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Two Beggars

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

There was once a Muslim mendicant, Makdun. Makdun used to roam from one place to another, all the time praying and meditating. Even while walking along the street he would be praying and meditating. He was very poor and depended entirely on the generosity of good and kindhearted people for his material needs. One day […]

Two monks – Don’t think bad even in mind

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Two traveling monks reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other bank. She thanked him […]

Gateway to Hell and Heaven – A parable of Sri Ramakrishna

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Two friends were on the way. As they were moving across the nasty place filled with prostitutes, one of them had a desire to spend a night indulging himself in physical pleasure. The other one was given this idea to which he denied, and told his friend not do so. They both parted, one going […]

Donkey in the well – A parable of life

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, hat the well needed to be covered anyway and that it just wasn’t worth retrieving the donkey. So he invited all his […]

Gautama and the Elephant

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The ancients say that God has a way of testing great persons he has taken note of. He can put on any shape he wishes, and you will see how this happens in this story from the Mahabharata, India’s master-classic. In a forest hermitage there lived a gentle, self-controlled hermit named Gautama (not Gautama Buddha). […]

Shiva the Fisherman

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Do you know what Lord Shiva does most of the time? Believe it or not, much of it is spent sitting in the Himalayan mountains on his tigerskin, teaching the Vedas to his wife, Parvati. Now do you see? What does it show? It shows that from the very beginnings of Indian culture, women had […]

One Good Turn Deserves Another – Mahabharata

Monday, October 11th, 2010

In one of India’s little kingdoms of long ago there lived a King who (like most of them) was fond of hunting in wild places. His Chief Advisor was a very intelligent man, and also a very optimistic one. He was famous for seeing the rosy side of things. In fact, so strong was his […]

By the Will of God – Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna

Monday, October 11th, 2010

In a certain village in India there lived a weaver, making his living by designing and selling fine fabrics. He was very religious. Everyone knew it, trusted him and loved him. At the market, when a customer asked the price of a cloth, he would say, “By the will of God, the price of the […]

Real Scholar – Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna

Monday, October 11th, 2010

In ancient India there lived a certain wise king. One day a pandit (scholar and teacher) who had studied many scriptures and holy books came to the palace and asked to see the king. “Your Majesty,” said he, “I should like it very much if you would permit me to teach you the Bhagavatam, the […]

He Who Loves, Owns

Monday, October 11th, 2010

You probably know about the Buddha, that when he was just a boy he was kept inside the palace grounds by his father, the King, who strictly controlled what he was allowed to see. This was because his father had heard a fortune-teller say that the boy might become a wandering monk. And that was […]