Ship!!!


Blessings !!!

 

A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island.

 

The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but to pray to God.

 

However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.

 

The first thing they prayed for was food.

 

The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit.

 

The other man’s parcel of land remained barren.

 

After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife.

 

The next day, another ship was wrecked, and the only survivor was a woman who swam to his side of the land.

 

On the other side of the island, there was nothing.

 

Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more food.

 

The next day, like magic, all of these were given to him.

 

However, the second man still had nothing.

 

Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island.

 

In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island.

 

The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island.

 

He considered the other man unworthy to receive God’s blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.

 

As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven booming, “Why are you leaving your companion on the island?”

 

“My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them,” the first man answered.

 

“His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything.”

 

“You are mistaken!” the voice rebuked him.

 

“He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings.”

 

“Tell me,” the first man asked the voice, “What did he pray for that I should owe him anything?”

 

“He prayed that all your prayers be answered.”

 

Moral of the story:

 

For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another praying for us.

 

Urs,

 

SRK

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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

Why do we read Geeta ?


 

Why do we read Geeta, even if we can’t understand a Sanskrit word???

 

Yesterday night when I was surfing through Sri Krishna collections, I got inspired by this fantastic story. I hope you too after reading this….

 

An old Farmer lived on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson.

 

Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Bhagavat Geeta. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

 

One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the Bhagavat Geeta just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget  as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bhagavat Geeta do?”

 

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied,  “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of  water.”

 

The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back   to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to  the river with the basket  to try again.

 

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was  impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

 

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak  out before he got back to the house.

 

The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he   said,

 

“See Grandpa, it’s useless!” >

 

“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”

 

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the  basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old  coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.

 

“Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bhagavat Geeta. You might not   understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be  changed, inside and out. That is the work of Krishna in our lives.”

 

All of our religions have their own books for purifying the hearts and mind of their people…. Each has its own value and purpose and once again repeat….

 

“You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be  changed, inside and out.”

 

Urs,

 

Karthik