The Secret Reason Of Celebrating Diwali

The Secret Reason Of Celebrating Diwali

Narakasura was the king of Pradyoshapuram. Naraka, son of Bhudevi, got an immense power by Lord Brahma after a severe penance. But in his kingdom, the villagers suffered a lot of pains as he tortured them and also kidnapped the women to be imprisoned in his palace with his invincible might.
Now villagers started the celestial of Lord Krishna to save them from his torture as it became unbearable. But Naraka had a boon that he would face death only at the hands of his mother Bhudevi. So, Krishna requested his wife Sathyabhama, the reincarnation of Bhudevi, to be his charioteer in the battle with Naraka.

In a battle Lord Krishna hit by an arrow of Naraka and felt unconscious. Then Sathyabhama in anger takes the bow and aims the arrow at Naraka, killed him instantly. Later Lord Krishna reminds her of the boon she had sought as Bhudevi. The Narakasura Vadh by Sathyabhama gives a lesson that parents should not hesitate to punish their children when they step into the wrong path.

Reason to Celebrate Choti Diwali:

Bhudevi, mother of Naraka, declared that his son’s death should be a day of an occasion to celebrate and rejoice and of mourning. Lord Krishna bath with an oil bath to remove the blood stains from himself which spattered on his body when Naraka was killed.
The same tradition is followed people filled to the vessel in which water is being heated for having bath on the previous day of the Naraka Chaturdashi.

The Real Story of Snakes

There was a man Djisdaah who was not kind to animals. One day when he was hunting, he found a rattlesnake and decided to torture it. He held its head to the ground and pierced it with a piece of bark. Then as it was caught there, he tormented it.

“We shall fight,” he said and then burned the snake until it was dead. He thought this was a great jest and so, whenever he found a snake, he would do the same thing.

One day another man from his village was walking through the forest when he heard a strange sound. It was louder than the wind hissing through the tops of tall pine trees. He crept closer to see. There, in a great clearing, were many snakes. They were gathered for a war council and as he listened in fright he heard them say:

We shall now fight with them. Djisdaah has challenged us and we shall go to war. In four days we shall go to their village and fight them.

The man crept away and then ran as fast as he could to his village to tell what he had heard and seen. The chief sent other men to see if the report was true. They returned in great fright.

“Ahhhh,” they said, “it is so. The snakes are all gathering to have a war.”

The chief of the village could see that he had no choice. “We must fight,” he said and ordered the people of the village to make preparations for the battle. They cut mountains of wood and stacked it in long piles all around the village. They built rows of stakes close together to keep the snakes out. When the fourth day came, the chief ordered that the piles of wood be set on fire. Just as he did so, they heard a great noise, like a great wind in the trees. It was the noise of the snakes, hissing as they came to the village to do battle.

Usually a snake will not go near a fire, but these snakes were determined to have their revenge. They went straight into the flames. Many of them died, but the living snakes crawled over the bodies of the dead ones and continued to move forward until they reached the second row of stakes.

Once again, the chief ordered that the piles of wood in the second row of defense be set on fire. But the snakes crawled straight into the flames, hissing their war songs, and the living crawled over the bodies of the dead. It was a terrible sight. They reached the second row of stakes and, even though the people fought bravely, it was no use. The snakes were more numerous than fallen leaves and they could not be stopped. Soon they forced their way past the last row of stakes and the people of the village were fighting for their lives. The first man to be killed was Djisdaah, the one who had challenged the snakes to battle.

It was now clear that they could never win this battle. The chief of the village shouted to the snakes who had reached the edge of the village: “Hear me, my brothers. We surrender to you.

We have done you a great wrong. Have mercy on us.”

The snakes stopped where they were and there was a great silence.

The exhausted warriors looked at the great army of snakes and the snakes stared back at them. Then the earth trembled and cracked in front of the human beings. A great snake, a snake taller than the biggest pine tree, whose head was larger than a great long house, lifted himself out of the hole in the earth.

“Hear me,” he said. “I am the chief of all the snakes. We shall go and leave you in peace if you will agree to two things.”

The chief looked at the great snake and nodded his head. “We will agree, Great Chief,” he said.

