"Motivational stories inspired from the lives of saints."

Dance of a Sage

Sunday, 15 December 2013

In a village, there lived a sage. Whenever he used to dance, it started raining. Hence, whenever the villagers felt the need of rain, they used to go near the saint and requested him to dance. And when the saint used to dance agreeing to their demands, it always started raining.

Old lady and tortoise

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Every Sunday morning while jogging, a boy used to see an old lady near a pond. The old lady used to sit on a bench and clean the back (shell) of little tortoises. After cleaning the shells, she used to put the tortoises back to the pond.

Taste of Grief

Sunday, 27 October 2013

In a village, there lived a saint. Many people used to praise him for his knowledge and guidance. One day, a young boy came near to him. On the request of boy, the saint came to meet him. The boy said, "Respected Guru, I have come here with the hope of saving myself. Please help me from the griefs in my life, and remove all of them."

The Venomous Snake

Saturday, 5 October 2013

In between two villages named Ekpuri and Dopuri, there was a forest. In the forest, there lived a venomous snake. People of both the villages were very scared of the snake. The snake had bitten many villagers who used to cross the forest to reach the other village and many of them had lost their lives. Gradually, people stopped using the path through forest and a longer path was used for reaching the other village.

The Perfect Service

Saturday, 7 September 2013

In a village, few laborers were constructing a building. One sage crossed from nearby. He started wondering about building that was being constructed. He went near laborers and asked one of them, "What are you doing?"

The Characterless Woman

Saturday, 17 August 2013

In a village named Dhartipuri, there lived a woman in a hut. She used to live a life of humiliation. The villagers used to believe that she was characterless, and hence she was not allowed to participate in any public gatherings. One day a saint came to village and invited everyone for his public discourse (satsang). The public gathered in a field to listen to his discourse. The woman also came to listen the discourse. But the villagers did not allow her to enter the field. She was insulted and sent back. The saint saw the behavior of the villagers and felt quite sad. The saint cancelled his discourse.

The True Religion

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Once in a kingdom, there were riots between people following different religions. The king became extremely disappointed to know about this. He announced that he would not follow any religion. Only when some scholar of any religion could convince him that their religion is true, then only he would accept and follow that religion. After announcing this, he gave strict orders to his soldiers to kill anyone who they found involved in riots. Soon, the riots were controlled completely.

Walking on The Path of Knowledge

Saturday, 6 July 2013

One person always used to attend the discourses of Gautam Buddha and listened to his speeches with great dedication. Buddha always used to encourage people to attain self-knowledge and be free from lust, attachment, anger, self-ego, hatred etc in his discourses. Once the person came to meet Gautam Buddha and said, "I have been continuously attending your discourses from many days. But, I am sorry to say that there has been no improvement in me. What is the reason behind it? Is there any shortcoming within me?"

The True Son

Monday, 1 July 2013

It was just another evening. All birds had returned to their nests. During this time, four women of a village came near well for filling their pots. After filling their pots, all four women started talking among each other. After talking for sometime, they started discussing about their sons.

King and the Sage

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Once upon a time a brave king ruled in the northern part of India. He was also kind and a just king who revered intelligent humans. He would seek advice from the wise and rule his kingdom aptly. Once an old sage visited his palace as a guest. He asked the old guru to reveal the formula to survive the worst of the time, if it ever be-felled on him. The old sage wrote something on a piece of paper, folded and sealed it. Handing over, he said, "keep this very close to you at all times. Only when you face a situation that is beyond you or when nothing else works and all is lost, then only open this and follow the formula." After saying this, the sage left for his journey.

The True Wish

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Once there lived a small boy. He heard from his grandmother that God always hears the true prayers that are done from heart. Since the boy was quite innocent, he accepted it to be true without any doubt in his mind. The boy closed his eyes and prayed, "Oh God, I have a wish. Please fulfill my wish." Suddenly, a voice was heard within himself, "Dear child, you have remembered me without any doubt. I am happy with your prayer. What is your wish?" The boy became happy. He said to himself, "Oh God, please help me in completing my homework. Please make me extremely intelligent and help me to become topper of school." The inner voice said, "Is this the only wish you desired for?" The boy replied, "Yes, I think it will be enough for me." The inner voice blessed him and he became extremely intelligent. He also became topper of the school.

