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I Give You Three Wishes

Monday, October 11th, 2010

A man in India who was very poor thought that he might be able to please God in the form of the image in a famous temple. If he succeeded, he would ask for a boon — a special favor. He used to take to the temple whatever he could scrape together — ripe fruits, […]

The Seven Jars – Arabian Nights

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Long ago there lived in Northern India a merchant whose wife had died and who went daily from his lonely house in the foothills to the town below, for buying and selling. “I must have a holiday,” he said to himself one day, and he began to climb up into the hills to enjoy the […]

Crossing the River – Ramayana

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Ravana, king of the demons, had an older brother who was a truly spiritual man, very unlike the rest of his family. Others came to him as a holy man; they knew his great devotion to Rama, whom he looked on as God in human form. One disciple of this older brother wanted very badly […]

Crossing the Waters – Sri Ramakrishna

Monday, October 11th, 2010

You must have heard that Jesus walked on water to save the drowning Peter, his disciple. There are many accounts in India of persons who walked over water in this way, due to their tremendous faith. This story is about a farmer’s daughter whose duty it was to carry fresh milk to customers in various […]

Yudhistira Svargarohana – Mahabharata

Monday, October 11th, 2010

King Yudhi-sthira, before he went to Heaven was given a look into it and there he saw a number of his enemies, and his heart burned. What were those villains doing in Heaven? They did not belong there at all! Then he was given a look into Hell. Standing at the gate he saw the […]

Sveta-ketu goes to school – Chandogya Upanishad

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Long ago in India, there was a boy named Sveta-ketu (shway-ta-kay-too). He was already twelve years old, but he had not yet gone to school. Probably he had no brothers or sisters and there was so much work for him to do at home, helping his parents, that there had been no way for him […]

What the thunder says – Chandogya Upanishad

Monday, October 11th, 2010

You’ve been in a storm — you know what thunder sounds like. But, do you know what the thunder is saying? Ages ago, in India, sages meditated on the thunder and they tell this story. When creation began, there was only the Creator. One of his names — the one in this story — is […]

Happiness – Chandogya Upanishad

Monday, October 11th, 2010

“Dad, everyone is looking for happiness. But what is meant by happiness?” This was one of the questions a wise boy in India, Sveta-ketu, put to his father many centuries ago. “One of the signs of happiness, son, is that a person who has it becomes active. A person who does not find happiness does […]

God behind the gods – Kenopanishad

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The gods and the demons had been having a war. Somehow the gods won, at least for the time being. But they did not realize that the power of Brahman, the Supreme Being, had made their victory possible. The gods took the credit themselves. When Brahman saw them congratulating each other, he decided to act, […]

Daksha Yagna

Friday, October 8th, 2010

There was a king named Prajapati Daksha and he had a daughter named Sati. She was married to Lord Shiva. Once Prajapati Daksha planned to make a big Yagna and invited all the Gods to take their part(Havis/Samit). But, he did not invited Lord Shiva. Sati came to know about the Yagna and she want […]