Story: Greed Does Not Pay
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Amar and Alok , two friends, set up a business venture together. Both invested a lot of money in the business and
spent all their time trying to promote it.
For a few years everything seemed to be working out fine. Then Alok wanted to diversify. He persuaded Amar to
invest their profits in another venture. Amar wasn't so sure - what if the venture failed? - but agreed after much
persuasion by his friend.
The two went ahead with the venture. Unfortunately, the new business did fail. They incurred very heavy losses. So
they poured in all the money they had made till then to keep the business from sinking. But it was no use.
Their venture was still destined to doom.
Within the space of a few years the two friends had gone from riches to rags.
Amar, who had been persuaded to throw in his money, could never forget that
the idea to invest came from Alok. He couldn't forgive his friend's lack of
judgment, for he had never doubted it once. He was deeply shocked.
After a few days, the shock turned to fury. He was sure his friend had betrayed
him. So he was determined to take revenge. One day, he went quietly to Alok's
house and set it afire. There was nobody inside the house so no deaths
occurred. But everything was burnt to a cinder. Alok was left with nothing.
While running out of the house after setting it on fire, Amar had been spotted by Alok who was returning home. But he
could never prove the fact. He too, burned with rage. And decided to take revenge his way.
He set up a business on his own and made some money with it. And then he began systematically to destroy the
business of the man who was his friend once. There were so many ways to do it - a few calls to the clients his friend
had, a few nasty rumours.
Because he was in a better position than Amar, he could do a lot of damage too. The other tried to follow his example
but couldn't - he was in too weak a position.
It happened that in a few months Amar lost everything else too. He went to Alok's house one day. "Let's stop this
madness." he said. "We've hurt each other enough."
"I don't particularly enjoy taking revenge either," agreed the other. "But you asked for it".
"I was only reacting to what you did. Your judgment cost me my entire life's saving. But maybe it's possible to put all of
this behind and become friends again?"
"No", said Alok, who had lost his house. "You'll never forget what happened to your money and I'll never forget what
happened to my house. There's really no way we could become friends again. For while people might learn to forgive
after a while, they can never forget the wrongs done to them."
Once upon a time, there lived a Sage on the banks of a river. The sage and his wife didn’t bear any children. They
were unhappy about this fact of their life. One day, when the sage was engaged in penance, a kite dropped a she-
mouse and it happened to fall in the lap of the Sage. The Sage thought that the God might have sent this mouse to
him. He thought that if he would take the mouse to his home, people would laugh at him. So he decided to change the
mouse into a girl.
The Sage brought the girl to his home. On seeing the Girl, the Sage’s wife asked, “Who is she? From where did you
bring this girl?” The Sage narrated to her the whole story and said, “I would bring her back to her original form”. The
Sage’s wife stopped him instantly and said, “I beg of you. Please don’t change her into a mouse. You have given her
life so you have become her father. Since you are her father, I am her mother. God must have sent her to us because
we don’t bear any children”.
The Sage accepted the request of his wife. They started bringing up the Girl child as their own daughter. Soon the Girl
grew into a beautiful maiden. By the age of sixteen, the Sage’s wife decided to get her daughter married. She asked her
husband to find a suitable match for their daughter. The Sage liked the idea and suggested that the Sun God would
make the best match for their daughter. The wife agreed upon this and the Sage prayed to the Sun God to appear.
When the Sun God appeared, the Sage asked him to marry his daughter.
But the Girl refused the idea and said, “Sorry! I can’t marry the Sun God as he is burning hot. I will be reduced to ashes
in his warmth and light”. The Sage got disappointed to hear this from the Girl. He asked the Sun God if he could
suggest a groom for his daughter. The Sun God said, “The Lord of Clouds could make a good match for her, as he is
the only one, who can easily stop the rays of the Sun”.
The Sage then prayed to the Lord of Clouds to appear and asked him to marry his daughter. But the Girl once again
rejected the proposal and said, “I don’t want to marry a dark person like him. Besides this, I am terrified of the thunder
he generates”. The Sage was disheartened once again and asked the Lord of Clouds if he could suggest a possible
groom. The Lord of Clouds said, “Wind God can make a possible match for her as he can easily blow me away”.
The Sage then prayed to the Wind God to appear and asked him to marry
his daughter. The Daughter declined the idea and said, “I can’t marry a
frail person like the Wind God who is always stirring”. Once again the sage
got sad and asked the Wind God to give some suggestion. The Wind God
replied, “Lord of Mountain is solid and can stop the hard blows of wind
easily. He can make a suitable match for your daughter”.
As per the kind suggestion made by the Wind God, the Sage went to the
Lord of Mountain and asked him to marry his daughter. But the Girl once
again declined the proposal and said, “I can’t marry the Lord of Mountain
because he is too cold-hearted”. She asked the Sage to find a softer
groom for her. The Sage sought Mountain Lord’s suggestion for the same.
The Mountain Lord replied,”A mouse will make a perfect match for her as
he is soft and can easily make holes in the mountain”.
The daughter approved the idea of marrying a he-mouse. Moreover, she was pleased at this proposal. The Sage said,
“This is destiny. You came as a mouse and you were fated to marry a mouse”. Saying this, the Sage converted the Girl
back to a female mouse. The female mouse got married to a male mouse and lived happily thereafter.
Moral: Destiny cannot be changed.
The Sage’s Daughter
One day Brahmin had to go to the foreign lands and due to this reason, he asked his son to take care of the serpent.