The Rock of Problems

Friday, 31 May 2013

Once there lived a farmer. In the middle of his farm, there was a rock. He was hit many times by that rock. Many times, he also got wounded badly after getting hit by the rock. But he just kept on tolerating all the pain. One day while he was fallowing the land, his plough got stuck with that rock and it broke. The farmer became very sad. On another day, the oxes who used to take the plough on their back, got injured by that rock. The farmer always used to feel sad and cursed his fate for getting so many problems due to the rock.

Archer and Oil Seller

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Once there lived an expert archer. He could shoot arrows by various ways on the target. Many people used to just stand and admire his archery skills. One day, he was displaying his skills in middle of a market. Many people gathered around him. Whenever he showcased any special skill of shooting arrows, everyone started clapping and it was attracting even more people. One oil-seller was also selling oil in the market. His attention also went towards the crowd and he also started watching the archer's skills.

Free will: True or False

Friday, 10 May 2013

Once there lived a saint in a village. Many people used to come to hear his speeches. He even used to organize question-answer sessions after his speech, where he answered the questions of listeners. One day, after his speech was over, one listener asked him the question, "Does free will exist? Or we all just do what is predetermined for us?"

Who is the King of Forest

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Once upon a time, there was a forest. In the forest, various animals such as foxes, elephants, rabbits etc. used to live. There also lived a lion in a den. But, however none of the animals in the forest had ever seen the lion.

Alexander: Servant of The Servant

Friday, 26 April 2013

Alexander the great, while returning back from India, remembered that the people of his empire asked him to come with an Indian mystical yogi. He started searching for yogi. In the forests, he found one yogi sitting beneath a tree. He was sitting there meditating on the name of God. Alexander went near him and sat quietly.

The Dream of a Stone-Cutter

Sunday, 21 April 2013

One stone-cutter used to live on a daily wage. He always used to feel dissatisfied with his job and life. He used to feel that he was not having the best life that he deserved and had a dream that may he somehow get the power of fulfilling his desire. He always used to pray wishing his dream may come true. One day he felt that he got the power of fulfilling any desire. That evening while returning back home, he saw a tradesman. The tradesman was having all luxuries. He had many servants and lots of money. The stone-cutter thought, 'My whole life will only be wasted by cutting these stones and accumulating pennies on daily basis. It would be great if I become a tradesman like him with all luxuries.' All of a sudden, he got what he wished for. He became a tradesman, got a new home, servants and all luxuries.

Reasoning of Chanakya: Three Tests

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Chanakya was famous for his reasoning, diplomacy and knowledge. One day, an acquaintance of Chanakya came near him and said in excitement, "Do you know what I heard about your friend?" Chanakya asked the man, "Before I hear anything, it needs to qualify to be heard by triple tests of reasoning." The acquaintance was not aware of any such test and hence asked, "What kind of triple tests of reasoning?"

The Honey of Ignorance

Friday, 12 April 2013

Once there lived a saint in Rampur village of India. He used to deliver speeches for the welfare of humanity on a regular basis. One man, named Duvidhalal, heard about the saint and decided to attend his speech. The next day, he started travelling to Rampur village. But, by the time he reached the venue, it was very late. The speech was over and saint had left for his home. Duvidhalal searched for the home of saint. On reaching there, he requested the guard to allow him to meet the saint. The guard was hesitant to allow him to enter. However, the saint came out and asked Duvidhalal the reason to meet him. Duvidhalal said, "Respected saint, I have heard that you deliver speeches for the sake of humanity. I came here to get benefited by your speech. I always feel doubtful and depressed in my life. Nothing seems to be alright. I always feel myself surrounded with darkness. What should I do?" The saint said, "I can understand your pains. If you wish, then come to attend my speech tomorrow evening. I will answer your question there. Remember, I will begin at 4 PM tomorrow and the program will be for an hour."

