What is sacrifice mean to you? what is the most important thing you will sacrifice for others? Sacrifice brings happiness, pure happiness and a state of peaceful mind. Here is a story of complete self-sacrifice to enlighten you…
After the battle of Kurushetra five Pandava brothers performed a great sacrifice and made very large gifts to the poor. all people expressed amazement at the greatness and richness of sacrifice, and said that such a sacrifice the world had never seen before. But, after the ceremony, there came a little mongoose; half his body was golden and the other half was brown; and he began to roll on the sacrificial hall. He said to those around, ” You are all liars; this is no sacrifice.” “What!” they exclaimed, “you say this is no sacrifice; do you not know how money and jewels were poured out to the poor and everyone became rich and happy? This is the most wonderful sacrifice any man ever performed.” But the mongoose said, “There was once a little village, and in it there dwelt a poor Brahmin with his wife, his son, and his son’s wife. They were very poor and lived on small gifts made to them for preaching and teaching.
There came in that land a three years’ famine, and the poor Brahmin suffered more than ever. At last when the family had starved for days, the father luckily could brought little barley flour, which he had been fortunate enough to obtain, and he divided it into four parts, one for each member of the family. They prepared it for their meal, and just they were about to eat there was a knock at the door. The father opened it, and there stood a guest. Now in India a guest is a sacred person; he is a God for the time being, and must be treated as such. So the poor Brahmin said, ‘Come in, sir, you are welcome.’ He set before the guest his own portion of food, which the guest quickly ate and said, Oh sir you have killed me; I have been starving for ten days, and this little bit has but increased my hunger.’ Then the wife said to her husband, ‘give him my share’; but the husband said ‘not so.’ The wife however insisted , saying, ‘ Here is a poor man and it is our duty as householders to see that he is fed, and it is my duty as wife to give him my portion, seeing that you have no more to offer him.’ Then she gave her portion to the guest,z which he ate, and said he was still burning with hunger. So the son said, ‘Take my portion also, it is the duty of a son to help his father to fulfill his obligations.’ The guest ate that, but remained still unsatisfied; so the son’s wife gave him her portion also. That was sufficient, and the guest departed, blessing them. That night those four people died of starvation.
The mongoose continued, a few granules of that flour had fallen on the floor, and when I rolled my body on them, half of it became golden, as you see. Since then I have been travelling all over the world, hoping to find another sacrifice like that, but nowhere have I found one; nowhere else the other half of my body been turned into gold. That is why I say this is no sacrifice.”
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Once there was a very noble and able king in a kingdom. He was very empathetic towards his subjects and they loved him like their near and dear ones and respected him like god. He realized that integrity and truthfulness was the fundamental quality needed to be the ruler of a kingdom. Instead of choosing his own children as successor, he decided to select a man with the highest integrity and truthfulness from his kingdom to give him the throne.
He convened a meeting of all the young men in the kingdom and declared, “I have decided to choose one of you as my successor. I am giving one special seed to each of you today. Carry this seed to your home, plant it, water it and come back with the grown up plant exactly after one year from today. The successor of the throne will be judged on the basis of the growth of the plant.”
Among those young men who received the seed, there was a man named Ajay hailing from a very honest family. He went to home very enthusiastically and shared the whole story with his mother. She helped him get a pot, mud and strongly supported her son in his endeavors. The young Ajay carefully watered the plant and anxiously watched its growth.
Within a few weeks, his friends began to talk about the growth of plants from the seeds. Ajay was anxiously checking the seed, but nothing ever grew. Weeks after week passed away, but Ajay did not have the plant from the seed. He realized his failure, but had the heart to continue with his efforts.
Time and tide wait for none, One year had passed away and all the young men from the kingdom brought their plants for inspection and to judge by the king.
To his mother Ajay expressed his intent to keep away from the contest. But his mother urged him to move forward and participate in the contest and to be honest about what had happened. Ajay had great faith in his mother’s advice and went to the palace with the empty pot.
When Ajay arrived at the palace, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown up by other young men. They were beautiful with flower blossoming. Ajay put his empty pot on the floor in the last row so that the king may not notice his pot.
The king began to inspect the various plants and trees with flowers and fruits. Ajay felt embarrassed and hid the empty pot at the back. Suddenly the king’s sharp attention fell on the empty pot brought by Ajay at the back. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ajay was little bit nervous. The king asked his name. All the other men laughed at him and make fun. The king asked everyone to be silent.
