Friday, June 03, 2011

A Story That Tells You About Money ....


This Akbar - Birbal story is just one of the many stories, which are an integral part of rich Indian heritage.  

The wisdom of Birbal was unparalleled during the reign of Emperor Akbar. But Akbar’s brother in law was extremely jealous of him. He asked the Emperor to dispense with Birbal’s services and appoint him in his place. He gave ample assurance that he would prove to be more efficient and capable than Birbal. Before Akbar could take a decision on this matter, this news reached Birbal.

Birbal resigned and left. Akbar’s brother in law was made the minister in place of Birbal. Akbar decided to test the new minister. He gave three hundred gold coins to him and said, “Spend these gold coins such that, I get a hundred gold coins here in this life; a hundred gold coins in the other world and another hundred gold coins neither here nor there.”

The minister found the entire situation to be a maze of confusion and hopelessness. He spent sleepless nights worrying over how he would get himself out of this mess. Thinking in circles was making him go crazy. Eventually, on the advice of his wife he sought Birbal’s help. Birbal said, “Just give me the gold cons. I shall handle the rest.”

Birbal walked the streets of the city holding the bag of gold coins in his hand. He noticed a rich merchant celebrating his son’s wedding. Birbal gave a hundred gold coins to him and bowed courteously saying, “The Emperor Akbar sends you his good wishes and blessings for the wedding of your son. Please accept the gift he has sent.” The merchant felt honoured that the king had sent a special messenger with such a precious gift. He honoured Birbal and gave him a large number of expensive gifts and a bag of gold coins as a return gift for the king.

Next, Birbal went to the area of the city were the poor people lived. There he bought food and clothing in exchange for a hundred gold coins and distributed them in the name of the Emperor.

When he came back to town he organized a concert of music and dance. He spent a hundred gold coins on it.

The next day Birbal entered Akbar’s darbar and announced that he had done all that the king had asked his brother-in-law to do. The Emperor waited to know how he had done it. Birbal repeated the sequences of all the events and then said, “The money I gave to the merchant for the wedding of his son – you have got back while on this earth. The money I spent on buying food and clothing for the poor – you will get it in the other world. The money I spent on the musical concert – you will get neither here nor there.”

This is true even today.

The money you spend on friends is returned or reciprocated in some form or the other.
Money spent on charity gets converted into blessings from God which becomes your eternal property.
Money spent on pleasures is just frittered away!

So when you spend money, think a little, if not a lot! 


Thursday, June 02, 2011

Inspiring Morning Poem !!

What is Hope

Hope is knowing that a positive outcome awaits.
Hope is not only expecting a dream to come true,
But also having a deep assurance
That it's within your reach.

Hope is saying you can.
Hope is knowing that you can improve
And that you always get better with practice.

Hope is knowing that you can achieve your goals
Through hard work and persistence.

Hope is looking to the future with joy
And having an expectation of
Better things to come.

Hope is the knowledge that life is everlasting,
And that miracles happen every day.

Hope is something that never abandons you.
Even when your life is filled with
Sadness and disappointment,
A spark remains inside to help you
Get through the rough times.

Hope is one of God's greatest gifts to you,
Because it's the magic that inspires you
To keep trying, learning, loving, and living..

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Good Morning Friends !

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, 
they're supposed to help you to discover who you are....!!!

Good relationships are like needles of a clock, 
They only meet for sometime but always stay connected.

It is not important to hold all the good cards in life, 
But it is important how well you play with the cards which you hold.

We don't have the right to ask when sorrow comes: Why did this happen to me?, 
unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.

"There is only one thing that can keep growing without nourishment : 
The human ego."

If tears of love, joy, and bliss ..... have not washed your cheeks, 
You are yet to taste life.....


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Preaching Morning Quotes !

"Opportunities Are Like Sunrises, 
If You Wait Too Long You Can Miss Them" 

~   William Arthur 

"When You Are In The Light, 
Everything Follows You, 
But When You Enter Into The Dark, 
Even Your Own Shadow Doesnot Follow You" 

~   Hitler 

"If We Are Not Part Of The Solutions, 
We Are The Big Problems" 
"Winners Never Do The Different Things, 
They Do The Things Differently" . 

~   Shiv 

"It Is Very Easy To Defeat Someone, 
But It Is Very Hard To Win Someone" 

~   John Keats

"Laughing Faces Do Not Mean That There Is Absence Of Sorrow! 
But It Means That They Have The Ability To Deal With It" 

~   Shakespeare

Monday, May 30, 2011

Interesting Morning One-Liners !!

Where there is love there is life, hatred leads to destruction

~   Mahatma Gandhi

The foolish man seek happiness in distance, 
the wise grow it under their feet 

~   James Oppenheim

Common sense is in spite of, not the result of education

~   Victor Hugs

There is no security on earth, there is only opportunity.

~   General Dovelas

Improvement always begin with I. 

~   Art of Living

Foolish people are anxious / eager to go to heaven after death,
Wise men create heaven on earth itself.

~   William Ager

The greatest risk in life is not to take any risk.

~   Sabeer Bhatia  ( Founder - Hotmail )