The Medicine of Anger

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Once there lived a saint in an ashram on Himalayas. He was very intelligent and knowledgeable. Due to this, he was very popular and people from distant places started coming to ask solutions of their problems. One day, a woman came near to him and said, "Respected Saint! My husband works in army. He used to love me a lot earlier. But, since he has returned from last battle, he gets very angry now and then, even without any reason. Because of this, I have also started getting a lot more angry than before. I have heard a lot about you. I have come with many hopes that you will provide some herbal medicines to control the anger."

The Balloons of Balloon Seller

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Once, there lived a balloon seller. He used to sell balloons to children at various stalls to earn his livelihood. He used to keep balloons of various colors like red, blue, green etc. to attract children. Whenever he felt the sale is declining, he would let one balloon to fly in sky. Seeing the flying balloon, many children used to get attracted and start coming to buy balloons.

The Gift of Mirror

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Once there lived a family of a husband and a wife in village. One day, a tourist came to their village. After visiting various places, he was very tired. He knocked at the door of the family. Both welcomed the tourist very nicely and allowed them to stay in their home till the time he was in the village. The tourist felt extremely thankful to the family for their kind behavior. He stayed in their house for three days. On the fourth day's early morning, he decided to move to new places. However, the couple was sleeping. So, he left without disturbing anyone. Before leaving, he left a note saying thank you to the family and a gift of mirror.

The sad devotee

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Once, there lived a devotee, who had immense faith in God. He used to pray to God with full dedication. One day, God appeared in front of him and said, "My dear devotee, I am happy with your immense devotion and service. Tell me what do you want? I will fulfill your wish." The devotee, although had immense faith in God; but he believed God had only given him problems in his life. He always used to feel very sad at his destiny. Whenever he used to see other people and compared his life with them, he always felt the other one to be happier. Hence, he thought that today is his chance to ask the reason from God for making his life so miserable.

Worthless creatures

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Once there lived a king in Varanasi. One day, he asked his cabinet of ministers, "Provide me the list of worthless creatures of my kingdom." All ministers started doing research and after one week told the king that wild bees and wild spiders were worthless creatures of the kingdom. The king said, "Then why are they living in my kingdom. Kill all wild bees and wild spiders."

Peace and prosperity

Friday, 22 March 2013

There was a gurukul (a form of school in ancient India) of a saint. The saint used to guide students to follow moral and ethical life, along-with providing the academic knowledge. One day, few students started debating over the topic of peace and prosperity. Few students claimed that for having peace, prosperity is a must; while few others denied any relation among the two. The students reached to the saint for the resolution. The saint listened carefully and then told a story to students for easily understanding the answer.

Akbar's three questions

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Among the Navratna (nine gems) of Akbar's court ministers, Birbal was known for his intelligence. One day, Akbar thought that he would ask the toughest question to Birbal. He thought whole day and prepared three most difficult questions to ask from Birbal. The next day, as soon as Birbal entered the court, Akbar shot all three questions to him - "Where does God live? How is God realized? What does God do?"

Sparrow in wildfire

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Once there lived a she-sparrow in a forest. All wild animals used to live happily there. Unfortunately, one day the forest caught wildfire. All the animals started running to save themselves from fire. The sparrow was sitting on her nest. She observed that the fire was spreading rapidly. Many animals died due to fire and many others were just running saving their own lives. The sparrow started thinking and after sometime, took a decision.

Value of a glass of milk

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Once there lived a boy in a village. He used to sell various hand-made toys in order to earn money for his school fees. However, on one fateful day, he could not sell any toy and he started feeling very sad and hungry by evening. He decided that he would knock the next door and ask for something to eat.

Saint with squirrel and scorpion

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Once there lived a saint in a village. Incidentally his house was near the river. He always used to help everyone. Some people used to consider him a fool as he never bothered helping someone even at his own loss.

Swami Vivekananda and American woman

Monday, 25 February 2013

Swami Vivekananda was on the tour of USA. He was extremely popular there due to his impressive speeches. Due to his immense popularity, one woman approached him and expressed her desire to marry. Swami Vivekananda asked her the reason for such a desire.

