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Stories coming under the categories of Gems Hub and Folk’s Track - shown on behalf of Guests are true/moral stories from Indian Thoughts Archives. Indian Thoughts have a proud store of unpublished stories from around the world which are being published at a regular frequency.

Warts and All

This story is told about Oliver Cromwell. He was sitting for an artist who was painting a full-length picture of him.

When the painting was complete, Cromwell looked at it, and saw that the painter had gone out of his way to make Cromwell more handsome than he actually was. For example, Cromwell had warts on his face, but the painter had opted to omit these. Cromwell would not accept the finished product. He insisted that the painter do one more portrait, only this time, he was ordered to paint Cromwell with “warts and all.” Though we don’t like the “warts and all” part of us, they are as much part of us – good as well as not so good.

Seeing and accepting oneself as he/she is would ward of resentment for ourselves and would provide the healthy outlook to better oneself.We could easily prefer the painter who can make us look better than we really are.

By Admin on 24-11-2017

God Appears

One day the great seeker Ramdas met the God-realised soul Tulsidas and prayed to him, “O great soul, do help me realise God. I have been praying and meditating for years and years, but still God-realisation is a far cry. Do help me realise God.”

Tulsidas said. “I shall not only help you to realise God, but I shall make you see God tomorrow”. Ramdas said, “Tomorrow? O great soul, perhaps you are cutting jokes with me. Am I fit for God-realisation?” “Yes, you are more than fit,” answered Tulsidas. “Tomorrow, God will come to you. Keep your house clean, prepare nice, delicious food for God and pray and meditate the whole day most soulfully. God will definitely come to you”.

The next day Ramdas brought many beautiful flowers to decorate his room and made a delicious meal for God. He remained soulful the whole day and prayed and meditated. But Oh God, the whole day passed, and there was no sign of God. Ramdas was lamenting like anything. “Why has God not come? How could such a great soul like Tulsidas deceive me? But there is no sign of God.”

All of a sudden Ramdas saw a buffalo standing near his door. He was so mad. “How could that buffalo come here? Where did it come from?” he said. The buffalo entered into his house and began eating the food and destroying the flowers. The animal ate many of the fruits which Ramdas had kept so devotedly for God. Ramdas was so furious that he took a stick and started beating the buffalo. But the buffalo just kept eating to its heart’s content and then ran away. “Is this my fate?” cried Ramdas. “I wanted God and instead a buffalo has to come and ruin everything. O Tulsidas, is this Our God? Tomorrow when I see you, I will give you a piece of my mind!” The next day he went to Tulsidas, but the God-realised soul was in a very high mood. For some time Ramdas did not dare to speak. Then Tulsidas said, “So, God came to you?” Ramdas said, “God came? A buffalo came!”  “A buffalo?” asked Tulsidas. “Yes,” answered Ramdas. “It came and ruined everything.”
“You fool!” Tulsidas said. “It was not a buffalo. It was God in the form of a buffalo. He wanted to examine you to see if you had
established your oneness with his entire creation. If you had been in a very high consciousness, you would have seen and felt that it was not a buffalo but God Himself. God took the form of a buffalo and examined you. You have mistreated God so mercilessly that now it will take a very long time for you to realize God. So you may as well forget about God-realization”. Ramdas cried and cried before Tulsidas, “How could I have known God would take the form of a buffalo and thus play a trick on me?”

Tulsidas said, “Pray more soulfully, more devotedly, more unconditionally and more unreservedly. Then you will know everything: where God is and who God truly is.” Ramdas said, “From now on, I shall try to be worthy of one day receiving God in God’s own Way.”

By Admin on 23-11-2017

The Secret of Life

An eight-year old boy approached an old man sitting in a garden, looked up into his eyes, and said,
“I understand you’re a very wise man. I’d like to know the secret of life.”
The old man looked down at the youngster and replied,
“I’ve thought a lot in my lifetime, and the secret can be summed up in four words:
“The first is THINK. Think about the values by which you wish to live your life.”
“The second is BELIEVE. Believe in yourself based on the thinking you’ve done about the values by which you’re going to live your life.”
“The third is DREAM. Dream about the things that can be, based on your belief in yourself and the values by which you’re going to live your life.”
“The last is DARE. Dare to make your dreams become reality, based on your belief in yourself and your values.”And with that, Walt E. Disney said to the boy, “Think, Believe, Dream and Dare.”
“The secret of life” is locked up in a safe with a four-step lock. The keys to that lock are:
‘Think,’ ‘Believe,’ ‘Dream’ and ‘Dare’. “Dream is not what you see in sleep, but what does not allow you to sleep.” (Abdul Kalam, Former President of India)

By Admin on 17-11-2017

Love Undefined

It was a busy morning, approximately 8.30 AM, when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said that he is in a hurry as he has an appointment at 9.00 AM.

The doctor took his vital signs and asked him to take his seat. Knowing that it would be almost another hour before the first patient might check in, he decided to evaluate his wound. The doctor found that it is almost cured.
While the doctor was removing the sutures and redressing the wound, he asked the man if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman replied that he is going to another nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. The doctor then inquired about her health. The man replied that she is there since some time and she is a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. The doctor asked him if she would be upset if he is a bit late. The doctor was surprised to hear the man saying that it was almost five years since she had recognized him.

