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Leaking bucket

Once at work there was a misunderstanding between the boss and his workers. The goals of the month was not completed , the working environment became hostile and untrustworthy. Everyone dreaded to come to work. So many started falling sick, coming late and going early. Then the boss turned to the company doctor to conduct a health check up of all and suggest some remedies . The doctor studied the situation and knew this disease had no cure with medicine. So the next day he came to the office and gave them a bucket with a hole. Everyday the workers had to fill the bucket and see that the water did not leak. Everyone tried to seal the hole and prevent the water from leaking. But alas no one could do it. Then after many days of failed remedies to seal the bucket the workers went to meet the doctor with their boss. The doctor then said 🗑🚰 *Beware of the Leaking Bucket*

1. You make people believe you are righteous but secretly you are evil’s agent. *(A leaking bucket).*

2. You pray all the time but you have no strong faith at all. *(A leaking bucket).*

3. You’re very kind to people and speak with them gently but with your family you’re always harsh. *(A leaking bucket).*

4.. You honour and treat your guests well but when they leave, you gossip about them and talk about their flaws. *(A leaking bucket).*

5. You give a lot of charity to the poor but you humiliate them and hurt them. *(A leaking bucket).*

6. You stand up to pray at night, fast and read The Holy Book everyday but you cut your family ties. *(A leaking bucket).*

7. You joke with friends openly but behind them you swear, insult, curse and blackmail them. *(A leaking bucket).*

8. You help others but you’re doing it to gain something from them and not doing those acts of kindness for the sake of Almighty God’s Glory. *(A leaking bucket).*

9. You post reminders and have thousands of followers on facebook, twitter and instagram but you’re doing it for the fame, not to spread the gospel. *(A leaking bucket).*

May the Almighty God have mercy on us not to become Leaking Buckets.🗑🚰

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Leaking bucket

Once at work there was a misunderstanding between the boss and his workers. The goals of the month was not completed , the working environment became hostile and untrustworthy. Everyone dreaded to come to work. So many started falling sick, coming late and going early. Then the boss turned to the company doctor to conduct a health check up of all and suggest some remedies . The doctor studied the situation and knew this disease had no cure with medicine. So the next day he came to the office and gave them a bucket with a hole. Everyday the workers had to fill the bucket and see that the water did not leak. Everyone tried to seal the hole and prevent the water from leaking. But alas no one could do it. Then after many days of failed remedies to seal the bucket the workers went to meet the doctor with their boss. The doctor then said 🗑🚰 *Beware of the Leaking Bucket*

1. You make people believe you are righteous but secretly you are evil’s agent. *(A leaking bucket).*

2. You pray all the time but you have no strong faith at all. *(A leaking bucket).*

3. You’re very kind to people and speak with them gently but with your family you’re always harsh. *(A leaking bucket).*

4.. You honour and treat your guests well but when they leave, you gossip about them and talk about their flaws. *(A leaking bucket).*

5. You give a lot of charity to the poor but you humiliate them and hurt them. *(A leaking bucket).*

6. You stand up to pray at night, fast and read The Holy Book everyday but you cut your family ties. *(A leaking bucket).*

7. You joke with friends openly but behind them you swear, insult, curse and blackmail them. *(A leaking bucket).*

8. You help others but you’re doing it to gain something from them and not doing those acts of kindness for the sake of Almighty God’s Glory. *(A leaking bucket).*

9. You post reminders and have thousands of followers on facebook, twitter and instagram but you’re doing it for the fame, not to spread the gospel. *(A leaking bucket).*

May the Almighty God have mercy on us not to become Leaking Buckets.🗑🚰

Think deeper

Once a forward by someone caught my attention. As I decided to forward it, I read through the message.

“`✒SOMEONE HAS WRITTEN THESE 10 BEAUTIFUL LINES. READ and TRY to UNDERSTAND the DEEPER MEANING of THEM.

📎 1). PRAYER is not a “spare wheel” that YOU PULL OUT when IN trouble, but it is a “STEERING WHEEL” that DIRECT the RIGHT PATH THROUGHOUT LIFE.

📎2). Why is a CAR’S WINDSHIELD so LARGE & the REAR VIEW MIRROR so small? BECAUSE our PAST is NOT as IMPORTANT as OUR FUTURE. So, LOOK AHEAD and MOVE ON.

📎3). FRIENDSHIP is like a BOOK. It takes a FEW SECONDS to BURN, but it TAKES YEARS to WRITE.

📎4). All THINGS in LIFE are TEMPORARY. If they are GOING WELL, ENJOY them, they WILL NOT LAST FOREVER. If they are going wrong, don’t WORRY, THEY CAN’T LAST LONG EITHER.

📎5). Old FRIENDS are GOLD! NEW friends are DIAMONDS! If you GET a DIAMOND, DON’T FORGET the GOLD! To HOLD a DIAMOND, you ALWAYS NEED a BASE of GOLD!