Socrates and the Astrologer

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Once the great Greek philosopher, Socrates, was busy in conversation with his followers. During that time, a wandering astrologer arrived there. He announced in front of Socrates and his followers that he could tell about any person by seeing his/her face. Though Socrates was a great philosopher, he was not so good-looking. But people admired him because of his beautiful thoughts and views. Socrates listened to his announcement very patiently and asked the astrologer if he could tell about him.

King and his lamp

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Once there lived a spiritually awakened king in Mithila kingdom of India. Though he had lots of wealth and power, he always remained away from getting indulged in their misuse. Once a sage came to meet him. The king welcomed him and asked the reason for arrival to royal court. The sage said, "O Great King! I have heard that even though you are living in this big palace in midst of all luxuries and comforts, you do not get carried away in getting indulged in them. I did so much meditation in Himalayas. I also visited pilgrimages. But, I am not yet able to conquer my desires. How you achieved this perfection even after living inside the palace?"

Buddha and the Angry Man

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Once Gautam Buddha was travelling from a village. Everyone was happy to see him and heard his speeches with lots of dedication. However, one young man was not at all happy to see him in the village. He believed Buddha to be a fake master fooling the masses.

The pot with many holes

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Once there lived a saint in village. He always used to recite the name of God and focus within his heart enjoying the bliss of life. He always used to guide everyone to live righteously, and attain the peace within. The message of the saint was so powerful that people from distant lands started coming to hear his speeches.

Pickpocket and the Mother

Sunday, 10 February 2013

There lived a man in city. He used to earn money and regularly send few hundred rupees to his mother in village. It just happened one day that he lost his job. While he was returning back to his home feeling gloomy, some pickpocket took away his purse. He had one hundred fifty and a letter for his mother in the purse. In his letter, he had written, "Mom, I have lost my job. I would not be able to send money as of now. I am sorry, mom!!!"

Oh God, Save me!!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Once there lived an old lady in a village. She had immense faith on God. All villagers used to respect her a lot. She always used to pray to God. One day, it started raining heavily and ultimately took the form of flood. Everyone started running to save their lives. However, the old lady was too weak and was unable to run. She went under a tree and started praying, "Oh God, Save me!!"

The Shoes and The Stones

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Once there lived an autocratic king. One day the king went for sight seeing. On the way, one wheel of the chariot was dislodged and the king had to walk back to palace. While he was returning, a sharp stone pierced his leg and he screamed painfully. All the ministers who were accompanying the king, supported him to return to palace. On reaching the palace, the king thought of a decision in his mind.

Two shopkeepers of honey

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Once upon a time, there lived a lady who was in the profession of selling honey. Her attitude of speaking towards her customers was very nice. Her shop always remained filled with people. She always used to greet her customers happily. Due to this, her customers always used to come to her shop for buying honey. Her customers were also her brand ambassadors, and her popularity was continuously increasing with each passing day.

The Haughty Crow

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Once, a wedge of swans was flying through seashore. A crow was also enjoying himself there. He looked at the swans and said with an intention of insulting the swans, "All of you fly so nicely. What else you all can do except flapping your wings and flying!!! Can you also do stunts in air like me?? No, because you only know of flying in a simple manner, nothing else!!"

Camel tied to invisible bond

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Once upon a time, a group of people were going somewhere with a caravan of camel. In between the journey, it became dark night and the group decided to stay in tents till morning. Before going to sleep, the people started tying the camels with rope. However, one camel was left with no rope to tie him down. Everybody started discussing about how to get the rope.

Prince Yudhisthira and Truth

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Once in the gurukul (school where the children used to live with teacher for the purpose of acquiring knowledge and practical training in ancient India) of Dronacharya, there was a lesson being taught on speaking truth. Guru Drona said to all Kauravas (sons of king Dhritrashtra) and Pandavas (sons of king Pandu including prince Yudhisthira), "Always speak the truth. Never tell a lie." Then he started asking each student to explain what they learned. Everybody said more or less the same thing on their turn (except prince Yudhisthira), "It is always speak the truth and never tell a lie." But Yudhisthira said, "I am sorry respected guru! I have not yet learned the lesson."

