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The Beauty of Human Relations

The Beauty of Human Relations

A man married a beautiful girl. He loved her very much. One day she developed a skin disease. Slowly she started to lose her beauty. It so happened that one day her husband left for a tour.

While returning he met with an accident and lost his eyesight. However their married life continued as usual. But as days passed she lost her beauty gradually. Blind husband did not know this and there was not any difference in their married life. He continued to love her and she also loved him very much.

One day she died. Her death brought him great sorrow. He finished all her last rites and wanted to leave that town.

A man from behind called and said, "Now how will you be able to walk all alone? All these days your wife used to help you."

He replied, I am not blind. I was acting, because if she knew l could see her ugliness it would have pained her more than her disease. So I pretended to be blind. She was a very good wife. I only wanted to keep her happy.

Moral: "Sometimes it is good for us to act blind and ignore one another's short comings, in order to be happy. No matter how many times the teeth bite the tongue, they still stay together in one mouth. That's the spirit of FORGIVENESS. Even though the eyes don't see each other, they see things together, blink simultaneously and cry together. That's UNITY."

May God grant us all the spirit of forgiveness, unity and togetherness.

1. "Alone I can "Say" but together we can "Talk".
2. "Alone I can "Enjoy" but together we can "Celebrate".
3. "Alone I can "Smile" but together we can "Laugh".
That's the Beauty of Human Relations. We are nothing without each other.

QUOTE OF THE DAY : "The razor blade is sharp but can't cut a tree; the axe is strong but can't cut the hair."

MORALS: "Everyone is important according to his/her own unique purpose."
Mother Teresa Inspirational Quotes

Mother Teresa Inspirational Quotes

Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

Peace begins with a smile.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.

Let us meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Together we can do great things.

I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

The more you have, the more occupied you are. The less you have, the more free you are.” Mother Teresa

Love begins by taking care of the closet ones.

The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.

Live simply, so others may simply live.

Go out into the world today and love the people you meet.

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.

If we really want to love, we must learn to forgive.

Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.

The greatest good is what we do for one another.
Inspirational Wisdom by Master Hsing Yun : Who Am I ?

Inspirational Wisdom by Master Hsing Yun : Who Am I ?

Before I was born, who was I? After birth, who am I? We come into this world with happiness and depart with sorrow. Who is the one on the deathbed with his eyes closed?

This verse comes from the Qing Emperor Shun-chi's poem in praise of the monastic order. His questions are aply put. Do we know where we come from? Who were we before we were born?

The human body is made up of the four elements of earth, fire, water, and wind. When we die, these four elements scatter and are regrouped as we taken an another physical form with rebirth in one of the six realms of existence. We are lost as we move from one realm to another. We do not know what we are doing in the womb, and when we are born, we do not know who we are. Most people rejoice at births and lament upon deaths. What is true joy? What is true sorrow?

Once, a Zen master was going door to door to seek for alms. It happened that one of the families he visited just had a new baby and everyone was congratulating the new father. The Zen master, however, started crying out loud. The new father was very surprised and asked him why he was crying. He replied that he was crying because there would be one more death in the future.

Birth comes from death. If we do not want to die, then we must make sure that we break the cylce of rebirth within the six realms of existence. Once there was a famous poet, by the name of Po-hu Tang. He wrote this poem to illustrate the brevity of life:

It is is rare that we live to be seventy,
And my seventy years come as even a surprise to me.
The first ten years of life, we are too young to know anything.
The last ten years, we are too old to do anything.
This leaves only fifty good years, half of which we spend in sleep.
This leaves us only twenty-five years to truly live.
But do you realize how many obstacles
we have to endure in these twenty-five years?

Nowadays, people can live to be a hundred and twenty. In the boundless life of the universe, a hundred and twenty years, go by in a flash. Not to mention many of us will not live to be even a hundred. Many will pass away in their sleep, and we are never sure if we will continue living from one moment to the next.

The joy of birth and the sorrow of death are normal emotions for most people. But someone with wisdom will not allow this precious life to go by meaninglessly. They will not allow themselves to wallow in ignorance. We must beware of delusion and open ourselves up to understanding life and death.
Inspirational True Story : Do Good and Expect Nothing in Return

Inspirational True Story : Do Good and Expect Nothing in Return

An 18-year-old student was struggling to pay his fees. He was an orphan, and not knowing where to turn for money, he came up with a bright idea. He and a friend decided to host a musical concert on campus to raise money for their education.

They reached out to the great pianist Ignacy J. Paderewski. His manager demanded a guaranteed fee of $2000 for the piano recital. A deal was struck and the boys began to work to make the concert a success.

The big day arrived. But unfortunately, they had not managed to sell enough tickets. The total collection was only $1600. Disappointed, they went to Paderewski and explained their plight. They gave him the entire $1600, plus a cheque for the balance $400. They promised to honour the cheque at the soonest possible.

