A lady in a faded grey dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun suit walked in timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President’s outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn’t even deserve to be in Harvard.
“We want to see the President “the man said softly.
“He’ll be busy all day “the secretary snapped.
“We’ll wait” the lady replied.
For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn’t and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president.
“Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they’ll leave” she said to him. The President, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.
The lady told him “We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus.”
The president wasn’t touched….He was shocked.
“Madam “he said, gruffly, ” we can’t put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery.”
“Oh, no,” the lady explained quickly
“We don’t want to erect a statue.
We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard.”
The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, and then exclaimed, “A building ! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs?
We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard.”
For a moment the lady was silent.
The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now.
The lady turned to her husband and said quietly,
“Is that all it costs to start a university ?
Why don’t we just start our own?”
Her husband nodded. The president’s face wilted in confusion
and bewilderment. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the University that bears their name.
a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.
Most of the time we judge people by their outer appearance, which can be misleading.
And in this impression only we tend to treat people badly by thinking they can do nothing for us. Thus we tend to lose our potential good friends, employees or customers.
Remember in our Life, we seldom get people with whom we want to share &
grow our thought process.
But because of our inner EGO we miss them forever.
This is you who have to decide with whom you are getting associated in day to day life.
I end up this beautiful story with a note:
Small people talk about others,
Average people talk about things,
Great people talk about ideas.
This World is made by only those people …
WHO ARE GREAT
A Story from BUDDHA …HOW to DEAL with INSULT?
BUDDHA has explained beautifully….
How to Handle INSULT & STILL Maintain Kindness?
One day BUDDHA was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as others. You are nothing but a fake.”
BUDDHA was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom the gift belongs?”
THE MAN was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”
The BUDDHA smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.”
“If you want to stop hurting yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead. When you hate others, you yourself become unhappy. But when you love others, everyone is happy.”
The young man listened closely to these wise words of the BUDDHA.
“You are right, O’ Enlightened One, “
he said.” Please teach me the path of love. I wish to become your follower.”
The BUDDHA answered kindly,
“Of course. I teach anyone who truly wants to learn. Come with me.”
BEAUTIFUL LIFE LESSONS from A Blind Girl Story
There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind.
She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, ‘If I could only see the world, I will marry you.’
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.
He asked her, ‘Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?’
The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that his boyfriend was also blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected that.
The thought of looking at them the rest of her life
led her ‘TO refuse to marry him.’
Her boy friend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: ‘Take good care of your eyes my dear,
before they were yours, they were mine.’
This is how the human brain often works when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before,
and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.
SOME LIFE LEARNINGS Attached to this story
Today before you say an unkind word
Think of someone who can’t speak.
Before You Complain about the taste of your food
Think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife
Think of someone who’s crying out to GOD for a companion.
Today before you complain about life
Think of someone who died too early on this earth.
Before you complain about your children
Think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.
Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn’t clean or sweep
Think of the people who are living in the streets.
And when you are tired and complain about your job
Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.
Before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another
Remember that not one of us is without sin.
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down
Put a smile on your face and think:
I am alive and still around.
Always Remember ….
Human Life Is a Beautiful Gift…. “MUST RESPECT IT”
A HUMAN MIND IS LIKE A FARMER’S LAND
Suppose a farmer has some land, and it’s good, fertile land.The land gives the farmer a choice. He may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land is not concerned about this. It’s up to the farmer to make the decision.
Let us compare the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn’t care what you plant in it.It will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.
Now let’s say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand –
one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison.
He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds – one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land…and what will happen?
Invariably, the land will return what was planted.
The human mind is
far more fertile…
far more incredible ….
far more mysterious than the land, but it works the same way.
We can Plant Success or failure.
We can Plant Concrete goal or confusion.
We can Plant Love or misunderstandings.
We can Plant Inspiration or depression
We can Plant Courage or fear
We can Plant Love for hard work or love for lethargy
The human mind is the LAST GREAT UNEXPLORED
continent on earth
George Bernard Shaw said,
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.”
Well, it’s pretty apparent, isn’t it?
And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about. Now, it stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because that’s what he’s thinking about.
And we become what we think about.
On the opposite side…
The person who has no goal…
who doesn’t know where he’s going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety, fear and worry – his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing…he becomes nothing.
How does it work?
Why do we become what we think about? Well, I’ll tell you how it works, as far as we know. For that Always Believe that
OUR HUMAN MIND is just like A Farmer’s LAND
Presenting a Story on
“HOW CAN WE BE FREE FROM ANY FEAR “
A man just got married and was returning home with his wife. They were crossing a lake in a boat, when suddenly a GREAT STORM arose.