King and his dream

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Once there lived a king in India. One night he saw a nightmare that an enemy king attacked on his kingdom and defeated him. The king after losing everything in the battle left the field in fear of his life and started living a nomadic life. He even started begging for food. One day it started raining heavily and he had to hide himself inside a cave. It started getting darker and the king started feeling hungry. He somehow managed to come out of cave. He again started begging for food from one home to another. After knocking at very doors unsuccessfully, finally an old lady gave him some raw rice and pulses and said that he could make khichdi (prepared by boiling rice and pulses together along-with some spices) and eat it.

The Lazy Donkey

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Once there lived a poor laborer, Bhola, in a village. He used to earn on a daily wage by working for salt merchants. He had a donkey. Bhola always treated his donkey with love and affection. Though Bhola was poor, he never made his donkey to work too hard to earn more money. On the contrary, the donkey was lazy and cunning. Even after having a kind and generous master, he always used to think of some tricks to avoid the work. The poor Bhola had to take some load on his back himself. The donkey used to feel very happy by looking at the condition of his foolish master.

Lion and the sheep

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Once there lived a shepherd. Everyday he used to take his sheep for grazing. One day, while his sheep were grazing, he saw a very little lion cub shivering with cold. He went near to him. He felt pity on the condition of the cub. He took the cub with himself and fed him milk. After taking milk, the cub fell asleep. Shepherd thought if he would leave the cub in open forest, it would put the life of cub in danger. So, he kept the cub along-with the herd of sheep. Now, the lion cub started living with sheep. He went with the herd of sheep everyday for grazing in fields. Many years passed and the cub became a young well-built lion.

Frog of a well

Sunday, 13 January 2013

There was a very big well in a village. A frog (frog-1) lived inside that well. He used to feel very proud of his well, as it was the biggest well in whole village. All the frogs from nearby wells used to come to meet him regularly. All those frogs also praised the spacious big well. Even during famines in village, that particular well did not dry. The frog-1 had a firm belief that he is living in the best possible location of the whole universe!!!!

Hunchback and Woman's bread

Thursday, 10 January 2013

A woman baked chapatti (roti or bread) for members of her family and an extra one for a hungry passerby. She kept the extra chapatti on the window sill, for whosoever would take it away. Every day, a hunchback came and took away the chapatti. Instead of expressing gratitude, he muttered the following words as he went his way: “The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!” This went on, day after day. Every day, the hunchback came, picked up the chapatti and uttered the words:

Miser inside a well

Monday, 7 January 2013

Once upon a time, there lived a very rich man in a village. He was also very greedy and miserly person. He always used to think of becoming wealthier. However he was good at heart. Whenever he met someone needing help (not financially though!!), he used to help the person.

Elephant of the circus

Friday, 4 January 2013

Once, there lived a man who used to capture animals and sell it to earn money. One day, he captured a small elephant and sold it to a circus owner. The circus owner took the little elephant and tied him with a rope on a bamboo stick. The elephant started getting training on various circus tricks. After the circus is over, the elephant was again tied with a rope on the bamboo stick. The elephant initially tried to get himself free, but he was very small and was not powerful enough to break the bond. This created a belief in his mind that the bond of rope and bamboo in which he is tied is too strong to be broken.

Two ants of sugar and salt hill

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Once there lived an ant on the hill of salt (Ant-1). She was very happy as she had enough salt for all her life. One day, another ant (Ant-2) who used to live on the hill of sugar arrived as a guest. Ant-1 greeted her and served her few salt granules. Ant-2 happily took it. Both of them then started talking on various subjects. While talking, Ant-1 asked Ant-2, "So what do you eat?" Ant-2 replied, "I live on the sugar-hill. Whenever I feel hungry, I eat it and it tastes very good." Hearing this, Ant-1 asked how does it taste like and if it is similar to the taste of salt. Ant-2 said, "It tastes sweet and it does not taste like salt. If you want, I can take you there and you can taste it on your own as I am not having words to describe it. It can only be experienced." Ant-1 agreed to the invitation and both ants started getting ready for their journey to sugar-hill.


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