MOTIVATIONAL AND THOUGHT PROVOKING STORIES Story 1In those old days, when monarchy used to be there, a king was gifted byhis teacher; 4 idols who resembled great minds. He appointed a man whowas told that he will be sentenced when any of the idols is broken. Thatman worked very carefully but 1 day 1 idol was broken to pieces.The king came to know about this and he ordered that man to besentenced. That man was asked of his last wish; he took other 3 idols andbroke them. The king saw it and said – why you done that? The manreplied – some day, you will appoint another man to take care of other 3idols. Sooner or later 1 or 2 idols would be broken. That man would diethen – so, I am saving that anonymous life in this manner.The king instantly made him his chief minister.Moral: You may rescue life of someone even indirectly which wouldplease GOD. No one can go against what is predecided. We can onlychange our interpretations.
Story 2One day, Mughal emperor Akbar was told that if he sees the face of aparticular sick person, he would not get food for entire day. Akbar calledthat man and he found this statement to be true. He was surprised andfrustrated at the same time.He ordered that man to be sentenced. The genius Birbal pointed that –Your majesty, I know that you remained hungry on seeing him. But, hesaw you for the 1st time and is now sentenced. He may lose his life; youonly lost food. It seems you are sicker than him.This moved Akbar and he released that man.Moral: Beware of your misleading judgments.
Story 3Once, a man approached sage Chanakya and said – I have something tosay about your friend. Your friend is …Chanakya interrupted – Answer my 3 questions before that.Q1: Is whatever you are saying completely true?The man: No, I heard it somewhere from somebodys mouth.Q2: OK. Is it good for me or him?The man: No, it is nothing good about anybody. I had heard only badthings.Q3: OK. Is it urgent or important?The man: No, it isnt.Chanakya replied – neither it is true nor good nor even urgent orimportant. Why do you think should I listen? The man went awaydisgusted.Moral: It is in the story itself. Read the story once again.
Story 4Once upon a time, a man was searching for the genius Birbal. He hadnever seen Birbal. So, he was worrying – how to meet? Someone told himthe address of Birbal and he went there searching for Birbal.Accidently, he met Birbal himself on the roadway, but was unaware ofthis. He asked Birbal – Can you tell me where Birbal lives? Birbal pointedto his house and said – he lives there. The man went there but was stunnedto see the lock at the door. He was thinking – where could Birbal be?Suddenly, he saw Birbal himself there. He asked – Can you tell me wherethe genius Birbal is? Birbal replied – I am Birbal. I do not know who thegenius is? The man replied – I met you before, why did not you told methat you are Birbal? Birbal said – You asked about Birbals house but didnot ask where he is. I replied where his house is. Later on, Birbal took himinside and removed his worries.Moral: Be clear and concise in what you demand. Try to speakspecific things.
Story 5Once upon a time, a man named as Kalidas was cutting a tree. It was foundthat he was cutting the same branch on which he was sitting. Severalpassersby noticed this and said – hey, you do not do this. You may falldown. Kalidas laughed at that idea. But he realized that they were truewhen he actually fell down.He met that passerby and said – you are my teacher as you are astrologer.Please preach me about my future and tell me about my new action. Thepasserby understood that he is a complete fool. However, he took him withhim and said – do one thing. Go to the kings palace where Vidyutparhe isthe princess. Answer her question without speaking anything. Then youwould marry her.The man who actually wanted to teach Vidutparhe a lesson, accompaniedKalidas to the palace. There he said – I know that you will marry only himwho actually will answer your questions. He is that man but he wontspeak today and tomorrow he will leave this place. So, he wants to marryyou. You can test him.Vidyutparhe thought whether GOD is one or more, so just showed afinger. Kalidas thought – she will pluck my an eye and hence he showed 2fingers. The man replied – GOD is one but can be formless or havingforms hence 2 types.Vidyutparhe thought whether 5 elements (Air, Water, Earth, Space andFire) can be independent, so she showed a hand. Kalidas thought that shewill slap me and hence showed his fist. The man replied – 5 elements canbe independent only if they join to form a living being just like 5 fingersjoin to form a fist.Vidyutparhe accepted her defeat and married to Kalidas on the same day.Later on, she realized that Kalidas is a fool and hence banished him.However, GOD graced him to be the most genius poet ever.Moral: At times, even fools can help in achieving your goals.