The man was a warrior,
but the woman became very much afraid because it seemed almost hopeless. The boat was small and the storm was really huge, and any moment they were going to be drowned. But the man sat silently, calm and quiet, as if nothing was happening.
The woman was trembling and she said, “Are you not afraid?.”
This may be our last moment of life!
It doesn’t seem that we will be able to reach the other shore. Only some miracle can save us; otherwise….
Our Death is Certain.
Are you not afraid?
Are you mad or something?
Are you a stone or something?
The man laughed and took the sword out of its sheath. The woman was even more puzzled: What he was doing?
Then he brought the naked sword close to the woman’s neck, so close that just a small gap was there, it was almost touching her neck.
He said,” Are you afraid?”
She started to laugh and said, “Why should I be afraid?”
If the sword is in your hands, why I should be afraid?
I know you love me.
” He put the sword back and said, …
this is my answer also”.
I know God Loves me, and the storm is in His hands so I Trust that
WHATSOEVER IS GOING TO HAPPEN
IS GOING TO BE GOOD.
IF WE SURVIVE, IT IS GOOD;
IF WE DON’T SURVIVE,
EVEN THEN IT IS GOOD,
BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS IN HIS HANDS
I AM SURE HE CANNOT DO ANYTHING WRONG.
Moral: JUST DEVELOP TRUST..
Only the trust is… which one needs to imbibe. and This TRUST is capable of transforming our whole life towards More Happiness.
Anything less than Trust on GOD will keep us Worried — Amen
Presenting a TRUE & AWESOME Story
People often ask : How can I make a difference in the world?
I am just one person among billions of others, what could I possibly do that would change anything? Everyone else should have to change in order for me to make a difference.
To lead a great life” Dream the Impossible”
Well, here is a story of a man who Single-Handedly moved a mountain!
Yes….. I mean it
SINGLE HANDEDLY “A Mighty Mountain “
Please read and share… because Inspirations is contagious!
About five decades ago, a landless farmer, Dashrath Manjhi from Gahlor Ghati of Gaya, Bihar decided to take into task the difficulties of his villagers who were almost cut off from the rest of the world by rocky hills, almost making the place impassable.
Around 1959, his wife passed away from illness and lack of immediate medical care when there was no way of taking her to the nearest medical centre over the 300 feet high hills. Heartbroken after her death, Manji alone resolved to create a pass so that no one person would have to suffer the fate that his wife did. He sold his goats to purchase chisel, rope and a hammer. This sudden change in his character made him a laughing stock with people who laughed at him, calling him eccentric and crazy.
Unfazed by their remarks, Manji hammered away with consistent determination for 22 years. At the end of his arduous labour, he finally came face to face with his dream: the OTHER SIDE of the HILL! He shortened the distance from…
70kms to just ONE KILOMETER, 16ft wide!
Once this task was accomplished…. Dashrath Manji became known as the Mountain Man.
Sadly, this amazing man breathed his last on August 18, 2007 after fighting cancer at New Delhi – AII India Institute of Medical Sciences and received a proper state burial by the STATE GOVT.
Dashrath Manji, a man who was mocked and ridiculed for his strong will and determination leaves behind a legacy of… Strong Will and Determination.
Some invaluable lessons to learn from this Legend:
1. Patience is the greatest virtue that leads us to success
2. Dream the Impossible!
3. Only Positive Attitude Matters.
4. Stay Persistent.
5. Don’t lose heart if people call you mad and crazy for your unique idea/thoughts.
We unnecessarily remain
What others are going to
Presenting a beautiful Factual story
An old man, staying in a small south Indian town came to visit his son in Bombay recently. The son in his early thirties is a successful businessman living with his wife and son. The father, having spent most of his life at his birthplace, hardly understands a splatter of Hindi or English, forget Marathi. But he doesn’t care. ‘I have come here to spend a few days with my son and his family. I don’t have to go out and socialize with the city people,’ he said.
But the son is very excited about his father’s rare visit to Bombay. He wants to make the best of it. He and his wife want to show him around the city. And yes, the son enjoys those evening hours too, when he and his father go out and sit in a good bar, sipping their favourite drink.
