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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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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 h ...

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Shiva’s Presence

Raghu was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. He along with his family worshiped an idol of Lord Shiva. His dearest wish was to have darshan (divine vision) of the Lord. After many years of ritualistic prayer, one day Raghu was very annoyed and said, “Oh Shiva! For years, we prayed to you to grant us darshan, but you have not obliged us, so we will not worship you any more. From today, we shall wor ...

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The Greedy Horse

A king once offered a handsome reward to anyone who could take his greedy horse with him for a day and satisfy it, such that on its return to the palace in the evening, it would not have any desire to eat. One by one people came forward and took the horse to their houses for a day. Some fed it with hay; others fed it gram dal and oats. Each day, when the volunteer would bring the horse back to the ...

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Just Physical Love

Once there was a young couple. They had just got married; in fact it was a love match too. As they were walking down a path one day very soon after the wedding, the husband noticed a thorny bush on the path. With chivalry and love he swung his bride over it so that she would not get hurt. A few years later they happened to again walk down the same path. This time he was thinking about his busin ...

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Moong Sprouts!

Bhagwan Baba always stressed upon the relentless practice of sadhana to discipline the mind and to develop moral and mental strength. He often used to visit the school hostels in his Puttaparthi School. One day he visited the boys' hostel at lunch time and asked to see what the boys were being given. Amongst the regular menu of rice, sambar, vegetable and roti were sprouted moong grains. Swami ...

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Keeper Of The Spring

This is the story of the “Keeper of the Spring,” a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slope of the Alps. The old gentleman had been hired many years earlier by a young town councilman to clear away the debris from the pools of water up in the mountain crevices that fed the lovely spring flowing through their town. With faithful, silent regularity ...

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A Whisper Or A Brick?

A young and successful executive was driving down a residential area, he was going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought, he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the car’s side. He slammed on the brakes and spun the car back to the spot where the brick had be ...

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A 100 Rupees

While going for a walk one evening, a man saw a slip of paper stuck on to a lamp post. For some reason he stopped by to read it. It said, “I have lost a Rs 100 currency note on this road. I am not able to find it. If anyone finds it, please give it to me at my little hut at the end of this road.”   The man thought to himself that the writer of the note must be really hard up; otherw ...

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Cracked Pots

A water bearer in India had two large pots, one each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer de ...

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You Have Come To The Wrong Address!

A Rabbi was delivering his lectures on the Torah, the sacred Hebrew scripture, to a few young Jewish students. One day in the course of their studies, they came across a line which said, “The truly evolved person is only he, who continues to smile in the midst of the greatest of difficulties.” The young students had a problem in accepting this statement at its face value. “If we are truly ...

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Did you know this about your Parents?

It was Rahul’s eighteenth birthday and a trip to Shimla was the gift he demanded from his parents. The Mother was working as a helper at a ladies salon and earning a small salary. The father was working as a watchman at night and as a tailor in the day. He would get to sleep only about 4-5 hours in the evening before his night shift as a watchman. Rahul’s sister was teaching tuition to smal ...

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A Father’s Blessing

This story was published in a newspaper in Hindi. It is a true story. A dying man said to his son Dhanpal, “I do not have any property or wealth to give you as inheritance. I have worked, all my life, with honesty, devotion and accountability. The only thing I have is my blessings. I bless that you may always be successful and happy. May even the dust you touch, turn into gold!” The son ...

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The Best Tea

A group of elderly gentlemen were at a tea sampling meet. The choicest varieties of tea were being served in small portions. Most of the teas were of exotic flavours and very expensive. The distinguished looking gentlemen wore designer suits, tuxedos or kurtas. Most of them were platinum blondes. Their expensive spectacles oozed class. Their clothes were ironed such that the creases could draw ...

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