The Right Place At The Right Time

A #mother and a #baby camel were lying around under a tree.

Then the baby camel asked, “Why do camels have #humps?”

The mother camel considered this and said, “We are #desert animals so we have the humps to #store_water so we can survive with very little water.”

The baby camel thought for a moment then said, “Ok…why are our #legs long and our #feet rounded?”

The mama replied, “They are meant for #walking in the #desert.”

The baby paused. After a beat, the camel asked, “Why are our #eyelashes long? Sometimes they get in my way.”

The mama responded, “Those long #thick eyelashes #protect your #eyes from the desert sand when it blows in the #wind.

The baby thought and thought. Then he said, “I see. So the hump is to store water when we are in the desert, the legs are for walking through the desert and these eye lashes protect my eyes from the desert then why in the #Zoo ???

#Skills and #abilities are only #useful if you are in #the_right_place_at_the_right_time. Otherwise they go to #waste.

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Some Times Just Let It Be

Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. This was in the initial days. While they were traveling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, “I am thirsty. Please get me some water from that lake there”.

The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water and, right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing the lake right at the edge of it. As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?!” So he came back and told the Buddha, “The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink”.

So, the Buddha said, let us take a little rest here by the tree. After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake. This time he found that the lake had absolutely clear water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to the Buddha.

The Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, “See, You let the water be and the mud settled down on its own. You got a clear water. It didn’t require any effort”.

Moral: Your mind is also like that. When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. We can judge and take best decisions of our life when we stay calm.

Inspiration From The Ant

I never look at ants to learn from them. If spotted, I pound them into eternity. But the Bible says that we can learn from their ways and be wise. Yes, the ant made it to the canon of scripture so there are a few things about them that God wants us to learn from.

If you ever purchased an ant farm you will notice that the ant gets right to work on a dream. They immediately begin to work together. They build. They create. In time their own little city is constructed.

How do they do it?

Ants build a city by moving one small, seemingly insignificant grain of sand at a time. Many tiny steps, one step at a time, one grain at a time, one minute at a time. They are relentless. They keep moving forward. When an obstacle arises they innovate, create a solution and keep going.

How The Ant Can Inspire Us

For you and me the ant can teach us something about achieving a dream and reaching our goals. How so? The ant continues to relentlessly move forward! Each grain of sand moved gets them closer to achieving their dream. They refuse to get discouraged, they refuse to stay overwhelmed, they just keep working!

Perspective Is Everything

If  the ant looks at the grain of sand and says it is not a city it will never achieve its goal. The grain is ultimately the city. What appears insignificant is actually the very thing that sees the goal to completion.

Great achievements are the result of hundreds, even thousands, of smaller ones. That which appears insignificant is the very thing that gets us to achieving our dreams. For you it might not be a city, but a marriage, finances, a book, a friendship, a project, career or ministry. The list is endless.

What’s important is finding inspiration from the ant. Grab a piece of grain and keep moving on your dream.

True story…..

 man married a beautiful girl. He loved her very much.

One day she developed a skin disease. Slowly she started to lose her beauty. It so happened that one day her husband left for a tour.

While returning he met with an accident and lost his eyesight. However their married life continued as usual. But as days passed she lost her beauty gradually.

Blind husband did not know this and there was not any difference in their married life.

He continued to love her and she also loved him very much. One day she died. Her death brought him great sorrow.

He finished all her last rites and wanted to leave that town. A man from behind called and said, now how will you be able to walk all alone? All these days your wife used to help you. He replied, I am not blind.

I was acting, because if she knew l could see her ugliness it would have pained her more than her disease. So I pretended to be blind.

She was a very good wife. I only wanted to keep her happy.

Moral: Some times it is good for us to act blind and ignore one another’s short comings, in order to be happy. No matter how many times the teeth bite the tongue, they still stay together in one mouth. That’s the spirit of FORGIVENESS.

May God grant us all the spirit of forgiveness, unity and togetherness.

Inspirational Life Lessons To Learn From Lord Krishna

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Lord Krishna

Lord Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and considered as the supreme deity by many Hindu communities. As per ancient mythologies, Lord Krishna marked his birth on earth during the Dvapara Yuga and has been portrayed often in mythological stories as a God-child, prankster, an ideal lover and divine hero who flaunted a mesmerising persona.

 

Lord Krishna is known as the principal protagonist with Arjuna in Bhagvad Gita and was also Arjuna’s charioteer who counselled him to fulfill his Dharma (duties) as a Kshatriya warrior by following the path of Bhakti (devotion) to attain moksha (liberation) from this materialistic world. The Bhagvad Gita is a Sanskrit based 700 verse Hindu scripture that comprises of the narration between Arjuna and Lord Krishna during the great battle of Kurukshetra. In India, Lord Krishna has many devotees who call him by different names in different regions. In fact, in the western world too, many people have accepted Lord Krishna as their divine God.

