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THE CARPENTER

There was a carpenter, who had spent his life in working diligently, for his master. He was very skilled and efficient at his work. His master always praised him, for being a good worker. One day he decided, that he had worked long enough, so he should take retirement; when he voiced his thoughts to his master, the master tried to dissuade him from taking this decision. But, he had made up his min ...

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All This Will Come To An End

A king once decided to test the intelligence of his ministers. He announced in court that, he had heard of a very special bracelet, that made a happy man sad and a sad man happy, when he looked at it. The king declared a handsome prize to the person who could find the bracelet and bring it to him. The king knew that no such bracelet existed, but he wanted to see what his ministers did. The minist ...

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His Gaze

It was a long weekend, so Abhinav decided to take his wife and children to the hills for a holiday. His blind mother was to stay back alone in the house. She was quite used to looking after herself. So she did not mind being on her own. It was 3A.M. when the old lady got up to answer the call of nature. She had a weird feeling that some one was watching her. She called out ‘Who is it?’ But th ...

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GUIDANCE

Actually, this is not really a story. This is a beautiful interpretation of the word ‘guidance’, which I happened to come across. It is very aptly said that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. So too, reading between the lines or between the alphabets, as in this case requires a pure heart and insight. Read on. Looking carefully at the word ‘GUIDANCE’, we see dance at the end of it. ...

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THE GREEDY NEIGHBOUR

A poor family had gone without food for several days. They were starving, but their devotion to God was unsurpassed. They prayed to God, to show mercy. It so happened that an Angel passed by just then and heard their prayer. He appeared before them and gave them a box. The angel said, “This magic box has only two Laddoos(round shaped sweetmeat, yellow in colour) in it. You must take out only one ...

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The Greatest Daddy

Little Sonaal who was only five years old was praying before going to sleep. Mummy had taught him to say a prayer at bedtime, thanking the Lord for all he had given to him and also for begging forgiveness for all the wrongs committed during the day. As Daddy watched him pray, he heard the boy saying, “Dear God, thank you for loving me so much and giving me a great Dad and Mom. I’m sorry I hit ...

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The four wives

A king had four wives. He loved the fourth one the most. She was very beautiful and many a king would give anything to have her. He gifted her with the finest of robes and jewellery to wear. He fed her exotic fruits and delicacies prepared by the best chefs. But he always feared that she would leave him one day, because she was very vain and did not think much of the king. He loved the third quee ...

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Become a Master Mind (The Monkey Mind)

Once a lady of the house in a village, wanted to go to the market place. She had a monkey and a donkey as pets. She tied them both in front of her house and went to the market. The monkey as usual became restless and managed to remove the rope tied around him. He also untied the donkey. Both entered the house and ransacked the whole place, pulling down vessels, breaking pots, and what not! The ...

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THE BATTLE WITHIN

One evening an old man was sitting with his little grandson who was having his dinner. The boy said, “Grandpa, you look disturbed today, what is the matter with you.” The old man said, “Son, there is a battle going on in me, so I am feeling uncomfortable.” The little boy looked at him with eyes wide open and queried, “A battle, inside you?” “Yes son, you see there are two wolves ins ...

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BATHING IN THE GANGA

It is an ancient practice amongst the Hindus to take a holy bath in the River Ganga after getting a daughter married off or after completing one’s worldly responsibilities. It is said to be a symbolic purification of the physical self in the holy water to wash off the bad effects of any misdeeds committed by the individual. An old man had two sons. One day they said to him, “Father, you hav ...

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Hero Or Zero!

Many years ago there was a Gurukul in a forest in India. Bava was the favourite student of his teacher at the Gurukul Class. When he finished his education, he came to take leave of his teacher. The teacher blessed him and gave him a piece of paper on which he wrote the number 10. “Bava, my child,” he said, “I am very happy with you. You have my blessings. May you earn atleast Rs.10 every da ...

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The Miracle In The Sky

Founder’s Day was being celebrated in the School. The place was bubbling with activity. Numerous competitions had been organized for the children. There were competitions for singing, dancing, painting, photography etc. Excitement was at its peak. Little Supriya was only seven years old. She was fond of photography. In fact her father had gifted a camera this year to her, for her birthday. The ...

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Love Song

Karan’s mother was expecting her second baby. She had told Karan about it and he used to lay his ear on his mother’s stomach to listen for ‘baby sounds’. When the baby started kicking, he loved to put his hands on Mama’s tummy and feel the baby inside. Karan used to sing a lullaby to the baby every evening before he went to bed. When the baby girl was born, there was some complication a ...

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God’S Phone Call

It was 9 p.m. when the priest of a temple decided to call up his wife to inform her that due to some temple accounts that he was trying to sort out, he would be coming home much later. He dialed home, but after many rings he had to hang up because no one would answer the phone. Feeling concerned as to why his wife was not answering the phone, he called again after a few minutes. She immediately ca ...

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Arjun’s Bridge

Once, before the Mahabharta War, Lord Krishna was walking along the bank of the River Yamuna with Arjuna. Arjuna was thinking, “I am the greatest archer on this earth. I can even build a bridge of arrows across this huge river.” Then he thought, “Even Lord Rama couldn’t build a bridge across the ocean, he had to seek help from the monkeys. I am even greater than Lord Rama.” Krishna sens ...

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God Heard You

A Brahmin was delivering a discourse on the importance of reciting prayers in the praise of the Lord. A large number of people were listening. The Brahmin laid stress on the importance of praying, singing and reciting bhajans, talking politely etc. A young man, called Gopa, got up and said rudely, "Panditji, what proof do you have that this so called God of yours, listens to our prayers? These ar ...

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Heaven Or Hell

A man requested God to allow him to have a glimpse of Heaven and that of Hell too. God said, “Alright, my Angel shall show you both through the windows, for no one is allowed to enter either, till he dies.” The man with the special permission stood outside a window accompanied by an angel. He saw many people inside. They had no elbows. Their arm bones were single and straight, right from the ...

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Choice Of Words

There once lived a man who had five sons. The eldest son was very fond of having his palm ‘read’ by palmists and astrologers. He would invite astrologers of repute and ask them to predict his future. One day a palmist, ‘read’ the lines of his palm and said, “Oh God! Young man, your life will be full of misery. You will witness many deaths of your loved ones. Soon your parents will die. ...

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The Rose Bud

A young boy wanted to learn music. He had a good voice and he wanted to train to become an Indian classical singer. He visited a renowned music teacher and expressed his desire to him. The teacher conducted a preliminary test on him to gouge his talent and decided to give him a try. The boy asked, “Guruji, how much time would I need to train under your guidance, how soon can I become a singer? ...

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Looking After The Garden

There was a hermitage where an ascetic lived with some disciples. A nine year old boy was the youngest disciple there. One day the old ascetic told the little boy, “I am going out for a few days. I have given all the boys certain duties to do, while I am away. You are in charge of this garden. Look after it nicely.” Ten days later the ascetic came back. He found that the garden and its little ...

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