Saturday, September 19, 2009


I wanted to share this story with all of you.

In ancient India,the gurukul system of education was followed.Once two shishya's (disciples)finished their course of study in there guru's ashram (i.e gurukul which means the house of the the teacher,where the disciples were supposed to stay till they finished their studies).
Before taking leave,they asked blessings from their guru.The guru blessed them,but also reminded them of their vows (they had to observe bramhachaarya i.e bachelorhood.That meant they would never get married,not get close to any woman,or even think of her.After seeking the guru's blessings both the shishya's started their journey.After walking for a while they reached a stream .When they got ready to cross it,they saw a beautiful young girl trying to cross the stream.
One of the shishya's offered her help,and the girl agreed happily.The shishya picked her in his arms and crossed the stream,dropped her at the other end.She thanked him and left.
Looking at all this the other shishya got very upset and furious.He felt that the first shishya broke his vow.He kept on thinking over and over again about the incident.They finally reached their place,and started arranging their beds.
The shishya, till now had kept himself calm ,but couldn't control himself and he shot the question at the first shishya," How could you pick the girl up?How could you break the promise you gave our guru just some time ago?"
To this the first shishya replied,"I agree that by picking her i broke my promise,but my first duty at that time was to help the girl,and I could'nt do it without touching her.I dropped her as soon I crossed the stream.I know I have sinned.But you have sinned more than me my brother,as you have carried her burden till here."
The second shishya did not understand this.Instead of asking for an apology why was the shishya blaming him.The first shishya spoke again," As soon as I crossed the stream I dropped her and left her physically as well as mentally.And you my brother did not even touch her ,but yet kept on thinking about her and the incident again and again,by which you have carried her burden till here."



i liked the morale of the story!

Deepak Shinde said...

Carrying mental burdens is a torture. Railway carriages used to have a sign board (Kam Samaan Bahut Araam) advising passengers to carry less luggage. It applies to life as well.

Vishal Pipraiya said...

really nice. most of the world arounds us, our problems, our experiences are as perceived by our mind. if we control it rather than vice versa we'll be much happier souls

Anonymous said...

Excellent insight.... good one :)

Abhinav Chandel said...

wow very nice story, and the morale in it