'Indian Thoughts' was founded on 3rd June 2004 and now it is one among the best online moral education services in the world. 'Indian Thoughts' is a non-profit Organization, managed by a group of devoted social workers from India. These inspiring stories are from its' rich archive of collections.

Team Work

The company had invited a consultant to review its workers because the work atmosphere had deteriorated to a degree that the workers were leaving and the customers were already beginning to notice it. 
After observing how people worked and having talked to many salespersons the consultant invited them all into the conference room. He looked at the people in front of him and said: 
– You remind me of a bedtime story my own mother used to tell me. It was a story of a father and his sons who kept quarrelling with each other no matter what the father did or said. So he decided that because they were not listening to his words, he would show them in a practical way how they were hurting themselves with their negative attitude. 
He asked the sons to bring him a bundle of sticks. The father put the big bundle in their hands and asked them to break it. 
No matter how hard they tried, the bundle did not break. Then the father opened the bundle and gave each of his sons a separate stick and asked them to try again. This time the sticks broke easily.
The father then said; “Think that you are like these sticks. If you stick together and assist one another, you are like a thick bundle of sticks that others cannot break. But if you are divided and separated from each other, you can be broken as easily as these sticks.”
The consultant continued:
– You may think negative attitude isn’t hurting you, but it causes your co-workers to leave their jobs. They spread the word of how they were treated.
It is in your best interest to start working together. If you cannot stop talking bad things about people behind their backs, just be certain you shall meet your own deeds in the future. You see: if you talk bad things about someone behind their back, everyone will realize you will probably do the same about them. No surprise then that they do not wish to work or be with you.

REFLECTION: If you have a negative attitude, may be you should make yourself a little bundle of sticks and keep it on your desk to remind yourself of the value of team work

By indian-admin on 09-01-2018


One evening a man took a small candle from a box and began to climb a long winding stairway. “Where are we going?” asked the candle. “We’re going up higher than a house to show the ships the way to the harbour.”
“But no ship in the harbour could ever see my light,” the candle said, “it is so very small.”
“If your light is small,” the man said, “just keep on burning brightly and leave the rest to me.”
When they reached the top of the long stairs, they came to a large lamp. Then he took the little candle and lit the lamp. Soon the large polished mirrors behind the lamp sent beams of fight out across miles of sea.

REFLECTION: In the Master’s Plan we are His candles! Our job is to keep on shining. The success of our work is in His hands. A tiny candle or match can start a forest fire. The little flame of your good example can actually change the lives of others without you knowing it. Be a light to them like the beacon light in the story which guide the ship to safe harbour.

By indian-admin on 05-01-2018

You are Wonderful

The following true story.
It happened several years ago in the Paris opera house. A famous singer had been contracted to sing, and ticket sales were booming. In fact, the night of the concert found the house packed and every ticket sold. The feeling of anticipation and excitement was in the air as the house manager took the stage and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your enthusiastic support. I am afraid that due to illness, the man whom you’ve all come to hear will not be performing tonight. However, we have found a suitable substitute we hope will provide you with comparable entertainment.” The crowd groaned in disappointment and failed to hear the announcer mention the stand-in’s name. The environment turned from excitement to frustration.
The stand-in performer gave the performance everything he had. When he had finished, there was nothing but an uncomfortable silence. No one applauded.
Suddenly, from the balcony, a little boy stood up and shouted, “Daddy, I think you are wonderful!” The crowd broke into thunderous applause.

REFLECTION: We all need people in our Lives who are willing to stand up once in a while and say, “I think you are wonderful.”

By indian-admin on 27-12-2017

Parable of the King’s Parrot

Once upon a time, there was a rich and very beloved king, who used to visit the neighboring kingdoms regularly to maintain good relations with the other monarchs. During the meetings between the kings, it was customary to exchange gifts, and the kindly king always arrived with full hands and returned to his kingdom with even fuller hands.

During a visit to a neighboring kingdom, the King was given two beautiful parrots, which had come from faraway magical forests, or so he was told. “These parrots need a natural environment to grow and flourish,” they explained to the king, so when he returned to his kingdom he set up a huge garden with landscaped vegetation, clear lakes, and high waterfalls.

As the time passed, the parrots grew, and one of them even began to fly around the garden regularly, but the other parrot remained on the branch on which he had stood from his first day in the garden, refusing to leave it.
The King had invited thousands of professional parrot trainers from all over the kingdom and the neighboring kingdoms, and they had done their best to make the lazy parrot fly, but no matter what they tried, the parrot would not budge.

The King’s advisers advised him to publish an advert, promising one thousand gold coins to whoever managed to make the lazy parrot fly. The King agreed, and that’s exactly what he did.

The next morning a simple farmer arrived at the King’s palace and claimed he could make the parrot leave his branch and fly. The King was very wary, he did not understand what a simple peasant could know about parrot training that the royal parrot trainers did not.

However, on that day, while the King was walking in the garden, he saw two parrots fly through the air, one of them being the lazy parrot who had not previously agreed to leave its branch. The King summoned the farmer immediately and asked him, “How did you make my lazy parrot leave its branch and fly?”

The farmer replied, “It was very easy, Your Excellency, I just cut the branch on which it sat.”
This parable teaches us that, like the parrot, we all have the ability to succeed and reach new heights, but it takes courage to deal with things that are unfamiliar to us or that frighten us. We must free ourselves from our branch – our comfort zone – to explore new possibilities for success and discover what our true capabilities are. Until that happens, we will not be able to spread our wings and fly.