📎6). Often when WE LOSE HOPE and THINK this is the END, GOD SMILES from ABOVE and SAYS, “RELAX, SWEETHEART; it’s JUST a BEND, NOT THE END!”

📎7). When GOD SOLVES your PROBLEMS, you HAVE FAITH in HIS ABILITIES; when GOD DOESN’T SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS, HE has FAITH in YOUR ABILITIES.

📎8). A BLIND PERSON asked GOD: “CAN THERE be ANYTHING WORSE THAN LOSING EYE SIGHT?” HE REPLIED: “YES, LOSING YOUR VISION!”

📎9). When YOU PRAY for OTHERS, GOD LISTEN to YOU and BLESSES THEM, and SOMETIMES, when you are SAFE and HAPPY, REMEMBER that SOMEONE has PRAYED for YOU.

📎10). WORRYING does NOT TAKE AWAY TOMORROW’S TROUBLES; IT TAKES AWAY today’s PEACE.

If you ENJOYED this, please COPY it and PASS it to OTHERS. It may BRIGHTEN SOMEONE else’s DAY, too…..“`

Wild dogs

A King had 10 wild dogs. He used them to torture & kill any minister that misguided him.

A Minister once gave an opinion which was wrong which the king didn’t like at all…
So he ordered that the Minister to be thrown to the dogs.

The Minister said, “I served you loyally for 10 years & you do this..?”

The King was unrelenting.

Minister pleaded, “Please give me 10 days before you throw me to the dogs”.

The King agreed.

In those 10 days, the Minister went to the keeper of the dogs & told him he wanted to serve the dogs for the next 10 days…

The Guard was baffled… But he agreed.

So the minister started feeding the dogs, caring for them, washing them, providing all sorts of comfort for them.

So when the 10 days were up…

The King ordered that the minister be thrown to the dogs as sentenced.

When he was thrown in, everyone was amazed at what they saw…
The dogs were wagging their tails playing with the condemned minister… licking his feet.

The King was baffled at what he saw, “What happened to the dogs?” He growled.

The Minister then said, “I served the dogs for only 10 days & they didn’t forget my service… I served you for 10 years & you forgot all at the first mistake”…

The King realised his mistake

and

Replaced the dogs with crocodiles 🐊!!

Moral : When Management has decided ki tumhaari bajani hai to bajani hi hai… That’s Final…
😁

Contact and connection

beautiful write up
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“The contact and connection”

I was returning from Delhi by flight with a monk. A journalist from Chile was there with us. He started
interviewing the monk, as had been decided earlier.

Journalist – Dear Sir, in your last lecture, you told about Jogajog ( contact ) & Sanjog (connection ). It’s really confusing. Can you explain it to me ?

The Monk smiled a little but apparently deviating from the question, he asked the journalist: Are you from Chile ?
Journalist( J ) – Yeh…
Monk ( M ) – Who are there at home ?
The Journalist felt that the Monk was trying to avoid answering his question since this was a very personal and unwarranted question. Yet the journalist said: “Mother has expired. Father is there. Three brothers and one sister. All are married…”
The Monk, a smile on his face, asked next: – “Do you talk to your father?”
Now the journalist looked visibly annoyed…
The Monk – “When did you talk to him last?” The
journalist supressing his annoyance said: “May be a month back.”
The Monk: “Do you brothers and sisters meet often? When did you last meet as a family together?”

At this point, I saw sweat on the journalist’s forehead. I wondered who was taking whose interview. It seemed that the Monk was taking the interview of the journalist.

With a sigh, the journalist said: “We met last at Christmas two years ago.”
The Monk: “How many days did you all stay together?”

The journalist (wiping the sweat on his brow) : “Three days…”
Monk: “How much time did you spend with your Father, sitting right beside him ?”
I saw the journalist looking perplexed and embarassed and scribbling something on a paper…
The Monk: “Did you have breakfast or lunch or dinner together? Did you ask how he was? Did you ask how his days are passing after your mother’s death?”

I saw the journalist’s eyes sadden.

The Monk placed his hand on the journalist’s hand and said: “don’t be embarassed or upset or sad. I am sorry if I have hurt you unknowingly…
But this is basically the answer to your question about “contact and connection”. You have ‘contact’ with your father but you don’t have ‘connection’ with him. You are not connected to him. Connection is between heart and heart… sitting together, sharing meals, really caring for & hugging each other. Touch, shaking hands, having eye contact, spending some time together…You brothers and sisters have ‘contact’ with each but you have no ‘connection’ with each other….”

The journalist wiped his eyes and said : “Thanks for teaching me a fine and unforgettable lesson”

This is the reality today.
Whether at home, in society and elsewhere everybody has lots and lots of contacts but there is no connection. No communication… Everybody is in his or her own world.