“It is well,” said the Chief of the Snakes. “These are the two things. First, you must always treat my people with respect. Secondly, as long as the world stands, you will never name another man Djisdaah.”

And so it was agreed and so it is, even today.

This Is How An Elephant Became The King of Jungle

Sheru, the king of Kakadu jungle died one day, and now the animals in the jungle did not have a king. There was no discipline in the jungle. The animals followed their own rules. Some animals began to say that when king Sheru was there, everything was perfect. Now it was hard to live in the jungle. If any outsider came to attack the jungle, what would happen to the animals?

Golu bear came forward with a solution. He told the animals, “We can hold an election, to select our king.” All the animals agreed with Golu bear, but the problem was that everyone thought themselves as a king. Pinku peacock thought of a way out and said, “Whoever wants to stand for election has to do their assigned work in a timely and nice manner.” Everyone agreed with Pinku.

Every candidate was given work according to their ability. Sonu fox was given the job to clear the dust from the forest. Bablu monkey was asked to clear the spider webs from trees. Kanu elephant was given the job to fill the holes in the ground with stones. Candy rabbit was asked to clean the grass around the trees.

One month passed. All the animals & birds gathered to see the progress. Candy, Bablu and Sonu had completed their work on time. But Kanu elephant did not put stones in the hole. The question was raised about whose work was to be praised. Candy rabbit came up with advice, “Lets vote for these candidates. Whoever gets the maximum votes will be our next king.”

The next day, all the animals and birds assembled together, to vote. Voting was completed peacefully and counting was started. Kanu was ahead in the counting and secured more votes. Finally Kanu was declared as the winner.

Everyone was shocked. At that time Eagle, the king of birds, said, “You all are shocked how Kanu won? Correct! The reason is that every day Kanu brought stones near the hole according to his assignment, but he saw that the eagle’s eggs were in the hole. Kanu gave up his desire to become king and saved the eagle’s egg by his kind act. As you know, in the jungle there are more birds than animals. So Kanu got more votes and became the king of the jungle. Learning from Kanu’s example, we the birds have decided not to be jealous of others in the jungle, and to care for each other.”

After listening to this, everyone accepted Kanu as the king. A simple act of kindness by Kanu made him the leader by winning the hearts of his followers.

Moral of the story - A Random act of kindness, no matter
how small, can make a tremendous impact on your life, and
the lives of people around you.

The Monkey and the Crocodile

The Monkey and the Crocodile

There was a Jamun (Black-berry) tree on the bank of a river, which was full of sweeet Jamun fruits throughout the year. This tree was home to a monkey called Raktamukha. He used to pass his days happily by playing and jumping, and used to eat the sweet Jamun fruits.

One day, a crocodile named Karalamukha came out of the river to take some rest under the Jamun tree. When Raktamukha saw him from the tree, he said, “O Crocodile, this tree is my home and you have come under this tree to take rest. This makes you my guest. Please accept some Jamun fruits.”

Raktamukha plucked lots of fruits and threw them in the crocodile’s mouth. Karalamukha loved the sweet fruits, and became friendly with Raktamukha. Karalamukha left in the evening after thanking the generosity of the monkey.

Karalamukha started coming to the Jamun tree every day, and they became good friends. They would talk for a long time and enjoy eating the sweet Jamun fruits together.

One day, Karalamukha said to Raktamukha that he wanted to take some of the Jamun fruits for her wife to let her know of the sweetness of these fruits. So, the monkey happily plucked more fruits for the crocodile to take home.

Karalamukha took those fruits and offered his wife to eat them, and narrated the story of his friendship with the monkey who lives on the Jamun tree. The crocodile’s wife was overjoyed on eating those sweet fruits.

She said, “O Dear, these fruits are as sweet as nectar. If the monkey eats these fruits every day, I wonder, he would be even tastier. Please bring the monkey’s heart for me.”

Karalamukha was astonished on hearing this. He said, “O Dear, I cannot kill or deceive the monkey for his heart. He is my friend. It is unfair to think of such a thing.”

But his wife pleaded for the monkey’s heart. When she could not convince the crocodile of doing it for her, she stopped eating, and insisted that we would rather die if the crocodile refused to do as she wished.

