Sunday, November 20, 2011

Love - The Most Powerful Weapon in the World

A tyrant king, who dreamt of taking over and ruling over the whole world, was searching for someone who could guide him. He heard a lot about a wise man, popularly called as Man of Wisdom. He heard that Man of Wisdom knew everything and always helped others in their problems, so the king decided to pay Man of Wisdom a visit.
He said,
“I want to become the most powerful king in the World.  I want to own every piece of land in every corner of the world.  I want that everyone bows to me and the whole world knows my name.  I want that every coin, be it gold or silver or bronze, bears my mark and bears my name.” he stopped.

“Nice” said Man of Wisdom sarcastically and then asked, “Why do you come to me?”

“I want to defeat the neighboring empire. But the problem is that it is a very big kingdom.
It has a huge powerful army with all kinds of weapons. Their army is stronger than mine. But I hate that Empire and its king. I want to start my campaign of taking over the world with him, but I have no weapon strong enough to face him and my army is outnumbered.”
He paused then again said,
“So I want you to tell me about the most powerful weapon in the world. Something that has never even been built; that can move mountains, win over the world and thus can fulfill my dreams. Tell about some mighty weapon and how can I create it and use it against that king.”

Man of Wisdom looked and smiled at him; then he said “To become the mightiest person in the world that never was, you’d have to perform mightiest sacrifices that were never ever made. Do you have the willingness to do that?”
“I’ll do anything you want me to do. Tell me and it will be done.” The king said.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The boy, the mother and the cherry tree - A touching short story

The 6 year old boy was playing in the small garden in his house. The garden had a few small shrubs, plants and a few trees. There were many plants with beautiful flowers and a few with strange leaves. But out of all, the boy liked the cherry tree most.

Whenever the boy asked his father about the tree, he always replied, “Your mother planted the tree.”

But the boy had never seen his mother. He never knew how she looked as they didn’t have any photograph of her. He played in the garden with other children, most of who went to the same school as him. They always talked about their mothers loudly and that was when the boy felt silent.

He heard a lot of things about mothers from his friends from the school.
The boy didn’t know what motherly embrace is. He didn’t know how mother would have protected him from bad weather and would have snatched him away from difficulties. The boy never had sweet desserts and cakes his mother would have made. The boy missed his mother a lot and so he always stayed around the cherry tree. After all, his mother planted the tree…

The boy lay asleep below the cherry tree. It began to rain, but the boy stayed dry and harmless, because the small tree protected him. A few gentle drops falling from the leaves touched his face, he woke up slowly. It was getting dark, so he went back into the house. He switched on the light his room and looked through the window. The tree was completely pink due to the flowers blossoming on it. He imagined the tree as a woman, with pink hair and white clothes with silver lining. The boy began to cry, he never missed his mother so much and he again felt asleep.
Soon seasons passed. The blossoming flowers were now delicious cherries. Though his mother wasn’t there but his father often made cherry pie, muffins, cakes and crumbles. The boy loved them all. No matter what time or which meal, if he would eat something, it must contain cherries.
The boy would do most of the activities below the cherry tree. Playing, studying, eating and sleeping in the day. The cherry tree wasn’t just a tree for him anymore; it became a part of his life, a part of his every day to day activity.

The boy still missed his mother a lot but he now appreciated cherry tree more and more because he understood why his mother planted the tree. Though she left him, she was still with him, in the form of this beautiful cherry tree.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Top 10 Qualities of Mahatma Gandhi & why you need to learn them

Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October, 1869. This day is also celebrated as the International day of Non-Violence in his honor. Mahatma is made up of two Hindi words Mahan- Aātma; meaning great soul. In this month let's remember this great soul.  When asked about what message he would like to give to the world, Gandhi said, “My life is my message” Here are 10 great strategies and virtues we should learn from the Great life of Mahatma Gandhi. All the quotes are by Mahatma Gandhi:

1. Faith in self-
 “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
“Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning.”
Mahatma Gandhi wasn’t a great orator, didn’t had a very attractive physique, lived a life of simplicity and avoided limelight as much as he could, but still he is regarded as one of the Greatest persons to have ever walked on earth. The reason is he always believed in himself. He believed that he has a great responsibility to free his country and he had complete faith in himself. He knew he’d a play a significant role in the freedom of India and so he did. His faith in himself triggered the faith of millions of Indians in him.
“All of us have great abilities and great responsibilities. All of us play a very significant role in the flow of History. The reason we never realize is because we never believe we can have a worldwide impact.”

