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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.

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

The Eagle and the Tortoise

An eagle and a tortoise had been friends for many years. One day the eagle said to his tortoise friend, “You know, it’s too bad that you are so small and slow. If, for example, my mother were to die suddenly, you would never make it in time for the wake.”

To which the tortoise answered, “In this life intelligence is worth more than both strength and size. You just tell me when your mother wants to join her ancestors, and I’ll be there immediately.”

The eagle just smiled but said nothing. When shortly thereafter his mother died, he sent a vulture to the tortoise to tell him the news.

The tortoise thanked the vulture for bringing the news and told him, “Fly back to the eagle and tell him that I’ll be coming soon. Then come back because in the meantime I want to get some presents ready. In case we don’t meet, take along this handbag; it contains everything.”

The vulture flew back to the eagle with the tortoise’s answer.

The eagle just hung his head and said. “1 just knew that that poor fellow wouldn’t come in time. And even when he insists that in this life intelligence is more important than size and strength, I know those are just empty words. Now I’d like to see that handbag of which you spoke, so go back and get it.”

So the vulture flew back to the tortoise, found the handbag in his cave, and he brought it to the eagle. “You see,” said the eagle with a sad smile, “the tortoise is not here yet. I knew he would not be able to come on time.”

He had hardly finished the sentence when the tortoise stuck its head out of the handbag.

Reflection: Often enough we hear people, who are otherwise in very bad shape, remark, “Thank God, the head is still okay.” “Intelligence is more important than anything else in life.”

By indian-admin on 07-12-2017

How to Conquer Fear

There was once a young man who was afraid of everyone and everything: of cars, of the darkness, of people and animals, and of the likes of you and me. But he wanted to be brave. So one day he went away to learn how to overcome his fear.

First he visited a pilot who was used to making long flights across the ocean. “A person doing something like that, surely can have no fear,” the boy said to himself. And so he asked the pilot, “Are you ever afraid?”

The pilot nodded his head and said, “Oh, yes. Sometimes I’m afraid that my radar will break down when I’m flying in the fog and I might end up against a mountain top. And sometimes I’m also afraid that someone might hide a bomb in my plane. Sometimes I also get afraid that I might get a heart attack while flying. And sometimes I just get
afraid and don’t know why.”

“What do you do about these different fears?” the lad wanted to know.

The pilot answered, “I just fly the best I can. I am careful, but I leave it at that; and just continue with my job.”

Then the boy went to see a racing car driver. He had driven on tracks where many another racer had been hurt. The boy asked him, “Do you ever get afraid?”

“Oh, yes,” he answered. “I fear that I might be carried off the track on a stretcher and my car will roll over and catch on fire. I am also afraid that I might collide with another car and both us drivers could be handicapped for life. I also fear the day when I’ll no longer be able to win …. and sometimes I’m afraid and don’t know why.”

At that the young man asked, “And what do you do in a case like that?”

The driver answered, “Well, I do everything to the best of my ability, and just keep on going.”

By indian-admin on 06-12-2017

The Little Dangers

At the foot of a cliff in the Colorado primeval forest lie the remains of a gigantic tree. Scientists say that it had stood there for more than 400 years. It had been a sapling when Columbus discovered San Salvador. It was not even half-grown when the Pilgrim Fathers settled at Plymouth Rock.

In its life time it had been struck by lightning 14 times; over the centuries numerous land slides and storms had assaulted it. But it bravely withstood them all. Finally the tree was attacked by an army of white ants or termites. They ate their way through its bark and gradually destroyed the tree from the inside by eating it hollow.
_ Dale Carnegie
Reflection: This giant of the forest, which the ravages of centuries could not destroy, which lightning could not shatter, finally collapsed under the onslaught of white ants, which are so small that a person can crush one to death between his fingers. Unless one is careful, even a very healthy person can be conquered by the seemingly small germs and viruses; so too the little defects, which we often do not take into account, can like the white ants in this story, by and by completely destroy us. Don’t Underestimate the Little Dangers – the so-called ‘venial sins’.

By indian-admin on 03-12-2017

Animals That Prophesy

Animals seem to have a special sensitivity to movements under the earth’s crust. That was shown in a special way on the occasion of a severe earthquake in the Moroccan city of Agadir on 29 February 1960.

The day before the catastrophe several hundred merchants had gathered in this port city at the edge of the desert because on the morrow the monthly market would begin. Each had brought along two or three donkeys laden with wares.

In the late afternoon of that day several of the animals became restless; by evening they could no longer be controlled. They broke away from their hitching posts, they tugged in a kind of panic at their bridles, they brayed in complaining tones. The handlers tried to quiet them, but even brutal beatings did not help. People thought there must be something extraordinary in the area ….. perhaps a great number of poisonous snakes. Finally the drivers had no choice but to move the donkeys to a spot a few kilometers outside the city, where a new night hostelry had recently been built. There peace and quiet returned to the donkeys.

In the early hours of the next morning began a continuous trembling of the earth which laid low every last dwelling in the city of Agadir and killed 12,000 inhabitants. The handlers bowed respectfully toward the donkeys that had saved their lives. Bonner Rundshau

By indian-admin on 02-12-2017