"No," said Paderewski. "This is not acceptable." He tore up the cheque, returned the $1600 and told the two boys: "Here's the $1600. Please deduct whatever expenses you have incurred. Keep the money you need for your fees. And just give me whatever is left". The boys were surprised, and thanked him profusely.

It was a small act of kindness. But it clearly marked out Paderewski as a great human being.

Why should he help two people he did not even know? We all come across situations like these in our lives. And most of us only think "If I help them, what would happen to me?" The truly great people think, "If I don't help them, what will happen to them?" They don’t do it expecting something in return. They do it because they feel it's the right thing to do.

Paderewski later went on to become the Prime Minister of Poland. He was a great leader, but unfortunately when the World War began, Poland was ravaged. There were more than 1.5 million people starving in his country, and no money to feed them. Paderewski did not know where to turn for help. He reached out to the US Food and Relief Administration for help.

The head there was a man called Herbert Hoover — who later went on to become the US President. Hoover agreed to help and quickly shipped tons of foodgrains to feed the starving Polish people.

A calamity was averted. Paderewski was relieved. He decided to go across to meet Hoover and personally thank him. When Paderewski began to thank Hoover for his noble gesture, Hoover quickly interjected and said, "You shouldn't be thanking me Mr. Prime Minister. You may not remember this, but several years ago, you helped two young students go through college. I was one of them."
Zen Story About Egotism

Zen Story About Egotism

The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero for his success as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and wealth, he considered himself a humble and devout Buddhist. Often he visited his favorite Zen master to study under him, and they seemed to get along very well. The fact that he was prime minister apparently had no effect on their relationship, which seemed to be simply one of a revered master and respectful student.

One day, during his usual visit, the Prime Minister asked the master, "Your Reverence, what is egotism according to Buddhism?" The master's face turned red, and in a very condescending and insulting tone of voice, he shot back, "What kind of stupid question is that!?"

This unexpected response so shocked the Prime Minister that he became sullen and angry. The Zen master then smiled and said, "THIS, Your Excellency, is egotism."
Ajahn Brahm Inspirational Quotes

Ajahn Brahm Inspirational Quotes

If you want to have a good time, be good.

Real beauty does not lie in perfection, but in embracing and accepting imperfection.

Love is the ability to embrace the imperfections of another, of ourselves, and of life.

Instead of having a fault-finding mind, develop the beautiful attitude of gratitude.

Whatever you value, whatever you think is really important, that is what will develop and grow.

Water the flowers in your garden, don't water the weeds.

What you see in others, that's what they will show you back.

Always put happiness and joy into whatever you are doing.

Merit is not something you store up for a future life, it's what you put into your heart for now.

Real generosity is giving, expecting nothing back in return.

Inspiration is a beautiful source of pure energy that uplifts your heart.

A lot of the time you learn the most from osmosis, by just hanging around good people.

When you cultivate a beautiful mind throughout the day, you will have a beautiful mind in meditation.

Your real home is not the house you live in, but the stillness and peace in your heart.

Forget about the results. Creating the causes; that's your work. The results will come by themselves.

When you face the problem and bring it close to you, you have a chance to understand it. When you run away, your face is turned in the opposite direction.

You don’t need to give things a name...just know them.

Don't bend the truth to fit your beliefs, bend your beliefs to fit the truth.

You can either be caught up in this world and in your desires... or you can be free.

Suffering is asking from the world what it can never give you.

Freedom is realising that you can't control life.

Pleasure is just a pause between two moments of pain.
And pain is just the space between two moments of pleasure.

Whatever disturbance there is, it only lasts for a few moments.
But if you allow it to echo in your mind, it will keep on going for a long time.

Hell is a place with an open door. You send yourself there because of guilt.
If you know what love and forgiveness are, you can walk out any time you want.

It's amazing how free you can be, if you don’t limit yourself to your past.

The nature of life is that it settles down and finds a balance all by itself.

Where there is a self, there are things belonging to a self.
Where there is no self, there is no sense of ownership.

From "All You Need Is Kindfulness - A Collection of Ajahn Brahm Quotes".
Inspirational Wisdom Story About Buddha

Inspirational Wisdom Story About Buddha

Once, Buddha was walking through a village with his students, where the opponents of Buddhism lived. The people of the village surrounded Buddha and his students and started insulting them. In respond, the students also started rising up and wanted to get back at them, but the presence of Buddha calmed them down. The words of Buddha confused not only the students but also the villagers.

He turned to his students and said, "You disappointed me. These people are doing their thing. They are angry. They think that I am an enemy of their religion and their moral believes. These people are insulting me and it's obvious. But why are you angry ? Why did you let these people manipulate you ? Now you depend from them, therefore you’re not free."