The son brought the milk to the anthill and offered it, to the serpent. Next day, when he came back found a gold coin in
the bowl. After taking the gold coin, he thought, “This anthill must be full of gold coins. I would kill the serpent and take
them all”. Brahmin’s son decided the plan and next day came to the field with the milk and a stick. He offered the milk to
the snake and struck its hood with the stick. The snake escaped the blow of the stick and bit the boy to his death.
The whole village mourned over the sad death of Brahmin’s son. Two days later, the Brahmin returned to his village
and came to know about the death of his son. He came across the whole incident and again went to the field to serve
the milk to the serpent. He praised the snake in a loud voice and kept the milk near the anthill.
The snake came out of the anthill and replied, “Brahmin, you have
come here from greed, even you have left your grief for your son
who has just passed. Now onwards, the friendship between you
and me is not possible. Your youthful son who lacked
understanding struck me and I bit him. I can not forget that stick’s
blow. How can you forget the pain and grief for your son? “. After
saying this, the serpent gave him a diamond and said, “Never
come to me again. That is why; I am giving you a costly diamond”.
The serpent disappeared into the anthill. The Brahman took the
diamond and returned home, cursing the lack of understanding of
Moral: Excess of greed is harmful.
The Gold Giving Serpent
One day, the King Krishnadevaraya told his court jester Raman: ”When we have plenty of wealth, we should gift a
portion of it to the poor and needy. Raman, you have plenty of money, houses and landed property, you can donate
something to some poor people. Why don’t you do it?”
Raman answered: “Yes, my lord, what you said is right. I will arrange to give the gift of a house tomorrow!“
The king was very happy with Raman’s reply. Raman went home thinking about his answer to king’s inquiry.
Raman was not willing or interested in parting with anything he had amassed, but he had promised to the king that he
would gift a portion of his wealth.
So, he placed a notice board in front of one of his houses, which read:
“ This house will be given to any person who is satisfied with what he has!”
All the passers by read the notice, but for so many days, nobody came forward to claim the gift.
Then, one day, one person came to Raman, requesting for the gift of house. He said:” Raman, you have decided to
give away your house. If you give it to me, it will be a great help.“
“You have no house of your own?” Raman asked.
“I have a house, but it is very small. And very old! My family is not able to live in it,” he explained.
Raman asked him: “ Have you read the notice before this house?”
“What is written there?”
“This house will be gifted to any person who is satisfied with what he has.”
“You are not satisfied with what you have?”
The person was unable to answer Raman’s question.
Raman would not give the house if he said he was not satisfied.
So he replied: ”I am satisfied with what I have!”
“So you are satisfied with the house you have?”
“Then why did you come asking for my house?”
The person could not answer that direct question from Raman.
He left, totally disappointed.
Next day Raman told the king that he could not give his house to some needy person as there was no one who was not
satisfied with what he had.
Tenali Raman’s gift.
|Nathan, after his first day at school, returned home and told his mother,
'I'm wasting my time at school. I can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talk.'
|A Year 5 teacher was giving her Primary pupils a lesson in developing logical thinking.
'This is the scene', said the teacher.
'A man is standing up in a boat in the middle of a river, fishing.
He loses his balance, falls in, and begins splashing and yelling for help.
His wife hears the commotion, knows he can't swim, and runs down to the bank.
Why do you think she ran to the bank?'
A little girl raised her hand and asked, 'To draw out all his savings?'
Father John, while walking along the pavement in front of his church, heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made
his collar wilt.
Apparently, his 5-year-old son, Rory, and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be
performed, they had secured a small box and some cotton wool, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of
Rory, the minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of
what he thought his father always said, 'Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.'
I dont know whether to feel sorry for
them or be proud of them for going
through this to gain education.
Ok...this is just plain dangerous!
Awww.....too cute !!
Uh-oh ...forgot the shoes...
Bibi...aagey bhi to parhaayen...
After a summer of sleeping in or doing things on your time, the alarm bell
announcing that first day of school can be a rude awakening. Dread it or love it, you
gotta go to school.
There's no escaping the fact that the first day of school can be crazy. New kids
wander around in circles. Lockers won't open. The school nurse needs your medical
records. You forgot your gym shorts. Freshmen are running in all directions, looking
for their homerooms.
How can you combat first-day chaos? If you're headed to a new school, try to
arrange a visit before classes begin. Explore any areas that are of particular interest,
such as the gymnasium, library, or science labs.
Your first day is also the time to bring
in school supplies and paperwork. It
can help to pack your backpack the
night before school starts so you're not
scrambling around at the last minute
looking for what you need.
Did you try on eight different
outfits before deciding what to wear?
Lots of people check out who's wearing
what on the first day of school. The key
is to wear what makes you feel good,
whether it's a brand-new outfit or a
comfy old sweater. If you plan to wear a
new pair of shoes, break them in a few
days beforehand or your feet may
scream for relief long before last period.
t's perfectly normal to feel nervous on the first day of school. Getting back to the school routine and adjusting to new
workloads takes some getting used to after a long summer break.
If you still feel uncomfortable after a few days, talk to the school guidance counselor, a favorite teacher, or someone
else you trust about how you're feeling and what you can do. But give yourself time — most problems adjusting to school
are only temporary.
School is a time to make friends and try new things, but it's also a place to learn skills like organization and decision
making that will come in handy for the rest of your life.