Zen stories are wonderful stories with deep insight. There is Zen story about the master Bankei. His talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. Once a self-centred Nichiren priest came to the temple, determined to debate with Bankei. When he saw that an audience was attracted by the Master, anger and jealousy took over him. He went to the master and challenged him:
“Hey, teacher!" he called out. "Wait a minute. Whoever respects you will obey what you say, but a man like myself does not respect you. Can you make me obey you?”
The Master's peace and strength of mind and heart was least affected by any disrespect shown to them. He accepted the challenge and said: ” Come up beside me and I will show you.” Proudly the priest pushed his way through the crowd to the teacher. Bankei smiled. "Come over to my left side.” The priest obeyed. “No," said Bankei, "we may talk better if you are on the right side. Step over here.” The priest proudly stepped over to the right. “You see," observed Bankei, "you are obeying me and I think you are a very gentle person. Now sit down and listen."
326] IGNORANT FRIENDS
A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child played on the disused track, the rest on the operational track. The train is coming, and you are just beside the track interchange. You can make the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids. However, that would also mean the lone child playing by the disused track would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way? What kind of decision you would make?
Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. You might think the same way. Exactly, to save most of the children at the expense of only one child was rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally. But, have you ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place? Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was.
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Based on an actual experiment conducted by Harry Harlow and his associates at the Primate Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin, this tale gives an insight to the human conditioning.
Five monkeys were put in a room. In the middle of the room was a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling. Each time a monkey tried to climb the ladder, all the monkeys were sprayed with ice water, which made them miserable. Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempted to climb the ladder, other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed with ice water, set upon him and beat him up. Soon, none of the five monkeys ever attempted to climb the ladder.
One of the five monkeys was then removed, and a new monkey was put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys were going for the bananas. As soon as this new monkey tries to climb the ladder, true to the monkey nature, all the other monkeys beat him up. He has no idea why. However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder in fear of another assault.
A second monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer attempts to climb the ladder to get the delicious fruit, but all the other monkeys hammer him. This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he's not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. But he has no idea why he's attacking the new monkey.
One by one, all the original five monkeys are replaced. Five new monkeys are now in the room. None of them has ever been sprayed by ice water, and yet none climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries to climb the ladder to get the bananas, without having any idea why.
That is how traditions, religions, corrupt practices, gangsterism get established and followed. This is how dictators rise and fascism spreads. This is how parents and pediatricians are conditioned to rape tiny tots via vaccines or control them via drugs.Un-evolved Monkeys cannot stand up, but Men can. Really evolved men and women join me in creating a New Life, a New India and a New World.
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328] The reading material at the barbershop consisted entirely of murder stores, mysteries, thrillers, and ghost tales. When Peter asked the barber if he wanted to terrify his customers he replied. “No Peter. These books make the customers’ hair stand up and then it becomes easier to cut"
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329] SEEK HIM IN QUIET MOMENTS
There is a story about a sea captain, who in his retirement, skippered a boat taking day-trippers to the Islands. On one trip, the boat was full of young people. They laughed at the old captain when they saw him say a prayer before sailing out, because the day was fine and the sea was calm. However they weren't long at sea when a storm suddenly blew up and the boat began to roll & pitch violently.
The terrified passengers came to the captain and asked him to join them in prayer.
But he replied, "I say my prayers when it's calm. When it's rough I attend to my ship."
Here is a lesson for us...... If we cannot seek God in quiet moments of our lives; we are not likely to find him when trouble strikes. We are more likely to panic. But if we have learnt to seek him and trust him in quiet moments, then most certainly we will find him when the going gets rough !
330] This young bachelor met this beautiful brunette who happens to be working in the same company he was. It was love at first sight for him. Unfortunately, so it was also for the other single men in the building. Instead of giving up, the young bachelor did his homework. He asked her friends what she likes and did not like.