Karalamukha was left with no other choice but to succumb to her wishes. Although he was sad, he devised a plan to catch his friend and went to Raktamukha.

He said, “O Friend, my wife love the fruits very much and I told my wife about our friendship. Now, she is anxious to meet you. She is angry on me for not introducing you with her earlier. So, she has invited you to our home for dinner. Please accept our invitation.”

The monkey accepted at once, but how could he go to the crocodile’s home? I could not swim. The crocodile said, “Sit on my back, and I shall carry you to my home.”

And so Raktamukha sat on Karalamukha and they entered the water of the river. Karalamukha took him to deeper water where he planned to kill him. At the same time, Raktamukha got very scared with so much water all around him. he pleaded his friend to move slowly.

At this moment, the crocodile knew that he had succeeded in his plan and had the monkey totally under his control. He thought that it was not possible for the monkey to escape from him so he revealed his plan, “O monkey, the truth is I am taking you to make my wife happy. She wishes to eat your heart. She believes that the taste should be even better than the Jamun fruits you have all the time.”

Upon hearing this, Raktamukha was taken aback. But he did not panic. Instead, he wittingly said, “O Friend, Why didn’t you say that before? It would be my priviledge if I could serve your wife with my heart. You are such a good friend, and you should have told me earlier. I keep my heart in the burrow of the Jamun tree. Let us go back and bring my heart at once.”

The foolish crocodile believed him, and turned around. Karalamukha took Raktamukha to the Banyan tree believing the monkey to bring his heart from the tree. But as soon as Raktamukha jumped down from the crocodile’s back, he climbed up the tree and sat on a high branch. He had finally saved himself from the crocodile’s evil plan.

Karalamukha wanted to know, “What is causing this delay? We are getting late, and my wife has been waiting.”

Raktamukha answered, “O foolish friend, how can one take out his own heart and keep it in the burrow of the tree? You deceived me to kill me, and in return I tricked you in saving myself. Let this be a lesson to you for being so unfaithful. Go away, and never return back.”

The crocodile knew he had been tricked, and felt ashamed for his actions. He went away.

The wise indeed say:
Use intelligence to win in difficult situations.

The Wise Old Man

The Wise Old Man

A wealthy man requested an old scholar to wean his son away from his bad habits.  The scholar took the youth for a stroll through a garden. Stopping suddenly he asked the boy to pull out a tiny plant growing there.

The youth held the plant between his thumb and forefinger and pulled it out. The old man then asked him to pull out a slightly bigger plant. The youth pulled hard and the plant came out, roots and all. “Now pull out that one,” said the old man pointing to a bush. The boy had to use all his strength to pull it out.

“Now take this one out,” said the old man, indicating a guava tree. The youth grasped the trunk and tried to pull it out. But it would not budge. “It’s impossible,” said the boy, panting with the effort.

“So it is with bad habits,” said the sage. “When they are young it is easy to pull them out but when they take hold they cannot be uprooted.”

The session with the old man changed the boy’s life.

Moral: Don’t wait for Bad Habits to grow in you, 
drop them while you have control over it else 
they will get control you.

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How To Control Your Child’s Temper

Controlling Temper

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily, gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said “you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.”

Moral: You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. 
It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, 
the wound is still there. Make sure you control your
temper the next time you are tempted to say something 
you will regret later.

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What Goes Around Comes Around

Goes Around, Comes Around

One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe; he looked poor and hungry.  He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was those chills which only fear can put in you.

He said, “I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.”

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.  As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, “And think of me.”

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan.

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: “You don’t owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.”

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard….

She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, “Everything’s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.”

Moral: What Goes around Comes Around.  You do good,
You will get good in return.  Always be Helpful.

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How A Master Learnt His Lesson From A Slave

How A Master Learnt His Lesson From A Slave

A slave, ill-treated by his master, runs away to the forest. There he comes across a lion in pain because of a thorn in his paw. The slave bravely goes forward and removes the thorn gently.

The lion without hurting him goes away.

Some days later, the slave’s master comes hunting to the forest and catches many animals and cages them. The slave is spotted by the masters’ men who catch him and bring him to the cruel master. The master asks for the slave to be thrown into the lion’s cage.

