The Long-Handled Spoon Story

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The Long-Handled Spoon is a a short parable about co-operation and working together.

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The Long-Handled Spoon Story

  1. 1. Forward Steps – http://www.forwardsteps.com.au Long- The Long-Handled Spoon Story Swami was having a conversation with Lord Shiva one day and said Lord, “I would like to know what heaven and hell are like.” Lord Shiva led the Swami to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the Swami looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the Swami’s mouth water.The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to befamished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strappedto their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take aspoonful. However, the handle was longer than their arms, they could not getthe spoons back into their mouths.The Swami shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. Lord Shiva said,“You have seen hell”.They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same asthe first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew whichmade the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the samelong-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump,laughing and talking.The Swami said, “I don’t understand”.“It is simple”, said Lord Shiva, “It requires but one skill. You see they havelearned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves”.Author UnknownSee the video here http://www.forwardsteps.com.au/LongHandledSpoon.html____________________________________________________________________________________________ Forward Steps – http://www.forwardsteps.com.au

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