He visited her cubicle a few times within the week. When other men sent emails and text messages, he sent handwritten letters. When other suitors brought her to expensive restaurants, he brought her to museums and book readings, which she loved. This young bachelor pursued her with all of his heart. In the end, it paid off. They are now happily married with kids. And he still pursues her till this very day.
Imagine if we pursue God the same way?
1 Chronicles 28:9 says, “… If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”
That is a promise. We need not give chocolates or flowers. We need not buy expensive jewelry.
What God wants from us is a genuine yearning for His presence in our life.
Not just in one area but in our entire being.
Intimacy with the Lord can only achieved if we spend time with Him and His Word - The Bible.
The Word of God is more than just text on a page.
It is His love letter to us, His people
331] The most destructive habit....... ........ .....Worry
The greatest Joy......... ......... ............ ...Giving
The greatest loss........ Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work........ .......Helping others
The ugliest personality trait....... ... .....Selfishness
The most endangered species..... ....Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource.... .......... ...Our youth
The greatest 'shot in the arm'........ ..Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome.... ........ ...Fear
The most effective sleeping pill....... Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease..... ... .......Excuses
The most powerful force in life........ ............ . Love
The most dangerous act...... ..A gossip
The world's most incredible computer.... . ....The brain
The worst thing to be without..... ............ ..... Hope
The deadliest weapon...... ........ ..........The tongue
The two most power-filled words....... ........ 'I Can'
The greatest asset....... .......... ........ ....Faith
The most worthless emotion.... ......... ....Self- pity
The most beautiful attire...... ......... ........SMILE!
The most prized possession.. ........ .....Integrity
The most powerful channel of communication. ......Prayer
The most contagious spirit...... .......... ......Enthusiasm
Life ends; when you stop Dreaming,
Hope ends; when you stop Believing,
Love ends; when you stop Caring,
332] There was once a very poor orphan who wanted nothing more in the world than to belong to a family. Finally, his opportunity came. When he was eight years old, a family adopted him! He took with him his hope and his possessions — the old worn and torn clothes he was wearing and a single soft toy.
His new parents were excited to have him with them, and wanted him to feel like one of the family. He was given his own room, and he was introduced to the other kids in the street. His new parents took those old clothes, threw them away and bought him beautiful new clothes. They bought him a bike and more toys. However, the young boy’s old shoes, the ones with the big holes in them, weren’t tossed out with the rest of his clothes. His new father placed them on the mantelpiece. It wasn’t long before the newly adopted son found out why. Every time that boy did something wrong his father would go and get those shoes and say “Look at all we’ve done for you. We took you in when you had nothing, but look at how you’ve behaved.” Unfortunately we do the same thing all too often in our relationships. We dredge up the past and throw it back in someone’s face, never letting them forget how much they’re in our debt. Forgiveness means throwing out the shoes as well as the clothes, refusing to dredge up the past and make it a reason for action in the present.
333] CLUB 99
Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content. One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy. The King asked the servant, 'Why are you so happy?'
The man replied, 'Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don't need too much - just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.'
The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the King's woes and the servant's story, the advisor said, 'Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of The 99 Club.'
'The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?' the King inquired.
The advisor replied, 'Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant's doorstep.'
When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy... So many gold coins!
He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 coins. He wondered, 'What could've happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!'
He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection.
From that day, the servant's life was changed. He was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked.
Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his advisor's help, the advisor said, 'Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.'
He continued, 'The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never contented, because they're always yearning and Striving for that extra 1, saying to themselves: 'Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.' We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we're given something bigger and better, we want even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, all these as a price for our growing needs and desires.
That's the "Club 99". Zero Membership cost to enter , but u pay for it for ur whole life!
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334] A man was an avid Gardner..Saw a small butterfly laying a few eggs in one of the pots in his garden. Since that day he looked at the egg with ever growing curiosity and eagerness. The egg started to move and shake a little. He was exited to see a new life coming up right in front of his eyes. He spent hours watching the egg now. The egg started to expand and develop cracks. A tiny head and antennae started to come out ever so slowly. The man's excitement knew no bounds. He got his magnifying glasses and sat to watch the life and body of a pupa coming out. He saw the struggle of the tender pupa and couldn't resist his urge to HELP. He went and got a tender forceps to help the egg break, a nip here a nip there to help the struggling life.
