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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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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 Shirt Of A Happy Man

A caliph lay deathly ill on his silk cushions. The hakims, the physicians of his country, stood around him and agreed that only one thing could bring the caliph healing and salvation. That was to place under his head the shirt of a happy man. Messengers swarmed out looking in every city, every village, and every cottage for a happy man. But everyone they questioned had nothing but sorrow and ...

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Become A Lake

Once a young apprentice, not so happy about the things around, goes to his master to express his bitterness that was developed by discomfort & unpleasant experiences. The master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the master asked. "Bitter," said the apprentice. The master chuckled and then asked the young m ...

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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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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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THE DART GAME

A group of students aged about 10 years was attending a class in moral education. The teacher was perturbed, because she had noticed that some of them were using offensive language and abusing each other. She explained to them that God resides in each one of us and if we abuse anyone, we hurt the God residing in the heart of that person. But the children were not much impressed. The next day, ...

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Value Of A Head

Ashoka was a great Emperor of India. He was an enlightened and noble king. One day he was walking in a garden outside the palace with his minister. They came across an ascetic who was sitting under a tree and reciting the name of God. The Emperor took off his crown, and placed it at the feet of the holy man and offered his respects to him. Having spent a few minutes in the presence of the hol ...

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BLISTERING BARNACLES

Saloni had just bought her six year old son Sakal a comic book of the famous ‘Tintin’. The boy was an avid reader and enjoyed reading books. Later in the evening, Saloni and her son were walking along the harbour, where-in a number of ships were anchored. Sakal said, “Mama, Captain Haddock always says, ‘blistering barnacles’ whenever he is crossing. What does it mean? What are barnacles? ...

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God’s Signals!

A soul was waiting for its audience in the court of God. It had left its body a few hours ago. When it was presented before God, there was a dialogue between them. God: Did you ever remember me, while you were on the Earth! Did you ever think that one day you would also die? Soul: Oh Lord! You called me away at the age of 55. I had thought that I would do bhakti when I turned 75. You did not g ...

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Happy Birthday!

Vaibhav had lost his mother when he was just five. It was his 10th birthday next week. Papa asked him, what he would like to have as a birthday gift. Vaibhav said, “Papa how much do you earn in a day?” Papa looked surprised and asked, “Why do you ask, Son?” Vaibhav said, “Would you spend one day’s salary on my birthday gift?” Papa replied, “Sure son, but I wish you would let me k ...

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The Frog Race!

A group of frogs decided to have a race, up to the top of a steep and high mountain. They all set off enthusiastically, each trying to outdo the rest. The face of the mountain was steep and slippery. Soon the frogs became tired. Their pace became slower and slower. The ones ahead of the others were especially fatigued for they had forged ahead in leaps and bounds. One of them decided, that this ...

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Pure Food!

There was a Brahmana who was always glad to feed any Sadhu who knocked at his door. His wife always cooked extra food, lest any passing monk come by their way. One day the wife was indisposed and a Sadhu knocked and asked for food. The Brahamin did not want to disturb his ailing wife, so he asked his neighbour to cook food for the Sadhu. While eating, the Sadhu eyed the beautiful silver glass in ...

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Guru Mantra!

Ramanuja was the favourite disciple of his Guru. When he was to finish his training, the Guru said to him, “Ramanuja, you are my best student. Listen to me; I shall reveal to you a mantra. If you recite it everyday, religiously; you shall go to heaven. But if you reveal it to any one else, you shall go to hell. I repeat, do not reveal it to others or you shall surely go to hell.” As soon as ...

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The Jungle!

A king once got separated from his kinsmen while chasing a deer. He wandered alone in the forest. As dusk fell, he knocked at the door of a tiny cottage in the jungle. It was opened by a poor woodcutter who gave the 'stranger' a warm welcome. He offered him his own bed to sleep along with some simple but tasty food. In the morning, while taking leave of the wood cutter, the king disclosed his r ...

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Precious Stones

A man had been working all day and was tired. To reach home he had to cross a small river. There was no ferry available so he sat down on the sand to wait for one. The sun had set and the moon was playing hide and seek with the clouds in the dark sky. As he stretched himself on the warm sand, he felt a small cloth bag under his hand. He put his fist inside and found that the pouch was full of ...

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A Birth Day Party!

It was Devki’s eighth birthday. Her mother had informed the orphanage in the city that she and her daughter would be visiting at 5 p.m. in the evening to distribute goodies to all the forty children there. Devki and her mother walked into the children’s playroom with a lovely cake decorated with roses and ribbons. There were 9 candles on it. They also had chocolates, jam cookies and potato chi ...

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The Visiting Angels!

This is the story of two angels who after having travelled all day needed a place to rest for the night. They knocked upon the door of a couple and asked for shelter for the night. The ill tempered lady said, “Let them sleep in the basement down below. I shall not have them in the house.” So, the angels spent the night on the cold, hard and stony floor of the basement with only some left over ...

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Our Baby Has Gone !

A couple had been married for ten years, but they had no child. Then one day, the wife was overjoyed to know that soon she would be a mother. The couple shared the joy of the baby growing in her tummy all through the nine months. The beautiful baby boy was born. Needless to say, he was the apple of his parent’s eyes. When the boy turned three, he seemed to have a fascination for electric plug ...

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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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