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'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.

Contentment

Once there was a king who used to regularly take the advice of a sage. One day the king asked the sage as to how to get rid of his anxiety and depression as he was not feeling well in body and mind.
The sage closed his eyes and thought for a moment and then replied; “There is only one cure for your sickness. The king must sleep one night in the shirt of a perfectly happy man.”
Messengers were sent to every nook and corner of the country to search for the “happy man’, but none could be found. Every seemingly happy man had some misery that had robbed him of complete happiness.
At long last the search was successful, and the messengers found a man who was perfectly happy. He was a beggar. They explained to him the situation and wanted to procure his shirt at any cost to cure their king. The beggar burst out into laughter, saying, “I don’t have a shirt.”

By indian-admin on 11-10-2017

The Best Way To Prayer

A priest, a minister and a guru sat discussing the best positions for prayer, while a telephone repairman worked nearby.
“Kneeling is definitely the best way to pray,” the priest said.
“No,” said the minister. “I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven.”
“You’re both wrong,” the guru said. “The most effective prayer position is lying down on the floor.”
The repairman could contain himself no longer.
“Hey, fellas,” he interrupted. “The best praying’ I ever did was when I was hanging’ upside down from a telephone pole.”

By indian-admin on 10-10-2017

Little drops of water create the torrent

Two strangers approached a Zen master with sorrow in their hearts. ‘We have done wrong. Our conscience is troubled. How do we wash away our guilt?” They told the Master.
The first man said, “I have committed a great crime.”
“What about you?” asked the Master to the other man. “I have done many wrong things, but they are all small.” Said the second man.
The Master reflected for a while before answering them and then told them, “You go and bring me a stone for each of your sins.”
After a while the first man returned struggling under the weight of a huge boulder, and deposited it at the feet of the Master. In the mean time the second man also came back carrying a bag of pebbles.
“Now take these stones and put them back where you found them.” Counseled the Master. Once again the first man shouldered the rock and staggered back to where he had found the rock. But the second man found the task impossible.
Then the wise man told them, “If one has committed a serious wrong, it lies like a heavy stone on his conscience. But when he is really sorry, he is forgiven the and the load is taken away. But if one commits small faults, and does not bother about his conscience, he is not likely to feel the burden of his guilt. That will gradually lead him to greater evil.”

Little wrongs, overlooked, can steadily lead us to grave ones, as little by little our conscience becomes calloused. Gradually we loose the strength and courage straighten up. Going wrong and then coming back straight is rather difficult.

By indian-admin on 09-10-2017

Use Your Talents

“Holy man,” said a novice to Father Abbot, “my heart is full of love for the world and my soul is free of temptations from the devil. What is my next step?”
The Abbot asked the young man to accompany him on a visit to a sick person who needed the ‘anointing of the sick.’ While comforting the family, the Abbot noticed a trunk in a corner of the house.
“What is it?’ asked the Abbot. “It is clothes,” replied the son, that my father never used. He bought nice clothes, always thinking that the right occasion would arise to wear them. But he never wore them. They ended up rotting in that truck.”
“Don’t forget that trunk,” said the venerable Abbot to the young man, as they left the house.

Comment: Be aware of the good gifts you are endowed with and be sure to make use of them for the good of your neighbour and for your own spiritual growth. Left to themselves they will rote away like the good clothes in the trunk.

By indian-admin on 22-09-2017

Obstinacy

One sunny summer day four rabbis are having a discussion on some part of the Torah. Three agree on one explanation but the fourth one differs. Being tired of this conversation he raises his arms and says, “God, give me a sign to prove that I’m right!”

Suddenly, thunder clouds appear out of nowhere and cover the sky. The three other rabbis think for a while and say, “Nah, that’s just a coincidence”

So, the dissenting rabbi raises his hands again and screams, “God, please give these thickheads more proof that I’m right!”

Suddenly, a thunderbolt strikes a tree just in front of them but three rabbis say, “Well, there’s always lightning coming with thunder, it still must be a coincidence.”

So, the rabbi raises his hands for the third time and says, “Oh, God, they are so stupid but you know I’m right, please give them a sign even they would understand.”

Suddenly, a hole appears in the clouds right above them, bright light comes through it on to the ground and a thunder like voice from above says, “HE IS RIGHT!”

The other rabbis think for a while and then say, “Well, still it’s three against two…”

Comment: When one does not have an open mind, no amount of signs and proofs can help. He is doomed with his tunnel vision.