The king then announced to the crowd, “Here is your new king! His name is Ajay!” Ajay could not believe it. Everyone was shocked at the king’s declaration as Ajay couldn’t even germinate the seed. The king clarified, “One year ago, I gave a seed to each one of you. I urged all of you to take the seed and grow a plant from it and bring it after one year. Please listen to me very carefully, ‘I intentionally gave a boiled seed to all of you which would never germinate.’ All of you, except Ajay brought to me plants laden with flowers and fruits. It clearly shows that all of you have falsely substituted the seed given by me which was not fit to germinate. Ajay is the only man of integrity and truthfulness to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new king after me.”
So, it is the life of integrity that prevails at last and enjoys the fruits of real success.
When a man whose marriage was in trouble sought his advice, the Master said, “You must learn to listen to your wife.”
The man took this advice to heart and returned after a month to say he had learned to listen to every word his wife was saying.
Said the Master with a smile, “Now go home and listen to every word she isn’t saying.”
A 25 year girl is travelling with her dad in a train. Suddenly she shouted her dad looking through the window…
“Look dad, the tress are going behind us!”
Dad give her a pleasant smile and the young couple sitting nearby them looked at the 25 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly she again exclaimed…
“Look dad, the cloud is running with us!”
This time the couple couldn’t resist and said the man: “Why you don’t take your girl to a good doctor?” At this the man smiled and said… “I did, and in fact we are just coming from the hospital, my daughter was blind from birth, she just got her eyes today.”
Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.
Henry Ford hired an efficiency expert to go through his plant. He said, “Find the nonproductive people. Tell me who they are, and I will fire them!” The expert made the rounds with his clipboard in hand and finally returned to Henry Ford’s office with his report. “I’ve found a problem with one of your administrators,” he said. “Every time I walked by, he was sitting with his feet propped up on the desk. The man never does a thing. I definitely think you should consider getting rid of him!”
When Henry Ford learned the name of the man the expert was referring to, Ford shook his head and said, “I can’t fire him. I pay that man to do nothing but think – and that’s what he’s doing.”
There was a few elephants tied with small ropes in their front legs. A man was passing by and was amazed at the fact that the elephants were not breaking off the ropes to get free themselves which they easily could do.
He waited for some time and saw a trainer preparing food for the elephants. He asked him for the reason behind such an obedient nature of the elephants. At this trainer told him that, we use same size of rope to tie an elephant when it is very young and small in size. Then they tries to break off the rope with great efforts. But they could not succeed and one day give up by losing hope. And they have the believe in their mind that they can never break off the rope and even do not try to do so.
In our life we have many unseen rope tied to us. We had believed or conditioned that we can’t break off the bond or rope to do certain things.
We have either didn’t tried at all or didn’t tried enoug. But we may be surprised to see certain progress in our life if we only try it to do.
In an ancient kingdom, there was a very wealthy and wise King. He was very clever too. One day he put a huge rock in the middle of the road and hid in the nearby bush. He wanted to see if anybody try to push it out of the road.
His wealthy merchants passed by the road without touching the stone. Then his soldiers came. Instead of pushing the stone aside they cursed and scolded the king for not properly maintaining the road.
The day passed by and now it was evening. A very lean and thin farmer was coming with his hands full of vegetables and a spade. When he saw the rock lying between the road he kept his things aside and began to push it. The rock was very heavy for him. But with great efforts be was able to get it out of road.
He was about to leave with his belongings when he saw a purse lying in the place where the rock was. He opened the purse and found it stuffed full of gold coins. And there was a letter written by the king that the coins belongs to the person who will remove the rock from the road.
Moral: In our life we will face many obstacles. We have to work very hard and never back off and remove the obstacles from our life. We have to remember that every obstacle also is an opportunity to improve our situation and we can learn from it.
A man was delivering a speech in a conference hall. There was five hundred people listening and watching him. Then he raised a hand with a 500 rupees note and said, “I want to give a man this note from you but you have to raise your hand”.
All the five hundred hand was raised. Suddenly he scrumpled the money with his and and said, ” now who want this note”? All the five hundred hand was rised.
Then he put the note on ground and trampled it with his shoe. And again he asked the same question, “who still need this note”? The note was crumpled and dirty.
All the people raised their hand.
With a pleasant smile the man said. “We all need this note because due to pressure, dirt and scrumble it’s value has not decreased. Likewise in our life we may fail many times, Destiny can scrumble us and may face many difficulties. But remember my dear friends that these circumstances do not make us lose our values. Remember always that we are precious gift of God and we have the power to overcome any situation”.
A little girl asked her mother, “why some of your hairs are grey mommy?
At this, mother show an opportunity to teach a lesson to her child. She told her, ” this is because of your bad works, the more you do bad things more my hair will become grey”.
For some time the girl pondered and said, ” now I know why grandmother’s all of the hairs are grey”.