Last week he was in a very good mood. ‘Let’s go to a five star hotel’s bar tonight,’ he told his father. It was a beautiful evening. Talking about everything under the sun they had a few drinks. As usual they were offered some salad, peanuts, wafers etc .as accompaniments with their drinks. The old man being almost toothless was not much interested in eating. But that day when they got up to leave, he simply took a handful of channa (roasted grams) and stuffed it in the fold of his dhoti. He might have thought about munching on them, sitting in the car, or whatever.
Unfortunately while walking in the lobby, he missed a step and stumbled. Down he went, scattering the channa on the plush carpet.
Now try to visualize that scenario.
Someone else in his son’s place would have been embarrassed to death. He might have cursed not his father but his own self for causing this awkward situation. ‘Never again will I take my old man to such hotels’, he would have vowed. No sir, not this son.
Gently, with a smile, he helped his father get back on his feet. Instead of feeling irritated or angry, he was amused. He found the whole incident very funny. Laughing, they both went home and on the way they decided to return to the same place the following Sunday.
Few days back, at a friend’s place they both described this event and made everybody laugh.
Weren’t you embarrassed? Somebody asked the son.
‘Oh, come on now’ replied the son. ‘He is my father. He talks in his native language, prefers to wear a dhoti even to a posh city hotel, takes channa from the bar to eat later, does whatever he feels like…. So what?
Why should I feel embarrassed with his nature and habits?
Nobody has a right to stop him from doing whatever he feels comfortable with, as long as it is not harmful to others.’
The son doesn’t care what the staff in the hotel thought about that incident. He says ‘they should be concerned only with their bills and tips.
I am more concerned about my father’s happiness.’
The wife too totally agrees with the husband on this issue. She feels there are enough other qualities in her father- in- law to feel proud of. Accept them.
The above incident is not mentioned just to show the love and devotion of a son for his father.
More than love it is a matter of understanding and a healthy respect for the other person’s lifestyle.
A seventy plus old man doesn’t want to change his lifestyle now. He likes the way he eats or dresses or talks. In his eyes there is nothing wrong with the old ways of living. Son says, ok, fine. Everybody has a right to live as per his wish. Now at his age, why should he be forced to learn to eat with a fork and knife, if he doesn’t want to? I will feel bad if he is doing something morally wrong or indulging in some harmful activities. But otherwise it is fine. I am not going to try to change him at this stage. He is my father. I love him, respect him.
Hey folks, can you think this way? So many times we see people getting embarrassed by the so called unsophisticated behaviour of their family members. They keep on apologizing about their lack of class and manners or about their drawbacks to outsiders.
My wife can’t speak proper English; she doesn’t know what’s happening in the world, so I avoid taking her out or introducing her to my friends and business associates…
· My parents can’t eat with a spoon and fork, so I don’t take them to restaurants
· My husband is working as an ordinary clerk, so I feel awkward when I introduce him to my rich friends.
· My brother is mentally challenged, so I don’t feel like going out with him…
Are you plagued with such thoughts?
Do you meet such people who think alike?
If you do, please ask yourself.
Why do others or I feel this way?
Really what is there to feel ashamed of?
Most of the people always have this fear of other peoples’ opinions and comments. What would others say?
Choosing a Successor
one who will be the new emperor!”
Once there was an emperor in the Far East who was growing old and knew it was coming time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or one of his own children, he decided to do something different.
He called all the young people in the kingdom together one day. He said, “It has come time for me to step down and to choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you.” The kids were shocked! But the emperor continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One seed. It is a very special seed. I want you to go home, plant the seed, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring to me, and the one I choose will be the next emperor of the kingdom!”
There was one boy named Ling who was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the whole story. She helped him get a pot and some planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.
After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Ling kept going home and checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by. Still nothing.
By now others were talking about their plants but Ling didn’t have a plant, and he felt like a failure. Six months went by, still nothing in Ling’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Ling didn’t say anything to his friends, however. He just kept waiting for his seed to grow. A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling told his mother that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she encouraged him to go, and to take his pot, and to be honest about what happened. Ling felt sick to his stomach, but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace.
When Ling arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by all the other youths. They were beautiful, in all shapes and sizes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other kinds laughed at him. A few felt sorry for him and just said, “Hey nice try.”
When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. Ling just tried to hide in the back. “What a Great plants, trees and flowers you boys have grown,” said the emperor.
“Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!”
All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ling was terrified. “The emperor knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!”
When Ling got to the front, the Emperor asked his name. “My name is Ling,” he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, “Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!” Ling couldn’t believe it. Ling couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor?
Then the emperor said,
“One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today.
But I gave you all boiled seeds which would not grow.
