Inspirational

Seven Pots of Gold

Once upon a time there was a Royal barber, who earned a handsome salary and was happy and cheerful man.

One day while returning home from work while walking through the forest he heard a voice which asked “Do you want seven pots of Gold?”. Puzzled by this question he said “Yes”, the voice replied “Go home you will find the pots at your home”. He rushed home and much to his suprise he found seven pots, out which six were filled till brim but seventh one was only half filled. He decided to fill the seventh pot also with gold.

From next day onwards he started dropping all his earnings into that pot, he starved himself and his family just so that he can get more gold to fill the pot. His happiness and cheerful nature vanished and day by day he became more miserable thinking about the pot which not matter what he added was not getting full.

He decided to request king for a raise to which king happily agreed and gave him a raise. Now he could add more gold and soon hoped for the pot to be full.But Alas! no matter how much gold he added the pot was not getting full…….

Day by day he was becoming weak due to starvation, he could not sleep at night thinking about the pot. King also noticed the change in him and one day finally asked him “Did you accept the seven pots of gold?”

He was suprised by this question and admitted to have taken that gold. King said “You should not have taken that gold. It is Yaksha (meaning:Forest Spirit) ‘s gold, it is of no use as you cannot spend it and will only keep on adding to the pot which will never get full.” “Immediately go back and ask the Yaksh to take back his gold and then only you will get back your happiness and peace of mind”

Barber immediately followed his advice and asked the Yaksh to take back his gold, that moment the pots disappeared. Barber also lost all the gold he added from his earnings by starving himself and his family…….

We are also like that barber and all our life we run after money, ignoring our health and our family. No matter how much we earn we always want more and more and in the process lose our happiness and peace of mind and finally end up with nothing left…………….

 

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Barrier

Few days ago I experienced a major setback in my career, my life was completely disturbed and I felt very hurt, somedays I felt like giving up on life. I accepted complete defeat. Then one day while browsing on internet I came across a below story

“During a research experiment a marine biologist placed a shark into a large holding tank and then released several small bait fish into the tank.

As you would expect, the shark quickly swam around the tank, attacked and ate the smaller fish.

The marine biologist then inserted a strong piece of clear fiberglass into the tank, creating two separate partitions. She then put the shark on one side of the fiberglass and a new set of bait fish on the other.

Again, the shark quickly attacked.  This time, however, the shark slammed into the fiberglass divider and bounced off.  Undeterred, the shark kept repeating this behavior every few minutes to no avail.  Meanwhile, the bait fish swam around unharmed in the second partition.  Eventually, about an hour into the experiment, the shark gave up.

This experiment was repeated several dozen times over the next few weeks.  Each time, the shark got less aggressive and made fewer attempts to attack the bait fish, until eventually the shark got tired of hitting the fiberglass divider and simply stopped attacking altogether.

The marine biologist then removed the fiberglass divider, but the shark didn’t attack.  The shark was trained to believe a barrier existed between it and the bait fish, so the bait fish swam wherever they wished, free from harm.

The moral:  Many of us, after experiencing setbacks and failures, emotionally give up and stop trying. Like the shark in the story, we believe that because we were unsuccessful in the past, we will always be unsuccessful. In other words, we continue to see a barrier in our heads, even when no ‘real’ barrier exists between where we are and where we want to go.”

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Still I Rise

Sharing below a beautiful inspirational poem which gave me hope to continue in my difficult days……..

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

-Maya Angelou

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यशस्वी

डॉ. अब्दुल कलाम यांना पायलट बनायचे होते..
त्यासाठी कुणीही मार्गदर्शक नसल्यामुळे त्यांनी बी.एस्.सी. ला एडमीशन घेतली..

नंतर फायनल ईयरला त्यांना कळले की ,पायलट बनायचे असेल तर ईंजीनीयरींग मधील ‘एयरोनॉटीकल ईंजीनीयरींग’ ला प्रवेश घ्यावा लागतो !..
मार्गदर्शक नसल्यामुळे आयुष्यातील तीन वर्ष वाया घालवीले असे त्यांना वाटले !..खुप रडले!..