In our childhood when we travelled in a train, bus or by air…. everyone used to smile at each other and then after the first greetings, start talking to each other, sharing each other’s stories during the short journey. Some used to become friends. Some used to become “uncle and aunty” for life.
But now whether I travel by train or air, I just enter into what reminds me of a cemetery…….no one disturbs anyone. All are busy with a phone or a laptop with some making a ” tik tik tik tik tik” sound …almost as if we are in a cemetery with the sound of falling dry leaves…
Everybody in the compartment is in contact with an outside world but no one knows his or her co-passenger… a cemetery of some 50 – 100 “living dead” persons undergoing a small journey together!

Let’s not be well “contacted” – let’s be well “connected”, with each other …… caring, sharing, touching, hugging, spending time together with all our near and dear ones, and other co-passengers in our life travels.

God bless us all!

Too much

*PHILOSOPHY ABOUT TOO MUCH*

Once we went shopping and as we went from one section to the other I saw things stacked up in plenty. To be on the safe side I started checking the details as contents , expiry dates, preservatives etc. As I went through these details I started keeping back all that I decided to buy. I realised seeing things in plenty got me to think differently.

At the start of this century, go global was the chime. But now after the first waves of pollution, adulteration and chemical preservation we are called to think and act local.

The philosophy of plenty thus gives us the rules to play.

If you speak too much, you will lie,

If you think too much, you will be depressed,

If you cry too much, you will lose your sight,

If you love too much, you will be lost,

If you care too much, you will be taken for granted,

If you play too much, you will not be taken serious often,

If you trust too much, you will be betrayed,

If you nag too much, you will suffer mental pressure,

If you work too much, you will die of stress,

If you eat too much, you will be obsessed,

If you sleep too much, you will be idle,

If you spend too much, you will have no future,

If you wear make up too much, you will lose your beauty,

If you look too much, you will lose your focus,

And If you pursue life too much, you will lose everything.

*BUT*
When you pray too much, you will have everything,

When you are patient too much, you will have the whole world,

When you invest too much in lost souls, you will have your future guaranteed in the kingdom of God,

When you let go too much, you will have a peace of mind,

And when you are careful too much, you will be saved of many evils.

Wise queen

Once upon a time, a king and queen lived happily together. One day, the King felt restless, and decided to wage war on a heathen lord, infamous for his cruelty and evil. The King gathered a great army, took leave from his wife, and set sail. When the King landed in the foreign realm, his troops conquered all they saw. The King exulted, but the heathen ruler massed his troops elsewhere, and in a few days they rushed forward. A ferocious battle ensued. The King’s men were routed, and the King himself was captured and thrown into a dungeon.

From that day on, the King was driven out every morning with the other prisoners, and forced to plough the fields like an ox. Every night, the King returned to the damp dungeon, exhausted and humiliated. After three years, the King finally befriended a guard, and smuggled a letter to the queen. In the letter, the King told his wife to sell everything in the kingdom and give the money to the evil lord as ransom for the king’s freedom.

When the Queen read the letter, she wept with sorrow. She had not heard from the King and she feared for his life. But now that she knew his fate, she was even more distraught. She pondered the situation. “I cannot go in person to this heathen king,” she reflected, “because then he will make me one of his many wives. And I dare not send a great ransom with anyone else!” The Queen paced in her room. “What shall I do?”

Suddenly the Queen had an idea. She cut off her beautiful, long hair, removed her royal gowns, and donned the simple clothes of a minstrel. Then she took up a lute and secretly left the palace.

The Queen traveled far and wide, disguised as a boy, playing her lute and singing as she went. She traded her songs for passage on ships and journeyed to the foreign lord. She sat outside his castle and began playing her lute. Her songs were so beautiful that even the birds stopped to listen. The heathen king heard the Queen and sent for her.

“Boy,” the lord told the disguised Queen, “your music soothes me. Play your lute and sing for me. Stay for three days, and I shall give you your heart’s desire.” The Queen bowed, and strummed her lute, filling the dark castle with songs of war and love. All that day the heathen ruler listened, so entranced by the Queen’s music that he forgot to eat. The next day, the Queen played even more beautifully, and on the third day, too. Then the Queen stopped.

“My lord,” she said, “I must take my leave. I am a traveler, and the road is my home.”

“Alas!” the dark lord sighed. “But you stayed for three days, so tell me your heart’s desire and I shall give it to you.”

The Queen bowed graciously. “I travel alone, and the solitude often wears on me. Give me one of your prisoners for company, and I shall be grateful.”

“That is easily done,” the heathen monarch declared, and he took the Queen to his dungeon. Among the prisoners, she picked out her husband immediately, although he was thin and scarred from his ordeal The King did not recognize his wife, dressed as a minstrel, and she said nothing to him. The dark lord released the King, and the Queen set off with her husband. They traveled together for many miles, and still the King did not recognize his wife. Nor did she reveal herself. Finally they came to their own country.

