“To work alone you have competence, and not to claim their fruits. Let not the longing for fruits be the motive forces of your action. At the same time let not this attitude confirm you in indolent action”. SMT. SARALA K. MEHTA
HER IDEALS: (i) Religion is the foundation of life.
(ii) Service to poor is not less than service to God!
Om Namah Shiwaya
“Prayer to God”
“Oh my lord! Oh my God! Youonly are my mother, you only are my father, you only are my brother, you only are my friend, and you only are my wisdom. You only are my wealth and you only are everything for me”.
“Oh lord Krishna! I beg of you only that let my life be full of miseries as during miseries only I shall worship and pray you and thereof, I shall have your vision, and once having your vision, I shall not be required to have a vision of this world and thus I shall be liberated from the cycle of birth and death”.
“Om poornamadh Poornamidam,
Poornam via avusishyte!!”
It was whose; it is whose now also. What has come out of the whole is also whole.
When the whole is taken out of the whole, the whole still remains whole.
With the dust of Guru’s lotus feet, I first clean the mirror of my heart and then narrate the sacred glory of Sri Ramachandra, the supreme among the Raghu Dynasty, the giver of four fold attainments of life. (The fourfold attainments are Kama, Artha, Dharma, Moksha i.e. pleasure, wealth, religious-merit and salvation).
Knowing myself to be ignorant, I urge you, O Hanuman, the son of Pavan (wind God)! O Lord! Bestow on me strength, wisdom knowledge, taking away all my miseries and blemishes.
Victory to three, O Hanuman, ocean of wisdom and virtue, victory to the Lord of monkeys who is well known in all the three worlds.
You, the messenger of Ram and repository of immeasurable strength, are also known as Anjaniputra (son of Anjani). and Pavanputra.
Mighty, powerful and strong, as lightning, O Mahaveer, you being the companion of wisdom, dispel dark and evil thoughts.
O! Golden hued hanuman, you look beautiful with earstuds and curly hair.
You hold the mace of lightning and a flag in your hands with the sacred thread of Munja grass adorning your shoulder.
Tulsidas (writer of these verses) is an eternal devotee of Lord Hari.
O Hanuman, kindly resides in my heart forever.
O Sri Hanuman, the son of Pavana, savior, the embodiment of blessings,
reside in my heart together with Sri Ram, Laxman, and Sita.
For the last about 3 to 4 decades, there is a growing tendency amongst the prarents to give a western oriented education to their children. This may be possibly for the sake of status symbol or under the impression of giving better education. The present curriculum in the schools doesn’t sufficiently cover topics concerning our ancient heritage. With the result the present generation has remained aloof from getting a glimpse of our culture. My two sons are also not exception to this. However, my wife, being from a very pious and spiritual family, left no stone unturned to give our sons same idea of our ancient culture. She would purchase “Amar Chitra Kathas” in English, which described the ancient folklore in pictorial form. It was an endless purchase of such books in my house, to the extent that one of our rooms was practically converted into a library. Even during the absence of our children, the children from the neighbourhood used to specially come to read these books. We too encouraged the children to read such books.
During our family gatherings I used to quiz the children: Name any five rushis .Who was King Dashratha? Who was the father of Lord Krishna? Etc. But hardly any kid could reply correctly. On the other hand they had a thorough knowledge about Bollywood and Hollywood stars .
After my wife’s sad demise, I left for U.S.A. to stay with my younger son. Whilst in U.S.A., I had many opportunities to chat with the youngsters of the Indian origin. I used to ask them: “Which place you belong to?” They used to reply “India”, but many of them were not even aware about the state to which they belonged. This was because their parents had never bothered to take them to India. Many youngsters had very little knowledge about Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. Some of these boys had never even heard of the names of Swami Vivekanand or Ravindranath Tagore. Of late, spiritual TV serials such as“Ramayana”, “Mahabharat” are being featured. The present generations are doing their schooling in English medium schools, whereas, the serials are in Hindi. So not much interest is being evinced by the present generation to watch these serials.
This sorry state of affairs inspired me to write this book, to give a glimpse of our Indian culture. Our great rushis viz. Vyasa, Valmiki etc. have produced epics like ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’. This book contains 108 spiritual stories taken from such epics and the theme of the story is aptly reflected in the title.
I appeal particularly to the young boys and girls, studying in schools and colleges, to read this book. There is not a page perfect in all respect in them but after reading I hope they will emerge with greater courage, purer mind and stronger will.
I wish I were gifted with greater vision, knowledge and greater ability so that I could have done this work in a better way. I confess that in the evening of my life, writing this book must have left many errors and contradiction. The faults such as may be noticed are entirely mine.