By indian-admin on 20-12-2017

The Potential of a Match

One match saved the lives of 12 shipwrecked Polynesian sailors stranded for 3 months on a barren Pacific reef, 325 miles south of the Fiji Islands.

After their 50-foot boat struck a reef and sank, all they managed to salvage were a few dozen cans of food, an aluminum pot, a kettle, a rubber tube and one match. Their water supplies were lost and there was no fresh water on the reef. If they could boil sea water in the pot, channel it through the tube into the kettle, where it would be condensed into drinking water, they could survive.

Everything depended on the one match to light the fire. Would it light? It did; and they had all the water they needed. They guarded the fire day and night, and it was still burning three months later, when finally they were rescued.
_ James Keller

By indian-admin on 17-12-2017

Few Words

In the famous movie “Mass Appeal” Jack Lemmon was playing an older priest who had been more interested in pleasing his people than God, but, then, had a conversion.

So this Sunday he stands up and begins: “My homily this morning will be exactly 30 seconds long. That’s the shortest homily that I’ve ever preached in my life, but it’s also the most important homily I’ve ever preached. I want to make just three points.

First, millions of people in the world are hungry and homeless.
Second, most people in the world don’t give a damn about that.
Third, many of you are more disturbed by the fact that I just said damn in the pulpit than by the fact that I said that there are millions of hungry and homeless people in the world.”

With that, he made the sign of the cross and sat down.

‘To call the spade, a spade’ you don’t need a lot of words, but courage.

By indian-admin on 15-12-2017

Balance of Nature

The Department of Agriculture decreed that since sparrows were a threat to the harvest, they had to be done away with.

So they were. And as a result swarms of insects, which sparrows normally keep under control, descended upon the fields and ate them bare.

Then the government found a solution for this: costly insecticides. These chemicals made foodstuffs more expensive but also proved harmful to health.

All too late did people come to realize that though the sparrows had lived off the grain in the fields, they also kept the food healthy and cheap.

-Tony de Mello

By indian-admin on 11-12-2017

Misery Dinner

Leo Buscaglia, the noted lecturer from the University of Southern California, once told a story about his mother that I particularly enjoyed. It concerned what he called the family “misery dinner” – a dinner arranged by his mother after the family had received some
especially bad news “Papa came home one evening, gathered us together and said that his partner had absconded with everything and that he was going to have to go into bankruptcy,” Buscaglia said.

The next day, Buscaglia related, “My mother went out and sold some jewelry and when my dad came home, again despondent, and all of us came home really wondering if we’d eat, we had the most incredible dinner. It was like a Christmas dinner.”

The senior Buscaglia thought his wife was insane and sharply demanded, “what’s the matter? You go crazy?”

Mrs Buscaglia’s rejoinder was, “The time for joy is now, when we need it, not next week.”

With that, the family began to pull together. A daughter said she would work overtime. Buscaglia himself, still a youngster, offered to sell magazines. Instead of despondency, the mood became one of, “We’ll make it.” All because of the wisdom of a loving mother.
– James Keller

By indian-admin on 10-12-2017

Stuck in the Mud

Peter liked to hike around in the woods, especially with his father, who could explain so many things they saw. So they both went out for another hike, only this time the whole area was muddy because it had rained during the night. But they were prepared: they wore their rubber boots.

As they trudged along, more and more mud caked onto their boots so that their feet looked like two big blobs of mud.

After a bit, Peter was forced to stop. “I can’t go any farther,” he said, “My feet are too heavy.”

“No wonder,” his father said. “Your rubber boots are caked with mud; we can’t go on like this. We’ll have to get that mud off our boots.”

So at the next little stream Peter washed the caked clay off his boots, then walking became easier again.

Reflection: It is the same with our spiritual life too. As we trudge along it is almost inevitable that we become dirty. We need to cleanse ourselves frequently.

By indian-admin on 09-12-2017

The Magic of a Word

A young knight went off to school to train in the art of handling weapons and of self-defense. He did not show any special enthusiasm for these knightly skills and also gave the impression that he lacked bravery. His instructor devoted a lot of time teaching him the art of slaying dragons. At first they were paper dragons, then cardboard dragons, and finally wooden dragons. He was a good student and within a short time learned the art of hacking off the heads of dragons with one swift stroke.

One day the trainer told the knight that he was now ready to go out and kill real dragons. But the very thought of meeting a real dragon frightened the knight. In order to build up his courage, the trainer gave the knight a magic word to take along. If he met a dragon, all he had to do was pronounce that magic word and the dragon would become helpless. So the knight went out into the real world and became a famous dragon killer.

He was fearless. Then one day, after spending the night at the pub, the knight wanted to go home and when he stepped outside, he met a dragon. With his mind foggy from wine, he could not remember the magic word. But he had to fight anyway and managed to slay the dragon. When he next met his instructor, he told him what had happened.

The instructor smiled and informed him that that was exactly how he had killed all the other dragons, too. The magic word had nothing magic about it. Its purpose was only to give the knight self-confidence.

On hearing that, the knight’s face went white with fright when he recalled how many close calls he had been through when he was out there slaying the dragons. The truth about the magic word, which really was not magic, overwhelmed him so much that that night in fright he crawled deep under his bed covers and pulled his knees up to his chin.

The next day he met his fifty-first dragon. He never came out of that fight alive.
– Kurt Eisenbarth

By indian-admin on 09-12-2017