“I am the King of this land,” the King told his companion, “and if you release me, I shall reward you greatly.”

“Go in peace,” the Queen said. “I need no reward.”

The King protested. “Let me honor you with a feast,” he said.

But the Queen declined.

The two parted company, and the King walked eagerly to his castle. But the Queen knew a shortcut, and she retuned before him. She took off her minstrel’s clothes, and put on her royal gowns.

All the people acclaimed the King’s return, but when the Queen went to meet him, he turned away from her. “Who is this woman,” the King asked angrily, “who left me to die in prison?” The King’s ministers explained that the Queen vanished the day she received his letter. “Faithless wife!” the King fumed.

The queen returned to her room, put on her minstrel’s cloak, picked up her lute, and went outside and began playing. The King immediately ran out of the castle. “He is the one who freed me!” he exclaimed. Then he took the minstrel’s hand. “Now you cannot refuse me,” the King declared. “You must tell me your heart’s desire, and I shall give it to you.”

“I desire only you,” the Queen said. She shook off her minstrel’s disguise and revealed herself. For a minute, the King was speechless. Then he embraced the Queen, and begged her forgiveness for doubting her. He thanked her for rescuing him, and ordered a double celebration—one for his rescue, and one more for the Queen’s wisdom.

Be the lake

Once An ageing master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Bitter,” said the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”

“Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.

“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.

“No,” said the young man. At this the master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly,

“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”

~ Meditation Masters

Attitude of gratitude

There was a bird who lived in a desert, very sick, no feathers, nothing to eat and drink, no shelter to live in. One day a dove was passing by, so the sick unhappy bird stopped the dove and inquired “where are you going?” it replied ” I am going to heaven”.

So the sick bird said “please find out for me, when my suffering will come to an end?” The dove said, “sure, I will.” and bid a good bye to the sick bird. The dove reached heaven and shared the message of the sick bird with the angel incharge at the entrance gate.
The angel said, “For the next seven years of its life the bird has to suffer like this, no happiness till then.”

The dove said, “When the sick bird hears this he will get disheartened. could you suggest any solution for this.”

The Angel replied, “Tell him to recite this verse “Thank you God for everything.” The dove on meeting the sick bird again, delivered the message of the angel to it .

After seven days the dove was passing again passing by and saw that bird was very happy, feathers grew on his body, a small plant grew up in the desert area, a small pond of water was also there, the bird was singing and dancing cheerfully. The dove was astonished. The Angel had said that there would be no happiness for the bird for the next seven years. With this question in mind the dove went to visit the angel at heaven’s gate.

The dove put forth his query to the Angel. The Angel replied, “yes it is true there was no happiness for the bird for seven years but because the bird was reciting the verse “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING” in every situation, his life changed.

When the bird fell down on the hot sand it said “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING”

When it could not fly it said, “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING”

When it was thirsty and there was no water around, it said, “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING”

Whatever the situation, the bird kept on repeating, “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING” and therefore the seven years got dissolved in seven days.

When I heard this story, I felt a tremendous shift in my way of feeling, thinking, accepting and viewing life.

I adopted this verse in my life. WHATEVER the situation I faced I started reciting this verse “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING”. It helped me to shift my view from what i did not have to what i have in my life.

For instance; if my head pains I THANK GOD that the rest of my body is completely fine and healthy and I notice that the headache does not bother me at all.

In the same manner i started using this verse in my relationships (whether family, friends, neighbours, colleagues ) finances, social life, business and everything with which I can relate. I shared this story with everyone I came in touch with and it brought a great shift in their behaviour too.

This simple verse really had a deep impact on my life, i started feeling how blessed I am, how happy I am, how good life is.

The purpose of sharing this message is to make all of us aware of how powerful the attitude of gratitude is. It can reshape our lives.
Lets recite this verse continuously to experience the shift in our life.

So be grateful, and see the change in your attitude.

Be humble, and you will never stumble.

The man and the cat

*The man and the little cat*

One day, an old man was having a stroll in the forest when he suddenly saw a little cat stuck in a hole. The poor animal was struggling to get out. So, he gave him his hand to get him out. But the cat scratched his hand with fear. The man pulled his hand screaming with pain. But he did not stop; he tried to give a hand to the cat again and again.

Another man was watching the scene, screamed with surprise, “For god sakes! Stop helping this cat! He’s going to get himself out of there”.

The other man did not care about him, he just continued saving that animal until he finally succeeded, And then he walked to that man and said, “Son, it is cat’s Instincts that makes him scratch and to hurt, and it is my job to love and care”.

Moral: *Treat everyone around you with your ethics, not with theirs. Treat the people the way you want to be treated by them*.