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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 River

Once a group of Chinese students asked their wise old teacher why he would sometimes just stand at the river’s edge for a longer time and stare at the water. What did he see there?

He did not immediately answer. Nor did he look away from the continuously flowing stream. Finally he spoke up, “Flowing water teaches us how to live: “Wherever it flows it brings life and shares itself with everyone who needs it. A river is kind and generous.”

“It knows how to level off the unevenness of the landscape. It is just and fair. It throws itself over cliffs into the depths of the valley without even slowing down. It is courageous.”

“Its surface is flat and smooth, but underneath it can hide churning currents. A river is wise.”

“It flows around rocks that hinder its progress. A river is tolerant. But at the same time it works day and night to get that hindrance out of its way. A river is tireless No matter how many windings and detours it must make, it never loses sight of its goal: the sea. A river is single-minded. A river is able to keep renewing itself.”

“These are my reasons for staring at the flowing river. It teaches me to live correctly.”
_ Johannes Thiele

By indian-admin on 01-12-2017

Someone Has to Start Somewhere

One day I went walking with a good acquaintance of mine. He is an upstanding gentleman with a director’s position in a large company. We sat down on one of the park benches to catch a few breaths. As we sat, my friend noticed that a young lady sitting on the bench opposite ours thoughtlessly threw onto the park footpath the little carton which had contained the powdered doughnuts she had just eaten.

He immediately stood up, went over to her, tipped his hat, and said, “Excuse me, please.” Then he bent down, picked up the carton and carried it to the trash bin.

The lady blushed, put the rest of her doughnuts in her carrying bag, stood up, and went on her way.

When my friend returned, somewhat irritated, he only said, “Somewhere, someone, sometime must start the process.

Joachim Wanke

By indian-admin on 30-11-2017

Who is richer than Bill Gates?

Someone asked Bill Gates, Is there any person richer than you?
He said, yes, only one. Many years ago, I had been dismissal and I had gone to New York airport. I read titles of newspapers there. I liked one of them and I want to buy it. But I didn’t have change (coin). I abandoned, suddenly, a black boy called me and told, “This newspaper for you.” I said, but I don’t have change. He said, “No problem, I give you free”.
After 3 months, I went there. Coincidentally, that story happened again and that same boy gave another free newspaper again. I said, I can’t accept. But he said, “I give you from my profit.”
After 19 years, I had been rich and I decided to find that boy. I found him after one and half months searching. I asked him, do you know me? He said, “Yes, you’re famous Bill Gates.”
I said, you gave me free newspaper in 2 times many years ago. Now, I want to compensate it. I am going to give you everything that you want. Black young man replied, “You can’t compensate it!”
I said, why? He said, “Because I gave you when I was poor. You want to give me when you are rich. So, how do you compensate?”
Bill Gates said, I think that black young man is richer than me.
Reflection: You don’t have to be rich or wait to be rich to give.

By indian-admin on 29-11-2017

Social Responsibility

World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.
One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.
His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.
The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenceless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.
Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.
Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.
Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.
This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.
A year later Butch was killed in an aerial combat at the age of 29. But his home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

By indian-admin on 07-11-2017

Nothing Happens by Chance

President Theodore Roosevelt was very near sighted and always carried two pairs of glasses, one for short sight and the other long. While speaking in Milwaukee during his last political campaign, he was shot by a man named Shrenk. Roosevelt was hurt, but was able to finish his speech uninterrupted.

Later while a surgeon was examining his wound, he discovered that the steel spectacle case in his vest pocket had deflected the bullet from hitting his heart. “That is remarkable,” said the President, “I have always considered it a nuisance to carry two pairs of glasses, and especially those thick heavy ones I kept in the metal case. Yet God used it to save my life.”

Note: Stories of this kind abound in history. Nothing happens by chance and everything has a purpose. And the Divinely intended purpose is always “for the good.”

By indian-admin on 21-10-2017

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