Search Inside or Outside?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

  A famous Sufi mystic, Rabiya, was searching for something on the street outsider her small hut. The sun was setting and darkness was descending, as few people gathered around her. “What have you lost? What are you searching for?  Perhaps we can help,” they said to Rabiya. Rabiya said, “I have lost my needle.” One […]

Parable Of The Crow On The House-Top

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Aman came to a village and asked another man standing at the crossroads: “Friend, which is the house of Mr. Iyer?” “See that house on the top of which a crow is sitting. That is the house of Mr. Iyer,” replied the second man. The first one went away. He returned after a week and […]

Parable Of The Advocate’s Turban

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

An advocate was leaving the house in order to go to the Court. Just as he stepped on the road, he found that his turban was loose and as he took the next step, it collapsed. The entire length of the turban-cloth lay on the ground. He started tying it up again on his head. […]

Parable Of The Door-Mat

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

A man was hurriedly entering the neighbour’s house. He found at the threshold a colourful door-mat with the word ‘Welcome’ written on it. With callous ease he stepped on it with a proud stride. The door-mat slipped from its place, and the man fell down on his back, at the same time kicking the door-mat […]

Parable Of The Weeds In The Field

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

A man sowed paddy in his fields. To his surprise he discovered after a week that though the paddy-crop had come up, there was a more abundant growth of weeds in the field. He wondered: “I have not sown any seeds for these weeds!” The seeds were there latent in the earth. When the farmer […]

Parable Of The Man In The Python’s Mouth

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Two men were walking along the jungle-path. One man was going a furlong ahead of the other. The man walking ahead was suddenly caught hold of by a huge python which was swallowing him. The other man hesitated and stood where he was. The first man, with half his body swallowed by the python began […]

Parable Of The Two Travelers – Swami Sivananda

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Two men were travelling along a village road. One man gave out a cry, caught hold of his foot and sat down. He was in pain. A big thorn had entered his foot. He was unable even to lift it. The other man went ahead and then began shouting at the former: “You fool, it […]

Parable Of The Tailor’s Needle

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Parable Of The Tailor’s Needle A tailor was at work. He took a piece of cloth and with a pair of shining, costly, scissors, he cut the cloth into various bits. Then he put the pair of scissors at his feet. Then he took a small needle and thread and started to sew the bits […]

Parable Of The Poor Man And His Treasure-Trove

Monday, March 31st, 2014

There was a poor man in a village who had an all-consuming desire to become rich. God took the form of a fortune-teller and told the poor man: “O man, dig a pit near the wall at the back of your house. You will find a rich treasure-trove in it.” The poor man rejoiced greatly […]

Parable Of The Koshakara Bird by Swami Sivananda

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The Koshakara bird lives inside the trunk of the tree. It bores a hole along the branch and builds its strong nest close to the bark. In order not to leave any room for invasion by any other creature, the bird goes on strengthening the nest on all sides, and leaves absolutely not a pin-hole […]