The slave is awaiting his death in the cage when he realizes that it is the same lion that he had helped. The Lion refused to eat the slave. When others opened the cage to rescue

Moral: One should help others in need, we get the rewards
of our helpful acts in return.

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Story of a Blind Love

Story of a Blind Love

There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she’s blind.  She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend.  He’s always there for her.

She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend. One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she can see everything, including her boyfriend.

Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”  The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend is blind too, and refused to marry him.

Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying –

“Just take care of my eyes dear”.

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Making relations so special

Making relations so special

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made dinner after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all dad did was reached for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides – a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!”

Moral: Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect 
people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I 
forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone 
else. But what I’ve learned over the years is that 
learning to accept each others faults – and choosing 
to celebrate each others differences – is one of the 
most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, 
and lasting relationship.

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Having a Best Friend

Having a Best Friend

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand “Today my best friend slapped me in the face”.

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone “Today my best friend saved my life”.

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?” The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

Moral: Do not value the things you have in your life. 
But value who you have in your life.

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Open Letter To My Four-Year-Old Kid Who Is Happier Than I Ever Was

Open Letter To My Four-Year-Old Kid Who Is Happier Than I Ever Was

An open letter to my four-year-old kid who is happier than I ever was.

Dear kiddo,
I have never been good with words but you have forced me to write this. I am in a park, watching you play with a football, all by yourself. And let me tell you something, “You are not very good at it.”
But then again, you are just a four-year-old kid. You are not supposed to be good. You are supposed to be happy, and that, you are.

I envy you when I see you chase that ball. I can see the happiness in your eyes. I have felt that way only once in my life, the day you were born. You have already achieved all the happiness I have ever had in my life.
I don’t want to rob you of that. I don’t want to impose my choices on you.

I don’t want you to take up science and get into an IIT just because I failed my dream of doing so. I don’t want you to come first in each of your classes because I had always been an achiever.

If you want to play Tennis or Volleyball, I won’t force you to play cricket just because I couldn’t become the next Tendulkar, even after I wasted many sleepless nights on it.

I know that I have been carrying this lame hairstyle since the day I used a comb, but it does not mean that I would discourage you from keeping a ponytail or shaving your head.

You want to get a tattoo, go get it. I would never complain.

Have you hit your puberty yet? Have you got any questions about your body? Ask me. I will always be there for you. No matter how weird the question, I promise that I will never tell you that your insecurities are wrong.

Do you like a girl? Go ahead, ask her out. Wait, do you like a guy? Go ahead, ask him out.

Do not stop yourself from your instincts. Stop thinking about me, your mom, or the society. We don’t really matter. It’s you who does, foremost. This is your life, first. Live it for yourself first and then for your mother and I. And if after that, you have any life left, think about what the society would say.

As for me, it is your smile which matters the most. I hope you never lose this happiness you have found, because I am still struggling, still trying to sort everything out, and even after 4 decades of my existence, I have still not found the sheer happiness, the pure bliss that I see on your face right now. And I am grateful for it.

Love,
Dad.

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The Poor Man’s Wealth

The Poor Man’s Wealth

Ramchand and Premchand were neighbours. Ramchand was a poor farmer. Premchand was a landlord.

Ramchand used to be very relaxed and happy. He never bothered to close the doors and windows of his house at night. He had deep sound sleeps. Although he had no money he was peaceful.

Premchand used to be very tense always. He was very keen to close the doors and windows of his house at night. He could not sleep well. He was always bothered that someone might break open his safes and steal away his money. He envied the peaceful Ramchand.

One day, Premchand call Ramchand and gave him a boxful of cash saying, “Look my dear friend. I am blessed with plenty of wealth. I find you in poverty. So, take this cash and live in prosperity.

Ramchand was overwhelmingly happy. He was joyful throughout the day. Night came. Ramchand went to bed as usual. But, to-day, he could not sleep. He went and closed the doors and windows. He still could not sleep. He began to keep on looking at the box of cash. The whole night he was disturbed.

As soon as day broke, Ramchand took the box of cash to Premchand. He gave away the box to Premchand saying, “Dear Friend, I am poor. But, your money took away peace from me. Please bear with me and take back your money.”

Moral: Money can not get everything. Learn to 
be satisfied with what you have and you will 
always be happy.

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