Folk's Track

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
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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

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
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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
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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
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Fanaticism

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off.

So I ran over and said “Stop! Don’t do it!”

“Why shouldn’t I?” he said.

“Well, there’s so much to live for!” “Like what?”

“Well… are you religious?” He said,  “yes.”

I said, “Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?”

“Christian.”

“Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?

“Protestant.”

“Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?”

“Baptist”

“Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?”

“Baptist Church of God!”

“Me too! Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you reformed Baptist Church of God?”

“Reformed Baptist Church of God!”

“Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?”

He said, “Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!”

I said, “Scum! Die, heretic”, and pushed him off.

By Kaimlet on 09-08-2017

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

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