2. Resistance & Persistence-
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win.”

Saturday, October 1, 2011

"In God's own words: Why every Human is Great?" - An inspiring short story

Gaia holding the earth and looking at the God
Gaia, the Goddess of earth was unhappy because all the creatures that lived on earth didn’t use up all of their unique capabilities. Gaia complained this to the God. God pointed his finger towards apes, few of which turned humans by using their brain and working with their hands. Gaia watched the growth of humans; as they also started to alter their characteristics and extracted earth’s natural resources. Then, the same human resorted themselves to vices of lust, desires, stealth, greed, hunt, denomination, anger, arrogance, bragging, gluttony, craving for power, wants…

This made Gaia unhappy; the entire human race made her sad and deepened her pain. In these dark times, when most of the human followed unfair paths and resorted themselves to vices and evil, a few human forged their character to greatness with discipline and diligence. They were called as Great people all around the earth and were honored and respected everywhere. They delighted Gaia the most. But still they were very few and only one or two of them would born in many centuries.

Finally Gaia requested God to reform humans on earth; so she could be happy and live peacefully. She also doubted that if she didn’t go to God, the human, who were increasingly indulging themselves in “World Wars” would soon annihilate themselves by fighting with each other.

God appeared before Gaia, smiled and said: “You’re most unique among all your brothers and sisters; the planet you held responsibility for is also the most unique. I understand your urge to see divine nature in human.” God paused for a few moments and then said,
        “So, from now on, each and every human would be born with the same abilities. They won’t be great from the births but they’ll become great by their endeavors. Their only mission on the earth would be to find what they love; their destiny and then they’d have to keep trailing towards it. Whatever they’d need in order to reach their destiny would be always available, either around them or within them.
In this way every human would be able to stand among the great men and be great himself.”

God said and then disappeared. Gaia was smiling, she knew all her sons and daughters are great and would keep delighting her by their great deeds...

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Through the Dark times- An Inspiring Poem

The poem was written by Man of Wisdom in one of his terrific journeys. The poem deals with what Man of Wisdom dealt at that time: oppositions, suffering, defeats, nervous breakdowns, being left alone, humiliation, no interest in life’s day to day activities and then, finally he thought about giving it all up and getting rid of all the seemingly impossible difficulties by letting his life go. He thought that ending his life would also put an end to his miseries. Just before jumping from the edge of the very high mountains, he was passing through, he blamed God because he never himself doubted God's presence but still he was facing these fiasco. He lost his hope and he stopped believing in his destiny. He stopped trailing on his Untrailed Path…

He was going through the darkest times of his life, but still he was Man of Wisdom. He believed in God throughout his life and like the tiny light glittering at the end of the long dark tunnel, he thought about going through his difficulties one more time even if it might turn out to be his last try. He did because he never actually gave up on a single thing he really wanted from the bottom of his heart.
He took out a parchment, dipped a feather in the ink pot and began to write. He wrote every problem he was having and for that he had to use lot of parchments. After writing every problem, he thought about solutions. He couldn’t think of any solutions in the beginning but he kept on trying; soon solutions began to come in his mind. He was getting hope because every impossible and incomprehensible thing was becoming comprehensible and seemed extremely easy to him. He could feel the extreme positiveness bursting from his body, heart and soul; he was making cheerful sounds that echoed through the dark valley, he was scared to step into. Finally his poetic instincts reached their peak and he added the last few lines. He looked at the parchment: everything was there- problems as well as solutions in just a few lines. He smiled and shouted again, "I'll make Through the Dark Times"  “Through the Dark Times” echoed back from the dark valley:

When fate is playing you like a puppet,
And people are crushing you like a doormat.

When everyone ignores you like air,
And there’s no one who care.

When you think someday you will prevail,
But no day ends well.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Untrailed Path of Man of Wisdom

You might be wondering, who is "Man of Wisdom"? What does the "Untrailed Path" means?
Well before I start posting stories about Man of Wisdom's life, his teachings and how he can simply inspire you or help you change your life; I'd like to tell you more about Man of Wisdom and make you familiar with him and his philosophy.

Man of Wisdom is someone who has better understanding of life and how to live it. But there is also one thing we can't overlook: A single person on the planet can't be perfect about philosophies, can't be wise enough to guide people who have lived in different times and would probably not know about everything; for example- if something worked a decade ago or it worked a hundred years ago doesn't mean it would also work now or a decade later or a hundred years later.
Also, if some strategy works great at one place doesn't mean it would work fine all around the globe, for example- if  the camel is used in the Sahara desert doesn't mean that it should also be used in the Prairies or in the Himalayas.

Thus when we think of someone who is wise or has cleverness and wits, we can't overlook the environment and the time around him. Anyone who is wise and clever and has enough intelligence to guide others must work hand in hand with time, place and environment to describe his point of view.
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