“And still you go there every morning?” The doctor asked. He smiled as he patted the doctor’s hands and then said, “She doesn’t know me. But I still know who she is.”
The doctor had to hold back tears as the man walked out of the clinic. ‘This is the kind of love I want in my life’, the doctor whispered in private. He also said to himself, ‘True love is neither physical nor romantic.’

By Admin on 24-10-2017

Count and Pray

The thumb is nearest to you. So begin a prayer remembering those closest to you.

The next is index finger, the pointing finger. Remember all those who point their fingers at you; they could be teachers, doctors, parents and administrators. Pray for them.
The next finger is the tallest finger. Remember our leaders and authorities who shape the Nation and the Society, thus giving protection and a supporting environment. They need greater wisdom and more Divine support.
The next finger is the ring finger. This is our weakest finger; piano teachers know it. It reminds us of the weak; all those who need help and or are in some sort of trouble/pain. Pray for them.
There is the little finger left. It is the smallest of all; place ourselves there in relation with God and everything else. Put your own needs into proper perspective and be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

By Admin on 29-09-2017

Hillside Ant

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa always loved to speak through parables, the way people easily understand things. According to him, Brahman (God) is practically impossible for human minds to understand.  This he explained through a story of a father who sent his two boys to a preceptor to learn the Knowledge of Brahman. After a few years they returned.

Wanting to measure the depth of their knowledge of Brahman,their father first asked the older of the two boys,’My child, now tell me, what is the nature of Brahman?' The boy began to explain Brahman by reciting various texts from the Vedas. The father did not say anything. Then he asked the younger son the same question.  But the
boy remained silent and stood with eyes cast down. The father was pleased and said to him: My child, you have understood a little of Brahman. What It is cannot be expressed in words.

Sri Ramakrishna Parmahansa again used the parable of the ant and the sugar hill, just to explain the same thing. He said that there was an ant which went to a sugar hill. One grain filled its stomach. Taking another grain in its mouth it started homeward thinking, ‘Next time, I shall carry home the whole hill.' He said that it is the way shallow minds think of God.  They don’t know that Brahman is beyond ones capacity to express. He concluded saying that even big ants have a limit.

By Admin on 23-09-2017

How to Pray Better!

A young man crossed the desert and reached the monastery of Scelta. There he asked permission to attend the talks of the Abbot.

That afternoon the Abbot spoke about the importance of meditation, and went on to talk about the importance of silence. Finally when his talk was over, the Abbot asked the young man to help him build a road to the neighbouring village.

“But why?” asked the young man. “After all, isn’t most the important thing to pray?”

“Praying is important,” said the Abbot. “But you can pray even better, if you manage with your hands to find a way to communicate with your neighbour.”

Comment:  Prayer is important. But prayer without good works is dead. While calling on God for assistance, one should also lend a helping hand to his needy neighbour.

By Admin on 15-09-2017

You find what you are looking for

Both the humming birds and the vultures fly over our nation’s deserts.

All vultures see is rotting meat, because that is what they look for. They thrive on that diet.

But hummingbirds ignore the smelly flesh of dead animals. Instead, they look for the colourful blossoms of desert plants.

The vultures live on what was. They live on the past. They fill themselves with what is dead and gone.

But the hummingbirds live on what is. They seek new life. They fill themselves with freshness and life.

Each bird finds what it is looking for. We all do.

Steve Goodier; 

Good and bad exist side by side; but you find only what you are looking for. You find only what you are looking for: Look for goodness and life rather than for evil and death.

By Admin on 19-08-2017

Think before you speak

A man was caught stealing a bag of onions and was taken before a judge.

The judge gave him a choice of three punishments: eat the onions he had stolen at one sitting; submit to a hundred lashes of the whip or pay a fine.

The man thought that eating the onions was not a bad idea. He began eating them confidently enough, but after eating a few, his eyes began to burn, his nose started running and his mouth felt as if it were on fire.

“I can’t eat the onions,” he said. “Give me the lashes instead.” Still he did not want to loose the money.

But after he had received a few strokes he began to turn and twist to avoid the whip.

“I can’t bear it!” he screamed, “I’ll rather pay the fine.”

So he paid the fine and was let off, but he became the laughing-stock of the city for having taken three punishments for the same crime.

By Admin on 10-08-2017

For Sale

The owner of a small business, a friend of the poet, Olavo Bilac, met him one day and asked him: “Mr. Bilac, I need to sell my farm, the one you know so well. Could you please write an announcement for me for the paper?”

 Bilac wrote: “For Sale, a beautiful property, where birds sing at dawn in the extensive woodland, bisected by the brilliant and sparkling waters of a large stream. The house is bathed by the rising sun. It offers tranquil shade in the evening on the veranda.

Sometime later, the poet met his friend and asked him if he had sold the property? To which he replied; “I changed my mind. When I read what you had written, I realized the value of the treasure I was trying to get rid off.”

Often we underestimate the good things we have – children, family, spouse, friends, profession, etc. – chasing after the mirages of false treasures.

By Admin on 26-07-2017