Monday Musings

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It’s You

One day when all the employees reached the office, they saw a big notice on the door in which it was written: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym”. In the beginning, they all got sad for the death of one of their colleagues, but after a while they started getting curious to know who was that man who hindered the growth of his colleagues and the company itself.

The excitement in the gym was such that security agents were ordered to control the crowd within the room. The more people reached the coffin, the more the excitement heated up. Everyone thought: “Who is this
guy who was hindering my progress? Well, at least he died!” One by one the thrilled employees got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside it they suddenly became speechless. They stood nearby the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.

There was a mirror inside the coffin: everyone who looked inside it could see himself.

There was also a sign next to the mirror that said: “There is only one person who is capable of hindering your growth in this company: it is YOU.”

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 16-08-2017
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Suicide – The Common Killer

Suicide has become a common killer today. Reports suggest that nearly 1 million people worldwide commit suicide each year. And
those who attempt to commit suicide number anywhere from 10 million to 20 million annually. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people 10-24 years of age. Suicide is the process of purposely ending one’s own life. In some societies suicide attempt is considered a crime. However, in most cultures and religious traditions, killing oneself is considered negative, immoral and
even sinful. It also brings far reaching repercussions and untold grief, guilt and shame to the immediate family and friends of the one who killed himself/herself.

People today develop suicidal tendency, as they identify themselves with a materialistic society where success is measured in terms of recognition, wealth and power. When these are threatened or denied, they lose meaning for life. Real or imagined losses can trigger suicidal thoughts, especially among the youngsters. Break up of a relationship, loss of a friend or a family member, some mental illness, extreme disillusionment with oneself for some failure in life, monetary losses, poverty, etc., can lead a person to taking his/her life. Human mind is a delicate faculty and it does not need much to lose its balance, especially if it is not trained to be strong and happy. However, most cases of suicide are preventable by taking effective precautionary measures. Those who undergo stress and emotional struggles due to failures and losses as well as those with mental illness need strong support system. They need to have someone like a trusted friend, a parent, a sibling, a counsellor, a spiritual advisor to talk to and share their
concerns. If they show some warning symptoms, it is important to prescribe professional treatment.

The best and most effective preventive system for suicide is a happy and united family. This, of course, is not to deny the
suicide incidents among people who live with strong family ties. It is possible that even while living in an intact family, one can lose hope and meaning for life. However today there is no better system in existence than a family that shares, supports, encourages and prays together. It is in and through family that children learn the values of life, faith in God, spiritual practices and hope for life which are essential for a happy life.

God is the author of life. He alone has the right to take life away in the manner and time he decides. Through belief in God we
understand that life is precious and it is worth living.

Suicide is an act of self centeredness. Taking away one’s life is in a way running away from others and showing disregard for their
feelings and needs. Conversely, to be other-centred, to be sensitive and helpful to others and to be involved in the affairs and problems of the society are sure insulations against suicidal tendencies.

A person with good habits such as wholesome reading, sports and personal prayer are less likely to harbour suicidal thoughts ever in life. “The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be
greater than our suffering.” Ben Okri, Nigerian Writer.

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 05-07-2017
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The Death of a Man

A great warrior did not return from the hunt. His family finally gave him up for dead. His youngest child but each day would ask, “Where is my father? Where is my father?”

The child’s older brothers, who were magicians, finally went forth to find him. They came upon his broken spear and a pile of bones. The first son assembled the bones into a skeleton; the second son put flesh upon the bones; the third son breathed life into the flesh.

The warrior arose and walked into the village where there was great celebration. He said,

“I will give a fine gift to the one who has brought me back to life.”

Each one of his sons cried out, “Give it to me, for I have done the most.”

“I will give the gift to my youngest child,” said the warrior.

“For it is this child, who saved my life. A man is never truly dead until he is forgotten!”

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 20-06-2017
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The smart way to catch Burglars

 It was late and Charlie was about to climb into bed when his wife informed him that there was a light on in their garden shed. Charlie started to go outside to turn off the light but noticed some people in the shed who were busy stealing his things.He ran back inside right away and called the cops, who asked him “Are there any intruders in your house?” to which Charlie replied no and explained his circumstances. The cops told Charlie that all patrol cars were otherwise occupied, and that he should just lock his door and a uniformed cop would be at his house when one was free.Charlie answered, “Alright,” hung up, waited 30 seconds, and then called the cops again.”Hello, I just called a short while ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. I want to let you know that they're not a problem anymore because I've just shot every one of them.”Charlie then hung up the phone. In five short minutes, three patrol cars, a SWAT team, and an ambulance arrived, and Of course, the cops caught the burglars in the act.One of the cops snapped at Charlie: “I thought you said that you shot every one of them!””I thought you said there were no patrol cars free!” Charlie answered.

By Admin on 31-07-2011
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War of Words


A king sent a
message to the ruler of a neighboring country. The message read: “Send me
a blue diamond as large as a pigeon's egg or else…”

 The king on getting
the message wrote back: “We don't have such a diamond and if we
had…”

The first king got
very angry and declared war on his neighbor. The fighting went on for several
months till a third king arranged a meeting between the two warring rulers. So
they met and the first king said to the other: “What did you mean when you
said, 'Send me a blue diamond as large as a pigeon's egg or else…'?”