All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the
Truly, in our day to day Life …
HONEST APPROACH, SUCCEEDS
TEAM WORK DIVIDES THE TASK AND DOUBLES THE SUCCESS
“Each petal of a flower adds to its charm. Each branch of a tree is a contributor to its extensiveness. And so do all small streams join to form the indomitable. Mighty river” this is not a peek look into nature’s bounty. It is learning and inculcating a virtue through nature.
Teamwork too, is an influence. As said by Nepolian Hill. “Men take on the nature, the habits and the power of thought of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony”. And if not, it is a set of people to complete the task by endowing it with their individual skills and talent undoubtedly. The task gets basis of a person’s prowess. And the progeny is certainly a remarkable delicacy with a well grinded mixture and accurate recipe.
The difficult part comes here. Some people are arrogant enough to relish the whole credit for themselves, but in the world’s eyes. It is a work of professionals a group of experts who have brought about a revolution in the trade mantra for success that’s: CONSISTENCY IN WORK AND MANAGEMENT A blend of all qualities makes up a masterpiece. All involved to create a renovation shares the fruits of success.
Last but not the least, it can be concluded by:- “Teamwork is the ability to work together towards a common vision the ability to direct individual accomplishments towards organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results”.
TEENAGE – THE CHALLENGING PERIOD
What is Teenage?
It is the period between 13 to 19 yrs during our lifetime. It is a period of delight & discovery. Lot of physical & emotional changes takes place during this time like sudden increase in height etc. As the teenage starts, childhood dulls and maturity prevails. Along with the physical variations emotional changes occur. Sentiments tend to be stronger & fluctuating than at any other stage of life. There emotional changes are to be identified manifests in the social behavior later. The entrance mood swings during teenage changes the relations with parents and friends like wind.
What attracts teenagers?
Most of the teenagers are attracted by stylish & fashionable clothes western culture, junk food, television & recent movies. They like to spend more time with their friends than with their parents. They also like parties and enjoying
How should we control ourselves during the teenage years?
The teenager should develop control over his mind. Teenagers should utilize this period not just parting but also helping parents in some or the other manner. They should maintain a balance between social values & changing times.
the teenage will remain bright & ever remembering of the provided freedom is used in the right spirit. Ultimately teenage is the period of childhood dependence & adulthood independence.
NIDHI KAMATH (IX A)
Presenting a story which is more of a LESSON for each one of us as to How much we Value OUR BLESSED EXISTENCE as HUMAN as MAN is A Born multimillionaire
Gift of Existence
There lived a Sadhu, who regularly used to give speeches. One
day at the end of the conversation he was talking of being
grateful to existence.One should be always THANKFUL to
ALMIGHTY, Always remain Grateful for blessing us this life as
HUMANS.A beggar was sitting in a corner and listening to the
discourse, he came up to the Sadhu and said,“Maharaj, your
talk was great. But one thing I am not able to do. You said to be
grateful to the existence because it has always showered blessing
on you. Sorry! But, this existence has not given me anything. I
am struggling even for one ROTI”.The Sadhu said, “ I agree
with you, I will give you two lacks, right here, will you be
grateful?’ The beggar was thrilled. “But I want something in
return from you”, said the Sadhu.“I do not have anything,
what can I give you? If I have something I will definitely give
you.” said the beggar.“I won’t ask you anything that you do not
have”, said the Sadhu. The agreement was made.The Sadhu
said, “I will make arrangements for the two lacks; you please
make arrangement for giving me both your eyes.The beggar was
astonished. “What will I do with these two lacks without my
eyes! I don’t agree to the deal,” he said. “I prefer my two eyes
to the two lacks”. The Sadhu said, “but you said you don’t have
anything and were cursing existence.’ MAN is already blessed
with TWO EYES to SEE EVERY BEAUTY , TWO WORKING
HANDS , TWO LEGS TO TAKE HIM EVERYWHERE, TWO
EARS TO LISTEN, A NOSE TO ENJOY EVERY AROMA , A
TONGUE TO ENJOY EVERY TASTE apart from so many other
VITAL PARTSMAN is A Born multimillionaire.
But all these gifts we do not see. Like a beggar, money for us is
the most important.That we can see is such a great gift of
existence. We can hear. We can walk. All are great gifts.If you
say you are unhappy, it is ridiculous.In fact we should dance
and celebrate that existence has given us so many gifts. We
are normally focused on what is missing in life.The moment you
start operating from what you don’t have, whatever you have
also go into darkness.