The pupa was out the man was ecstatic! He waited now each day for the pupa to grow and fly like a beautiful butterfly, but Alas that never happened the larvae pupa had a oversized head and kept crawling along in the pot for the full 4 weeks and died!
Depressed the man went to his botanist friend and asked the reason. His friend told him the struggle to break out of the egg helps the larvae to send blood to its wings
and the head push helps the head to remain small so that the tender wings can support it thru its 4 week life cycle, in his eagerness to help the man destroyed a beautiful life!
Struggles help all of us, that's why a wee bit of effort goes a long way to develop our strength to face life's difficulties!
As parents, we sometimes go too far trying to help and protect our kids from life's harsh realities and disappointments. We don't want our kids to struggle like we did.
But Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Dan Kindlon says that over-protected children are more likely to struggle in relationships and with challenges. We're sending our kids the message that they're not capable of helping themselves. To quote clinical psychologist Dr. Wendy 's
Moral: "It is Our Job to prepare Our Children for the Road..., & Not prepare the road
for Our Children..."
335] A teacher was testing the children in her Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven. She asked them, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?" "NO!" the children answered. "If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?" Again, the answer was, "NO!" Now she was smiling. Hey, they're getting it, she thought! "Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into Heaven?" she asked. Again, they all answered, "NO!" She was just bursting with pride for them. "Well," she continued, "then how can I get into Heaven?" A five-year-old boy shouted out, "YOU GOTTA BE DEAD." -
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336] Back in the 19th century, two brothers had an idea which eventually became their passionate and consuming dream. Their relentless pursuit of that dream was rewarded with an accomplishment that changed world travel. The Wright Brothers were the first to design and build a flying craft that could be controlled while in the air.
As growing boys, the Wright Brothers flew kites just as every other boy had done. But they drew some valuable knowledge fromtheir kites. Finally, they concluded after discussion and experimentation that a man could be kept aloft on the principles of flying a kite, if an engine could be developed that would sustain the flying kite. Their idea was scoffed at by others. But they kept working on their idea.In 1903, the New York Times commented that scientists should not waste their time and money in airship experiments, since flying is impossible for humankind. Exactly one week later, the Wright Brothers made the first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, USA.Flying craft was simply an idea conceived in the minds of the Wrights who had not even finished their high school. Believe it or not, they did not have a University degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or any other subject. They were not scientists in the true sense of the word. A true example of turning dreams into reality! — Sajith Cyriac
337] An old, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head. He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and occupied his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks. Curious I pinned a note to his collar:
'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'
The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: "He lives in a home, with my non-stop chatting and nagging wife, he's trying to catch up on his sleep... Can I come with him tomorrow???"
338] Imagine yourself on your deathbed, looking back on the life you have lived: what will your family in particular, and society in general, remember most about you? What will be the legacy you would like to leave behind? Your legacy is, in fact, much more than your portfolio, property, money and enterprises you leave behind. You are rarely judged by the number of great achievements in your life, but by the quality of life that resulted from your accomplishments. Your legacy is the end-product of your life. What is ultimately important is not what people think about you and your political or economic achievements but the performance of your purposeful actions that result in a positive impact on other people’s lives. Thus, your person is not your legacy; you are simply the one who manifests your legacy.
It is a fact that truly worthwhile legacies are left behind by those who strove to make the world a better place for others to live in. Lasting legacies are recorded in the hearts of others rather than in records. At your passing away if it can be said that you left the world in a condition better than when you entered it your legacy will outlive the limits of time! To create a living legacy, you need to start with what you value most. You’ve got to spend time focusing on your current actions and their implications for the future. How do your actions support your values every single moment of your life and contribute to the good of others? At the end of the day, let your heart mull over the question: what quality does the legacy of my life reveal today?
