The Frogs Who Wished for a King


The Frogs were tired of governing themselves. They had so much freedom that it had spoiled them, and they did nothing but sit around croaking in a bored manner and wishing for a government that could entertain them with the pomp and display of royalty, and rule them in a way to make them know […]

Believe In Yourself Even When No One Else Does

The professor stood before his class of 30 senior molecular biology students, about to pass out the final exam. “I have been privileged to be your instructor this semester, and I know how hard you have all worked to prepare for this test. I also know most of you are off to medical school or […]

I love you just as you are

I was a neurotic for years. I was anxious and depressed and selfish. And everyone kept telling me to change. They kept pointing out how neurotic I was. I resented them, and though I agreed with them, and wanted to change, I just couldn’t bring myself to change, no matter how hard I tried. What hurt […]

Theoretical Knowledge Vs Practical Application

An old sage and a scholar once wanted to translate some of Buddha’s works into the Japanese language. For ten years the scholar begged and canvassed and managed to collect a sum of ten thousand. At that time Japan experienced a severe scarcity of food. The scholar donated all the money to the needy and […]

Cobra and Holy man


Sri Ramakrishna narrated this story. Once there lived a cobra, who began to attack and bite people on their way to business or worship. The people in that village approached a holy man and complained to him. He promised the people that he would instruct the cobra not to repeat such behavior. People grew unafraid […]

Trust God But Tie Your Camel

Trust God But Tie Your Camel “God cannot bother doing for you what you can’t do for yourself” There was once a man who was on his way back home from market with his camel and, as he’d had a good day, he decided to stop at a mosque along the road and offer his […]

What is Maya?


Story of Narada fetching water for Krishna Narada was a sage who lived for thousands of years and wandered freely through all the regions of consciousness from heaven to earth. Narada was on very intimate terms with the Lord, here in the form of Krishna, so he could ask him all forms of questions. And while they were […]

Retirement Ideas from a Fisherman & MBA

A management consultant, on holiday in a fishing village, watched a little fishing boat docked at the quayside. Noting the quality of the fish, the consultant asked the fisherman how long it had taken to catch them. “Not very long.” answered the fisherman. “Then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the consultant. The […]

Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus lived his life simply and carelessly until the day he met Eurydice. She was a Dryad, and when they fell in love it meant everything to them. But the rustic god Aristaeus saw Eurydice’s beauty and desired it, and did not care that she was unwilling and in love with another. She ran from […]

God is Perfect

Mullah Nasruddin

Watermelon vs Walnut One day Nasreddin Hodja was working in his little watermelon patch. When he stopped for a break, he sat under a walnut tree and pondered. “You Sublime Allah,” he said, “it’s your business, but why would you grow huge watermelons on weak branches of a vine, and house little walnuts on a […]