Story 6Once GOD of Actions and Fortune were fighting that who can be superior.They both approached GOD of supreme powers that who among them issuperior. Power GOD replied – you 1st show your powers. There is a manon earth, show him who is more powerful. Let Actions help him in gettingmoney and let Fortune take it away.Action gave him powers to earn more but at the same time, Fortune madehim powerless and turned into a thief to steal all of his money. The manwept badly. Actions said – dont worry you will earn more. He put moneyin front of that man but Fortune made it disappear.GOD saw this and said – Good, now you do the reverse. Let Action betraythat man and fortune help him. Fortune instantly made thousand gold coinsarrive there. As soon as the man went to take it, Actions made him forgethow to take it. He accepted that and kept crying. Fortune immediatelylifted that money and put it on his head. Actions made it fall away.GOD saw this and said – you both are equally powerful but are mutuallydependent.Moral: Believe in neither actions nor fortune but in both as one isfollowed by the other.
Story 7One day, a king saw in his dream – out of 32 of his teeth, only 1 remainedand rest had fallen down. He called his astrologer and asked – what doesthis dream mean?Astrologer said – it means that 31 of your relatives will die before youwould. The king was furious and ordered astrologer to be kept in prison.Then he asked his minister of the same thing.The minister said – it means that you would live more than 31 of yourrelatives. The king was happy and said – demand a reward. The ministersaid – please release your astrologer. Whatever he said is same as what Icommented. The king was shocked but he gave the desired reward.Moral: Things always remain the same, how you perceive makes thedifference.
Story 8One day, Mughal emperor Akbar accidently cut one of his fingers. Thegenius Birbal said – whatever happens is for our welfare. Akbarimprisoned Birbal. Birbal said – even this is for my welfare.Akbar was astonished. Akbar went on to hunting the next day.Unfortunately, he was left alone by some hypocrites who wanted him toperish. Suddenly, 2 men belonging to nomadic tribes arrived there and said– lets sacrifice him. Suddenly, one of them noticed Akbars gone fingerwhich made him say – he is physically challenged. We cant sacrifice himas the Lord would kill us. Akbar was freed and he somehow joined hiscamp.Akbar freed Birbal and said – You were right. My gone finger saved fromsuch a terrific disaster. Birbal replied – If I were with you, I would havebeen caught along with you. To save me, lord actually made meimprisoned. This proved that whatever happens is for our welfare.Moral: Try your best to be an optimist.
Story 9Once upon a time, when Mewad was ruled by Maharana Pratap, mughalemperor Akbar decided to snatch the kingdom from him. He toldMaharana Pratap to fight and easily defeated him. Maharana was made abegger in his own territory. He wasnt able to cope up. His family wasworrying.He had 2 sons and they both were fighting for same bread. Seeing thiscondition, Maharana wanted to make Akbar his friend. One of hiscompanion said – Take your Chetak horse and fight with Akbar. Maharanarefused as he did not had any substantial army soldiers. But that friend toldhim to make allies with tribes there. Maharana succeeded in that andmanaged to defeat Akbar there after following long strategy. Alas! hisbeloved horse Chetak died there.Moral: Must learn to convert failures to successes.
Story 10When a boy was sad, his grandfather took him to the fish pond on the farmwhen he was about seven, and he told him to throw a stone into the water.He also told to watch the circles created by the stone. Then he asked tothink of himself as that stone person."You may create lots of splashes in your life but the waves that come fromthose splashes will disturb the peace of all your fellow creatures," he said."Remember that you are responsible for what you put in your circle andthat circle will also touch many other circles. You will need to live in away that allows the good that comes from your circle to send the peace ofthat goodness to others. The splash that comes from anger or jealousy willsend those feelings to other circles. You are responsible for both."That was the first time the boy realized each person creates the inner peaceor discord that flows out into the world.Moral: We cannot create world peace if we are riddled with innerconflict, hatred, doubt, or anger. We radiate the feelings and thoughtsthat we hold inside, whether we speak them or not. Whatever issplashing around inside of us is spilling out into the world, creatingbeauty or discord with all other circles of life.
Story 11Once, a boy named as Mohan was fed up of life. He decided to quit.He went to the woods to have one last talk with GOD. "GOD," he said."Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"GODs answer surprised him... "Look around," GOD said. "Do you see thefern and the bamboo?" "Yes," Mohan replied."When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took a very good care ofthem. I gave them light. I gave them water.The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor.Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on thebamboo. In the second year, the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. Andagain, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on thebamboo," GOD said."In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But Iwould not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from thebamboo seed. I would not quit," GOD said"Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared tothe fern it was seemingly small and insignificant... But just 6 months laterthe bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.It had spent the five years growing roots.Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I wouldnot give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, youhave actually been growing roots?""I would not quit on the bamboo. Neither will I ever quit on you."Moral: Never compare yourself with others as that is illegal.