During Lord Vishnu’s avatar as Lord Krishna, he gave numerous preachings to mankind and if you ingrain his preached lessons in your life, then you will certainly be able to raise from the typical materialistic thought process to understand the true meaning of life. To know how you can enlighten your mind, body and soul to relieve yourself from negative energies, you must read these inspirational life lessons to learn from Lord Krishna:

  1. Be Calm & Composed

    After Lord Krishna’s birth, he was taken amidst torrential rains by his father to a safer place in a small village, Gokula. His foster mother Yashoda took care of him but she and her husband lived a simple life with no luxuries. Later in his childhood, he went to Mathura and was offered highly luxurious life. But he never took these materialistic things seriously. He did not express joy or sorrow while he lived a simple or princely life.

    We too must learn to live neutral. Nothing is permanent in life. If you are enjoying many riches presently, that doesn’t mean your future will reciprocrate the same. Rather learn to be contented with whatever you have and accept everything as God’s blessings.

  2. Being Generous Gives Peace

    Once Lord Krishna’s best friend, Sudama offered him a handful of rice. Sudama was a poor person who could barely meet his family’s basic needs and since he did not have money to buy Lord Krishna a beautiful present, he gifted him the most precious thing (a handful of rice) he had at that time. In fact, his wife had to beg to get this gift for Lord Krishna. Despite being opulent, Lord Krishna happily accepted the handful of rice with so much joy as it was a gift from his childhood friend. When Sudama reached home, he was astonished to see his home as it was transformed into gold and there were all kinds of precious stones and wealth. This was actually Lord Krishna’s way to thank him for the gift Sudama gave him.

    Similarly, you too must be generous enough to give people more reasons to be happy in their lives. Remember that when a person does something good to you, try to do as much as you can to return the favour. Since we came empty handed and we will go empty handed, we must strive to share everything we have with others so that our life on this earth becomes peaceful.

  3. Don’t Distinguish Yourself From The Universe

    There is a perfect instance where Lord Krishna established his indispensable connection with the universe. One day, Duryodhana sent a divine sage named Durvasa to meet the Pandavas. The sage was known for his short tempered behaviour and went to the forest with his disciples. At that time, Pandavas were serving their exile term and did not have enough resources to feed the army of disciples. Lord Krishna had given them a holy pot named Akshayapatra that was capable of providing enough food and necessities to the Pandava brothers and Draupadi. But there was a condition that after Draupdi has her meal, the pot would not produce anything for that day.

    Unfortunately when sage Durvasa reached their hut, Draupadi had just finished with her meals. All the Pandavas and Draupadi were in jeopardy as to how they will be able to feed the sage and his disciples. They prayed to Lord Krishna to help them. Lord Krishna appeared and saw a grain remaining in the pot. He ate it and felt satisfied. As soon as Lord Krishna felt satisfied, all the living beings of the earth felt full including the sage and his disciples. As they felt full, they feared that they may over feed themselves if they stayed longer. So they went away.

    With this, we get to learn that instead of isolating ourselves from this world, we must feel that we are an integral part of the universe just like others. We must feel others’ sorrow, pain, joy, etc and must ingrain an empathetic attitude so that we can help others in retrieving themselves from pain and sadness to live a better life.

  4. Kartavya Parayana (Performing Duties With Dedication)

    Lord Krishna was known for performing his duties despite innumerable difficulties. Though he was an incarnation of God, he had to face adverse circumstances since his birth. He had to perform his duties honestly as a king by taking care of his kingdom and as a son who had the responsibility of releasing his parents from his maternal uncle’s seizure. At one time, he was supposed to look after the proceedings of his royal court and at another time, he had to take care of his devotees and gopikas. He excelled in every sphere as he was determined to perform every duty with conscientiousness.

    We must learn from Lord Krishna’s this quality that prioritising our duties is very important and we must be dedicated to fulfil them with whole heart. We must direct all our efforts in performing our daily duties without expecting great results. Leave the results to God, who is watching us all the time.

  5. Be True In Every Role

    Of all the roles he played before taking samadhi, Lord Krishna essayed the role of a friend and a guide to Arjuna and was an intense lover of Radha. As a friend and guide to Arjuna, he focused on teaching him the right path to perform his Dharma and inculcated in him the feeling of confidence and directed him to follow the path of truth by believing in God. Being his charioteer, Lord Krishna ensured all the needed back support to pronounce Pandavas as victorious in the Kurukshetra war. As an eternal lover, Lord Krishna would melt in the presence of Radha as her devotional love for him was eccentric. She used to be at peace when she listened to Lord Krishna’s melodious flute. But when Radha gave up her mortal form, he stopped playing his flute. Such was the extra ordinary bonding of a true devotee and Lord Krishna.

