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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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 found a cocoon of a butterfly in his garden, he began to watch it carefully everyday. One day he saw that a small opening is appearing in the cocoon. He stand beside the cocoon and watched the butterfly for many hours as it was trying to come out from that little hole. It struggled hard but could not get out and for some time looked like it was stuck.
Therefore the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a scissor and cut the little hole bigger. The butterfly then came out easily with a small and swollen body, shriveled wings.
The man wait for hours to enlarge the wings of the butterfly to support it to fly. But that was never happened. The butterfly could never fly and have to crawl around for the rest of it’s life with tiny wings and a swollen body.
Though the man has a kind heart, he did not understand that he had restricted the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself out through the small hole is the natural way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings to prepare itself for flying when it come out from the cocoon.
Moral of the story: No matter how much we fail in life, we have to carry on our struggles by ourselves. Because our struggles are the way of learning things needed for us in our life and making us stronger. If we take help from others than we may be out from that particular struggle, but life is full of struggles, and other struggles will shatter us when we will be unable to do it by ourselves.