Story 12Many hundreds of years ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had themisfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. Themoneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchants beautifuldaughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchantsdebt if he could marry the daughter.The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a whitepebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebblefrom the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become themoneylenders wife and her fathers debt would be forgiven. If she pickedthe white pebble, she need not marry him and her fathers debt would stillbe forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would bethrown into jail.They were standing on a pebble-strewn path in the merchants garden. Asthey talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As hepicked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up twoblack pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick herpebble from the bag.The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Withoutlooking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path whereit immediately became lost among all the other pebbles."Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into thebag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked."Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she hadpicked the white one.Moral: There is always a solution to even the impossible.Unfortunately, we never think of that.
Story 13When king Krishnadev Rai used to rule South India. One day, he gaveeach of his courtiers a bag containing fifty gold coins. The courtiers werethrilled. Just then the king said, "You have to use these gold coins withinone week. At the end of the week, you will show me all that you havebought with these gold coins. But there is a condition. Every time youspend some gold coins, you will have to see my face."All the courtiers were very pleased. They left for the market to do someshopping. But whenever they decided to buy something, they rememberedthe kings condition. How could they see the kings face in the market?And if they did not see the kings face, they could not spend the gold coins.The courtiers were puzzled.When the court assembled after a week, the king asked the courtiers,"Well, what did you buy with the gold coins that I had given you?" Theroyal priest arose from his seat. On behalf of all the courtiers, he said, "Since none of us could see your face in the market, not a single gold coincould be spent."Hearing this, the king began to laugh. He then asked Tenalirama, "Did youbuy anything?" That day, Tenalirama had come to the court wearing newclothes and ornaments. He said, "I bought all these things with the goldcoins given by you." All the courtiers were pleased to hear this. The kingsaid, "Tenalirama! You have not fulfilled the condition laid down by me.You did not see my face in the market. Yet you dared to buy these things!"Tenalirama said, "Your Majesty, I have spent every single gold coin onlyafter I saw your face."The king was surprised. He said, "How is that possible?" Tenalirama said,"Your Majesty, Have you forgotten that every gold coin bears the imprintof your face ?"Moral: Unfortunately, we do simple things in complicated manner.
Story 14One day, The king Krishnadev Rai wanted all his people to grow horses .He called all his people and gave them one horse each to bring up. He alsogave them lot of straw so that the horses can eat. All people were happyexcept Tenalirama. He tied his horse in a room and daily in themorning gave it very little straw. The rest of the straw he gave to hiscows.After one more year, the king wanted to see all his horses. All of thembrought their horses. They were indeed very strong. But King noticed thatTenalirama had not brought his horse. He asked him why he has notbrought his horse. Tenalirama replied that his horse was very strong and hecould not bring it. The king was surprised. He said, "I will send my guardto your house tomorrow."Next day the guard went to TenaliRama’s house. He had a beard, whichwas very long. TenaliRama took him to the room where the house waskept locked. He asked him to see through the window. The inspectorpeeped in through the narrow window and his beard entered the room first.The horse thought that it was straw. It caught the beard of the guard andstarted pulling. The inspector was crying in pain. The Guard lost his beardand ran to the king.He told the king that Tenaliramans horse was very strong. King gaveTenali Raman 100 gold coins.Moral: When you cant get the answer seriously, try not being serious.
Story 15One day a farmers donkey fell down into a well. The animal criedpiteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally hedecided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway,it just wasnt worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighboursto come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began toshovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happeningand cried horribly. Then, to everyones amazement, he quieted down. Afew shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well, and wasastonished at what he saw.As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey did something amazing.He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmers neighborscontinued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off andtake a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed, as the donkey steppedup over the edge of the well and trotted off! The donkey was wiseMoral: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick togetting out of a hole is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of ourtroubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest holes just bynot stopping, never giving up!
Story 16One day, 3 boys went to an astrologer and said, "Tell us our future. Butdonot look at our forehead nor palmistry or kundli milap to be needed."The astrologer said, "Fine. Just take 1 banana and eat it." He gave anbanana to each.One of them threw the peel on the ground. The astrologer said, "He will bea fool."Second threw it in dustbin. The astrologer said, "He will be intelligent."Third gave it to a cow. The astrologer said, "He would be helping andbenevolent by nature."Moral: What you are depends on how you tackle things.
Story 17One day, king Amartya Singh called 2 of his sons and gave them 2 horsesi.e., 1 horses each. Then he told them to race. The son with slowest horsewins. Both the sons were wondering as this would result in infinitely longrace.They approached the minister during kings absence and told about this.The minister said, "Oh its simple. You just exchange the horses and thenbe the fastest so that your horse becomes the slowest."Both the sons agreed and commenced the race as told.Moral: Half of the solution is hidden in problem itself. Our job is tofind the other half.