    All of us have some role to play in our life. We have our motto pre-determined and we must never deviate from it. We must try to excel in all the roles we have to play in our lives without regrets. Maintaining truth in every relationship is vital for keeping our soul free from sins.

  6. Treat Everyone Equally

    While he lead his life in the small village Gokula, he had many cowherd friends and gopikas and when he went to Mathura, he was usually accompanied by learned folks. But he treated everyone equally and did not believe in differentiating between rich and poor. He believed that even animals deserved good treatment. His love and equal behaviour towards others convinced everyone to have affection for him.

    In today’s world, we generally build perceptions about people in terms of what they own and how much money they have. We must all understand that every little being is a unique creation of God and he has sent all of us empty handed. He made us equally. But it is we who have distinguished ourselves as rich and poor or high class and low class. This is the law of nature that if we start giving more and more love and respect to others, then we too will be loved and respected.

  7. Be Ready To Serve Others

    Lord Krishna is an apt example of a selfless incarnation on earth. He lived life for others. Since childhood, he protected people in Gokula from the uncontrollable anger of Lord Indra and in Mathura, he saved people from the attack of demons. He always helped his devotees and has showed many people the right path to lead a happy life. His constant smile and composed nature taught many people to live a life filled with truth and devotion.

    In our routine life, we have become so much busy in stacking wealth that we disregard all the opportunities of serving others. We need to have a selfless attitude to develop our inner self. Life is too short to run after money. Make your life large and win hearts of people by serving them. Help others with good intention and good things will automatically come to you.

  8. Be Protective Towards Others

    Lord Krishna is an exemplary in saving his devotees who truly have sacrificed themselves to the supreme being. When the Mahabharata war was about to end, Ashwatthama, a Kaurava warrior thought of ending the Pandava lineage by killing the unborn child in Uttara’s womb, who was wife of Abhimanyu by attacking her with a Bhramasthra weapon. Since there was no counter-solution to this weapon, Lord Krishna entered Uttara’s womb through his divine powers and neutralised the weapon to save the mother and the innocent child from dying.

    Though we can never be as great as Lord Krishna, we must try to follow his principles and must endeavour to protect people around us from all kinds of sufferings when we are actually capable of doing so. Today we are witnessing a whopping rise in crime within our society just because we are not standing when other’s need our help. We are not being united and this is why, our society is getting devoid of moral values.

  9. Keep Smiling To Live In Peace

    Since Lord Krishna’s birth, he faced life threat from his maternal uncle king Kansa as he used to send demons and other devilish beings to harm the baby. But Lord Krishna would keep smiling looking at those evil creatures and used his powers to kill them. He too faced difficult situations but he never expressed anger, joy, sorrow outrageously. He smilingly tackled all situations and his fascinating face and enchanting smile would bring smile and peace in people’s lives.

    So if we compare our life to his, we surely are leading a simple and trouble free life. In fact, when difficult phases come, we must embrace it with a smile so that our mind is at peace and a peaceful mind is capable of finding unique solutions.

  10. Understand The Fact Of Mortality

    In the epic Kurukshetra war, Lord Krishna imparted the lesson that we must not attach ourselves to our body. He kept smiling throughout the battle as he knew that truth will find victory at the end and he told everyone to be fearless. He said that the body is a mere cloth that we have put on our soul, which is our true identity. Our body is mortal and our fate is pre-written. However, our soul is immortal and thereby, fearing death will not let us live our life with solitude.

    So focus on keeping your soul pure and following the path of truth. Devote yourself to God and his preachings. Do what is right and live life for others and happiness will accompany you wherever you go.

Colonel Sanders – A true man for inspiration

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“At age 5 his Father died,” begins the story. “At age 16 he quit school. At age 17 he had already lost four jobs. At age 18 he got married. He joined the army and washed out there. At age 20 his wife left him and took their baby. He became a cook in a small cafe and convinced his wife to return home. At age 65 he retired. He felt like a failure & decided to commit suicide. He sat writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life & thought about how good of a cook he was. So he borrowed $87 fried up some chicken using his recipe, went door to door to sell. At age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Empire was a billionaire.”

The moral on this is that age does not reason for success of any people.

Keeping the roots stronger

Once upon a time, there were two neighbors living next to each other. One of them was a retired teacher and another was an insurance agent who had a lot of interest in technology. Both of them had planted different plants in their garden. The retired teacher was giving a small amount of water to his plants and didn’t always give a full attention to them, while the other neighbor interested in technology, had given a lot of water to his plants and looked after them too well.