परंतु याच बीएससी फीजीक्सने त्यांचे जीवन घडविले !…

नंतर एयरोनाॅटीकल ईंजीनीयर ची पदवी घेतली ,त्यावर्षी संपुर्ण भारतातुन केवळ आठ मुलं ही पदवी घेऊ शकले !.. त्यात डॉ कलाम टॉपर होते !..

त्याकाळी फक्त ‘एअर ईंडीया’ हीच पायलटच्या जागा भरायची !..

त्यावर्षी त्यांना सात जागा भरायच्या होत्या!.अर्ज आठ !.. डॉ.ए.पी.जे. अब्दुल कलाम टॉपर !..

ईंटरव्यु होऊन सीलेक्शन झाले!.

डॉ. कलाम सोडुन सर्व उमेदवारांना नौकरी मीळाली!..
डॉ. कलाम यांची “ऊंची” कमी आहे,या निर्णयामुळे सीलेक्शन कमीटीने त्यांना नाकारले !..

डॉ. कलाम खुप हताश झाले !..

रामकृष्ण मठातच बालपण गेल्यामुळे उदास होऊन हरीद्वारच्या मठात गेले !..

तेथील स्वामीजींनी सांगीतले, ” का ऊदास होतोस?.. जीवनातील एका संग्रामात अपयशी ठरलास, याचा अर्थ नव्हे, की तु कर्तृत्ववान व यशस्वी पुरुष बनु शकत नाही !.. कदाचीत ईश्वराने तुझी निवड एखाद्या महान कार्यासाठी केली असेल !..

डॉ. कलाम घरी जाण्यासाठी दिल्लीला परत आले!..
दुस-या दिवशी पेपरमधे,”एयरोनाॅटीकल इंजीनियर पाहीजे” अशी जाहीरात होती, कुण्या विक्रम साराभाईंची !.. पगार एअर इंडीयाच्या दुप्पट !..

ईंटरव्यूहला पुन्हा तेच आठ कँडीडेट!..

एकच जागा !..

यावेळी मात्र कलाम यांचीच निवड झाली !..

दुस-या दिवशी नोकरीला गेले, म्हणाले, “सांगा विमान कुठे घेऊन जायचे?”..

विक्रम साराभाई म्हणाले, “आपल्या जवळ विमानच नाहीये ..आणि मला खात्री आहे की हे विमान तूच बनवू शकशील!”..

पुढचा इतिहास तुम्हाला माहीती आहे !..

तर मित्रांनो !.. तुम्ही आयुष्यात जरी अपेक्षित ध्ये़य मिळवू शकले नसाल, तर डॉ. ए.पी.जे.अब्दुल कलाम सर यांच्या जीवनातील हा प्रसंग विसरु नका !…

कदाचित तुम्ही भारताचे भावी कलाम सर असाल !..

“जीवनात अयशस्वी जरी झालोत
तरी निराश होऊ नये
कारण,
F.A.I.L. चा अर्थ
First Attempt In Learning
असाच आहे..!!

प्रयत्नांना कधीही
शेवट नसतो
कारण,
E.N.D. चा अर्थ
Efforts Never Die
असाच घेऊयात..!!

आयुष्यात कोणाकडूनही
नकार आला तरी
खचून जाऊ नये
कारण,
N.O. म्हणजे
Next Opportunity
म्हणून नेहमी आशावादी राहुयात
आणि
जीवनात पुढेच चालत राहुयात;

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Winners

Struggles are no excuse for giving up on your dreams!

