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Just Kill All The Oldies!

"Even if the standard of life is poor, it does not matter if the way of life is pure, full of love, humility, fear of sin and reverence towards elders."-Bhagwan Baba. A young king was facing shortage of food in his kingdom. At the advice of his young ministers, they decided to kill all the old men and women in the kingdom. The king passed the orders, "Just kill all the oldies. The number of mou ...

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Blood Pressure

Tanuj had just been told by his doctor that he was suffering from high blood pressure. He had always been very healthy and had no ailments whatsoever, so he was quite upset with the doctor’s verdict. He came to know of a holy man who was reputed to cure sick people. So he went to meet him. Tanuj sat in front of the Mahatma and said, “I am suffering from High Blood pressure, please cure me.” ...

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Catch ’Em Young

A boy called Madan was sent to the Sacred Heart Convent, a boarding school at Amritsar, at the tender age of five. For sometime, he was the single boarder in the dormitory. A Christian nun looked after him. Later, four other children joined the boarding school. One day when Madan was six, the children were given an apple each to eat. Most of the children ate their apples at the dinning table. Mada ...

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The Picture In My Wallet

A ticket collector in a train found an old worn out wallet in a compartment full of many people. He looked inside to find the name of its owner. There was no clue. All that there was in it, was some money and a picture of Krishna. He held it up and asked, “Who does this wallet belong to?” An old man said, “That’s my wallet, please give it to me.” The ticket collector said, “You’ll ...

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The Chocolate

Uncle Shailesh was visiting his sister's family in India, from Toronto. He had brought a lovely pair of shoes for his nephew, Rishabh. He also gave him a large sized bar of Toblerone chocolate. Rishabh's mouth watered at the sight of his favourite chocolate and his eyes shone with joy. In a jiffy he tore open one side of the pack; broke off a piece and popped it into his mouth. Yummy! "Rishabh," ...

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From A Sapling To A Tree

It was a lovely evening. Raju and his uncle were taking a stroll in a garden near their home. Raju loved nature and was full of curiosity about the variety of plants in the garden. Uncle stopped near a small little plant, only a few inches high, and said, “Raju, can you uproot this plant?” Raju was able to pull it out, roots and all, quite effortlessly in a few seconds. They continued walki ...

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The Apple Tree

A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it everyday. He climbed to the tree top, ate the apples, took a nap under the shadow... He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him. Time went by... the little boy had grown up and he no longer played around the tree everyday. One day, the boy came back to the tree and he looked sad. “Come and p ...

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Sand And Stone

Two friends were walking on a beach by the sea. While discussing a point, they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped felt hurt, but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand: “Today my best friend slapped me in the face.” They kept on walking until it was low tide and they decided to take a dip on the sea. The one who had been slapped ...

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Footsteps In The Sand

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed that he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand : one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his l ...

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It Wasn’t Your Baby

There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one that lived in the lowlands and the other high in the mountains. The mountain people invaded the lowlanders one day, and as part of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the lowlander families and took the infant with them back up into the mountains. The lowlanders didn’t know how to climb the mountain. They didn’t kno ...

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A Sack Of Potatoes

A teacher once told each of her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. For every person they refused to forgive in their life’s experience, they chose a potato, wrote on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. Some of the bags were quite heavy. They were then told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at ...

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The Choice

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said, “I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.” “Is the man of the house home?” they asked. “No,” she said, “he's out.” “Then we cannot come in,” they replied. In the evening when her husband ...

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Verbal Wounds

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to ...

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I Love You Anyway

The fear of rejection may be one of the most basic fears in human nature. Here is a heart-warming story of a man who finally decided to ask his boss for a raise in salary. It was Friday. He told his wife that morning what he was about to do, All day the man felt nervous and apprehensive. Late in the afternoon he summoned the courage to approach his employer. To his delight, the boss agreed to a ra ...

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Are You Alone?

Guruji (term used for teacher in ancient India) had announced that the last exam was to be held today. Each boy was given a small pigeon, with instructions to kill the bird at a time and place where no one was watching. The students set off in different directions, some to the jungle, others to the stream...... Roopak killed the bird in a cave, Shant killed his pigeon behind a rock, making sure ...

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Concentrate on what you do

Once, while in the US, Swami Vivekanand was watching some boys standing on a bridge and trying to shoot at eggshells floating on the river. The egg-shells bobbed up and down. The boys could not hit any of them. They fired the gun many times but they always missed the target. They noticed that Swamiji was watching them. So they called out to him; "Well, you are watching us. Do you think you ...

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Just Pour It Into The River

A man was having a stress filled day. In modern times, this is quite common place. Everyone has stress related to work, family, finances, relationships etc. Perhaps we expect too much from those around us as well as from ourselves. Perhaps we set our targets too high and they in turn give us stress. Perhaps we are trying to achieve too much, in too little time. I wonder what we are trying to prove ...

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Donation

A stock broker was expecting huge losses in his business, because of the stock market conditions. The Market Index was falling by the minute. The man was sweating with tension. Instantaneously he said, "Oh God! If I can come out of this mess without making a loss, I shall donate a lakh of rupees to the temple being constructed in our locality." His heart beat went up and down with the stock mar ...

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King For 5 Years

There was a precedent in a small province, that the king was elected for a period of five years. Thereafter he was sent to the jungle. Once the five years were over, he had to fend for himself. He could take nothing along. No money, food, shelter, clothing, servants; not even family. It was a strange custom, but it had been prevalent since long. The former king in the jungle would eventually be ...

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The Best Gift

A couple had grown old. They were failing health. As usually happens in old age, both had health issues; some serious, others trivial. They still had their share of arguments but they were both dependent on each other's presence. With God's grace, they were well off. They were not dependent on their three sons and a daughter. Each of the four children were busy in their own lives and spent a li ...

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