By indian-admin on 07-09-2017

Forewarned is Forearmed

Many years ago, native Indian youths would go away in solitude on what is called a vision quest to prepare for manhood. One such youth hiked into a beautiful valley, green with trees and bright with flowers. There he fasted and prayed. But on the third day, as he looked up at the mountains, he noticed one tall rugged peak, capped with dazzling snow.

“I will test myself against that mountain,” he said to himself. He put on his buckskin shirt, threw his blanket over his shoulders and set off to climb the peak. When he reached the top, he gazed out from the rim of the world. He could see forever and his heart swelled with pride. Then he heard a rustle of leaves at his feet, and looking down, he saw a slithering snake. Before he could move, the snake spoke.

“I am about to die,” whispered the snake. “It is too cold for me up here; I’m freezing. There is no food and I am starving. Put me under your shirt where I will be warm and take me down to the valley.”

“No way,” said the youth. “I’m forewarned. I know your kind. You are a rattlesnake. If I pick you up, you will bite, and your bite will kill me.”

“No, not so,” said the snake. “I will treat you differently. If you do this for me, you will be special to me, and I will not harm you.”

The youth resisted a while, but this was a very persuasive snake with beautiful diamond markings. At last the youth tucked the snake under his buckskin shirt and carried it down to the valley. There he placed it gently on the grass. Suddenly the snake coiled, rattled and struck, biting the youth on the leg.

“But you promised….” Cried the youth.

“You were forewarned, you said, and you knew what I was when you picked me up,” said the snake and slithered away.

Forewarned should be forearmed. But the youth eventually succumbed to the persuasion and the beauty of the snake. When he picked up the snake, he must have said to himself, “may be other snakes, but not this one. I should know better.” That is exactly what happens to us when we succumb too. “I know better.”

By indian-admin on 01-09-2017

Hasty Conclusions

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest, and they themselves lay down on the floor of the veranda.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears.  Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel how could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him, she accused. The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.

“Things aren’t always what they seem,” the older angel replied.

“When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it.”

“Then last night as we slept in the farmer’s bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren’t always what they seem.”

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out exactly the way you want or like. You just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You just might not know it until sometime later, or even never, You need to trust HIM, for He is a LOVING FATHER. Sure, it is not easy always; it takes a very strong faith.

By indian-admin on 23-08-2017

Two Buckets in the Well

Two buckets met at the well. One of them looked morose. “What is the trouble?’ asked the second bucket sympathetically. 

“Oh! Replied the first, gloomy bucket, “I get so weary of being dragged to this well. No matter how full I am, I always come back here empty.” 

The second bucket laughed. “How curious!” the second bucket chuckled, “I always come here empty and go back full.”

Comment: 

Many a good person shares the view of the first bucket as far as frequent religious practices or spiritual direction are concerned. We find them dreary. If only we would realize how empty we go for them and how full we return!

By indian-admin on 01-08-2017

Be a Believer to be an Achiever

A professor stood before his class of 30 senior molecular biology students, about to pass out the final exam. ‘I have been privileged to be your instructor this semester, and I know how hard you have all worked to prepare for this test. I also know most of you are off to medical school or grad school next fall,’ he said to them.

‘I am well aware of how much pressure you are under to keep your GPAs up, and because I know you are all capable of understanding this material, I am prepared to offer an automatic ‘B’ to anyone who would prefer not to take the final.’

The relief was audible as a number of students jumped up to thank the professor and departed from class. The professor looked at the handful of students who remained, and offered again, ‘Any other takers? This is your last opportunity.’ One more student decided to go.

Seven students remained. The professor closed the door and took attendance. Then he handed out the final exam. There were two sentences typed on the paper:

‘Congratulations, you have just received an ‘A’ in this class. Keep believing in yourself.’

Comment: It’s the kind of test that any teacher in any discipline could and should give. Students who don’t have confidence in what they’ve learned are ‘B’ students at best. The same is true for students of real life. The ‘A’ students are those who believe in what they’re doing because they’ve learned from both successes and failures. They’ve absorbed life’s lessons, whether from formal education or the school of hard knocks, and become better people. Without faith in yourself and others, success is impossible.  Believe in yourself, even when no one else does.

By indian-admin on 28-07-2017

The Elephant Rope

As a man visiting a circus was passing through the area of the elephants, when he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Comment: Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

By indian-admin on 25-07-2017