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Will share a small story that Swami shared:

"As we think, so we become"  said Lord Buddha. "Sow a thought and….reap a destiny" said Swami.
A king was touring his kingdom on his elephant. Suddenly he stopped in front of a shop in the market and said to his minister, "I don't know why, but I want to hang the owner of this shop." The minister was shocked. But before he could ask the king why, the king had moved on. The next day, the minister went to that shop dressed as one of the locals to see the shopkeeper. He casually asked him how his business was faring. The shopkeeper, a sandalwood merchant, reported sadly that he had hardly any customer. People would come to his shop, smell the sandalwood and then go away. They would even praise the quality of the sandalwood but rarely buy anything. His only hope was that the king would die soon. Then there would be a huge demand for sandalwood for performing his last rites. As he was the only sandalwood merchant around, he was sure the king's death would mean a windfall.


The minister now understood why the king had stopped in front of this shop and expressed a desire to kill the shopkeeper. Perhaps, the shopkeeper's negative thought vibration had subtly affected the king, who had, in turn, felt the same kind of negative thought arising within.
The minister; a noble man, pondered over the matter for a while. Without revealing who he was or what had happened the day before, he expressed a desire to buy some sandalwood. The shopkeeper was pleased. He wrapped the sandalwood and handed it over to the minister.


When the minister returned to the palace, he went straight to the court where the king was seated and reported that the sandalwood merchant had a gift for him. The king was surprised. When he opened the package, he was pleasantly surprised by the fine golden color of the sandalwood and its agreeable fragrance. Pleased, he sent some gold coins to the sandalwood merchant. The king also felt sorry in his heart that he had harboured unbecoming thoughts of killing the shopkeeper.


When the shopkeeper received the gold coins from the king, he was astounded. He began to proclaim the virtues of the king who had, through the gold coins, saved him from the brink of poverty. After some time, he recalled the morbid thoughts he had felt towards the king, and repented for having entertained such negative thoughts for his own personal goal.


If we have a good and kind thought for another person, that positive thought will come back to us in a favorable way. But if we harbor evil thoughts, those thoughts will come back to us as retribution.


"What is Karma?" asked Swami.


Many replied, "our words, our deeds, our feelings, our actions......"
Swami shook his head and said


"Your thoughts are your Karma!"

UKG Admission

May be Two years back....one of the proud school in Chennai where all felt admission is impossible!!!

To get UKG admission for my friend's daughter I too went there. For that admission my friend had studied a lot than his daughter .


The child could not understand why they have brought her there. Principal of the school is like "kadalora kavithai Jenifer" (one of the filmy characters). When I smiled at her, she turned & that moment my friend realized there is no benefit by my presence .


When we all were standing, the school principal started to converse with the child....yes in English only. This is one of the most memorable interview I have ever witnessed in my life..


"What's your name?"

"Sarithra"

"Good. Tell me something you know"

"I know many things. Tell me what you want"

Alas, there is no better point for not getting the admission. .Sarithra's mother was trying to make up the situation but Jenifer stopped..


Turning to child,Jenifer said.. "Tell any rhymes or story which you know"
Again,"Which one you want Rhymes or Story?"
Well done, second wicket too gone. Jenifer was little bit angry about the reply
"Ok. .tell me a story"
"You want to hear what I studied or what I wrote"
Taken to surprise, Jenifer asked "Oh you write stories???"
"Why should I not write?"


Now even I was taken aback and whispered to my friend "our whole generation is not going to get admission in this school."
But Jenefier was impressed with the answer. She & including us, would have not heard such a story in our life.


Ok, tell me story which you have written
Sarithra said "Ravanan kidnapped Sita to Srilanka"
Opening scene failed to impress Jenifer but still she encouraged the child to continue
"Rama asked Hanumanâs help to rescue Sita. Hanuman too agreed to help Rama "
"Then?"
"Now, Hanuman called his friend Spider man." No one expected this twist in the story
"Why?"
"Because there are lot of mountains between India and Srilanka..if we have Spiderman we can go easily with his rope."
"But Hanuman can fly isn't it??"
"Yes. But he is having Sanjeevi Mountain on one hand so he cannot fly very fast. "
(I remember Hanuman's picture in ABT parcel service)
Now Jenifer is quiet, after a while Sarithra asked "Should I continue or not?.".
"Ok ok then."


"Hanuman and Spiderman flew to Srilanka and rescued Sita. Sita said Thanks to both"
"Why"
"When you are helped you should say Thanks"
"Ok Ok then."
"Hanuman now called Hulk."
All were surprised.She realized our curiosity and said " Now Sita is there, so to take her safely back to Rama..he called Hulk"
"What logic???" Jenifer asked.
"Hanuman can carry Sita right?"
"Yes. But he has Sanjeevi Mountain in one hand and has to hold spider man on the other"
Jenifier could not control her smiles. " So when they all started to India they met my friend Akshay"
"How come Akshay there now?"


"Because its my story and I can bring any one there"
Now Jenifer didn't get angry but waited for the next twist
Then all started to India and landed at Chennai Velechery bus stop
Now I asked,"Why they have landed In Velechery bus stop? "
"Because they forgot the way..& Hulk got an idea and called Dora"
I came to know about Dora only there.


"Dora came and she took Sita to Velechery Venus Colony...that's all." Finished the story with a smile
Now Jenifer asked "Why venus Colony?"
"Because sita is there & am Sita!!!"
Jenifer was impressed and embraced the child. She has been admitted in UKG & was gifted with a Dora doll.
😂😂😂
Really, kids can really amaze. Sometimes, we clip their wings (read creativity) by expecting them to do things as we see it right.
😂😂😂😂😂

The Elephant Who Lost An Eye‏

An elephant came to the edge of a stream of clear rushing water.
Being thirsty, the elephant leaned over, dropped its trunk into the
cool water and... plunk!

"What? What happened?" the elephant cried. "I can't see! My eye...
it fell in the water! Oh nooooooh," the elephant wailed in a panic,
"I lost my eye!"

And, in fact, the elephant's right eye had popped out of its
socket and fallen into the stream. The elephant searched frantically
for the eye, groping with its trunk along the bottom of the stream.
The more he groped, the cloudier the water became. That made him panic
even more, and he started churning up great piles of sand, until
he couldn't see anything.

Then the elephant heard the sound of laughing. Furious, he
looked around to see who it was, and saw a little green frog sitting
on a log, laughing and laughing.

"You think this is funny?" the elephant shouted. "I lose an eye
and that makes you laugh?"

"What's funny is to see how upset you are. Calm down and everything
will be fine," the frog replied.

The elephant felt a little ashamed and took the frog's advice.
He stopped moving his trunk around, and soon the water became clearer
as the sand sank to the bottom. And there in the stream lay his eye.
He reached for it with his trunk and popped it back into its socket.
And then he thanked the frog.

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This simple parable contains great wisdom. There's nothing funny
about losing an eye... the sudden panic, thrashing around in murky water,
desperation... that's exactly what happens to us when we lose control
and panic. Our haste makes us blind.

We become temporarily incapable of seeing the world around us
objectively and rationally. But there is an antidote to panic: wait.
Wait until the situation becomes clear and the black clouds disperse.