339] A tall, hefty Sardar, new to town, stepped into a bar for a drink. Unfortunately, the regulars in the bar had a habit of picking on strangers. When the Sardarji finished his drink, he found that the bike he had parked outside had been stolen. He went back into the bar, banged his fist on the table and yelled, "Which one of you bastards stole my bike?!?!?" No one answered. "Alright, I'm going to have another drink, and if my bike isn't back outside by the time I finish, I'm going to do what I did in Patiala! And I don't like to have to do what I did in Patiala!" he said calmly. Some of the regulars shifted restlessly. The Sardarji, true to his word, had another drink, walked outside and found that his bike had been returned outside the bar. Sardarji started the bike to ride out. The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, "Sir, before you go... What happened in Patiala?" The Sardar turned back and said, "I had to walk home."
340] A true story about athlete Glenn Cunningham who was horribly burned in a schoolhouse fire at the age of 8. Doctors predicted he would never walk again. Determined to walk, Glenn would throw himself off his wheelchair and pull his body across the yard and along a fence. Twenty-two months later, he took his first steps and through sheer determination, learned to run despite the pain…
The little country schoolhouse was heated by an old-fashioned, pot-bellied coal stove. A little boy had the job of coming to school early each day to start the fire and warm the room before his teacher and his classmates arrived. One morning they arrived to find the schoolhouse engulfed in flames. They dragged the unconscious little boy out of the flaming building more dead than alive. He had major burns over the lower half of his body and was taken to a nearby county hospital.
From his bed the dreadfully burned, semi-conscious little boy faintly heard the doctor talking to his mother. The doctor told his mother that her son would surely die – which was for the best, really – for the terrible fire had devastated the lower half of his body.
But the brave boy didn’t want to die. He made up his mind that he would survive. Somehow, to the amazement of the physician, he did survive. When the mortal danger was past, he again heard the doctor and his mother speaking quietly. The mother was told that since the fire had destroyed so much flesh in the lower part of his body, it would almost be better if he had died, since he was doomed to be a lifetime cripple with no use at all of his lower limbs.
Once more the brave boy made up his mind. He would not be a cripple. He would walk. But unfortunately from the waist down, he had no motor ability. His thin legs just dangled there, all but lifeless.
Ultimately he was released from the hospital. Every day his mother would massage his little legs, but there was no feeling, no control, nothing. Yet his determination that he would walk was as strong as ever.
When he wasn’t in bed, he was confined to a wheelchair. One sunny day his mother wheeled him out into the yard to get some fresh air. This day, instead of sitting there, he threw himself from the chair. He pulled himself across the grass, dragging his legs behind him.
He worked his way to the white picket fence bordering their lot. With great effort, he raised himself up on the fence. Then, stake by stake, he began dragging himself along the fence, resolved that he would walk. He started to do this every day until he wore a smooth path all around the yard beside the fence. There was nothing he wanted more than to develop life in those legs.
Ultimately through his daily massages, his iron persistence and his resolute determination, he did develop the ability to stand up, then to walk haltingly, then to walk by himself – and then – to run.
He began to walk to school, then to run to school, to run for the sheer joy of running. Later in college he made the track team.
Still later in Madison Square Garden this young man who was not expected to survive, who would surely never walk, who could never hope to run – this determined young man, Dr. Glenn Cunningham, ran the world’s fastest mile**!
**On June 16, 1934, Glenn Cunningham ran the mile in 4:06.8 minutes, breaking the world’s record. His effort portrays that whatever you want to create in your life is yours for the making. As long as you desire it enough and allow your will to guide you, you can have and be whatever your heart desires. The only one that can put limits on our personal will is ourselves. Develop and encourage your will to create and all the forces of nature within and without will help you bring your desire to pass.
Story Told By Burt Dubin,
Developer of Speaking Success System.