Thursday, August 30, 2012

The donkey who fell down into the well...

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! 

Source- Internet

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Story of Bibhisana and Balaram Das

King Bibhisan, brother of demon Ravan in Tretaya Yuga was a great devotee of king of Ayodhya Ramachandra. After killing Ravan, when Ramachandra was preparing to leave Srilanka by Puspakabiman tears came to eyes of Bibhisan. He said to Ramachandra "Oh, Lord when I surrendered to you, promised me all protection and assured me to get rid of the bondage, sufferings of this world by seeing your lotus feet daily. Now it will not at all be possible for me to have Darshan daily of your feet". 

Smilingly Ramachandra replied- "Bibhisan, you worship and pray Lord Jagannath daily who resides very close to Mahodadhi and you will see my presence within Him." From that day he became a great devotee of Lord Jagannath. Bibhisan daily comes to get Darshan of Lord Jagannath. One day after completion of worship to Lord Jagannath, Bibhisan requested Lord to pay his kind visit to Lanka so that he would feel himself fortunate. Lord Jagannath could not refuse the request of his devotee. One day Lord decided to go to Lanka and on the way he met His great devotee Balaram Das and as soon as Balaram Das heard from Lord that he was going to Srilanka he prayed Lord to go to see Lanka. Accepting his request, Lord offered Balaram to carry a narrow-necked golden water jug and asked to follow Him. In Lanka Garh, Bibhisan welcomed Lord Jagannath with great ovation with Balaram
Das and offered garland of rare species of black jasmine flower, pearl and worshipped the Lord. After blessing Bibhisan, Lord returned to Srikshetra and left Balaram Das in his Matha. As Balaram Das was overwhelmed with this unexpected incident he had forgotten to return the golden water jug to Lord Jagannath. In the next morning, when the golden jug was not found in the temple, it was reported to the king
Prataprudra Dev and Balaram Das heard this news. He immediately went to the temple and returned the golden jug to Panda who was on duty. The king warned the stainless saint Balaram Das  for this act of stealing. But saint Balaram narrated the incident of previous night and the king hearing the incident rushed to temple and could not believe when he saw the garland of rare species of black jasmine, garland of pearl etc. with Lord Jagannath offered by Bibhisan. Tears came to his eyes and embracing Balaram Das the king begged for apology for blaming him. The devotion of Balaram Das and Bibhisan is still alive. On the day of car festival, at the time of Pahandibije Lord Jagannath waits near Garudastambha at Natamandir of the temple facing towards south with the belief that Bibhisan offers his worship to Lord at that moment. This indicates how Lord Jagannath is dear towards His devotee.

Source- Odisha Review

Self - Surrender knows No Complaint

When Rama and Lakshamana went to take their bath in Pampa Lake, they thrust their bows into the ground. Coming out of the water, Lakshamana took out his bow and found its tip stained with blood. 
Rama said to him : " Look, brother! Look. Perhaps we have hurt some creature." 
Lakshamana dug in the earth and found a big bull frog. It was dying. 
Rama said to the frog in a sorrowful voice : "Why didn't you croak? We should have tried to save you. You croak lustily enough when you are in the jaws of a snake." 
The frog said : " O Lord, when I am attacked by a snake I croak, saying : 'O Rama, save me! This time I found that it was Rama Himself who was killing me; so I kept still.