Jobless Single Mother, Fought depression, Rejected by 12 publishers….Became the richest author

J.K. Rowling – Author of Harry Potter Series

Rejected from 30 jobs including KFC,Rejected from Harvard 10 times, Failed at school and college exams

Jack MA – Founder,Alibaba

At 21 diagnosed with ALS, disease that shuts down the nerves, eventually lost the ability to speak & move, defied all odds and became leading scientist

Stephen Hawking – Physicist

Grew up at farm, milked cows and sold milk,delivered newspapers, founded the largest retail chain

Sam Walton – Founder, Walmart

Recipe got rejected 1009 times, Got 5 Cents/Chicken from restaurant, years later 600 KFC outlets in USA

Colonel Sanders – Franchise, KFC

Born to housemaid and coal worker, raped at 9 & 13, pregnant at 14, Millionaire by 32, “Queen of all Media”

Oprah Winfrey – Talk Show Host

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She is complete

While browsing on Facebook I came across below beautiful post about Gautam Buddha’s wife and son that he left behind…

😊

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He left her in the middle of the night, the night their son was
born. When she heard the news she was devastated.

Yet, she did not complain but her life lost all meaning. The only reason for her to live now was her son. She wanted him to grow up to be a man that the world would look up to.

Her friends and relatives came around and asked her to forget about the man who had left her and start life again.

They asked her to marry again but she refused. She was young
& beautiful & suitors queued up outside her door, but she refused each one of them.

Then one fine day he came back !

He stood in front of her and she could hardly remember him as the man who had left her. “They call you the Buddha now?” she asked him gently.

“I hear they do,” he answered in
a calm fashion.

“What does it mean?” she further inquired.

“I think it means the enlightened one, a knower,” he informed.

She smiled and then a silence.
“I suppose we have both learned something. Your lessons O Buddha, will make the world richer in spirit, but my lesson will unfortunately remain largely unknown.”
she reflected deeply….

“ And what lesson is that ? ” The Buddha probed.

Her eyes sparkled with unshed tears, “That a courageous woman does not need anyone to complete her…..
SHE IS COMPLETE ON HER OWN ”

Saluting womanhood for the Yashodhara spirit. !!! 🙏

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Inspiring Dad

While browsing on Facebook I came across a video about an unique wedding of a youngest single father and it really touched my heart.

Aditya Tiwari who is working in Pune and originally from Indore. Aditya is a dad to Avneesh who has ‘Down syndrome’.

When Aditya was in his 20’s while visiting the orphanage he was drawn to a child.He wanted to adopt and take care of the child but he was told that the child had down syndrome,hole in heart and visual disabilities also but this did not change his mind.

As a single unmarried individual it took literally over a year to get the permission to adopt a child and that too with special needs. It was a lengthy campaign, struggle and multiple visits to various organizations to get this sorted out.Finally Aditya was Avaneesh’d Dad.

This man’s unique story does not end here.He also had a unique wedding in which instead of having fancy wedding feast for friends and relatives, 10,000 people from old age homes, orphanages were treated to a feast and over 1000 stray animals fed and 100 saplings planted.

Aditya broke many stereotypes and taboos and gave hope to society, hats off to him👏👏, world needs more such Aditya.

 

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Know your worth

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”

Hands started going up.

He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.

He then asked, “Who still wants it?”Still the hands were up in the air.

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.

He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.

“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way.

We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever forget it!

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Understanding

A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: “Puppies For Sale.”

Signs like this always have a way of attracting young children, and to no surprise, a boy saw the sign and approached the owner; “How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” he asked.

The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30 to $50.”

The little boy pulled out some change from his pocket. “I have $2.37,” he said. “Can I please look at them?”

The shop owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his shop followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?”

The shop owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited. “That is the puppy that I want to buy.”

The shop owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said;

“I DON’T WANT YOU TO GIVE HIM TO ME. THAT LITTLE DOG IS WORTH EVERY BIT AS MUCH AS ALL THE OTHER DOGS AND I’LL PAY FULL PRICE. IN FACT, I’LL GIVE YOU $2.37 NOW, AND 50 CENTS A MONTH UNTIL I HAVE HIM PAID FOR.”

The shop owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.”

To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the shop owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”