Friday, August 1, 2014

True Wealth

Once upon a time, there lived a very rich and wealthy man in a big town. He has all sorts of wealth and led a luxurious life. He had every luxury at his footstep and could afford to feed for the entire people of his town. He always boasts his luxurious life to his friends and relatives. 

His son was studying in a distant place and he returned home for vacation. The rich man wanted to show off how rich his father is to his son and make him very proud. His son wasn’t always fond the luxurious lifestyle. However, the rich man wanted to make his son realize that his lifestyle is extremely rich and how the poor people suffer. He planned for a day visit to the entire town to show him off life of poor people. 

The father and the son took a chariot and visited the entire town. They returned home after two days. The father was happy that his son was very quiet seeing the poor people honouring the rich man and sufferings of the poor ones due to lack of facilities. 

The rich man asked his son, ‘Dear boy, how was the trip? Have you enjoyed it?’
‘Yes my dad, it was a great trip with you.’ The son replied. 
So, what did you learned from the trip? – Father asked
The son was silent. 

Finally you have realized how poor suffer and how they actually are – said the father. 

No father – replied son. 

He added, ‘We have only two dogs, they have 10 dogs. We have a big pool in our garden, but they have a massive bay without any ends! We have luxurious and expensive lights imported from various countries, but they have countless stars lighting their nights. We have a house in a small piece of land, but they have abundant fields that go beyond the sight. We are served by servants, but they serve people. We are protected by huge and strong walls around our property, but they bond with each other and surround themselves. We only buy foods from them, but they are so rich to cultivate their own food.’

The rich father was stunned to hear his son’s words and he was completely speechless. 

Finally the son added, ‘Dad thank you so much for showing me who is rich and who is poor and let me understand how poor we are!’

True wealth is not measured by money and property we have! It is more about friendship, relationship and good compassion we share with others.

A Glass of Milk

There was a poor boy who made a living with selling various objects door to door, to pay for his school. He was very hungry and felt he couldn’t walk even a few steps. He decided to ask for food at a house. He knocked the door and was stunned to see a beautiful young girl in the door step. With so much hesitation, in spite of his hunger, he asked the girl to offer a glass of water.

The young girl understood his hunger through his eyes and offered him milk in a huge glass. With astonished look he drank the milk very slowly. And asked, how much I owe you for this milk?
The girl replied ‘I don’t accept anything for kindness.’ With big smile in his face, the boy thanked the girl from the bottom of his heart and left the place.

Years passed by. The young girl fell ill and was diagnosed with a rarest kind of nervous condition, which was a complicated condition to treat. While many experienced doctors baffled at her condition, she was taken to a big hospital to study about her condition.

Dr. Kevin, a renowned specialist called in by the hospital to examine her. He gave a visit to the hospital where she was admitted to learn about the rare condition. As he entered her room, Dr. Kevin immediately identified who was that woman!

With all his efforts and knowledge, Dr.Kevin battled hardly with the disease for weeks and months. At last, he won over the disease and the woman was completely cured. Everyone praised the doctor, while the woman was quite afraid about the hospital bill as she could not afford to pay.

Dr. Kevin asked the hospital to send their bill to him as he would add his charges. After receiving the hospital bill, he wrote note and sent it to her. With lots of fear, she opened the bill and had no idea how much she was charged.

Her eyes filled with tears and happiness once she opened the bill. She found the bill cancelled and it was not the reason for her happiness.

She saw the note written by Dr.Kevin - “Bill Paid years ago with a glass of milk!

The Monkey and the Dolphin

One day long ago, some sailors set out to sea in their sailing ship. One of them brought his pet monkey along for the long journey.

When they were far out at sea, a terrible storm overturned their ship. Everyone fell into the sea, and the monkey was sure that he would drown. 
Suddenly a dolphin appeared and picked him up.

They soon reached the island and the monkey came down from the dolphin’s back. The dolphin asked the monkey, “Do you know this place?”
The monkey replied, “Yes, I do. In fact, the king of the island is my best friend. Do you know that I am actually a prince?”

Knowing that no one lived on the island, the dolphin said, “Well, well, so you are a prince! Now you can be a king!” The monkey asked, “How can I be a king?”

As the dolphin started swimming away, he answered, “That is easy. As you are the only creature on this island, you will naturally be the king!”
Those who lie and boast may end up in trouble.