The retired teacher’s plants were simple but looked good. The insurance agent’s plants were much fuller and greener. One day, during the night, there was a heavy rain and a wind due to a minor storm. Next morning, both of the neighbors came out to inspect the damage to their garden. The neighbor who was an insurance agent saw that his plants came off from the roots and were totally destroyed. But, the retired teacher’s plants were not damaged at all and were standing firm.

The insurance agent neighbor was surprised to see it, he went to the retired teacher and asked, “We both grew the same plants together, I actually looked after my plants better than you did for yours, and even gave them more water. Still, my plants came off from the roots, while yours didn’t. How is that possible?”

The retired teacher smiled and said, “You gave your plants more attention and water, but because of that they didn’t need to work themselves for it.  You made it easy for them.  While I gave them just an adequate amount of water and let their roots search for more.   And, because of that, their roots went deeper and that made their position stronger.  That is why my plants survived”.

Moral:  This story is about parenting where children are like plants.  If everything is given to them, they will not understand the hard work it takes to earn those things.  They will not learn to work themselves and respect it.  Sometimes it’s best to guide them instead of giving them.   Teach them how to walk, but let them follow their path.

The Greedy Crow

Once upon a time there was a fine pigeon who used to live on a nest close to a kitchen. The cooks of the kitchen used to like her very much and often used to feed her grain. She liked the place and her life was fine.

One day a crow saw the pigeon and saw how it was getting wonderful food from the kitchen. Then one day she made friendship with the pigeon, and under the pretext of friendship, she somehow made the pigeon to share the nest with the crow.

The pigeon then told her that they could spend time together discussing politics, religion etc but when it came to food both had their own ways.

So she suggested the crow to search for her own food.

But the crow was impatient and the very reason she had made friends with the pigeon was for the food. The crow wanted meat and all the pigeon got was grains from the kitchen.

It could not wait any longer and ultimately decided that she visit the kitchen directly for the food.

Thinking so, it stealthily crept down the chimney into the kitchen. She got the smell of a fish being curried on the pan. She got greedy and went ahead and tried to get the fish. But in the process she disturbed a ladle, and created a noise. This alerted the cook who was in the neighboring room and he caught hold of the crow and killed it.

Moral: Greed Numbs intelligence.

The Smell of Rain

A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the Doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. Still groggy from surgery, her husband David held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news. That afternoon of March 10,1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24 weeks pregnant, to Danae Lu Blessing.

At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound and nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature. Still, the doctor’s soft words dropped like bombs. I don’t think she’s going to make it, he said, as kindly as he could. “There’s only a 10 percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one.” Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Danae would likely face if she survived. She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on. “No! No!” was all Diana could say. She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four. Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away.

Through the dark hours of morning as Danae held onto life by the thinnest thread, Diana slipped in and out of sleep, growing more and more determined that their tiny daughter would live, and live to be a healthy, happy young girl. But David, fully awake and listening to additional dire details of their daughter’s chances of ever leaving the hospital alive, much less healthy, knew he must confront his wife with the inevitable. David walked in and said that we needed to talk about making funeral arrangements. Diana remembers, ‘I felt so bad for him because he was doing everything, trying to include me in what was going on, but I just wouldn’t listen, I couldn’t listen. I said, “No, that is not going to happen, no way! I don’t care what the doctors say; Danae is not going to die! One day she will be just fine, and she will be coming home with us!”

As if willed to live by Diana’s determination, Danae clung to life hour after hour, with the help of every medical machine and marvel her miniature body could endure. But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Danae’s under-developed nervous system was essentially raw, the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn’t even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Danae struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl. There was never a moment when Danae suddenly grew stronger.

But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there. At last, when Danae turned two months old, her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time. And two months later-though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero. Danae went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted.

Today, five years later, Danae is a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life. She shows no signs, what so ever, of any mental or physical impairment. Simply, she is everything a little girl can be and more-but that happy ending is far from the end of her story.

One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Danae was sitting in her mother’s lap in the bleachers of a local ballpark where her brother Dustin’s baseball team was practicing. As always, Danae was chattering non-stop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent. Hugging her arms across her chest, Danae asked, “Do you smell that?” Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied, “Yes, it smells like rain.” Danae closed her eyes and again asked, “Do you smell that?” Once again, her mother replied, “Yes, I think we’re about to get wet, it smells like rain. Still caught in the moment, Danae shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, “No, it smells like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest.” Tears blurred Diana’s eyes as Danae then happily hopped down to play with the other children.

Before the rains came, her daughter’s words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along. During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Danae on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.

Secret Success Stories

Have you read about the secret success stories? Here we will tell you one interesting story.

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning .They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him toward the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue.

Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked: ” What did you want the most when you were there?” The boy replied: “Air.” Socrates said: “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it. There is no other secret.”

The motivation to succeed comes from the burning desire to achieve a purpose. Napoleon Hill wrote: ” Whenever the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.