The people from the village were completely at loss and asked,"But we were insulting you, why aren't you mad at us ?"

Buddha smiled, "You are free people, and what you did - is your business. I am also a free person and a master of my own actions, which is why I have my own right not to react to manipulation and be free from anger."
Stress Management : Holding A Glass Of Water

Stress Management : Holding A Glass Of Water

A professor walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As he raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on his face, he inquired : "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 6 ounces and 10 ounces but he shrugged them off.

He replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. What really matters is how long I've been holding it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything. That's the way it is with our stress. If we carry our burdens alone all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on."

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night.

So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Remember to put the glass down !
What Is The Best Religion ?

What Is The Best Religion ?

The Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is a great spiritual and Buddhist leader. He is the author of many spiritual books. Dr.Leonardo Boff, a Brazilian theologist, is one of the renovators of the Theology of Freedom. In a round table discussion about religion and freedom in which Dalai Lama and Dr.Leonardo Boff were participating, at recess, Boff maliciously, and also with interest, asked Dalai Lama.

Below is the dialogue between The Dalai Lama dan Brazilian theologist, Dr. Leonardo Boff as written by Dr. Leonardo Boff.

"Your Holiness, what is the best religion ?"
(I thought he would say, "The Tibetan Buddhism" or "The oriental religions, much older than Christianity")

The Dalai Lama paused, smiled and looked me in the eyes...which surprised me because I knew of the malice contained in my question.

He answered, "The best religion is the one that gets you closest to God. It is the one that makes you a better person". To get out of my embarrassment with such a wise answer, I asked, "What is it that makes me better ?"

He responded,
"Whatever makes you more compassionate,
More sensible,
More detached,
More loving,
More humanitarian,
More responsible,
More ethical."
The religion that will do that for you is the best religion"

I was silent for a moment, marveling and even today thinking of his wise and irrefutable response. "I am not interested my friend, about your religion or if you are religious or not. What really is important to me is your behavior in front of your peers, family, work, community, and in front of the world".

"Remember, the universe is the echo of our actions and our thoughts".

"The law of action and reactions is not exclusively for physics. It is also of human relations. If I act with goodness, I will receive goodness. If I act with evil I will get evil."

"What our grandparents told us is pure truth. You will always have what your desire for others. Being happy is not a matter of destiny. It is a matter of options."

Finally he said,
"Take care of your Thoughts because they become Words.
Take care of your Words because they will become Actions.
Take care of your Actions because they will become Habits.
Take care of your Habits because they will form your Character.
Take care of your Character because it will form your Destiny, and your Destiny will be your Life...and...There is no religion higher than the Truth."
The Story Of Two Brothers : The Meaning Of Brotherhood

The Story Of Two Brothers : The Meaning Of Brotherhood

Once there were two brothers who inherited their father's land. The brothers divided the land in half and each one farmed his own section. Over time, the older brother married and had six children, while the younger brother never married.

One night, the younger brother lay awake. "It's not fair that each of us has half the land to farm," he thought. "My brother has six children to feed and I have none. He should have more grain than I do."

So that night the younger brother went to his silo, gathered a large bundle of wheat, and climbed the hill that separated the two farms and over to his brother's farm. Leaving the wheat in his brother's silo, the younger brother returned home, feeling pleased with himself.

Earlier that very same night, the older brother was also lying awake. "It's not fair that each of us has half the land to farm," he thought. "In my old age my wife and I will have our grown children to take care of us, not to mention grandchildren, while my brother will probably have none. He should at least sell more grain from the fields now so he can provide for himself with dignity in his old age."

So that night, too, he secretly gathered a large bundle of wheat, climbed the hill, left it in his brother's silo, and returned home, feeling pleased with himself.

The next morning, the younger brother was surprised to see the amount of grain in his barn unchanged. "I must not have taken as much wheat as I thought," he said, bemused. "Tonight I'll be sure to take more."

That very same moment, his older brother was also standing in his barn, musing much the same thoughts.

After night fell, each brother gathered a greater amount of wheat from his barn and in the dark, secretly delivered it to his brother's barn. The next morning, the brothers were again puzzled and perplexed. "How can I be mistaken ?" each one scratched his head. "There's the same amount of grain here as there was before I cleared the pile for my brother. This is impossible ! Tonight I'll make no mistake - I'll take the pile down to the very floor. That way I'll be sure the grain gets delivered to my brother."

The third night, more determined than ever, each brother gathered a large pile of wheat from his barn, loaded it onto a cart, and slowly pulled his haul through the fields and up the hill to his brother's barn. At the top of the hill, under the shadow of a moon, each brother noticed a figure in the distance. Who could it be?

When the two brothers recognized the form of the other brother and the load he was pulling behind, they realized what had happened. Without a word, they dropped the ropes to their carts and embraced.
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