“Why,” he replied, “I meant a blue diamond as large as a
pigeon's egg or else… some other diamond. I love diamonds. But what did you
mean when you said, 'We don't have such a diamond and if we had-'?”

“It is easy to guess my meaning,” said the other man. “What I
wanted to say was, if we had such a diamond we would have gladly sent it to
you.”

The Kings pledged
to write more clearly in future communications and embraced and made peace.

 

By Admin on 21-09-2010
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Bearded Fool


A man, reading a
book by candle-light, came across a sentence which stated that men with long
beards were fools. This distressed the man because he had a long beard himself.
He had always thought the beard made him look scholarly and dignified, but now
he began to wonder if perhaps he had not been laboring under a delusion.  

He decided to do
away with the beard there and then and gathering it up in his hands, held the
tip to the candle flame. It caught fire and burnt faster than he had expected.
In a moment the beard was all gone. Then a spark leapt up into the hair on his
head and before he knew what was happening, the hair on his head was reduced to
ash.

 His cry of alarm brought his neighbors
running. They were shocked to see his scorched face and the smoke curling up
from his head.

“What
happened?” they asked, dowsing him with water.

 “Whatever was to have happened, has
happened,” said the man, sadly. “I read that men with long beards
were fools and I behaved like one.”

By Admin on 14-09-2010
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Pleasant Truth

Jyeshthadevi,
goddess of poverty, and Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, once had an argument about
who was more beautiful. As they were arguing, they saw a merchant coming
towards them and decided to ask him to settle the matter. The merchant was
filled with awe when they told him who they were, but he turned pale when they
told him what they wanted him to do. It was plain to him that Lakshmi was the
more beautiful of the two, but how could he tell Jyeshthadevi that? She would
be furious and would probably reduce him to poverty.

But he was a clever
man and quickly gathering his wits, said: “O Lakshmi, you are more
beautiful than any other woman on earth or in heaven when you're entering a
house, but you, O Jyeshthadevi, words fail to describe your grace and elegance
when you are leaving. There is none to compare with you in beauty then.”

It was a judgment
that pleased both the contestants because each thought she had been adjudged
the winner. But the real winner, of course, was the merchant. He had won the
favour of the goddess of plenty without displeasing her powerful rival!!

By Admin on 07-09-2010
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Same Crime, Three Punishments

A
man was caught stealing a bag of onions and 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 said he would eat the onions. He began 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.”
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, finally. “I’ll 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.

Speaking
without thinking might double your troubles.  

By Admin on 31-08-2010
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Monkey Fast

A group of monkeys
decided to go on a fast one day. 

“Before we begin, I
think we should keep the food with which we’ll break the fast ready,”
counselled the old monkey chief. The youngsters were sent in search of food.
They returned with huge hands of delicious-looking bananas.

“I think each of us
should keep our share of bananas with us before we begin our fast, so that we
don’t spend time distributing them after we break our fast. You can imagine how
hungry we all will be by then!” said the chief’s wife. 

The monkeys liked
the idea and they collected their share of the bananas. 

“Why don’t we peel
one banana and keep it ready to eat?” said one of the youngsters.

“Yes, let’s do
that,” shouted a fat monkey in agreement. Just looking at the bananas was
making him hungry.

“All right,” said
the monkey chief. “We shall peel the bananas but under no condition should we
eat them.” All the monkeys peeled their bananas and carefully kept them ready
for eating in the evening.  “Can I keep the banana in my mouth? I promise not to eat it till evening.
Please!” a little monkey asked his father.

“Why don’t we all
put a banana in our mouth? That way we can chew it immediately when we break
the fast,” said his father. “As long as we don’t eat it, it should be fine,” he
added. 

So, the monkeys put
the bananas in their mouths. One by one they eyed each other uncomfortably as
they began their fast.

Within no time at
all, the bananas disappeared down their gullets. 

By Admin on 24-08-2010
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Getting Convinced

There was once a
king who was so cruel and unjust that his subjects yearned for his death or
dethronement. However, one day he surprised them all by announcing that he had
decided to turn over a new leaf. “No more cruelty, no more injustice,” he
promised, and he was as good as his word.

He became known as
the ‘Gentle Monarch’. Months after his transformation one of his ministers
plucked up enough courage to ask him what had brought about his change of
heart, and the king answered:

“As I was galloping
through my forests I caught sight of a fox being chased by a hound. The fox
escaped into his hole but not before the hound had bitten into its leg and
lamed it for life. Later I rode into a village and saw the same hound there. It
was barking at a man. Even as I watched, the man picked up a huge stone and
flung it at the dog, breaking its leg. The man had not gone far when he was
kicked by a horse. His knee was shattered and he fell to the ground, disabled
for life. The horse began to run but it fell into a hole and broke its leg.
Reflecting on all that had happened, I thought: ‘Evil begets evil. If I
continue in my evil ways, I will surely be overtaken by evil’. So I decided to
change”.

The minister went
away convinced that the time was ripe to overthrow the king and seize the
throne. Immersed in thought, he did not see the steps in front of him and fell,
breaking his neck. 

By Admin on 17-08-2010