

The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd,

 

“Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!” Ling couldn’t believe it.

 

Ling couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor?

 

Then the emperor said,

 

“One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds, which would not grow. All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.

 

When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!”

 

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

 

If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

 

If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

 

If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory.

 

If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

 

If you plant patience, you will reap improvements.

 

If you plant faith, you will reap miracles.

 

So be careful what you plant now, It will determine what you will reap tomorrow,

 

The seeds you now scatter will make life worse or better, your life or the ones who will come after.

 

Yes, someday, you will enjoy the fruits, or you will pay for the choices you plant today.

 

Urs,

 

SRK

DON’T EVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER – Part II


THE PROUD RED ROSE

 

One beautiful spring day a red rose blossomed in a forest. Many kinds of trees and plants grew there.

 

As the rose looked around, a pine tree nearby said, “What a beautiful flower. I wish I was that lovely.”

 

Another tree said, “Dear pine, do not be sad, we can not have everything.”

 

The rose turned its head and remarked, “It seems that I am the most beautiful plant in this forest.”

 

A sunflower raised its yellow head and asked, “Why do you say that? In this forest there are many beautiful plants. You are just one of them.”

 

The red rose replied, “I see everyone looking at me and admiring me.”

 

Then the rose looked at a cactus and said, “Look at that ugly plant full of thorns!”

 

The pine tree said, “Red rose, what kind of talk is this? Who can say what beauty is? You have thorns too.”

 

The proud red rose looked angrily at the pine and said, “I thought you had good taste! You do not know what beauty is at all. You can not compare my thorns to that of the cactus.”

 

“What a proud flower”, thought the trees.

 

The rose tried to move its roots away from the cactus, but it could not move.

 

As the days passed, the red rose would look at the cactus and say insulting things, like: This plant is useless?

 

How sorry I am to be his neighbor.

 

The cactus never got upset and he even tried to advise the rose, saying, “God did not create any form of life without a purpose.”

 

Spring passed, and the weather became very warm.

 

Life became difficult in the forest, as the plants and animals needed water and no rain fell.

 

The red rose began to wilt.

 

One day the rose saw sparrows stick their beaks into the cactus and then fly away, refreshed.

 

This was puzzling, and the red rose asked the pine tree what the birds were doing.

 

The pine tree explained that the birds got water from the cactus. “Does it not hurt when they make holes?” asked the rose.

 

“Yes, but the cactus does not like to see any birds suffer,” replied the pine.

 

The rose opened its eyes in wonder and said, “The cactus has water?”

 

“Yes you can also drink from it. The sparrow can bring water to you if you ask the cactus for help.”

 

The red rose felt too ashamed of its past words and behavior to ask for water from the cactus, but then it finally did ask the cactus for help.

 

The cactus kindly agreed and the birds filled their beaks with water and watered the rose’s roots. Thus the rose learned a lesson and never judged anyone by their appearance again.

 

Moral of the story:

 

Every creature in the universe carries some purpose. So never underestimate anybody.

 

Cheers,

 

SRK

The Selfish Man!!!


THE SELFISH MAN

 

Once upon a time, there was a selfish man. He liked everything to be his own.

 

He could not share his belongings with anyone, not even his friends or the poor.

 

One day, the man lost thirty gold coins. He went to his friend’s house and told him how he lost his gold coins.

 

His friend was a kind man.

 

As his friend’s daughter was coming from an errand she found thirty gold coins, when she arrived home, she told her father what she had found.

 

The girl’s father told her that the gold coins belong to his friend and he sent for him.

 

When the selfish man arrived, he told him how his daughter had found his thirty gold coins and handed then to him.

 

After counting the gold coins the man said that ten of them was missing and had been taken by the girl as he had forty gold coins.

 

He further commented that he will recover the remaining amount from him.

 

But the girl’s father refused.

 

The man left the gold coins and went to the court and informed the judge there about what had taken place between him and the girl’s father.

 

The judge sent for the girl and her father, and when they arrived asked the girl how many gold coins she found.

 

She replied thirty gold coins. The Judge that asked the selfish man how many gold coins he loosed and he answered forty gold coins.

 

The judge then told the man that the gold coins did not belong to him because the girl found thirty and not forty as he claimed to have lost and then told the girl to take the gold coins and that if anybody is looking for them he will send for the girl.

 

The judge told the man that if anybody reports that they have found forty gold coins he will send for him.

 

It was then that the man confessed that he lied and that he lost thirty gold coins but the judge did not listen to him.

 

This story teaches us to be always honest as dishonest never pays.

 

Cheers,

 

SRK