Chidren's Treasure

2014

Story Time: Emperor and the Hermit When Akbar was Emperor of Delhi there lived a hermit in a hut in the forest. Many people visited the holy man. Once the holy man had an intense desire to feed all those who visited him. But how could he do so without money? He decided to seek the Emperor's help, for the gates of Akbar’s palace were always open to holy men. The hermit entered the palace while the Emperor was performing his daily prayers and took a seat in a corner of the room. He...
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Story Time: Use Things and Love people A man was putting up family pictures on the newly painted walls of his house. He was using nails and a hammer to hang the picture frames. In the process, some nails got bent and fell on the floor. The man’s four-year-old daughter was playing nearby. She wanted to play with her father and called out to him. However, since the man was busy, he asked her to go out and play with her brother. The girl saw the nails lying on the floor. She picked up a...
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Bhakti, Jnana and Vairagya The very bloom of Bhakti, Jnana and Vairagya in a person is spiritual perfection or God-realisation. Bhakti, in its highest meaning, is the expression of love or bliss of Atman.Jnana is the flame, Bhakti is its radiance, and Vairagya, removal of darkness, is the effect. Bhaktias yoga or sadhana is the most universally accepted, pleasing and the easiest of paths. Without bhakti, no spiritual practice will be successful and joyful. Bhakti is said to be the mother of...
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Peace of Mind Once Buddha was walking from one town to another with a few of his followers. This was in the initial days. While they were travelling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, "I am thirsty. Go and get me some water from that lake there". The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water and, right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through...
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2013

It Is Little Things that Make a Big Difference A man  was taking a morning walk on the beach. He saw the morning tide wash ashore hundreds of starfish. When the tide  receded, they would be left behind and, exposed to the sun's rays, would die. The man picked up a starfish and threw it into the water. He again picked up some more fish and threw them also into the water. Another person watching this action could not contain his curiosity. He came to the first man and asked,...
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The Seeker of Truth Once upon a time a saint went in search of truth. After years of searching, he was told to go to a cave, in which he would find a well. 'Ask the well what is truth,' he was advised, 'and the well will reveal it to you.' Having found the well, the seeker asked that most fundamental question. "What is Truth?" From the depths came the answer, 'Go to the crossroad in the village; there you shall find what you are seeking.' Full of hope and...
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The Rainbow Maker Some children stood under an archway. Behind them was the blue sky and before them the clear, still lake that wound its way through the garden; above their heads the leaves of a tree whispered strange stories to the breeze. “Poor tree! It is sighing for the blossoms the wind has carried away,” the children said to each other, and they looked back at the garden. “And, poor flowers, too,” they said, “all your bright colours are gone, and your...
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The Missing  Watch Once a farmer discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching in the haystack for a long while, he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn. He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded. Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, and rummaged the entire stack of hay, but still could not find the watch. Just when the...
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Hitopadesa Tales A Wicked Snake and the Stupid King Once upon a time, there lived in a profusely grown garden, an old snake named Mandavisha. He had become so old that he was unable to hunt for his food.  One day, he was resting on the bank of a lake. A frog, who caught sight of him, asked him from a safe distance, “Why are you not hunting for your food?” “O friend! Please leave me alone. Why torment a fellow whom fate has forsaken?” answered the snake. The...
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Hitopadesa Tales The Monkeys and the Bell Once upon a time, there lived a robber in a village.  One day, he stole a temple bell and ran towards the forest. A tiger heard the jingling of the bell and was curious to locate the origin of the sound. As soon as he saw the robber, he jumped upon him and killed him. The bell fell on the ground. After a few days, some monkeys passed by that way. They spotted the bell and carried it to their place. They were enchanted by the jingling and began...
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